About Coronado Beach in Coronado, California
Coronado Beach, aka Central Beach, starts at the famous Hotel del Coronado and continues north to Sunset Park. It’s one of the most popular beaches near downtown San Diego and one of the best beaches in California.
This family-friendly beach gets crowded, but it is wide enough that you can find a place to spread out comfortably. Frequently professional sand castle builders are near the hotel carving elaborate sand castles to view and photograph (the creators love donations). Coronado Beach gets protection from the waves by Point Loma to the west and is generally a safe place to swim and wade in the surf.
During lunch or dinner time you can enjoy any one of several restaurants at the Del. Call ahead for reservations if you know the days you’ll be on Coronado Island.
Access to the main part of Coronado Beach is from the area near “Hotel Del” where there are free parking spaces along Ocean Boulevard.
If you walk south from the Del there is a beach below tall condo buildings called Coronado Shores Beach which has a public parking lot. At the north end of the beach in front of Sunset Park dog owners bring their pets to roam freely in an area dubbed Dog Run Beach.
To the north of Dog Run Beach you’ll see a fence and the North Island Navy Base. Beyond that and visible in the distance is Cabrillo National Monument atop Point Loma, a highly recommended park if you enjoy walking and viewpoints.
- Isabella Ave & Ocean Blvd
Coronado, CA 92118
- Other Names
- Central Beach
- City Beach
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- Free parking
- Surfing, Sunbathing, Swimming, Walking, Bonfires, Beach Walking, Fishing
- Lifeguard, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits, Tide Pools, Sandcastles, Dunes, Restaurants
Delightful beach. It’s so big that the walk to the water is super long. We walked the promenade by the hotel too which has benches.
There are 8 public fire pits at the north end of the beach. Park near the Ocean Blvd and Ocean Drive intersection. The fire pits are just to the right as you enter the beach from this intersection.