Tuesday, September 30, 2008

California's Coronado May be Best Beach in America

The red-turreted Hotel del Coronado has anchored the stretch of sandy real estate since 1888. From Victorian ladies in full-length frocks and gentlemen in evening coats strolling the sands to the microscopic bikinis and baggy bathing shorts of today, Coronado has played host to it all.

"Coronado is an offshore island with a very flat, fairly protected beach with some of the safest and warmest water on the California coast without having the pollution problems. It is in the San Diego area, but a world away.

Of course, film fans know the beach has already had its big moment – in 1959, when it starred in the film "Some Like It Hot," with the ultimate beach bathing beauty of the era, Marilyn Monroe. The comedy, which also featured Tony Curtis (with a dead-on Cary Grant impersonation) and Jack Lemmon, opened on March 1 and gave the shivering nation a glimpse of the golden sands of the beach and the Hotel del Coronado.

Getting to Coronado Beach can be a bit of a chore. You have to take Interstate 5 south and pass almost all the way through the city before hanging a right on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, making sure not to follow the traffic on to the North Island Naval Air Station and its aircraft carriers. At Orange Avenue, visitors hang a left. The beaches are close when the turn choices come down to Ocean Boulevard or Strand Way.

The big attraction here is known locally as Coronado Central Beach. Part fronts the "Hotel Del," which despite its prime beachfront doesn't have private rights to the sand and sea. If you bring your own grub, the picnic tables at Sunset Park are a good stop. A concrete walkway runs along part of the edge of the beachfront. There's a wheelchair ramp at Avenida de las Arenas.

Camper and RV parking is available at Silver Strand Beach State Park. Rates start at $8 per night for smaller vehicles and rise to $30 per night for RVs over 21 feet. Discounts are available for seniors and the disabled. 800-444-7275.
Full Story...
Take the Full Time RVer Aptitude Test It's mostly just for fun but it will help you decide if full time RVing is right for you.

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Subscribe to Posts [Atom]