October 31, 2015
ResorTime to enjoy the city of Coronado with the lovely Coronado Beach Resort as our home away from home. Being that we already live in San Diego, we thought we were familiar enough with the Navy town that is Coronado, but we soon learned that there was far more to explore than we had thought possible.
Coronado Beach Resort
Coronado Island's hidden gem, the Coronado Beach Resort, is situated in the most prime and picturesque location along Orange Avenue, directly across the street from the famed Hotel del Coronado, and offers a resort vacation with home-like amenities, making your staycation that much more comfortable. Upon entering the resort, you are greeted by welcoming staff, as well as the lobby's notorious macaw's loud squawking "HELLO!" Guests are invited to rent one of the many bikes to explore the Island, to play some leisurely billiards, or to venture up to the rooftop sundeck for a relaxing dip in the jacuzzi.
Coronado Beach Resort offers a homey feel and boasts luxurious seaside suites steps from one of the world's best beaches. We stayed in a stylish two bedroom, two bathroom unit with a cozy living room with a queen size sofa sleeper, a kitchenette, and a large balcony overlooking The Del, Orange Avenue, and the Pacific Ocean. The spacious unit sleeps six comfortably, offering enough space for families to spread out, but remain together for quality time.
Before heading out, guests have the freedom to prepare lunch in the fully stocked kitchen for a beach picnic or to chill a bottle of wine for imbibing on the balcony, watching passersby on the streets below. Feel free to bring a couple of steaks or fresh fish fillets to the roof to make dinner on one of the roof-deck barbecue grills with other guests who become friendly neighbors. Or pop out of the hotel's front doors to embark upon a new adventure in the heart of downtown.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Restaurant Mistral
|Loews Coronado Bay|
|Poolside sandwich at Loews Coronado|
|A nearly perfect view at Mistral|
|Dirty martini and a view at Mistral|
|Mango and torched tuna|
|Risotto di Coronado|
|Grilled filet mignon|
Hotel del Coronado & Del Beach
No venture to the 'Island' is complete without a visit to the truly iconic Hotel del Coronado, a beautiful masterpiece of a resort built in 1888, occupying 28 acres of some of the most beautiful oceanfront in the United States. The hotel offers a wide array of rooms and villas, but if you cannot foot the bill, you may still enjoy so many aspects of the resort. Walk the halls of the hotel to discover detailed pictures highlighting the rich history of those who built the fortress and those who have since stayed; dine in one of the several restaurants; ice skate amongst magical Christmas decor with views of the Pacific; or take the day to indulge in a relaxing day at "Del Beach," a private stretch of sand in front of the hotel.
|Our beach bed cabana at Hotel Del|
|Bucket o' Ballasts|
Born of the couple behind Escape Fish Bar in the Gaslamp, Islander Restaurant boasts fresh seafood and local beer in a laid back atmosphere, and we couldn't have asked for more. This casual, counter-service restaurant is the perfect location for large and small groups alike to come quench their thirst and fill their bellies after a day on the beach.
|Tempura fried seabass fish and the most delicious chips (and curry ketchup!)|
|Grilled local cod with roasted vegetables|
Vigilucci's - Happy Hour Time!
No vacation or staycation is complete without afternoon cocktails, and happy hour at Vigilucci's offers one of the best on the island.
|Our view for happy hour!|
|Complimentary bruschetta and charcuterie during happy hour!|
|Braised veal ravioli|
|Potato and prosciutto crochettes|
Coronado Brewing Company Brew Pub
What's a visit to the island without a visit to its namesake craft brewery - Coronado Brewing Company. For the past 19 years, Coronado Brewing Company has held down the craft beer scene while maintaining its family-friendly comfort and putting out great food. Family owned and mostly family run, Coronado Brewing Company exudes passion, and the food and beers that they offer exemplify the pride with which each is made.
|Pepperoni calzone with Caesar salad|
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Cruise in a private gondola through the enchanting canals of the Coronado Cays with The Gondola Company
Catch a live show at the Lamb's Theater
Shop, dine and stroll the Coronado Ferry Landing
Hit the links at the Coronado Golf Course
Rent a boat or waverunner at Seaforth Boat Rental
Hop on a bike or kayak and explore with Bike and Kayak Tours
Nado Gelato - Italian gelato, dessert
Coronado Brewing Company - brewery with casual American fare
Miguel's Cocina - Mexican seafood
Candela's On The Bay - Mexican, great for brunch with a view
Brigantine - casual seafood
Saiko Sushi - sushi and sake bar
1500 Ocean - upscale American at the Hotel del Coronado
McP's Irish Pub - divey Navy pub with live music
Vigilucci's - upscale Italian
Islander - casual seafood
Primavera - upscale Italian
Chez Loma - upscale French, Spanish
Park Place Liquor & Deli - great selection of beers and spirits with an awesome deli
Boney's Bayside Market - specialty grocery, gourmet deli, beer and wine
Wine A Bit