Meet Josh Franklin, Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del

From high energy beach workouts to delicious and nutritious dining options, healthy living at Shore House will be easier than ever, and that’s by design. Take it from Josh Franklin, The Del’s Director of Recreation and Fitness. With a passion for wellness and extensive experience in the hospitality space, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge in health — and fun — to the legendary seaside resort. We sat down with Josh to learn more about his personal fitness routine, role at The Del and his simple tricks for staying healthy at home.

What is your professional background in health and wellness?

Prior to becoming Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del, I had the pleasure of working at numerous luxury resort properties and iconic hospitality brands over the past 10+ years—including Hilton, The Ritz Carlton, Marriott, and Loews, to name a few.

What led you to your position as Director of Recreation & Fitness at The Del? 

The opportunity to be a part of this iconic resort has been a dream of mine for years. This position was created in essence to bring new and unique owner and guest experiences to The Del. My background and experience was the perfect fit and I was compelled to join the team.

For Shore House owners, what are some examples of unique experiences that may be created and what’s the best way for them to get in touch with you?

We are exploring many options that will be unique and exclusive to Shore House. One of our most popular fitness classes at The Del is Beach Spin and we plan to create a Shore House specific version that will look out to the ocean from the pool. I am available by email at

How would you describe your philosophy on health and wellness?

I simply think health and wellness looks different to everyone. Some are in it for the physical aspect of it and others for mental clarity. We often put a label on it and stigmatize what is the right or wrong way to do it. At the end of the day any step toward bringing health and wellness into your life is the best thing you can do.

How do you practice healthy living in your daily life?

I maintain a healthy diet and allow myself time every day to clear my mind. What you put into your body is so important now more than ever. Throughout the day, I take the time to step away and clear my mind of any negative energy.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone at the beginning of their health and wellness journey?

Have patience and trust the process. We often look for quick and immediate gratification and give up when things become inconvenient. Find a rhythm and stick to it.

What are some of the best recreational activities nearby Shore House at The Del?

Here at The Del we have a wide variety of activities and experiences that our owners and guests can enjoy. We offer a multitude of daily fitness classes, surf and stand up paddle board lessons, guided and self guided bike rentals just to name a few.

With beach yoga, beach spin and surf lessons, how does Shore House’s beachfront location elevate the opportunity for wellness experiences?

We truly have the best landscape for all of our owner and guest activities. Our pristine private beach offers us a platform unlike any other to give our owners and guests a true one of a kind experience they cannot get anywhere else.

Where can owners find nutritious dining options to supplement their recreational activities at The Del?

All of our establishments offer a variety of healthy options to choose from. I am a huge fan of the Superfood Salad from Eno Market. It has shredded kale, kohlrabi, red cabbage, carrots, cranberries, pepitas, and a creamy poppy seed dressing that is refreshing and tastes delicious.

What are some healthy activities and practices that our Shore House owners can practice at home?

One of the best practices we can do for ourselves is to start each day off the right way. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can set your whole day up for success. Swap the coffee and donut for a fresh smoothie or squeezed juice. A hearty granola with fresh fruit is a great alternative to the sugary and processed options we gravitate to. As for activities, keep it simple and start small.

What motivates you to stick to a healthy lifestyle?

I think the positives of a healthy lifestyle is my motivation. Being in a healthy state of mind and setting a good example for my family and friends.

What is your favorite part of your day? What is most fulfilling about your position as Director of Recreation & Fitness?

My favorite part of the day is just before sunset. It gives me the time to reflect on the day and appreciate all that I have done. The most fulfilling part of what I do is seeing the happiness our resort inspires — creating new and unique experiences for our owners and guests to explore and discover is what truly brings me that sense of accomplishment.

A Local’s Guide to Coronado Ferry Landing

With The Del’s prime location, staying local has never been easier. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out all the fun that awaits at the iconic Coronado Ferry Landing. With an endless array of boutique shops, fine dining options, outdoor activities, events and so much more, Coronado Ferry Landing has you and your family covered for a full day of entertainment–all while striking oceanfront views captivate at every turn.

An Iconic Island Landmark 

The lasting legacy of Coronado Ferry Landing and the people it brought to Coronado are an integral part of the history of the Coronado we love today.  The first ever ferryboat entered Coronado Ferry Landing in 1886, and operated from a different location to the one we know today. Initially employing steamboats with side-paddles, the Ferry Landing originally transported workers, cargo and passengers, but now only transports people and bikes. Since it was originally located on Orange Avenue, the retired location of the Coronado Ferryboat Terminal has a restored ticketbooth that explains the original location of the famous landing.

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Shopping Galore

 Beyond The Del’s extensive array of shops – which includes newly opened women’s apparel store, Weekends, and beach-inspired gift store, Beachouse – Coronado Ferry Landing features eight boutique stores to explore. The San Diego Trading Co. has all your beachwear needs covered, while Lisa’s Boutique has fashionable women’s jewelry and apparel. Plus, the Coronado Tasting Room invites guests to “try and buy” their celebrated goods. Indulge in delicious cheese plates and wines, and purchase your favorites to bring back home!

Dining By the Sea

Coronado Ferry Landing also features extensive dining options — from quick lunches to gourmet dinners. Stop by the Crown Town Deli or The Village Pizzeria for a quick and easy bite right in the heart of town. Or, head to Il Fornaio for a romantic dining experience, complete with a celebrated wine selection and fine Italian cuisine.

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Kayak Rentals For Island Exploring

Explore the sights and sounds of Coronado Bay like never before with The Ferry Landings’ kayak tours. Select a single, double or triple kayak and embark on an unforgettable adventure. Plus, Coronado Ferry Landing offers life vests for dogs for free, so your furry friends can join in on the fun!

Live Music, Seasonal Events & More

When you’re not shopping, dining, biking or kayaking, be sure to check out Coronado Ferry Landing’s fun-filled events. From live music – including live band performances every Sunday – to special seasonal happenings, there’s something for everyone.

Find out more information about the Ferry Landing and check out the upcoming event calendar, here.

Treat Your Sweetheart to Valentine’s Day at The Del

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to spend it than beside the beach with your special someone? Bring your sweetheart to The Del to dine beside the sea, take a romantic seaside stroll along golden sands, indulge in a lavish spa experience and so much more. When it comes to romance, follow your heart right to The Del this Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

Seeking a romantic dining experience? The Del will feature numerous Valentine’s Day dining options at various restaurants to commemorate the special occasion. Discover limited-edition holiday menus available all weekend long at The Del’s signature seaside eatery, Sheerwater, and sea-to-table favorite, Serẽa.

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Spa at The Del

 Between morning strolls and elegant dinner plans, celebrate your love with a relaxing spa day at The Del. Choose from a wide range of ocean-inspired treatments and indulge in total serenity by the sea. And post spa treatment? Retreat to the vanishing edge pool to enjoy stunning ocean views.

Romantic Roast

End your Valentine’s Day on a sweet note with The Del’s romantic Roast. The special offering invites you to cozy up around a private bonfire at The Del Beach, where comfy plush daybeds and mouth-watering s’mores to roast await. The Roast is available nightly at 5:30 and 7:30 pm.

Find out more information on our events offered this Valentine’s Day and beyond, here.