Hey there, traveler! Welcome to our new blog. Because we receive guests at our Coronado hotel from all over the U.S. and all over the world, we’re regularly asked for our Coronado and San Diego recommendations of restaurants and activities, as well as all the pet-friendly and family-friendly hot spots. So we present to you — in no particular order — our “Top 10” things do in Coronado for any newcomers.
Top 10 Things to Do in Coronado as a First-Time Visitor
1. Bike to Coronado Beach and Dog Park
Check out one of our complimentary beach cruiser bicycles when you stay at Crown City Inn. The beach is just about a mile away! That’s a six-minute bike ride, or an easy twenty to walk.
2. Catch a San Diego Padres game
Any big baseball fans out there? We’ve got you covered when you come to town. We can provide our guests with tickets to a game with the best seats in the house, right behind home plate. Learn more about this special offer here.
3. Make a taco run
No visit to SoCal is complete without some authentic Mexican food! There are just too many options for great food in Coronado and San Diego, so here’s a great list that’ll satisfy whatever you’re looking for when you break for lunch.
4. Take a surfing lesson
Because Coronado has plenty of exposed beach area, it’s one of the best spots in California for surfers of all skill levels. Take a surfing lesson if you can! You’ve meant to try the sport your whole life, so why not now? You’re on vacation!
5. Brunch early and often
We share our property with the Crown Bistro, a long-time local favorite run by award-winning chef Jerry Tovar. You hardly have to leave your room to find the best brunch in Coronado. The French toast is calling your name. Pro tip: Crown Bistro doesn’t only serve brunch; that’s just our favorite meal of the day. Have a look at those lunch and dinner menus, too!
6. Visit the USS Midway Museum
The historical USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier. Tour the aircraft carrier — and all of their fun, educational exhibits — every day of the week.
7. Taste the best seafood
Living in Coronado and running our waterfront hotel mean a lot of great things, and for all the foodies out there: Welcome to seafood heaven. If you’re especially avid, don’t be afraid to step off the island back into San Diego. We love our local joints for a great lobster roll or raw oysters, but our San Diego area is as rich with seafood restaurants as it is with Mexican cuisine.
8. Explore La Jolla Cove
This one might be a bit of a drive, but we promise it’ll be worth it! Whether you’re a travel photographer or you just love to collect great views in your memory, this is the spot for you.
9. Check out the San Diego Zoo
They haven’t been ranked as the #1 zoo in the world for nothing.
This is Thrax, aka Thra-XX, aka the most interesting sifaka in the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In Malagasy culture, sifakas are often viewed as “sacred sun worshippers.” This traditional view likely stems from the animals’ curious habit of basking in the early morning sun before heading out to forage for food. S/O to keeper Yeleny Smith for the fun photos. #leapinglemurs #sunworshipper #californianas #sandiegozoo #themostinterestinglemurintheworld
10. Watch for whales
You can do this for free or you can take a tour, but this is one of Coronado’s greatest tourist attractions and one of our own favorite activities.