Exploring Coronado Island

Coronado Island - San Diego SkylineEmbarking on a 2-night, 3-day retreat to Coronado Island, nestled just a few miles from San Diego, CA, we discovered an enchanting world apart from the hustle and bustle of Downtown San Diego. 

The journey began with a scenic drive over a remarkable bridge that spans the bay, offering breathtaking views that promised an unforgettable getaway.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

Coronado Island - Pohe’s RestaurantUpon arrival, our first stop was The Ferry Landing, where we dined at Pohe’s. Seated on their open-air porch, we were treated to stunning bay views and the San Diego skyline, setting the tone for our island adventure. We indulged in the Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad and a hearty Clam Chowder paired with a Caesar salad. The food was exceptional, matched only by the impeccable service.

Post-lunch, we strolled around the Ferry Landing, observing the active ferry service connecting Coronado to San Diego at two different stops. 

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Our leisurely walk led us past Cold Stone, where we couldn't resist the temptation of delicious, made-to-order ice cream. 

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Checking into the Glorietta Bay Inn, we were impressed by our well-appointed room and the inviting comfort of the king-size bed. 

Coronado Island - Coronado BeachHowever, the allure of Coronado Beach beckoned us outdoors. There, we marveled at the iconic Del Coronado Hotel and the serene beach, watching surfers dance with the waves. 

Interesting fact: Glorietta Bay Inn and the Del Coronado Hotel were linked during their construction phases. The architect behind both iconic establishments, Mr. Spreckels, designed a convenient route to seamlessly transition between the two.

Coronado Island - Dunes BeachA detour through the rolling dunes onto the wet sand allowed us to fully embrace the coastal beauty as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Dinner at Miguel’s Mexican Cocina inside the Cordova Inn concluded our day with a feast of Enchiladas Suizas and La Combinacion Del Jefe, leaving us with delicious leftovers for the next day. A delightful coconut flan served as the perfect end to our meal. 

Day 2: Adventures Beyond and Return

Coronado Island - Serea in the Del Coronado Hotel Our second day began with a hotel breakfast, offering a spread of American breakfast staples and ample coffee. 

We then ventured off-island for a whale-watching cruise and a visit to Balboa Park, immersing ourselves in the diverse attractions San Diego offers.

Returning to Coronado for the evening, we savored a sophisticated dinner at Serea in the Del Coronado Hotel.

Opting for outdoor seating allowed us to enjoy our meal—the Serea Mezze and a sumptuous half-roasted chicken with Risotto—against the backdrop of a stunning sunset.

The Merlot and a hibiscus spice margarita added a delightful touch to our dining experience.Coronado Island - Serea dinner at sunset

Coronado Island proved to be a remarkable escape, blending leisure and adventure against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and culinary delights. 

Whether you're drawn to the serene beaches, the historical charm, or the vibrant dining scene, Coronado invites exploration and relaxation in equal measure.

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