This Southern California City Checks All The Boxes For A Relaxing Beach Vacation

Located just off the coast from the bustling metropolis of San Diego, California, awaits an island paradise that will have you feeling as if you've escaped to a far-off land. Surrounded by soft sand beaches, Coronado Island is only about 1 mile wide and 8 miles long – you can walk or bike everywhere. To get there, drive along the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, which stretches nearly 2 miles across the San Diego Bay. For a more adventurous route, consider taking the Coronado Ferry, which costs $8 per adult. The ride lasts about 15 minutes and offers gorgeous views of downtown San Diego.

Coronado Island has a rich history — it has been inhabited for nearly 1,000 years. Luiseño Indians were the first to appreciate its natural beauty. Later, Spanish colonialists explored the area. It changed hands often until development finally began in the late 1800s with the construction of the historic Hotel del Coronado, one of the most iconic hotels in Southern California. The United States Navy also set up shop on the island in the early 1900s, constructing a massive base on the island's southern end.

Coronado Island is the perfect escape if you're looking for a rejuvenating vacation and charming small-town ambiance, and it makes a great day trip from Los Angeles. Enjoy spending days soaking up the sunshine on the beautiful beaches, exploring the unique shops, trying out fun outdoor activities, or indulging in a luxurious spa treatment at one of the breathtaking hotels.

Relaxing activities for everyone

A Coronado Island vacation offers the ideal opportunity to unplug and connect with friends and loved ones. Whether you're looking to plan an unforgettable family vacation or impress someone special with a romantic getaway, there are plenty of things to keep you busy during your stay. Consider renting bikes and taking a leisurely ride around the island to familiarize yourself. Plenty of bicycle and pedestrian paths exist, including the 6-mile-long Bayshore Bikeway, which takes you past some of the island's most famous sites. You can rent traditional or electric bikes at several shops around town, starting at just $12 per hour.

If you're looking for a combination of wellness and relaxation, pop into a yoga class at Island Yoga Coronado, which offers plenty of options for every fitness level. You can even book a private lesson on the beach for $105 to nourish your mind and body. Spa treatments are available at local hotels and day spas around the island, where you can enjoy massages, aromatherapy, and other calming treatments.

Unwind at sea by signing up for a surf lesson or renting a stand-up paddle board to explore the beautiful San Diego Bay and take in the views of the skyline. Kayak rentals are another fantastic way to spend a lazy day on the water. For even more fun, head into the city of San Diego for a day and visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. 

Enjoy luxurious accommodations and gourmet dining

After you've had your fill of fun and sun, head into town to enjoy some incredible dining options. Glamorous restaurants around the island serve freshly caught seafood, European-style cuisine, and gourmet sushi. Sip on a craft cocktail and enjoy waterfront views as you munch a mouthwatering meal.

You can't go wrong with accommodations on Coronado Island; choose between trendy boutique hotels and glorious resorts. There are 17 different places to stay on the island, the most iconic of which is the historic Hotel del Coronado. The 135-year-old hotel has welcomed a star-studded clientele, including Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Brad Pitt, and a host of United States Presidents. Multiple lodging options are available at the property, including private villas, apartments, and classic hotel rooms. Rates start around $350. Lounge in the pools, sit around a beach bonfire or join in on one of the resort's many planned activities.

Other amazing lodging options on Coronado Island include the 1906 Lodge, located just a block from town and steps from the beach, and El Cordova, a boutique hotel in a renovated hacienda-style villa. Leaving your room's relaxing luxury might prove challenging, but don't forget to visit the island's adorable boutiques and art galleries. Orange Avenue and the Coronado Ferry Landing provide some of the best shopping in Coronado, where you can pick up some treasures to commemorate your trip.