SURF, SKATE OR CYCLE
Awash with 70 miles of open coastline, Coronado is the place to go for beach life and board sports. While the island boasts a rich naval history, you’re more likely nowadays to see speedboats and surfboards than amphibious assault vehicles. You can surf, paddleboard, kayak, or even skate the full distance of the beaches, with a variety of start and finish points dotted along the coast.
If board sports aren’t your thing, you can try your hand at sailing, or let your guide do the hard work with a gondola cruise along the canals. Whale watching boats leave from the mainland just north of the island, and give you a fair chance of seeing humpbacks, grey whales, dolphins and sea lions.
Bike hire is available from 1906 Lodge – especially useful if you plan on venturing a little further for a secluded stretch of beach for the day. For a safe and scenic route that runs all the way to Imperial Beach, take the Silver Strand bikeway. This 10-mile long, smooth asphalt path runs parallel with the coast, safely taking skaters, boarders and cyclists from Orange Avenue across to mainland San Diego.