Nicknamed the ‘Crown City,’ Coronado earns its regal title due to its majestic beaches, grand resorts and iconic vibe. Located just ten minutes from downtown San Diego, this amazing locale is reachable via a short ferry ride or drive over the Coronado Bridge, but you’ll feel like you’ve gone on a relaxing vacation a world away. We’ve put together a guide to family fun in the charming resort city––from beach-going to bike riding and summer concerts to the best eats and where to stay the night if you just can’t bring yourself to go home. Flip through our slideshow to plan a day or weekend to remember.

Coronado Beach

No trip to Coronado would be complete with a visit to the idyllic hometown beach that draws visitors from around the world. Spot the famous Hotel Del Coronado and you’ve found the south end of the 1.5-mile long pristine shore of Coronado beach. Known for its gentle waves and gold sand, not to mention the backdrop of the grand mansions along Ocean Avenue, Coronado beach was recently named one of the top 10 beaches of 2017. At this picture-perfect locale, you'll find free parking on nearby streets, bathrooms, showers, fire pits and a place for dogs to run at the North end.

Insider's Tip: Parking can be tricky on the weekends during tourist season, especially along Ocean Ave. near the beach. To score a spot, drive back into the neighborhoods and plan to walk a few blocks.

919 Ocean Blvd.
Coronado, Ca 92118

photo: Hotel Del Coronado

What does your family love to do in Coronado? Tell us in the comments below.

––Nikki Walsh