5 Ways to Explore Coronado Island

From scenic gondola rides to educational walking tours, Coronado offers endless ways to experience the island. Read on for how to discover the island’s rich history and celebrated spots for dining, entertainment, sightseeing and more. 

Historical Walking Tours

For a perfect way to experience the history of Coronado while you’re sightseeing, join in on a leisurely guided tour around the island. These walking tours welcome young and old to enjoy the comfortable pace of the two mile walk. Private tours are available for groups. Grab tickets for a historic Coronado walking tour here

Trolley Rides

Check out some of the most famous Coronado attractions with Old Town Trolley Tours. A family favorite, these trolley rides help you explore the sights and sounds of Coronado, and let you hop on and off along the way to stop at some of Coronado’s favorite dining and entertainment attractions. 

Segway Rentals

This three hour excursion offers an adventure like no other. Enjoy the ride while taking in the historic sights around the island and stopping for premier shopping and dining spots. Find more information on Segway tours and rentals here

Gondola Rides

Experience the enchanting traditions of Venice, Italy right here in San Diego with a serene gondola ride around Coronado. Explore the magical Coronado Cays at sunset to see Coronado Bay in an entirely new way. Click here to find out more about upcoming gondola rides. 

Culinary Walking Tour

Experience the sights—and bites of Coronado on a Culinary Walking Tour. Try some celebrated dishes from local restaurants, stroll through town and learn famed stories about Coronado from locals between delicious samplings. 

Shore House Takes Form: A Q&A With The Del’s Mike Haslett And Harold Rapoza

As Shore House at The Del – scheduled for completion this September 2022 – continues to take form, we caught up with Mike Haslett, Vice President of Development at BRE Hotels & Resorts, and Harold Rapoza, Jr., General Manager at Hotel del Coronado, for a first-hand account of where Shore House stands today and its historical significance as the final new real estate opportunity.* 

Beyond this exclusive Q&A, watch our brand-new short film for an inside look at where construction is at today – plus a glimpse at Shore House’s final presentation**, with a focus on its striking beachfront amenities.

Q: SHORE HOUSE — Mike, as it relates to the overall exterior construction, can you share with us what stage you’re at and how far along you are?

A: MIKE — As far as the building exteriors at Shore House, our team has roof shingling complete, exterior doors and windows installed, the siding and trim substantially complete,  and we’re now installing balcony railings and trellises as well as have started on balcony tile finishes.

Q: SHORE HOUSE — That’s exciting. It truly is starting to look complete. Now, for interiors of the Residences. Can you share with us what stage those are in?

A: MIKE — The residences are coming along great. Drywall and taping are nearly complete, wood trims, painting, vanities, bathroom tile, kitchen cabinets are all ongoing and coming along nicely, and excited to share that the wood flooring installation is to start next week.

Q: SHORE HOUSE —  Thank you. Now, something special for Shore House is its sense of arrival—from The Lobby itself to its Lobby Bistro and Living Room. Can you shed some light on how far along these are in the construction process?

A:  MIKE —  Absolutely. All of the foundational work is completed, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in. The drywall and taping work is nearing completion and big milestone is upon us this March which is the Lobby cabinets arriving and then installed. Additionally, the living room’s massive fireplace was just framed – it catches everyone’s eye. The elevators have also been officially installed.

A: HAROLD —  It’s been so incredible to witness the Shore House come to life. Owners can really start to visualize what arriving home might feel like, down to which elevator they’ll use most often. Every finished detail helps to piece together the whole experience – for example, the Lobby’s new ceilings give the space a very elegant feel and seamlessly guide the eye out to the courtyard, where the fountain will be placed. 

Q: SHORE HOUSE — Very exciting. Now, let’s talk about the pool and courtyard, which is the center point of the Shore House experience. Can you share an update with respect to it, along with its various aspects?

A: MIKE —  Of course.  So to date, we have completed the pool shell shotcrete and we are now working on all of the waterproofing and setting the pool coping. We’re also in the midst of roughing in the electrical throughout the area and in the middle of framing the pool bar.

Q: SHORE HOUSE — Harold, as you’ve watched the construction process unfold, what has stood out to you most?

A: HAROLD — From the completion of the striking pool design, massive hot tub – elevated at the perfect height to capture direct ocean views – and unrivaled beach entry to the exciting start of construction on the courtyard’s fountain base, the vision for Shore House at The Del is taking life right in front of our eyes. It’s an incredible feat to witness firsthand. 

Q – SHORE HOUSE: Harold – as General Manager of The Del, and involved with all aspects of the Master Brand reimagination, can you describe Shore House in the context of the master plan and reimagination? 

A – HAROLD:  The $400mm Master Plan demonstrates not only a commitment to investing in our guest experience but also our dedication to reinvigorating Hotel del Coronado’s timeless story.  The Master Plan’s restoration, renovation and expansion elements have all been designed with one mission in mind:  To ensure that this historic landmark continues to thrive for the next century, creating treasured memories for generations to come. 

As we progress through the Master Plan journey, we are simultaneously celebrating the meticulous restoration of treasured spaces like the Victorian Lobby, while embracing the modern traveler with the debut of the luxurious new Shore House at The Del.

*Offering whole-ownership, limited-term occupancy resort residential condominiums. 

** Final presentation images are an artist’s conception for the sole purpose of illustrating the possible development of the property depicted.

6 Ways to Soak Up Spring at The Del

While pristine beach weather is year-round at The Del, longer spring days offer even more time to soak up the sea and sunshine. Below, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite beach activities to enjoy right here at The Del this season.

Beach Spin

Join in on a one-of-a-kind workout on the beach with the beach spin workout class. Cycling like you’ve never done before– set to spectacular ocean views. The Beach Spin workout class meets every morning at 7:30 am for a 45-minute high energy class set to high energy music. 

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Beach Yoga

If cycling on the beach isn’t your cup of tea, find your inner zen with The Del’s Beach Yoga classes. Enjoy a soothing and strengthening yoga class while taking in expansive ocean views on The Del Beach. General admission and monthly passes can be purchased here.

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Surf Lessons

Surf’s up! Head down to Del Beach on weekends from 9-11 am for surfing lessons from Del Watersports’ best instructors. You can also reserve private surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding lessons, and even add a photography package to any of your lessons for some awesome action shots. More details, here.

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Live Music

Head down to the Beach + Taco Shack for some live music and great food on the beach. Jam out to some tunes while enjoying killer food amid stunning beachfront views. The Beach + Taco Shack offers live music Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 pm that you won’t want to miss.

Boat Rentals

At The Del, guests can choose from a wide selection of options to set sail in the Glorietta Bay marina, located across the street. With speed boat rentals, kayak rentals, yacht charters, fishing trips and jetskis, the options are endless for the perfect on-water excursion.

Bike Rides

Returning in March, The Del offers bike rentals, available daily on the Wellness Terrace in front of The Del Spa & Salon. Find the perfect bike path for you with endless routes ranging from breezy, casual rides to advanced, challenging paths. Find more information about bike rentals here.