Q: We’re thinking of going to San Diego with our two girls, 9 and 12. I love the idea of staying in Coronado. Have you been? Any suggestions? Thanks! GG
A: Hi GG! You’ve hit on one of my favorite spots on the west coast. My family LOVES Coronado, a lovely island enclave of beaches, walkable shops, and tasty spots in San Diego. The historic “Hotel Del” (128 years young), is an icon of the island; its red mansard roofs are pretty much synonymous with the beach here, and its 757 rooms are often filled with families.
There’s a pool, a kids club, and both a candy shop, Spreckles, and ice cream parlor, Moo Time, inside the property. Not to mention a prime location on a golden stretch of sand. (As classic movie fans, we also loved that its featured in Some Like It Hot.)
However, it’s not the only spot to stay on the island. Directly across the street from Hotel Del is Coronado Beach Resort, one of my travel secrets. It’s part of a vacation club Resort Time, but they make their units — spacious, multi-room apartments — available to regular guests when they’re available. My family stayed a few years back and payed about a third of the price of a regular hotel in the city. There are free bike rentals, free coffee and popcorn in the lobby, and, best of all, free access to the pool at the luxurious Loews Coronado resort lower down the island.
Speaking of Loews, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort is also a fabulous spot for families. On it’s own peninsula just down island from Hotel Del, it’s across the street from a fabulous beach and scenic marina, has a gorgeous pool, and offers kids programs and specials.
While you’re on Coronado Island, don’t pass up a chance to stop at Clayton’s Coffee Shop, a retro diner with cool counter seating, huge breakfast platters, and sweet tooth temptations including homemade pie, donuts, and ice cream creations.
Have a family travel question? Email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org