Coronado City Beach
Further south, the best place for swimming is a wide white-sand beach stretching nearly three-quarters of a mile from lifeguard tower 3 to just past the Hotel Del Coronado, built in 1888 and one of the oldest and largest all-wood buildings in California. A beachfront promenade runs along the entire stretch. Step inside the hotel lobby to see a fine example of Victorian architecture. Behind the hotel, along the promenade, are several food stands with tables.
Trailhead: Ocean Boulevard
Length: 1-2 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Level
DescriptionAt its north end, alongside Ocean Boulevard, a low seawall along the sidewalk prevents access to the beach. Across the boulevard are large private homes. A concrete ramp leads onto the beach at Isabella Avenue. The promenade at Hotel Del Coronado provides level access onto the beach. Just past the hotel are condominiums and a low curb alongside rip-rap that again blocks access to the beach. The promenade ends at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base. Coastal views include Point Loma, the Coronado Islands (13 miles offshore), and Tijuana.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: Yes2 motorized and 2 manual beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To check them out, ring the intercom on the Main Lifeguard Tower at 920 Ocean Blvd. for service.
Accessible Parking: YesAccessible street parking is along Ocean Boulevard at Isabella Avenue and Ocean Drive. Free lots for the beach by the Hotel Del Coronado are at Avenida de las Arenas and one block south on an unnamed street.
Accessible Restroom: YesAt foot of Isabella Avenue. Shower facilities include a roll-in shower with small, attached wooden bench and high shower head (no hand-held).
Other Things of Interest
A paved pedestrian/bike path, the Silver Strand Bikeway, travels from Coronado to Imperial Beach along a narrow, seven-mile-long strip of land known as the Silver Strand, passing Glorietta Bay and Silver Strand State Beach. To reach the bikeway from the promenade, cross Silver Strand Boulevard at Avenida de las Arenas.
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- Beach Wheelchairs Available
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, October 8, 2008
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