At San Diego Walks we know you want to go to the ‘must see’ spots in ‘America’s Finest City’ – Balboa Park, Old Town, Coronado are great examples – but maybe you don’t want to get lost in the crowds who visit there each year. We feel the same! That’s why San Diego Walks takes you to the places you want to see, but we get you off the beaten path and show you the hidden spots and secret treasure each of these popular tourist destinations have that most visitors miss – locals and out-of-towners alike.
Minutes from Downtown San Diego, Coronado feels a world away from the bustle of the “mainland.” We’ll explore the beginnings of this unique beach town, find some hidden treasures, and top it all off with a sweet treat and a view of Coronado’s world renown beach!
Rotary Park. 1050 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
We’ll start our tour in the heart of downtown, lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants, almost all locally-owned and operated.
As we walk along both the main street and side streets of Coronado, we’ll spy on architectural gems, some of which employed the latest technology when built over a century ago. You’ll hear what drew Charles Lindbergh, L. Frank Baum, and Marilyn Monroe to this unique beach town. We’ll also pop into a local museum (subject to availability) to look at artifacts and photos that will bring these stories to life.
After we stop to admire the architecture from some of San Diego’s most noted builders, we’ll make a quick stop for a snack at a local eatery. Refreshed, we’ll make our way to Coronado beach, one of the best in the country. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico! We’ll stroll by multi-million dollar homes that line Ocean Blvd and you’ll hear about the people who once lived there, including the residents of the historic Spreckels Mansion.
We’ll also stop on the beach by the world-famous, historic Hotel del Coronado. This icon is over 130 years old and is an American treasure, having hosted celebrities, dignitaries, and US presidents. After a walk around the grounds, we’ll stroll past more stores and cafes and end up where we started. From here, you’re free to explore on your own. Your guide will make suggestions on what else to see and do, and give you tips on where to eat and shop.