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Activities for Spending 1 Day in Coronado

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Coronado Day Planning


If you are planning to visit San Diego, you undoubtedly want to spend some time in Coronado. Don’t allow your limited resources to prevent you from experiencing this luxurious and beautiful manmade island. If you plan your visit right, you can enjoy virtually everything that Coronado has to offer within a short period of time, all while staying within your budget. Here are some ideas on what you can see and do on Coronado Island in one day:

  1. Any itinerary should begin at the Coronado Visitor’s Center. Inside, you will find plenty of information on the island’s sights and attractions.  Pick up a map, a list of events and ask about the best modes of transportation.
  2. Coronado Beach is one of the must-see places during your day trip. This beach was voted the #1 beach in the U.S. in 2012 and for good reason. When you combine Coronado’s almost perfect weather with expansive beach space and a scenic backdrop, you’ll see why this beach consistently draws in tourists and locals alike.  It is renowned for being not only one of the best beaches to stay near in San Diego, but it is undoubtedly one of the best spots in the country for surfing and sunbathing.
  3. The Segway of Coronado is also something fun to experience. The tour guides will help you learn how to ride a motorized Segway as you are guided through a stunning sightseeing tour of the city. This is an excellent way to see some of the city’s top attractions in a short period of time. Fly by Glorietta Bay and this historic boat house and wind up at Ferry Landing for a photo op with the Coronado Bridge.
  4. Coronado is also known for its high quality arts venues. The island is home to theaters such as the Lamb’s Players Theater, the Coronado Playhouse, and the Village Theater. However, art galleries offer another great reason to spend a day in Coronado. The Dan McGeorge Gallery features stunning photographic art that can’t be seen anywhere else. If you love photography, make sure to put it on your itinerary.
  5. The Vietnam Memorial Monument is a beautiful tribute worth seeingthat commemorates local Navy and Coast Guard members who were killed in action. Coronado Island has strong ties to the U.S. military and currently has two military bases that call this beautiful city home: Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. If you’re interested in learning more about San Diego’s military history, head over to the San Diego Marine Core Recruit Depot museum near Old Town San Diego.
  6. Coronado is also famous for its delicious restaurants. The Burger Lounge features a huge, mouth-watering array of choices. It’s the perfect place to stop by for a quick bite. Miguel’s Cocina is a great option for anyone who loves Mexican food. Peohe’s and Brigantine both serve sizzling seafood for lunch and dinner. Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge is an enticing nightlife option.

As long as you plan out your time and your finances you can enjoy everything that Coronado Island has to offer in one day. Try picking one “splurge item” and then save money on all the rest. Definitely don’t book your hotel stay in Coronado as it will certainly be lavishly overpriced. Instead book an affordable San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn, located less than 5 miles away. You can get to Coronado Island from our hotel by enjoying a bayside walk, taking a quick taxi or you can easily hop on the trolley’s Green Line to the 12th& Imperial Exit and then the 901 transit bus toward Iris.

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