A trip to Coronado feels like you’re leaving behind the mainland for a dose of island living, but it’s not your typical beach town. Part resort, part Naval Base, part luxury homes for the rich, Coronado is many things to many people.
After we meet on the mainland we’ll start our tour by taking a ferry ride over to Coronado. As we sail across the bay, you’ll get great photo ops of the downtown San Diego skyline and the Coronado Bridge. An active port, you never know what you’ll see sailing by.
(Please note that the ferry leaves at 9 am on the dot, so if you’re not at the meeting point at the designated start time, we will be forced to leave without you.)
Once we arrive at Coronado, we’ll hop aboard local transit and head down Orange Avenue, the main street in town named after the orange trees planted here in the late 19th century. After a short ride we’ll arrive the main part of town, lined with cafes, shops and restaurants, almost all locally-owned and operated.
Along the way we’ll learn about the first military flying school located on the island, where sailors first learned to fly. We’ll spy architectural gems, some of which employed the latest technology when built over a century ago. And you’ll hear what drew Charles Lindbergh, L. Frank Baum and Marilyn Monroe to this unique beach town. We’ll also pop into a local museum (subject to availability) to look at artifacts and photos that will bring these stories to life.
When hunger strikes we’ll make a quick stop for a snack at a local eatery. It could be something sweet or something savory – depending on our mood – but whichever way we go, we promise it will be locally made and delicious.
Refreshed, we’ll make our way to Coronado beach, one of the best in the country. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico! We’ll stroll by multi-million dollar homes that line Ocean Blvd and you’ll hear about the people who once lived there, including the residents of the historic Spreckels Mansion.
Our last stop will be at the world-famous, historic Hotel del Coronado. This icon is over 130 years old and is an American treasure, having hosted celebrities, dignitaries, and US presidents. We’ll take a tour around the grounds, finishing up just outside the spectacular Crown Room (home to a luxe Sunday brunch).
From here, you’re free to explore on your own. Your guide will make suggestions on what else to see and do, give you tips on where to eat and shop and let you know the times for the next shuttle or ferry.
If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Coronado Bay and the Beach group tour
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation costs during the tour (bus and ferry), entry into Historical Museum(subject to availability) and one snack.
Exclusions: Additional food or drinks, souvenirs and personal items and gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear casual dress appropriate for the weather. Note that it can be cool on the ferry ride, so you may want to carry a sweater or light jacket. Please also bring a bottle of water and sunscreen.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: This tour runs rain or shine, so please be prepared accordingly. If you suffer from sea sickness, you may want to bring medication for nausea and dizziness.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and over inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge; however, please note that you will be required to pay for their public transit tickets and other related costs. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.