Coronado Beach Ranked the Best Beach
Looking for the best beach to visit on your next vacation? Then look no further than your own backyard. Coronado Beach has just been named the best beach of 2012 on Stephen P. Leatherman’s list of America’s Top 10 Beaches.
Leatherman, known to many as “Dr. Beach”, is the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory of Coastal Research. He takes into account 50 different criteria to compile his list, including water quality, the look and feel of the sand, tidal range, quality of facilities, crowds and even smell. A top score is 250, and Coronado earned a score in the 230s, mostly due to its somewhat chilly water temperature. Leatherman has been ranking beaches for more than two decades, and this is the first time that a California beach has earned the top spot. The ranking often brings with it a spike of 15 to 20 percent in the number of visitors.
Coronado Beach sits on a peninsula across the bay from San Diego, and boasts a near-perfect climate with stunning scenery. It stretches 1.5 miles from the historic Hotel del Coronado up to the Naval Air Station, North Island. Coronado is great for skim boarding and walking, and boasts amazing views of spectacular beachside mansions and of the hotel, which is a National Historic Landmark (and, of course, the hotel featured in Marilyn Monroe’s film “Some Like It Hot”).
If Leatherman’s ranking weren’t enough, Coronado Beach is consistently voted as one of America’s finest beaches by The Travel Channel.
There are several sections of beach that offer their own unique features. Coronado Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard and offers a view of some truly lovely homes and mansions. If you want to bring your pooch out for a day of sun and surf, than head to North Beach, the only dog-friendly beach in the area.
Glorietta Bay is a wonderful choice that features views of the San Deigo-Coronado Bridge. It also boasts a grass-filled park, restrooms, playground equipment and a small beach area. Ferry landing Marketplace offers a sandy beach that is next to a fishing and ferry pier. With is grassy lawn and vistas of San Deigo Bay, it’s a great place to enjoy the glimmering views of downtown San Diego.
While at Coronado Beach you can try out many of the popular local activities, such as surfing, paddle boarding, or boogie boarding. If relaxing is more your style, you can simply lie in the sun and work on your tan while enjoying the sound of the gentle waves lapping the shore. During low tide, enjoy the beauty and serenity of the tidepools at Coronado Central Beach.
To get to the beautiful Coronado Beach, take the 5 freeway just south of downtown San Diego. Take the Coronado Bridge (toll free) over the bay to Coronado Island. The bridge lets out onto Third Street. Turn left on Orange Avenue and follow it down past the Hotel del Coronado to Coronado Bay Road and look for signs for parking. Parking is free on Ocean Boulevard and at Ferry Landing Marketplace.