Coronado Central Beach

Spend the day or two enjoying the slower pace, calm waters, and sparkling white sand at Coronado Beach, located at the heart of Coronado Island.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Unwind and Enjoy the Views at Iconic Coronado Central Beach
Coronado Central Beach
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Overview

Beach Chairs in Front of Hotel Del CoronadoBoardwalk in Front of the Hotel Del Coronado at Coronado Central Beach

Are you looking for a fun-filled family beach vacation, a romantic getaway or a day to simply unwind and soak in the sun and sand?

Coronado Central Beach may be just the spot you’re looking for. With the iconic Hotel del Coronado as the backdrop and the Pacific Ocean lapping at the shore, there’s no shortage of activities.

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Things to Do

Bikes Allowed
Bikes Allowed
Running
Running
Sunbathing
Sunbathing

Why We Love Coronado Central Beach

One of the primary attractions of Central Beach is the sparkling white sand. Mica gives the soft, fine grain its sparkle, and frequent dragging makes it clean and ready for sinking your feet into. It attracts visitors and San Diego residents alike.

The views of Coronado Island, Point Loma are unparalleled. This relatively flat beach is kid-friendly and perfect for beach volleyball and frisbee. The water is generally calm, and the waves gentle, so your little ones can wade into the surf with supervision and without too much parental stress.

The 1.5-mile beach stretches along Ocean Blvd, from Sunset Park on the north end to the Coronado Rail Trail to the south. It’s ideal for swimming, beachcombing and sunbathing. Bring beach towels and blankets, coolers and umbrellas to make a day of it.

There are lifeguards on duty from 9 am to dusk daily, restrooms and shower facilities. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Lifeguard Tower for Central Beach. Dog Run Beach and fire rings are located at the north end of the beach, while fishing and tide pools are in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado

Open since 1888, with its classic Victorian architecture and unique peaked red roof, the Hotel del Coronado brings vintage Hollywood glamour to any visit. This historic landmark has hosted United States presidents, including Franklin D Roosevelt and William Taft as well as Hollywood celebrities, from Lillie Langtry and Rudolph Valentino to Gary Cooper and Judy Garland.

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Did you know?
Coronado Central Beach is on the Travel Channels “Top 10 US Beaches” list.

The setting for Marilyn Monroe’s film, "Some Like it Hot", it delivers the quintessential Southern California ambiance, surrounded by historic mansions and elegant homes. Although gorgeous, the neighborhood isn’t the only draw.

Bayshore Bikeway

The 24-mile bicycle circuit along San Diego Bay winds along Central Beach from the Coronado Ferry Landing. The 15-mile section on Coronado Island is ideal for cycling enthusiasts looking for a carless route, or for those who prefer a leisurely ride instead of a stroll.

Coronado Beach Trail

The popular 3.7-mile out-and-back trail only has an elevation gain of about 42 feet, so it is appropriate for most skill levels. Accessible year-round, it offers ocean views and the chance to see local wildlife, birds and flora. Dogs on a leash are welcome to share the trail.

There is no shade along the route, so be sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen, especially if you are enjoying the trail during the summer months. There are fewer people on the trail early in the morning if you want to avoid the heavier traffic times. However, since it runs along the beach and faces west, you have the opportunity to experience the gorgeous San Diego sunset, with nothing between you and the horizon, but glittering sand and blue water.

How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Lot Parking
Lot Parking

There are four ways to get to Coronado Beach from San Diego.

Coronado Bay Bridge

The 2-mile long bridge at the north end of San Diego Bay is the most scenic way to get to Coronado if you’re driving. It’s an architectural landmark in its own right.

Resting on 30 towers, the bridge leaves the bay unimpeded. At its highest point, it soars 200 feet above the water, allowing even the largest ships going to and from Coronado Naval Base to pass below. Use I-5 to State Route 75. Once across the bridge, take 4th St to Orange Ave. The beach is across the street.

The Strand

If driving across the bridge sounds more like a theme park ride than a mass transit option, you may prefer driving across the Silver Strand peninsula. This 7-mile long isthmus connects Coronado Island with Imperial Beach. Use State Route 75 south to get from San Diego to the island.

Ferry

Departing from the Broadway Pier and the Convention Center, the ferry ride takes about 15 minutes to reach the Coronado Ferry Landing. You can walk, or use your bicycle, which you can bring on the ferry at no charge, from the Coronado Ferry Center using Orange Ave to reach Central Beach. Please note that only service animals are permitted on the boat.

Water Taxi

The San Diego Water tax provides on-call service for transportation around the bay, daily. It takes approximately six minutes from a designation dock location to Coronado Island.

Parking

There is free parking along Ocean Blvd and at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. Hotels and resorts have designated paid parking lots for their guests and visitors.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
Lifeguards
Lifeguards
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Outdoor Showers
Outdoor Showers
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

What to Know Before You Go

No Smoking & No Alcohol Allowed

Coronado is a no-smoking community, from hotels and restaurants to beaches and parks. Alcohol is also prohibited on all Coronado beaches.

Avoid the Crowds

If you are heading there during peak vacation season or in the middle of the day, traffic can be heavy, so taking the ferry or water taxi can help you avoid rush hour hassles.

Plenty of Things to Do

The laid-back pace makes it ideal for exploring. Search for sand dollars along the shore, rent a bicycle and pedal along the coast or kayak in the smooth water near Coronado Beach, enjoying the view and ocean breezes.

Coronado Central Beach
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Swimming
Swimming
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Lifeguards
Lifeguards
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available
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