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Coronado Tours

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Coronado
Across the bay from downtown San Diego, the small resort town of Coronado is an idyllic escape from the city with a wide, sandy coastline and a tree-lined main drag that’s home to shops and restaurants. Visitors go to hang out on the beach, tour historical sites, and watch the sunset.
 
The Basics
You may hear Coronado called an island, but it's actually a peninsula, connected to the mainland by a long spit of sand known as the Silver Strand. Most visitors arrive, however, via the 2.1-mile (3.4-kilometer) Coronado Bridge. There are a variety of ways to see Coronado, from a quick visit during a San Diego city tour or a more in-depth Coronado Segway tour to a brunch cruise or sailing tour where you can admire the enclave from the water.
 
Popular destinations include the Coronado Museum of History and Art, Coronado Ferry Landing, Silver Strand State Beach, and shopping along Orange Avenue. If you only do one thing, though, it must be a visit to Hotel del Coronado, the grand dame of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The town is only about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) wide—it’s best explored on foot or by bike.
  • Bike rentals are available around town; children are required to wear helmets.
  • If you want to spend time on the beach and visit some of the attractions, plan for a whole day in Coronado.
  • Metered parking and paid parking lots can be found around town.
 
How to Get There
Coronado is roughly 15 minutes by car from downtown San Diego via the bridge. You can also take the Coronado Ferry for a 15-minute ride across San Diego Bay. By public transport, bus 901 travels between San Diego and Coronado.
 
When to Get There
Go on a weekday to avoid crowds of locals who descend on the weekends for beach time or brunch. If you’re returning to San Diego on the ferry, pay attention to the schedule, as it does not typically operate late at night. Popular events in Coronado include the summertime Tuesday farmers market at the Ferry Landing and the Holiday Festival at Hotel del Coronado.
 
Hotel del Coronado
“The Del,” as it’s known, is Coronado’s top attraction—a National Historic Landmark built in the Victorian style in the 1880s. Admire its architecture and design inside and out, from the elegant, polished wood lobby to the recognizable red rooftops. Former guests include Charlie Chaplin, Katharine Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, and several U.S. presidents. If you’re not staying there, go for drinks or a bite to eat, or take a docent-led tour.
Address: Coronado 92118, USA
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your silver, gold, or platinum day pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 12 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
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  • 2 hours
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$42.00
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San Diego Scenic Tour

San Diego Scenic Tour

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In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
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  • 4 hours
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$79.90
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The San Diego Highlights Tour

The San Diego Highlights Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
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  • 7 hours
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$159.00
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Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

San Diego City Lights Night Tour

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Explore San Diego at night under the moonlight with this 1.5-hour city lights tour. Travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. Catch sights of the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, and the Star of India. Plus ride to the top of the Coronado Bridge and see sights lit up all over the city, as well as some from Tijuana.
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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Sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina style sailboat during this intimate cruise with a small group. Feel like you have the ship all to yourself on this trip that’s limited to just 12 total guests, watching as the last rays of the sun drop into the glistening waves. Enjoy the included beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks during the ride, as well as jackets and wind gear in case you get cold. You can even plug in your own music to add to the fun. Departure times vary throughout the year. Guest must contact Sail San Diego after purchase for the exact departure time.
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

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Sail along the San Diego Bay on this relaxing 1-hour cruise. While aboard, enjoy views of the city, as well as US naval vessels, the Star of India, and the Coronado Bridge. Catch sight of the Hotel del Coronado, and spot sea lions in their natural habitats. Along the 1-hour route, you can pick up a snack and drink at the snack bar (own expense), and relax as you cruise the water.
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  • 1 hour
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

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Explore San Diego at your own pace with a full-day ticket to ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley through the city. Simply board the trolley at your cruise ship’s port of call and visit historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods at eleven centrally-located stops. Get a glimpse of California’s past in Old Town then see the magnificent ships that moor at the bustling waterfront; grab a spot on a beach to watch surfers catch breaking waves, and try to spot the famous ghost at the elegant Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Tour

San Diego Tour

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With year-round perfect weather, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and top-notch cultural attractions, San Diego embodies the best of Southern California. Discover its many delights on a morning tour that takes you through this city's most charming areas, from the leafy promenades and fountains of Balboa Park to the legendary Hotel del Coronado and historic urban streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Skip the stress of driving and let a local guide show you around town, making several stops to soak up the sunny ambiance and do some California dreamin’ of your own.
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  • 3 hours
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Our San Diego Guided Bike Tours are safe, fun and fascinating!

Our San Diego Guided Bike Tours are safe, fun and fascinating!

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Coronado is just across the bay from downtown San Diego. Coronado mean’s “The Crowed One” in Spanish. If you want to enjoy the outdoors while exploring San Diego at a slower pace this is the way to do it! Spectacular views of San Diego Bay and San Diego Skyline are included at no extra cost! From the Coronado Ferry Landing we’ll begin our totally flat, almost car-free tour on a beautiful separated bike path. We’ll ride under the Coronado Bridge, through the island onto the Silver Strand bike path. The Silver Strand parallels the ocean and San Diego Bay, which is often referred to as the most beautiful and cyclist-friendly bike routes in Southern California. On some of the 15 miles of dedicated bike paths we’ll pass gorgeous Victorian homes, the Naval Amphibious Base, home of the SEAL team 6 and stop the famous (and infamous!) Hotel Del Coronado. We may even stop for ice cream!
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Coronado Island Segway Tour

Coronado Island Segway Tour

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Traveling by Segway is not only fun and different, but allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. On this guided and narrated morning or afternoon tour, explore downtown San Diego and admire gorgeous views of San Diego Bay from the Embarcadero. Take a ferry ride to Coronado Island to check out still more sights, including pretty Coronado Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 3 hours
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Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience - Coronado Island Electric Bicycle Tour

Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience - Coronado Island Electric Bicycle Tour

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Guests will enjoy a super-fun guided electric bicycle tour on Coronado's most beautiful coastal bike paths, scenic photo hotspots, and areas of historical interest. You can pedal if you like, but Fat Woody’s powerful electric drive system will easily push you along with the breeze at a gentle cruising speed of 8-15 mph. Relax to The Beach Boys as we take a musical blast-to-the-past on our 'Surfin Safari' around the island! Inspired by the woody wagons of California beach & surf culture, Fat Woody Beach Cruisers are custom handcrafted. Finished with real mahogany, white oak and premium leather, these cruisers are a true piece of art on wheels. If you’re looking for a truly unique & memorable southern California experience, take a ride on one of these incredibly unique beach cruisers! (2) Two Guest Minimum - (6) Six Riders Maximum Riders must be minimum 21 years old - *15 years old with parent. Riders MUST be 5’2” and taller and must have proficient bicycle riding skills.
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  • 2 hours
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The Famous Coronado Tour

The Famous Coronado Tour

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Get whisked away to Coronado Island for a personalized tour of the affluent beach resort. A private guide drives you across the San Diego–Coronado Bridge and accompanies you to the iconic Hotel del Coronado for an up-close look at this National Historic Landmark. Spend time at Coronado Beach and the Glorietta Bay Inn, and get plenty of photo ops of San Diego Bay and the city skyline. Bottled water, snacks and round-trip hotel transport by luxury vehicle are included.
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  • 2 hours
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The San Diego Tour: La Jolla, Old Town, Gaslamp, Coronado Island -from San Diego

The San Diego Tour: La Jolla, Old Town, Gaslamp, Coronado Island -from San Diego

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Come join us for a fun-filled adventure of touring “America’s Finest City” – San Diego! From the white sand beaches of La Jolla to the oldest Spanish settlement of Old Town, the vibrancy of The Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Downtown San Diego, Little Italy, and Coronado Island, San Diego has it all and we want to show you the best of it on our sightseeing tour of San Diego! Whether on vacation with your family or in town for the day on business, you will be sure to fall in love with this city on the sea. From our Best Coast Tours family to yours, come cruise with the Best!
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  • 6 hours
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San Diego Bike Tours on Coronado Island

San Diego Bike Tours on Coronado Island

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Coronado Bike Tour Highlights: Almost car-free & totally flat Primarily on Bike Paths White Sand beaches voted the Top 10 best in US Hotel Del Coronado Coronado Bridge Coronado Golf Course The inspiration for the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz Silver Strand Bike Path with the Ocean on one side & the Bay on the other Naval Amphibious Base Duration: 2 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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San Diego Life at the Beach Tour

San Diego Life at the Beach Tour

Feel the good vibes of the California coast as you stroll the sands of San Diego’s best beaches on this 4-hour tour. Sip a refreshing iced tea at the historic Hotel Del Coronado before checking out iconic strips of sand including Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, where you’ll stop for lunch. Finish your day amidst the postcard-perfect views of La Jolla Cove, admiring the resident sea lions, seals and pelicans that call the area home. All beach entrance fees, plus lunch, bottled water and a driver-guide, are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
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Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Take the guesswork out of your sightseeing in San Diego and book a half-day private tour with an ultimate itinerary. Leave the driving to a personal guide who accompanies you by luxury car or SUV to the city’s major attractions. Stroll the landscaped gardens of Balboa Park, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, drive across the bridge to visit Coronado Island or discover the cliffside enclave of La Jolla. On this tour, set your own pace at the sights that interest you most!
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  • 4 hours
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2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Old Town

2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Old Town

On this GPS guided scooter tour you will start in historic Little Italy that was home to the Italian community, and see how it evolved into the modern business and artistic community it is today. Make your past the ships in the bay that explored the new world, or patrolled the waters in time of war, into the Gaslamp Quarter which was once San Diego’s red-light district and see how it got re-imagined into the social scene it is today. As you leave modern San Diego you will begin your tip into history as you make your way through beautiful Mission Hills, you will pass many houses and businesses 50 years old and some much older. Your jump into history will take you past Historic Fort Stockton, into Presidio Park where the old Spanish Mission used to stand, into Old Town San Diego where you can see how San Diego looked in the old west with its Spanish and American residents forming a thriving community.
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  • 2 hours
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GPS Guided Coronado Electric Scooter Tour

GPS Guided Coronado Electric Scooter Tour

This tour is for anyone that wants to discover California’s Crown Jewel, Coronado Island. Explore Coronado’s pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops and much more. As you enjoy the drive, it takes you to all the best sites, recommends restaurants, cracks jokes and tells the stories that bring a destination to life. Start in Downtown San Diego before boarding the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you make your way across by ferry. Make your way through Downtown Coronado where you’ll hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history from the speakers on your scooter. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island. Don’t miss out on one of our most unique tours!
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego

San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego

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Take a ferry from San Diego over to Coronado to become better acquainted with the city on this 3-hour tour. Cruise across the San Diego Bay to get to Coronado, and then explore what the city has to offer. Go to Star Park, Spreckels Mansion, the Hotel del Coronado, and, of course, the beach. Take in stunning views of the Pacific before setting off to sightsee on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

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Sail the lovely waters off San Diego on a private yacht charter. The itinerary is up to you, or your captain can suggest some places to go. You can opt for a whale watching tour (seasonal), or lay anchor and go for a swim. If you prefer, choose a bay tour; seeing the sights like the Hotel del Coronado, Point Loma Lighthouse, Tijuana, and the San Diego skyline.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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