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Posts Tagged ‘Coronado California beach’

Picture Perfect October Day at Coronado Beach

Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado's Central Beach

Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado’s Central Beach

If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.

Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.

Picture Perfect October Day

Picture Perfect October Day

Coronado's Beach Chair Program

Coronado’s Beach Chair Program

Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Blue Skies and Perfect Temps

Looking West from The Hotel Del

Looking West from The Hotel Del

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Sandcastle Man Was Here!

The Perfect Day on Coronado's Beach

The Perfect Day on Coronado’s Beach

Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.

October Sky

October Sky

The Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado

Coronado's Wide Beach

Coronado’s Glorious Wide Sand Beach

It’s no wonder Dr. Beach proclaimed Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” in 2012!

Beach Treasures

Beach Treasures

We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.

~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~

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Warm Winter Wishes!

Posted by Jody on January 8, 2014

Greetings of the Season!

Warm Winter Wishes!


Don’t forget your hat!


“Snowman” created by Courtney of San Diego State University.

Posted in Beachy Keen Art, Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Low Tide Beachside Yuletide!

Posted by Jody on December 17, 2013

Late afternoon shadows on the sandy beach at Coronado's Ferry Landing

~ Late afternoon shadows and the coming of low tide at the sandy beach next to The Coronado Ferry Landing ~

Coronado Ferry Landing and Beach

It’s a very clean little beach…

View of San Diego's skyline from the beach at Coronado's Ferry Landng

…with fabulous views of the the beautiful San Diego skyline!

This way to San Diego via the ferry. ----->

This way to San Diego via the ferry —–>

Here comes our boat!

Here comes our boat!

And who might that be?

And who might that be?

Ho, ho, ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

“Santa!!! Over here!!!”

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Coronado's Ferry Landing Beach

I do believe there were even more excited adults than eager children on deck to welcome Santa Claus to Coronado!

A quiet December evening on the beach at Coronado's Ferry Landing

Once again all is quiet on a gorgeous December evening on the beach at The Coronado Ferry Landing.

~Leaving the beach behind~ We're off to San Diego!

Leaving the beach behind, we’re off to San Diego!

A lovely little sandy beach, a Santa Claus sighting, and a ferry boat ride! How cool is that?


Helpful links: Coronado Visitor Center, San, Surprise! A Quiet Little Beach!

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Seasonal Seaside Style with The Sandcastle Man

Posted by Jody on December 10, 2013

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Beach, Southern California

Coronado Beach, Southern California

The Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man at Play

The Sandcastle Man at Play

Look who's here!

Look who’s here!

Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

You can visit with The Sandcastle Man on the beach just outside the Hotel del Coronado!


Check out the live webcam at the Hotel Del to see if you can spot him on the beach today!


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The Ghost of Kate Morgan

Posted by Jody on October 26, 2012

The Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California

Reports of paranormal activity related to the 1892 death of the beautiful, young Kate Morgan at the beach-side Hotel Del Coronado are well known to the locals and the visitors of this sprawling, Victorian seaside resort. According to “The Del’s” public relations department:

“Hotel guests, employees, and even paranormal researchers have attested to some supernatural occurrences at The Del.  Witnesses report flickering lights, televisions that turn on and off by themselves, dramatic shifts in room temperatures, odd scents, unexplained voices, the sound of strange footsteps, mysterious breezes which cause curtains to billow when windows are closed, and objects which move of their own accord; still others claim to have seen the ghost of Kate Morgan herself.”

Years ago, our family spent Christmas week at The Del. Not one of us encountered Kate Morgan’s spirit or experienced any spooky happenings.  In fact, all five of us even scuttled past Kate’s room (#3327) on several occasions! No luck. Maybe we were just looking too hard.

Wide, sandy beach at The Hotel Del Coronado

The wide beach on which The Hotel Del sits is super clean. It stretches along 1 ½ miles of stunning San Diego County coastline. With its glistening sand, gentle waves and the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, it’s the ideal Southern California destination. It is no wonder that, in 2012, the well-respected “Dr. Beach” crowned Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” with the release of his 22nd annual Top 10 Beach List.

The Sand Castle Man at work on the beach at the Hotel Del Coronado.

If you’re heading to Coronado, be sure to look for The Sand Castle Man (aka: Billy Pav) who likes to work (play?) on the beach near The Hotel Del.  He’s a friendly, award winning sand sculptor who loves to chat with passers-by about his rather unique craft. I forgot to ask him if he’s met Kate Morgan!

More related links:

Ghostly Goings-On at the Hotel Del Coronado (San

Guest Post: Let’s start the summer at Coronado Beach!

Cruisin’ Coronado (Travel Monkey)


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Let’s start the summer at Coronado Beach!

Posted by E.G.D. on May 28, 2012

Today’s Featured Writer: Robert Hall

Attractive Features of Coronado Beach, California

Coronado Island, nicknamed “the crown city,” lies on a peninsula connected to the mainland of California. One of the most expensive and famous places to live, in 2011 Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) ranked Coronado Beach as the second best beach in the United States.   If you plan to go, make sure you’ve prepared the appropriate paperwork (e.g. an ESTA US Visa ) if it’s required of citizens in your country, and you’ll be set for your journey to Coronado to enjoy its ethereal beaches, vivacious parties, or alluring resorts.

