What's New in Coronado, California

Jesus Lazaro

Hotels to book, restaurants to try, and cultural events to experience this summer in Coronado.

Where To Stay

Hotel Del Coronado
The red-shingled roof of the Hotel del Coronado is a fixture in the California beach town’s picturesque shoreline. The 125-year-old resort boasts 11 restaurants and bars and a slew of summer-exclusive activities for guests to enjoy, like recurring clambakes and movies on the lawn (with VIP Adirondack chair seating). Opt for a private cottage or villa at Beach Village, a recently renovated resort-within-a-resort operated by the hotel, with multiple secluded pools, private cabanas, and an exclusive concierge that can arrange for yachts, in-room spa and salon services, beach valets, and more. Rooms, from $400; villas, from $3,650 per night; 1500 Ocean Ave.; 619-435-6611; hoteldel.com.

Where to Eat

At this 8,000-square-foot Japanese-style steakhouse, many dishes are cooked table-side by traditional Teppanyaki chefs. Choose from a hibachi menu of steaks, chicken, and seafood, with specials like the Coronado King, which combines prime wagyu beef with lobster tail and grilled mushrooms. There’s also a full sushi menu with options like albacore tuna served with jalapeno and garlic ponzu vinaigrette. 126 Orange Ave.; 619-435-1775; shimacoronado.com.

1500 OCEAN
Hotel Del Coronado's main restaurant draws heavily from a beachfront herb garden for many of the ingredients in chef de cuisine Meredith Manee’s seasonal dishes. Highlights include appetizers like Yellowtail Crudo with black radish, Serrano peppers, and carrot-tangerine puree, and main dishes like Seared Day Boat Scallops with forbidden rice, snow peas, and kalamansi vinaigrette. 1500 Coronado Ave.; 619-522-8490; hoteldel.com.

Stake Chophouse & Bar
Stake serves a classic steakhouse menu under the helm of executive chef Tim Kolanko. Patrons can expect fare like wood-fired oysters Rockefeller, shaved Brussels sprouts with feta and smoked almonds, and a full list of steaks and chops. 1309 Orange Ave.; 619-435-1775; stakechophouse.com.

Perhaps the most exciting addition to the island’s dining scene, Gustatory serves up a range of hearty and healthy breakfast items, like ancient grain oatmeal (oats, farro, and chia seeds), and Mexican hot cocoa pancakes (pancakes made with a batter that includes hunks of Mexican drinking chocolate and topped with a cinnamon cream and chocolate sauce). 120 Orange Ave.; 619-319-5696; gustatorysd.com.

What To Do

Coronado Public Library Summer Festival 2016
The library hosts concerts, film screenings, workshops, and lectures every weekend this summer that cater to a variety of interests. Highlights include a USO show–style swing concert, a photography exhibit of the classic film sets at MGM studios, and classes from flamenco to journaling to gluten-free cooking. coronadoarts.com.

See a Play
For some Shakespeare after a day on the beach, head to the Coronado Playhouse to watch a production of Hamlet (1835 Strand Way; 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com). If you are around before June 26, you can still catch the current production of cult classic Sordid Lives. For something more lighthearted, there’s American Rhythm, a lively song-and-dance retrospective of a century of American music, at the Lamb's Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave.; 619-437-6000; lambsplayers.org).

Charter a Yacht
Seaforth Yachts offers seven different luxury sailing yachts for charter. You can also choose from one of their pre-set sailboat experiences, like the four-hour Bay Sail Cruise, which offers fantastic views of downtown San Diego’s skyline, and lets guests get up close and personal with sea lions (at Ballast Point) and dolphins (at the U.S. naval base). seaforthyachts.com.

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