Located on a peninsula just across the bay from San Diego, this small city makes for a perfect beach getaway. This season, stay at a resort-within-a-resort in one of Coronado’s most picturesque buildings, observe sea lions from a private yacht, and catch a local production of Much Ado About Nothing.
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 129-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 beach (with VIP Adirondack chair seating). Opt for a private cottage or villa at Beach Village, a resort-within-a-resort operated by the hotel, with multiple secluded pools, private cabanas, and a personal concierge who 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
Hotel del Coronado's main restaurant draws heavily from a beachfront herb garden for many of the ingredients in its 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 calamansi vinaigrette. 1500 Coronado Ave.; 619-522-8490; hoteldel.com.
Stake Chophouse & Bar
Stake serves a classic steakhouse menu with executive chef Tim Kolanko at the helm. 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.; 619-522-0077; stakechophouse.com.
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
This breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot specializes in fresh, locally sourced fare. Though its menu changes seasonally, expect globally influenced offerings like Duroc pork chop with crispy potato, watercress, shishito, and salsa verde. The restaurant also features a wide array of craft beers on tap (with a focus on microbreweries from the San Diego area). 1015 Orange Ave.; 619-437-6087; leroyskitchenandlounge.com.
What To Do
Watch Beach Polo
This Labor Day Weekend (September 1 - 3), Polo America will hold its second annual Beach Polo Cup at Hotel de Coronado, a tournament featuring players from the United States, Argentina, Mexico, and Switzerland. If tournament-goers want to try the action for themselves, they can sign up for a private polo lesson on the beach, taught by expert instructors on horses from the California Polo Club. Sessions are held each day before the matches. poloamerica.com.
See a Concert in the Park
Every Saturday from May 28 - September 3, visitors can rock out to a concert in Spreckels Park as part of the Coronado Summer Concert Series. From Marmalade Skies, a Beatles tribute band, to soul and blues singer Missy Anderson, there’s something for everyone. coronadoconcert.com.
See a Play
For some Shakespeare after a day on the beach, head to the Coronado Playhouse to watch a production of Much Ado About Nothing (1835 Strand Way; 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com). At the Lamb's Players Theatre, there’s Big Fish, based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel of the same name. (1142 Orange Ave.; 619-437-6000; lambsplayers.org).
Charter a Yacht
Seaforth Yachts offers nine 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.