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.
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.
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.
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.