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Coronado City Beach

Coronado City Beach, on the ocean side of the Coronado Peninsula, is bordered to the north by North Island Naval Air Station and to the south by the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base. You'll likely catch glimpses of low-flying planes conducting maneuvers or aircraft carriers practicing war games. Although the beach is a continuous 1.5-mile stretch with adjacent walkways, there are distinct areas. At the rocky northern end is a dog-friendly beach known locally as Dog Beach. Next to it is Sunset Park, with a large, grassy picnic area.

Further south, the best place for swimming is a wide white-sand beach stretching nearly three-quarters of a mile from lifeguard tower 3 to just past the Hotel Del Coronado, built in 1888 and one of the oldest and largest all-wood buildings in California. A beachfront promenade runs along the entire stretch. Step inside the hotel lobby to see a fine example of Victorian architecture. Behind the hotel, along the promenade, are several food stands with tables.

Trail/Pathway Details


Trailhead: Ocean Boulevard

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard


At its north end, alongside Ocean Boulevard, a low seawall along the sidewalk prevents access to the beach. Across the boulevard are large private homes. A concrete ramp leads onto the beach at Isabella Avenue. The promenade at Hotel Del Coronado provides level access onto the beach. Just past the hotel are condominiums and a low curb alongside rip-rap that again blocks access to the beach. The promenade ends at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base. Coastal views include Point Loma, the Coronado Islands (13 miles offshore), and Tijuana.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

2 motorized and 2 manual beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To check them out, ring the intercom on the Main Lifeguard Tower at 920 Ocean Blvd. for service.

Accessible Parking: Yes

Accessible street parking is along Ocean Boulevard at Isabella Avenue and Ocean Drive. Free lots for the beach by the Hotel Del Coronado are at Avenida de las Arenas and one block south on an unnamed street.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At foot of Isabella Avenue. Shower facilities include a roll-in shower with small, attached wooden bench and high shower head (no hand-held). 

Other Things of Interest

An accessible path extends at least 100 feet onto the sand from the sidewalk’s ramped entrance at Isabella Avenue.

A paved pedestrian/bike path, the Silver Strand Bikeway, travels from Coronado to Imperial Beach along a narrow, seven-mile-long strip of land known as the Silver Strand, passing Glorietta Bay and Silver Strand State Beach. To reach the bikeway from the promenade, cross Silver Strand Boulevard at Avenida de las Arenas.

Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

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  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • hiking
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Coronado
Phone: (619) 522-7300
Hours: Always open
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Not allowed on beach
Public Transportation: San Diego Metropolitan Transit
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, October 8, 2008
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