Regional Beaches

Coronado Beaches

Coronado Island lies south of San Diego and about 25 minutes from La Jolla. It’s one of the most family-friendly areas in San Diego and its wide, sandy beaches literally sparkle thanks to the mineral mica in its golden sand. There are multiple beaches here; though there are some parks with a small sandy area in front, there are five main accessible beaches in Coronado. All of them are equipped with convenient amenities, and none are too far from the local shops, restaurants, and other things to do in Coronado.

Ferry Landing

The small Ferry Landing beach area sits just next to the fishing/ferry pier. Complete with a large, grassy lawn and panoramic views of the San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego, this is a great place to take in views of downtown San Diego while enjoying a picnic on the grass.

Glorietta Bay Beach

Glorietta Bay Beach is part of Glorietta Park, which sits on a protected area of coast just above Silver Strand. This cove-like beach is perfect for families with small children, as the surf never gets too big and the current is always gentle. There are open grass areas and picnic tables all over the park, each with unobstructed views across the water to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Come for the afternoon and stay for a picnic and the sunset!

Coronado Central Beach

As Coronado’s main beach, this is the easiest to get to and definitely the most popular. Central Beach is wide, flat, and lies directly in front of the Hotel Del Coronado and is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and beach sports or activities. Complete with fire pits, picnic tables, and even some tide pools during low tide, Coronado Central Beach is the perfect place to start your exploration of the island.

Silver Strand Beach

Though there is a day-use fee attached to this particular beach during peak season, Silver Strand State Beach is a favorite among visiting and local families alike. There is a campground here (for RV use only), and all of the accompanying amenities. If you’re looking for sun and sand, this is the perfect place to spend the day – it feels like its own little island away from the hustle and bustle of Coronado.