On the Beach at the Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

Welcome to Coronado!
This city is almost entirely built on the shoreline, and nearly any building you may find yourself in will probably have an ocean view!  In fact, the northern side of the town is a training center for the Navy SEALs. This town has incredibly expensive real estate, and tourism is an essential component of its economy. Not unnaturally, this beachside resort town offers high-rated restaurants with large variety of cuisines.

For all the beach lovers who like to live luxuriously, Coronado has three major resorts (Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island Marriott, and Loews Coronado Bay Resort) and they are well reputed for beauty, elegance, beachfront location, and native architecture.

Coronado Beach, Coronado, California

Beach lovers, Addiction alert!
Nothing beats the feel of cool breeze across your face while you walk on the misty sands of a calm beach. Coronado beach not only sports cool breezes, but it is spacious and not too crowded.  You can enjoy the beautiful sunset and dusk, or the glorious sunrise, and you’ll never have to worry about fighting for space. Be assured that your drive on the Coronado Bridge will take your breath away.

View from the Beach, Coronado, California

The Beach is utterly angelic with sublime, picturesque scenery and a friendly ambiance; it is also truly romantic. It comes highly recommended as a place for marriages, photo-shoots, parties, etc. People who like to take a long walk or jog around the beach can enjoy the free space and smell the fresh air. Of course, if you’re not in the mood to exercise, you could also sit back and enjoy the view. Local people love tourists, so expect a warm welcome and rich food.

It is a multifaceted tourist spot, so don’t let all this talk about there not being too many crowds put you off if you love to be in the middle of a bustling party.  You can visit the clubs or ask your hotel concierge when you might expect to find a party on the beach. Water-sports freaks have a blast here, and the sports fiesta held every year in the month of July organizes competitive races, dives, rough-water swim, etc.  That’s the time to go if you want to show off your water-skills or simply enjoy the show.

About the Author:
Written by Robert Hall, a Tech writer with a travel obsession – catch me @travelplex

Posted in A Treasure of a Beach (Best Beaches), Featured Guest Writer, Monday Miscellaneous, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Surprise! A Quiet Little Beach!~Coronado, California~

Posted by Jody on December 16, 2011

When Greg and I arrived in San Diego earlier this month, the first thing we had planned was a ferry ride from the Broadway Pier across the San Diego Bay to the City of Coronado.  After all, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico we desperately needed rehydration!  It’s a quick 15 minute excursion from San Diego to the Coronado Ferry Landing, and we knew that from there it would be a delightful trek, on a gorgeous sunny day, to the historic Hotel Del Coronado and the well-known sandy beach on which it stands.

Welcome to Coronado! (©Jody Diehl)

Much to our surprise, even before we docked at the ferry terminal, we spotted a sandy stretch. Tucked beside the Coronado Ferry Landing was a sparkling clean, sleepy little beach.

Beach at the Ferry Landing Marketplace (©Jody Diehl)

The beach at the Ferry Landing Marketplace has a nice little grassy area, perfect for picnicking and enjoying the bay breezes.  It’s a peaceful place to relax and enjoy sweeping views of the San Diego Bay and the varied San Diego skyline.

Looking Across San Diego Bay from Coronado (©Jody Diehl)

Looking across San Diego Bay from Coronado (©Jody Diehl)

If you are headed to Coronado for a day of fun via the ferry, you may want to set aside some time to enjoy the view and get your feet wet before heading back across the bay. Sun, sand and the San Diego skyline are a perfect end to a perfect Southern California day!

Have you ever found an unexpected beach?  Please, let us know. We’d love to hear about it!

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Meet The Sandcastle Man!

Posted by Jody on December 12, 2011

Bill Pavlacka is “The Sandcastle Man.”  Greg and I were lucky enough to run across Bill and witness his amazing handiwork on the wide, white sand beach in front of the historic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

The Sand Castle Man -Bill Pavlacka- in front of The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

This awesome sand castle had been built the day before we met “Billy Pav” and I believe he said it had taken him 5 or 6 hours to create this sandy masterpiece.  He was touching up his artwork and putting in place the little tree-like sculptures around the base of the sand castle while we were watching.  Actually, lots of people were admiring this impressive sand sculpture while he continued his work and chatted away, answering questions.  People continually stopped by to smile, take pictures and meet the good-natured Sand Castle Man.

Bill Pavlacka began building his sandy creations nearly 30 ago, when his children were very small.  Now, he’ll even teach you how to build sand sculptures!  Bill told me that if you email him with a request, he would be happy to set up a sand castle building class on the beach. Notice his construction tools of choice: plastic buckets and simple shovels and trowels. He also used a lot of water on this windy, warm December day!

The Sand Castle Man – Bill Pavlacka – at The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

You’ll want to check out The Sandcastle Man‘s photo gallery on his website. While there you can also see a time lapse movie of the building of a sand sculpture and a documentary of his work. It’s all fun stuff!

You just never know what you’ll find at the beach, even in December!

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