When we were in California in April, despite the fact that I kept telling people we went to San Diego, the truth is that we stayed on the island of Coronado. Coronado is actually a separate city from San Diego, but it’s located just across the bay from downtown San Diego.
Coronado is most notably known for two famous structures, the historic Hotel del Coronado and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, both of which you’ll see in this post.
Every time we wanted to head into San Diego (which was at least once every day), we found ourselves crossing the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and here are a few of the pictures I took from the passenger seat.
The view of San Diego from the bridge was unbeatable.
Coronado is very charming with a small town feel. We stayed on the Navy Base, which was on the far side of the island, so we got to see a lot of the island as we made our way to the bridge every day.
We spent one of our afternoons on Orange Avenue, which is Coronado’s main street. It is lined with shops, restaurants, galleries and theaters. We stopped for ice cream and enjoyed window shopping in some of the local shops.
Here is the Hotel del Coronado:
It was built in 1888 and has since been designated a National Historic Landmark. Over the years, the hotel has been known to have many celebs and even some royalty stay there. It’s also widely believed to have been the inspiration for the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by it at all, but apparently “the Del” a big deal out there.
I was very happy staying on Coronado and look forward to visiting the area again soon (hopefully).