4 Ways to Celebrate Spring On Coronado Island

Spring is in full bloom in Coronado, which calls for even more time spent outdoors in the sunshine. From days at the Ferry Landing to an afternoon in the park, Coronado Island offers incredible outdoor pursuits that are perfect for springtime. With endless activities to choose from, we’ve rounded up four local activities to enjoy this season.

Head to the Ferry Landing

The iconic Coronado Ferry Landing boasts an endless array of activities, perfect for sunny spring weather. With limitless options for outdoor activities, boutique shopping spots, dining choices, events and so much more, Coronado Ferry Landing has you and your family covered for a full day of entertainment–all set to stunning oceanfront views.

Picnic in the Park

What better way to spend a gorgeous spring day than with a picnic in the park. Nearby Spreckels Park, arguably one of the most well-known parks in Coronado, features a jungle gym, expansive grass areas and a lovely gazebo that hosts summer concerts in the park. A great spot for families, Spreckels Park is the perfect springtime afternoon spot.

Shop the Coronado Farmers Market

Also at the Ferry Landing, the Coronado Farmers Market is held every Tuesday, offering fresh, locally-grown produce right from the farmers themselves. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in San Diego County, farmers come from far and wide to offer the freshest, California-grown produce.

Explore Coronado Island

With the rich history of Coronado Island, there are sights to see and stories to discover around every corner. From trolley rides to bike rides to segway rentals, getting around Coronado has never been easier, or more fun.

The Front Porch Swing at The Del

Travel back in time at The Del’s Front Porch Swing, a weekly celebration of the hotel’s storied past. Enjoy a curated selection of classic swing music, dancing and great company, all complemented by cocktails, wine and tea with a twist. The event will take place on the historic Front Porch at The Del Every Friday & Saturday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A Storied Past

Originally built in 1888, the Hotel Del Coronado is rich with history. When the hotel first opened, the front porch consisted of a large veranda that ran from the Ballroom to the Crown Room, and the entryway served as an inviting place to welcome guests. Now, the beautifully rebuilt front porch is open and welcomes owners and guests alike to relax in rocking chairs as they take in the ocean breezes and resort views. 

The Front Porch Swing

Now a weekly event at The Del, the Front Porch Swing offers a place to dance, socialize, enjoy drinks and take in the beauty of the iconic resort. With exciting themed cocktails and various wine offerings to choose from, the Front Porch Swing is sure to delight.

Front Porch Cocktails

At the Front Porch Swing, choose from a delicious array of cocktails, from the Sun Deck Lemonade, the La Tea Da and the Fig Hinny. Wine is also available, with selections from Cabernet to Sauvignon Blanc.

Q+A With Serẽa’s Executive Chef, Jojo Ruiz

A San Diego Native himself, Serea’s Executive Chef Jojo Ruiz draws on his own experiences to create innovative beach-inspired dishes with local ingredients at Serẽa. We caught up with Jojo to discuss his innovative and sustainable cooking practices and what Shore House owners can expect from the new, reimagined dining experiences at The Del.

What is your background in the culinary arts and what inspired you to become a chef?

I actually didn’t want to be a chef, I wanted to build motorcycles and cars. But when I was fifteen years old, my dad’s friend got me my first job as a dishwasher and I worked my way up to working on the sushi bar by the time I was 17. Graduated early and decided to go to culinary school at San Diego Culinary Institute. After I graduated, I took an internship with Brian Malarkey at Oceanaire and he hired me a week into my internship. 

How would you describe your personal cooking style/philosophy?

 My personal style of cooking is seasonal, sustainable and relatable.  

What drew you to work with the Hotel del Coronado specifically? 

Honestly, I manifested working in that hotel from the time I barely started cooking. The Del has always been iconic when it comes to seafood offerings so I manifested it and it ended up happening.

As a San Diego native, how do local ingredients and the surrounding beach culture inspire your cooking?

It inspires everything. I spent a lot of time in Rosarito with my grandparents. Being by the ocean and being by the water is something that has always resonated with me. 

You were recently recognized as a 2019 James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader for your work with sustainable seafood and prime meats. Beyond using local and seasonal ingredients, can you tell us a bit about your commitment to ocean-friendly initiatives and sustainable practices in your cooking?

We try to respect all of our products as much as we can by using every part of what we receive. We try using local produce which helps with the carbon footprint and truly asking where all of our seafood is coming from. We have great partnerships with local purveyors and they help guide us in the right direction.

As the Executive Chef of Serẽa at Hotel del Coronado, what can you tell us about the restaurant’s sea-to-table dining experience?

