Robert Arends

Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition “high-tails” it this Saturday!

Dog and owner “Hang 20” at Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition.

See spot run… See spot SURF!

The 7th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition laps up the fun tomorrow in Imperial Beach (at Dunes Park/Beach, 700 Seacoast Dr.), just down the peninsula from Coronado. See dozens of happy hounds of all shapes and sizes hang 10 – and “hang 20” with their owners – from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Admission is FREE for spectators, so bring the whole family!

Cowabunga canine!

It’s not too late to enter your doggie in the competition. Cost is $50 for singles (one dog) and $55 for teams (dogs and people or multiple dogs). Proceeds for the four-legged fundraiser will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Each canine will have 10 minutes to catch the waves and show whose top dog. They’ll be scored on confidence level (Hmm…does the bulldog below look confident?), length of ride and overall ability to “grip it and rip it.”

Top dog at Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition!

There’s even a celebrity dog category this year. Bring your autograph book!

While you’re there, be sure to wave to the TV cameras. There will be plenty of news crews on hand, including “Good Morning America”/ABC (booked by yours truly), capturing every tail-wagging moment! Former “All My Children” soap star and “Dancing with the Stars” (season 5) contender Cameron Mathison will be GMA’s correspondent on the scene. His segment is scheduled to air in the upcoming weeks. I’ll keep you posted on the airdate.

Coronado’s woof-worthy Dog Beach

While you’re in the area, and if you’re with your dog(s), head north to Coronado’s Dog Beach, for a day of play on the sands of the #1 Beach in America! Out-of-town guests can take advantage of a special $169 guestroom rate at the pet-friendly Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

See you in I.B.! I’ll be there knee-high in the surf trying to get some good shots on my iPhone. Stop by and say hi 😉

Robert Arends

Just Beachy: Coronado Named #1 Beach in America!

Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf
Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf

We're #1 - Coronado Beach! Photo courtesy of Brett Shoaf

Shhh… can you keep a secret? I almost couldn’t. I’ve known for weeks that postcard-perfect Coronado Beach was going to be crowned America’s Best Beach by “Dr. Beach.” However, I couldn’t tell a soul. I promised coastal expert Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), that mums the word until May 25.

And today’s the day! I’m shouting it from the highest sand dunes on the island that Coronado is the #1 stretch of sand in the United States!

Coronado Beach - OrangeandPark.com

A Beautiful Coronado Sunset. Photo courtesy of OrangeandPark.com

The timing is perfect. Memorial Day weekend is here and AAA ranked San Diego the top Memorial Day destination! The official summer season has begun. Pack the beach towel, sunblock and boogie board and head to the sunny shores of Coronado!

(photo credit: Hotel del Coronado)

A few fun facts about Coronado Beach:

  • The 1.5 mile long beach has a silvery white sheen because of the presence of mica.
  • The northernmost section is known as Dog Beach (woof!), where four-legged visitors are permitted off leash!
  • The giant sand dunes along Ocean Blvd. spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O

If you’re heading to Coronado this summer, I’ve got the inside scoop on a couple more “must-sees” in the area.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition!

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, America’s original surf dog competition, is June 16 at Imperial Beach – just south of Coronado’s Silver Strand. See hounds hang 10 solo (!) or with their owners. Tune in to ABC’s Good Morning America that weekend. Their crew will be filming the whole tail-wagging event with TV star Cameron Mathison!

Coronado - Silver Strand Beach

Silver Strand State Beach

Visitors are also welcome to join in the fun on the Explore & Restore Silver Strand State Beach interactive nature tours of the beach’s rare plants, animals and birds. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday morning from the lobby of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Sign up by calling the Loews concierge at 619-424-4000.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone and I’ll see you in sun-kissed Coronado!