This past September I took a girl’s trip to Coronado, California. It seriously was one of the best vacations with my besties ever. It was my first time visiting Coronado and I think it’s probably now one of my favorite spots to travel.
Planning this trip wasn’t very easy. We wanted it to be the perfect vacation. We thought about Hawaii, Mexico, Florida but in the end we decided on California because we didn’t want to waste one of our days on an airplane. We decided on Coronado but we had a hard time figuring out where to stay and what to do. We searched online for information and asked people all about Coronado, but we weren’t having much luck finding out the best places to stay, eat, etc. Pretty much our only requirement was a swimming pool (with a pool boy – j/k), a nice beach, a Coke. Pretty low maintenance, right? So the purpose of this post is to remember exactly what we did and where we stayed so I’ll remember for next time and to help others who are traveling to this gorgeous little spot.
Flying from Utah to California is pretty inexpensive. We flew on Delta Airlines for $130 or 10,000 sky miles, which is such a good deal. When we arrived we knew we didn’t want to rent a car because out plan was just to relax for 4 days straight, so we took an Uber to our hotel. We didn’t care about shopping, sight seeing or any of that, weird huh? We just wanted to lay at the beach and enjoy each others company.
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
Our first night we stayed at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The rate to stay at the Del for our first night was over $1200 so we chose this spot on the quiet end of the island. I am so happy we did. There was no beach but there was a gorgeous bay and a swimming pool. It’s always nice staying at a Marriott Resort, the amenities and spa had everything we needed. At night we rode bikes from the resort (which are free to use) about a mile away to some shops and restaurants. We chose to eat at a cute greek cafe called Spiros. We sat in the outdoor seating overlooking the bay and had the best chicken kabobs. They had live music playing which made the ambiance and night just perfect. This part of the island was really calm and quiet and the perfect spot to begin our trip. The next morning we slept in then went to breakfast at the hotel restaurant. It had outdoor seating and was a great way to start the day. After we ate we went to our room, got our luggage and called for an Uber to take us to Hotel Del.
Hotel Del Coronado
We were so excited. We had heard such great things about this place. When we arrived there were people everywhere. It was much more busier on this end of the island but you could just feel the excitement in the air. The hotel has a nostalgia feel to it and I could picture in my mind what it was like when The Del first opened years and years ago. The Del recently became a Hilton Hotel which our Uber driver said a lot of people weren’t happy about, but we weren’t too worried because I usually stay at Hilton brand hotels.
We checked into our room and the hotel concierge took us to our room. It was gorgeous and even though the hotel was older it had a new smell, like maybe it just got new carpet or paint. We had paid more for a room with a partial island view. When we went out to our balcony we were disappointed to find our view was a great big plant. We called the front desk asking for a room change and unfortunately the hotel was completely booked. They ended up removing the upgrade charge and wanted to make us happy, which we were.
We pretty much spent the next few days on the beach, eating and when we had to go back to the room we laid in bed and watched the series Younger, which is my new favorite.
Hotel Del has a few different swimming pools and a gorgeous beach where you can rent beach chairs for around $20 a day. We chose to the beach over the pool because that’s something we don’t have here in Utah. The beach didn’t get too crowded in September and we couldn’t have asked for better weather which was in the high 70s.
There are also many restaurants and fun little shops on the hotel property so we pretty much just stayed on location, only leaving for our fountain Cokes and dinner.
We would walk across the street to La Salsa to get our daily dose of fountain Coke. Their food looked pretty good too, if you’re wanting a quick lunch or dinner.
For dinner one night we went to Miguel’s Cocina which is within walking distance from the hotel. It was hidden back behind other shops and had a nice Mexico feel to it. The fajitas were probably the best I ever had and they were reasonably priced, especially for being in a resort town.
Another night we went to a fun local spot, Village Pizzeria. I had a no cheese, veggie pizza that was to die for.
What We Would Do Differently
Hmmm… for sure stay longer, which isn’t really possible since we all have kids and husbands at home. But honestly I have to say good company, good hotel, beach and food made for the perfect vacation. In fact, I’m already planning my next destination there and every time those dang Facebook ads for The Del pop up in my feed it takes me back and makes me long for my next vacation. If you’ve never been to Coronado, book your trip to day. You won’t be disappointed.