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Beach near the bayside golf course?

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Beach near the bayside golf course?

My family is renting a vacation house on Coronado over Christmas and it fronts the bayside golf course. We've stayed at the Hotel Del before only know about the beaches near there. Are there any beaches at all near the golf course or should we just count on riding our bikes to the ocean beach? I'm sure the ocean side is better and I know the water will be cold but am just wondering about beach availability near the course and that area of the island/isthmus.

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1. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?


There's a small beach on the north side of the bridge (near the old toll plaza) that may work for you. There's a bike path to the beach and park that goes along the north end of the golf course and under the bridge, so you won't have to worry about crossing busy Highway 75

Here's a link to a Google map of the area. If you use the satellite view, you'll see the beach in the photos.


And here's a link to the SDCVB site that describes the Coronado beaches:


Hope that helps.

Oh. One other thing that's a MUST when in Coronado at Christmas--check out the Christmas tree inside the lobby of the Hotel Del.

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2. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?

Thanks so much! I was beginning to think no one was on the Coronado forum. This is a great help and we'll make sure to check out the Del. Any other suggestions are welcome!

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3. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?

Hi Tess,

Glad to help out. How long will you be in Coronado? What are your other interests? Ages of your kids? Boys/girls? Will you have a car?

Knowing some of that may help with other suggestions.

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4. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?

Our family will be in Coronado a week over New Year's. Our 'kids' are 23 and 20 (one boy and one girl) and we love being outdoors and enjoy good restaurants (especially seafood). We're flying into San Diego but will rent a car once we're there.

The four of us were in San Diego a few years ago for the Holiday Bowl and stayed at the Marriott across the bay from Coronado. We toured the Midway and had a ball whale watching on the former America's cup sailing ship. My husband and I have been to the zoo (on another trip) but the kids haven't. I don't think anyone's ever too old for the San Diego zoo but don't now if that should be on our must-do list this time.

Since we're so close to the golf course, my son wants to play a few times--I would think they rent clubs?

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5. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?


Thanks for the info... I used to live on Coronado when I was in the Navy ('87-'91) and loved it for its small town feel and being 10-15 minutes from most of the major attractions in San Diego. When I moved back, I couldn't afford buying a place there, so I'm on the other side of the bay now.

I checked on the golf course's website, and they do rent clubs, so your son can go golfing if he wants.


In your original post, you mentioned riding your bicycles to the beach. I'm not sure if you're bringing your own or if you intend to rent some. If renting, Holland Bicycles on Orange Ave. has bikes for rent.


When I lived on Coronado, I would ride my bike down the Silver Strand (the isthmus south of Coronado). There's a great bike path that leads all the way down to Imperial Beach, about 8 miles distant.

You'll pass by the U.S. Navy Amphibious base (on the left as you're going south) and the U.S. Navy SEAL Team training facility across the street on the right. Neither are open to the public, but you can see the SEAL team obstacle course from the road.

One word of caution. It's a breeze heading south on the Silver Strand because the wind will be at your back; coming back north, you'll be heading into the wind.

At the north end of Orange Ave is the Coronado Ferry Landing. There's cluster of little gift shops and restaurants there, as well as the pier to catch the ferry over to downtown (Broadway St. Pier) or the convention center. The ferry costs $4.25 each way and takes about 15 minutes. It's a cheap little "harbor cruise" that takes you past Seaport Village and the USS Midway.


The ferry landing has a spectacular view of the San Diego skyline, and there's a seafood restaurant called Peohe's (which I've not been to) right on the waterfront overlooking the harbor.


Not far from your house will be the Coronado Boathouse restaurant on Glorietta Bay (I was there 20 years ago and it was good then, but who knows now).


If you like Mexican food, I enjoy Miguel's in the El Cordova hotel complex on Orange Ave. Just across from the Hotel Del.


The only issue with Miguel's is there can be a 20-30 minute wait at the height of the evening dinner rush.

Off of Coronado, there are plenty of things to do.

