A July 2002 trip
to Coronado by Laura Z
Quote: Coronado is a wonderful destination for families. The beach is great and there are so many things to do. The surrounding area has a nice atmosphere, too!
Coronado:There are many places where you can eat al fresco and walk around shopping. It is a nice neighborhood.
The beach is gorgeous. It is wide and clean. The Navy SEALS train, running along the shoreline each day. Military aircraft fly overhead so close it is surreal.
Driving over the bridge gets you to the heart of San Diego with much to do. I loved the convenience of being so close to so much to see while having a beautiful beach within walking distance.
Resort:he resort is centrally located to all of the shops and restaurants in Coronado. Walking to lunch or dinner was easy and fun. The only downside was walking to the beach. You have to schlep your stuff through the Hotel Del Coronado parking lot (abut one block walk). I hated that after a long day on the beach. Another negative was the lack of a pool on the premises. However, you can use the facilities at the Loews, a short drive away. The resort provides all the beach gear you could want for free each day: chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, kids’ toys, towels, etc. Parking is convenient through a locked gate and free. The staff was professional and friendly, always greeting us each night as we came home. Be aware that late checkouts are charged $100 per hour! Sunday is the only departure/arrival day. Times are enforced.
We drove to the Loews pool one day and really enjoyed it. They have three pools, one exclusively for adults and another for families with a little sand area nearby. They handed out towels and float toys. We also enjoyed the 30% discount on food and drinks offered to CBR guests. There were lovely yachts nearby.
One disappointment for us was the room. DO NOT get a room with the curtain separating the bedroom. That indicates that the bedroom doesn't have a window -- very dark and cramped. Rooms with a door to the bedroom have a little balcony and window in both the bedroom and living room. Room 303, a two-bedroom across the way, had a nice big patio. The rooms were clean with two towel exchanges and mid-week cleaning. The kitchen is just adequate, but the refrigerator is large. There’s no oven. There is a grill and nice tables on the roof deck for guest use.
My favorites were the Kaiserhof in San Diego, the Fish Market by Seaport Village (good shrimp, chowder, atmosphere, ON the water), Joe's Crab Shack in San Diego (family fun), Miguels and Costa Azure both in Coronado (authentic Mexican) and McP's Irish Pub in Coronado (try the steak kabob appetizer). I wouldn't recommend Brigantine by the resort (overpriced, lousy food, long wait).
We enjoyed the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, the SEAL Tour (amphibious vehicle) and Viejas Outlet Center. Skip Imperial Beach, the Ferry Marketplace (loads of shops with overpriced things you don’t want and tourist-trap restaurants), and Mission Beach (seedy).
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2004
Coronado Beach Resort
1415 Orange Ave.
Coronado, California 92118
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