Coronado (meaning “the crowned one” in Spanish) is a picturesque peninsular community of 7.4 square miles located at the southwestern corner of San Diego County. It is almost completely surrounded by water and would be an island except for a long, narrow strip of land called The Silver Strand running from its south end to the mainland of San Diego County, connecting at Imperial Beach. State Highway 75 runs along “The Strand” (as it’s called locally) providing motor vehicle access to Coronado. On Coronado’s east side lies San Diego Bay and on its west, the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, homeowners on Coronado’s east side have not only views of picturesque San Diego Bay, but also of San Diego’s expansive skyline which is especially lovely at night. Residents on the west enjoy views of gorgeous white sand beaches and spectacular ocean sunsets. An especially lucky few have views of both. Also connecting Coronado to San Diego is the graceful San Diego-Coronado Bridge which spans San Diego Bay. Due to its distinctive geography, residents of Coronado (pop. 26,000) enjoy a life set amidst subtropical beauty and a paradisiacal climate.
Coronado offers not only extremely pleasant residential areas, but its downtown (also called “The Village”) boasts almost 100 restaurants & cafes, many of them with open air seating, & over 200 boutiques and shops, many of them specialty shops. This community is also the very special locale of three resorts, golf courses, fabulous beaches, and what may be the crown jewel of Coronado, the Hotel Del Coronado (affectionately referred to as “The Del” locally). A National Historic Landmark, this queen of a hotel routinely hosts famous celebrities and VIP’s and has been visited by almost every sitting president since Lyndon B. Johnson.
At the northeast point of Coronado is the Ferry Landing Marketplace where one can board the ferry running between Coronado and Downtown San Diego or embark on an adventure with San Diego Harbor Excursions. San Diego Harbor Excursions offers tours,
whale watching trips, brunch and dinner cruises and other exciting outings on the
water. As one can see, Coronado’s residents enjoy a beautiful community and are never at a loss for activities with which to entertain themselves and guests; there’s always something special to see and do. Coronado is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 24,100 at the 2000 census. Coronado is Spanish for ‘the crowned one”, and thusly it is nicknamed The Crown City. It is also nicknamed The Tent City, referring to tourists’ tents that once lined Coronado Beach during the summer-vacation season.
Coronado is a peninsula connected to the mainland by a many miles long narrow strip of land called the Silver Strand (or, locally, The Strand.) Locals often refer to Coronado as The Island or Coronado Island and they denote the core living and business area as The Village. The military base is called North Island.
Originally, Coronado was separated from North Island by a shallow channel called the Spanish Bight. The development of North Island by the United States Navy prior to World War II led to the filling of the Bight, combining the land areas into a single body. The Navy still operates the Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) on Coronado. Coronado is also well-known as the training area for Navy SEALs.
In 1969, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge was opened, allowing much faster transit between the cities than bay ferries or driving via State Route 75 along the Silver Strand. The city is currently weighing the options of additional construction on Highway 75 to alleviate congestion as traffic flows to and from San Diego and North Island.
Like many other premiere locations in Southern California, real-estate in the city of Coronado is very expensive. A small and very modest two bedroom home in the city can easily cost over $1,000,000. According to a recent County-Wide Zip Code chart published in the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper in August of 2006, the median cost of a single-family home within the city’s zip code of 92118 was $1,605,000, as of July 2006. This makes it the third most expensive place to live in San Diego County and one of the most expensive in the country, as it holds a spot within the top 20 most expensive cities in the United States.
Coronado is home to the famous Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888 and long considered one of the world’s top resorts. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark and appeared in films such as Some Like It Hot and The Stunt Man, and was the setting of the Dashboard Confessional song Stolen. The historic hotel has had many presidents come to visit, including Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton and First Lady Laura Bush.