Shhh! – 4 Secrets of Coronado’s Beaches

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! :-)

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Robert Arends

About Robert Arends

I’m a native San Diegan and man of many hats: PR, roadside America traveler/backyard tourist (especially our mountains and Anza-Borrego Desert), photographer (motto: capture the moment!), music fan, sci-fi buff, tiki collector and constant gardener. What would you do on your ideal San Diego day? I would spend the day snorkeling in La Jolla Cove. It’s like swimming in a huge aquarium – Garibaldi fish, lobsters, sea lions, oh my! If you were invisible, where would you go? I’d go surfing in Coronado. I’ve never surfed, but have always wanted to. If I was invisible no one would see me fall (again and again! – LOL). What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Walking the Prado in Balboa Park; feels like I’m in Spain. The architecture is amazing!  I also enjoy hiking Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the annual wildflowers and exploring the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Linguine and red wine (wine list, please!), with tableside views of San Diego Bay. Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are… Magic Man: Paris, Bear Hands: Giants, Capital Cities: I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo, Man Man: Head On, London Grammar: Nightcall (Freemasons Remix). Follow Robert on Twitter @groovestar

12 thoughts on “Shhh! – 4 Secrets of Coronado’s Beaches

  1. Pingback: 5 Things I Love about San Diego's Coronado

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

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

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