Coronado IslandWhen negotiating gridlocked LA traffic or jammed elbow-to-elbow crowds on Santa Monica and Venice’s crowded beaches, it’s likely you’ve dreamed of transporting yourself to a secluded retreat far from the maddening hordes. Well, dream no more – instead, pop in a car and zip just two hours down the freeway to the lovely peninsula town of Coronado Island, where pretty scenery, heritage architecture, cute retail, delightful alfresco dining by the sea and, most importantly, blissful peace and quiet awaits.
With 15 miles of coast and a barrage of eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing destinations to explore, Coronado visitors would do well to ditch their vehicle and instead get a leg over a rental bicycle, readily available from a string of stores along Orange Avenue. While you’re on this main drag, be sure to fuel up with a java jolt from one of the many outdoor cafes or a bite at new Californian eatery Leroy’s, then check out the retro-fab bric-a-brac, souvenir and sweet stores lining the street. Onwards you go to heritage spot Coronado Ferry Landing, a 125-year-old dock now home to restaurants, galleries and killer San Diego views, and be sure to leave some time for a sun and sea session on the gloriously white, sandy and crowd-free Coronado Beach. Bucket and spade at the ready!
For more info visit coronadovisitorcenter.com
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge / 1015 Orange Ave / Coronado / +1 619 437 6087 / leroyskitchenandlounge.com