Coronado Charm

September 6, 2012

We spent last weekend in San Diego, stopping by several of our favorite places while in town.  We visit the area at least once a year since we have family and friends that live there and it’s one of our most favorite places to relax and soak up some So Cal sunshine.

One of the most charming places to stop is just outside downtown San Diego, the small city of Coronado with its famous Hotel del Coronado.

san diego palm trees


To get to Coronado Island, you take the bridge and along the way you get a great view of the downtown San Diego skyline.

downtown san diego view


The Hotel Del is a beautiful Victorian structure that draws visitors from around the world.

hotel del coronado from beach

hotel del  coronado entrance

hotel del coronado



The classic comedy ‘Some Like it Hot’ was filmed at the Hotel Del in 1958, though in the film the location was deemed to be in the state of Florida.  The flick is a family favorite of ours which is another reason we love to visit.

some like it hot


There’s a wide path along the pale sandy beach where you can stroll the grounds or grab a bite at the oceanfront cafe.

hotel del sign


Sunbathe in the afternoon or simply take a walk with your toes in the sand.

hotel del umbrellas


We stayed in the old hotel once many years ago and the inside is a historic beauty.  If you spend the really big bucks, you can snag one of these newer beachfront cottages with Pacific Ocean views, wow!

cottages hotel del

sand hotel del


The town is pretty affluent so the real estate prices are super high, but I’m a looky loo when it comes to houses and they’re so much fun to drive by, from the beach cottages to the larger villas in the residential area.

cornado home

seaside home coronado


There are plenty of shops and cute restaurants in town too, Coronado is definitely worth an afternoon visit if you’re in the San Diego area.

shops in coronado

open windows coronado


Other San Diego top attractions we love:  the downtown Gaslamp Quarter; Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo; the beaches and Cedros Avenue shops in Solana Beach (amazing interior decor shops and weekend farmer’s market); Mission Bay; touring the USS Midway, Shelter Island and Point Loma, especially Point Loma Seafoods, yum!

san diego sailboat


Fellow San Diego lovers, what are your local favorites?


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