For the outdoor experience, you can go to the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. It marks where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed in California in 1542. It has an old lighthouse and stunning views of San Diego harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Bring binoculars as you may be able to catch glimpses of migrating gray whales that time of year. It's one of my personal favorite places in San Diego.


Cabrillo does close at 5 PM, so to fully enjoy it, try to get there no later than 3 PM. Also, to get there, you'll pass through Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery with all of its white headstones. Very moving.

Up the coast are the Torrey Pines Glider Port and the Torrey Pines State Reserve. At the glider port, you can watch people hang glide and parasail, and the state reserve is a park with large cliffs right on the beach.



Nearby is the Birch Aquarium and the UCSD campus.


To the south is the ARCO US Olympic Training Center, where many of our athletes train for the summer Olympics. It has a small visitor center and gift shop, and you can take a mile-long walk through the facility and see the training fields (soccer, BMX, archery, etc.)


For a historical take on San Diego, check out Old Town State Historical Park and Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, the very first Spanish Mission in California.



Old Town can be a bit touristy with tons of gift/souvenir shops and restaurants. Still, it's a vibrant place where you can experience a lot of Spanish and Mexican culture and sights.

For a fun take for the twenty-somethings (actual, or at heart), there's Mission Bay (where Sea World is located), Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach.

Mission Bay is a man-made bay with lots of water activities (sailing, windsurfing, jet skis).


Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is definitely where the younger surf crowd hangs out. There's a miles long "boardwalk" (actually concrete sidewalk) with shops, bars, restaurants, and you'll see plenty of people just walking, roller blading, or skateboarding.



Also there is Belmont Park with its wooden roller coaster and arcades.


North of Cabrillo National Monument is the small community of Ocean Beach. It's got a off-beat, 1960's tie-dyed kind of vibe to it.



Along the water in Ocean Beach is Sunset Cliffs, a great place to watch--you guessed it--the sunset over the Pacific.

And if you get bored with all of that and want to head out of San Diego for a day trip, you can either head to the wine country in Temecula or east to the small 1800's gold mining town of Julian.

Temecula has a quaint Old Town center with lots of little shops and restaurants, and then you can stop into a couple of the many wineries east of town for a tour or tasting.


Shorty's Bistro at the Mount Palomar winery has a nice Mediterranean lunch menu that's moderately priced ($15)

Temecula is about an 70 minute drive from Coronado up I-15.

Julian is about an hour and a half from Coronado and is at 4,400 feet elevation, so it definitely will be cooler at altitude. In fact, there may even be a possibility of snow on top of nearby Mt. Laguna (6,000 ft), and there may be restrictions on travel (chains required on tires). So I'd check the weather before heading up there.

Julian itself has a lot of little arts and craft type shops and restaurants. It's known for its surrounding apple orchards, so plenty of places sell really good apple pie.

If the weather is good, take the Sunrise Highway to the top of Mount Laguna for some spectacular views of the Anza-Borrego Desert in the valley below.


Well, I hope that helps give you some ideas on things to do or see while you're here. Feel free to ask questions.

Enjoy your planning!

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6. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?

zed, you're incredible! Thanks so much for the fabulous tips--this will help immensely. This will be our first family vacation in a few years so just being together for a entire week makes this mama happy, but I love your suggestions and we'll definitely incorporate them into our trip.

I'll report back after we get home!

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7. Re: Beach near the bayside golf course?

Hi Tess,

You're welcome! Can you tell I'm a little partial to San Diego??? :-) Or that I enjoy telling others about my adopted hometown (originally from Chicago by way of college in Iowa (Go Cyclones!), and work in Indiana)??

A couple of things I forgot to mention...

Parking at Mission Beach and Pacific Beach can be a real pain, but be persistent. It may pay off to get there early in the day to find a spot easier.

I forgot to include La Jolla and La Jolla Cove, a very upscale community like Coronado but near Torrey Pines. La Jolla Cove often has seals hanging out, so you may catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat.


Finally, here's the link to Julian that I forgot to include.


I'll shut up now... :-) (But, seriously, if you do have any questions, post them or send me a private message using the link to my profile.)

Enjoy! Time to go out and play.

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