Coronado Shores Beach (South Beach)

Also known as Shipwreck Beach, Coronado Shores Beach is a family-friendly spot, and at low tide, you may be able to see what is left of the SS Monte Carlo.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Explore a Shipwreck at Family-friendly Coronado Shores Beach
Coronado Shores Beach
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Overview

Relaxing at Coronado Shores Beach or South BeachSurfer on a Wave at South Beach Coronado

Coronado Island, situated on San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean between Imperial Beach and Point Loma, is one of the most family-friendly places to visit, in part because of its fantastic, white sand beaches. It’s also known for the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, an historic Victorian inn that sits regally on the shore with its distinctive red tile roof.

What you may not be quite as familiar with is the beach that sits just near the hotel, before you get to Silver Strand State Beach.

Coronado Shores Beach or South Beach, as it is known to the locals, is about a quarter mile south of Hotel Del Coronado, and you can’t miss it; just look for the tallest condo buildings, and you’re there.

That resort complex throws off some people who think the beach is reserved for the people staying at the property, but it is for public usage, and if you find yourself there, you won’t be disappointed. It also shares a border with the Naval Amphibious Base, so if you walk to the fence line, you should probably turn around and walk back.

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Things to Do

Running
Running
Sunbathing
Sunbathing

What’s in a Name?

South Beach or Shipwreck Beach

Coronado Shores Beach also goes by a couple of other names. Locals refer to it as South Beach because it’s, well, south of Central Beach. Its other more interesting moniker is Shipwreck Beach, and that’s its main claim to fame.

Shipwreck – SS Monte Carlo

Back in the 1930’s, ships would anchor offshore for use as casinos because gambling was illegal on land. People would ferry out and enjoy their vices, and so many boats were lined up that it was known as “Gambling Ship Row.”

During a storm on New Year’s Day in 1937, the SS Monte Carlo, a former tanker-turned-ship casino, broke free and landed on the South Beach of Coronado Island. No one claimed the ship since it was used for illicit activities, and to this day, it remains where it wrecked.

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Did you know?
The SS Monte Carlo was anchored in international waters 3 miles off the coast of Coronado in 1936 before it washed up on South Beach in less than 1 year.

The SS Monte Carlo isn’t visible every day, but when the tide is low, especially in the winter months, the shipwreck emerges. People like to come to Coronado Shores Beach to see the wreckage, take photos, and imagine they are the ones that can find the lost treasure that allegedly went down with the ship.

Swimming & Sunbathing

When the ship is hidden by the sand and tide, the beach is still a fabulous destination that offers visitors lots of fun options. You can walk along the shore or sunbathe on the white sands, and swimming is also popular because the water isn’t too rough.

Another beloved activity at this beach is kite flying; believe it or not, flying kites is prohibited at most of the other beaches on Coronado.

Stay Nearby at the 1906 Lodge

Coronado Beaches deserve multiple days and the 1906 Lodge is the boutique hotel to stay at while you are in Coronado. With 17 handsome and individually designed rooms the 1906 Lodge offers all guests a complimentary reception, coffee or tea in our common area and a full breakfast daily. The 1906 Lodge also provides spa services, free bicycles to borrow and beach umbrellas.

How to Get There & Parking

Lot Parking
Lot Parking

Getting to South Beach

You have two ways to get to Coronado Island, either the ferry or the bridge, and both have spectacular views. Once you are on the island, you can find Coronado Shores Beach near the intersection of Avenida de las Arenas and Silver Strand Boulevard. If you see the towers of the Coronado Shores Resort, you are at the right place.

Parking Near South Beach

Parking is free in a lot adjacent to the resort parking; just let the parking attendant know you are there for the beach. Spaces fill up quickly in the summertime, so you may want to plan on an early arrival or later in the day to catch the sunset and enjoy a bonfire. You can get to the beach from the stairs near the boardwalk.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Dogs
No Dogs
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Shade
Shade

Helpful Hints

No Smoking in Coronado

All of Coronado Island is smoke-free, even the beaches. No lighting up on the sand or in town!

No Dogs at Coronado Shores Beach

Dogs are welcome at North Beach, but nowhere else. If you are planning a day at Coronado Shores, leave your pooch at home.

Arrive Early at the Shipwreck

If you’re going to see the shipwreck, you should expect crowds of people who want to see it too. Also, be careful walking around the wreckage; it can be slick, and there are plenty of sharp edges. Wear waterproof shoes to protect your feet and lessen your chance of slipping.

Lifeguards on Duty

Lifeguards are on duty at Coronado Shores Beach, so feel free to swim and play in the waves with your family.

No Beach Facilities

Remember that the pool and other amenities that are near the beach are reserved for guests and owners of the condos and resort. This includes bathrooms, and there are no other facilities on this beach. You can take a short walk to Central Beach, where they do have public restrooms.

Not a Surfing Beach

This beach isn't exactly known for its surfing, but there are plenty of other good spots to catch a wave. You may want to do a little research to find the ones best for your level of skill.

Coronado Shores Beach (South Beach)
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Swimming
Swimming
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
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Lifeguards
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