America has long hailed Coronado for having some of the best beaches in the country. Its pristine shores are lined with long, broad stretches of fine golden sand that, along with the city’s charming small-town feel, have made it one of the nation’s most iconic seaside resorts for more than a century. It’s also something of a navy town, with North Island having been home to a naval air station, now the Naval Air Station North Island, since 1917.
A Bit of History
Coronado has a rich history. First discovered by Europeans in the early 1600s, it is said to have been the Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno who named the area Coronado, which is Spanish for “crowned.” It wasn’t until the 19th century, however, that the city as we know it today first came into being.
Coronado was developed as a resort community by Elisha Babcock, Hampton Story (of the Story & Clark Piano & Organ Company) and banker Jacob Gruendike in the late 1880s. They formed the Coronado Beach Company, built the Hotel del Coronado and auctioned off lots. Despite the tide of more intense development that swept Coronado upon the entry of sugar magnate John D. Spreckels in 1889, the original vision of Babcock and Story has been preserved. Coronado, to this day, remains a vibrant and relaxed seaside community.
Today, Hotel del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark and has served an impressive array of clientele over the years. Its historic halls have been graced by celebrities, politicians, and even royalty. Coronado is home to many other historic attractions, including the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.
The real estate market in Coronado is dominated by single-family homes in all kinds of styles and sizes, from multimillion-dollar waterfront estates to charming cottages. There are a few condos and townhomes as well. Coronado has some of the most highly valued properties in the region and is usually divided into three distinct areas – the Shores, the Village and the Cays.
The Crown City has plenty of recreational activities that are enjoyed daily by its residents. Locals often head to the beach, whether to swim, surf, sunbathe or take a leisurely walk with their dogs. The city has four beaches – Silver Strand State Beach, South Beach, Central Beach, and the dog-friendly North Beach.
Coronado’s main street, Orange Avenue, is filled with a plethora of shops, galleries, theaters, and restaurants. Dining options range from your usual American fare to a taste of Greece, thanks to the 70+ restaurants and cafes found in Coronado. Another place to visit is Coronado’s Ferry Landing, lined with restaurants, galleries, and shops that offer spectacular views of San Diego’s glittering skyline.