Summer sun, surf and sand in Coronado! (photo credit: Brett Shoaf)

If you promise not to tell ;-), I’ve got some cool secrets to share with you about Coronado’s beaches, including Coronado Beach - the #1 beach in America!

1. The Sand Dunes

C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O Beach sand dunes!

The ice plant-covered sand dunes on Coronado Beach by the massive boulders along Ocean Blvd. spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O! (The Navy jets flying overhead have the best view.) But that’s not all…if you look north toward Dog Beach you’ll see a few more inconspicuous sand dunes that continue to spell B-E-A-C-H. The “BEACH” portion is harder to see, but it’s definitely there.

2. Shipwrecked

SS Monte Carlo Shipwreck on Coronado

S.S. Monte Carlo shipwreck at Coronado Shores.

Head to Coronado Shores beach (located just south of the Hotel del Coronado) during low tide to spot the outline of shipwreck. It’s all that’s left of the S.S. Monte Carlo, a notorious gambling ship from 1936 that was known for “drinks, dice and dolls.” Word to the wise: Watch your step! Lots of jagged edges poke up through the sand.

3. Beach Au Naturale

Coronado - Silver Strand Beach

Pristine Silver Strand State Beach

Coronado’s most “natural” beach (translation: every piece of kelp or seaweed that washes up, stays put) is the Silver Strand. But did you know that Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers ranger-led “Explore & Restore Silver Strand State Beach” nature walks to see rare plants, animals and birds up-close?  The two-hour tour begins at 9:30 AM on select Saturdays and Sundays (call the concierge at 619.424.4000 to check dates and sign up) and participants meet in the Loews lobby.

4. For the Kids

Kid-friendly beach at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Coronado’s two most kid-friendly beaches (translation: calm waters with little or no waves – perfect for little tykes!) are the small sandy beach at the Coronado Ferry Landing just north of the ferry dock and the scenic little beach in the shadow of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge at Tidelands Park (look for the colorful kayaks and boats).

Hope you have fun exploring the secrets of Coronado’s sparkling stretches of sand! :-)

12 Responses to Shhh! – 4 Secrets of Coronado’s Beaches

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  2. That we do!

  3. That photo of the dunes is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I never knew that about the dunes…so cool. I love San Diego too, Coronado is one of my favorite places.

  5. One day I will return to this Heavenly place! I would love to call it “home”!

  6. I absolutely love it here, but unfortunately “no humidity” is no longer a true statement…. True, we are blessed with great weather the majority of the time, but these past couple of weeks have been brutal and more akin to Florida than San Diego. Spoiled, yes we are. We’ve all been complaining and probably shouldn’t be.

  7. I lived in IB for 10 years. I understand.

  8. Oh how I miss San Diego and no humidity!! Those that live there should be thanking God every day for the privilege of living in the most wonderful climate and city in the U.S.

  9. I grew up there. It is mind boggling all the things I took for granted.

  10. San Diego is my second home town, such a beautiful place. Wish there where more aviation jobs there like the 80′s and a lower cost of living.

  11. Love this information. We were just there yesterday.I had no idea the dunes we were standing on actually spelled something. Very cool!

  12. Wish I could move back to San Diego. What a Beautiful City it is.

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