Though Coronado is commonly referred to as an island, this upscale city actually sits at the end of a peninsula, connected to mainland California by a narrow strip of land known as the Silver Strand. To the south lies Imperial Beach, while Point Loma and downtown San Diego are located across the San Diego Bay to the west and north, respectively.
The city is most easily accessed via the Coronado Bridge, which connects the city to downtown San Diego. The ferry ride available from North Harbor Drive in San Diego is also worth your while. The ride takes about 20 minutes, during which time you are afforded fantastic views of the San Diego skyline on a clear day. The ferry drops passengers at the Coronado Ferry Landing shops, which include restaurants and art retailers.
The city is home to 15 hotels, including the Hotel del Coronado and its signature red roof. Often called The Del by locals, this beachfront hotel is renowned as one of the best in the area. In the winter months, the Hotel del Coronado features an ice skating rink just steps from the sand, and sunbathing is literally seconds away in the summer.
Coronado Beach is consistently rated among the best beaches in the nation, due in large part to its white sand, cleanliness and sheer size. Unlike many of the beaches in San Diego, the Coronado Beach is so wide that even on a busy day there is enough sand for everyone. Inland features well kempt homes and charming shops.
Students are served by the Coronado Unified School District. The public schools in Coronado are: Coronado Village Elementary School, Silver Strand Elementary School, Coronado Middle School, and Coronado High School. Also available is the Palm Academy, which is an alternative high school for students for whom the mainstream system is not a good match. Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) enrolls students from all of San Diego County who are interested in a curriculum that emphasizes artistic endeavors.
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