The design of the restaurant was based on being fresh and truly feeling sea to table by using the products we have. The raw bar has a story to tell by showcasing all of our products.

Serẽa at The Del

What’s your favorite item to prepare from the menu at Serẽa? 

My favorite item to prepare is the Baja Kampachi Sashimi. 

How has The Del’s recent re-imagination evolved the overall experience at Serẽa? 

It’s lighter and more family-friendly. I’m also looking forward to specially curated dining experiences for Shore House owners, some of whom I’ve already met and looking forward to meeting the rest of them and their families.

Can you share some insight on The Del’s Chef’s Garden, specifically what’s grown there and how it’s incorporated into the menu?

 Strawberries, Strawberry Guavas, Shallots, Leeks, Rosemary, Thyme. 

We’ve heard that when you’re not in the kitchen you spend your free time restoring Harley-Davidsons and custom motorcycles. How did this hobby come to be?

I grew up around cars and motorcycles. I actually sold my Harley and now have a 1966 Impala Convertible Lowrider. I have many hobbies but mainly cars, motorcycles and yoga.

A Guide to Mother’s Day at The Del

From serene spa experiences to decadent beachfront dining, The Del offers endless ways to shower Mom with love. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Mom this year, right here at The Del. 

Enjoy a Special Mother’s Day Brunch

Start Mother’s Day on the right foot with an elegant brunch in the hotel’s beautiful Ocean Ballroom. With an incredible selection of culinary delights, the lavish brunch features regionally inspired dishes, a chilled seafood bar, international cuisine and a spectacular dessert bar. 

Relax at the Spa & Salon at The Del

The Spa & Salon at The Del is a coastal sanctuary that taps into the healing power of the sea, where guests can relax into ocean-inspired treatments that will soothe the mind, body and spirit. At the Del Spa, Mom can treat herself to a day of pampering at the Marilyn Monroe-inspired Beauty Bar, and even retreat to the private Spa terrace with a vanishing edge pool for a day of relaxation. 

Head to the Shops at The Del

Explore seaside treasures, home goods, signature apparel and beach-inspired fashion at The Del’s specialty shops. With stunning keepsakes and trendy resort wear, these spots offer the perfect daytime activity for Mom. Plus, find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Beachouse or Weekends.

Enjoy a Sunset Roast

Experience the enchanting traditions of Venice, Italy right here in San Diego with a serene gondola ride One of The Del’s favorite traditions, roasting s’mores on Del beach is the best way to end a perfect Mother’s Day by the beach. Gather around a private bonfire set to striking sunset views and enjoy delicious s’mores with the family. 

Hotel del Coronado Now Accepting Reservations for its New Luxury Hotel, Shore House at The Del

New residential hotel experience opening September 2022 to offer oceanfront views and sophisticated amenities, marking final milestone in The Del’s master plan reimagination.

The legendary Hotel del Coronado, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, today announced Shore House at The Del is now accepting reservations in advance of its anticipated September opening. The elevated oceanfront resort offers a new residential-style hotel experience unlike any other and marks the completion of Hotel del Coronado’s $400 million Master Plan reimagination.

“This new beachfront hotel marks yet another exciting chapter for the resort and establishes Hotel del Coronado yet again as an iconic destination for years to come,” said Harold Rapoza, general manager, Hotel del Coronado. “Shore House at The Del provides a significant opportunity for us to deliver a sophisticated modern beach house experience, complemented by all of the elevated amenities travelers desire, with a home-like setting that allows for privacy, connection and celebration all at once.”

Situated on a golden stretch of Coronado beachfront, Shore House at The Del features 75 seaside one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, in a bright, modern neighborhood atmosphere. Upon arrival, guests will experience a dedicated resort entrance, valet, and check-in that unfolds into a light-filled private lobby. The residences feature an array of contemporary coastal details with elegant bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, well-equipped coastal kitchens, spacious living rooms, a washer/dryer, and large verandas to take in the ocean, harbor, or resort views. 

In addition to enjoying coveted access to Hotel del Coronado’s robust collection of amenities, from its numerous dining venues, including Serea, Sun Deck, Babcock & Story Bar, ENO Market & Pizzeria, and more, to a host of wellness offerings and well-appointed beach and pool environments, Shore House at The Del guests will enjoy a variety of thoughtfully curated spaces. The exclusive hotel experience includes a dedicated zero-edge ocean-view pool with day beds, sun loungers, and private cabanas; an open-air poolside bar; a fully-appointed bistro with a dedicated space for chef’s table events; grand living room with indoor-outdoor spaces; various lounge areas and fire pits. 

Shore House at The Del rates will start at $1,699 per night*. *Subject to availability; certain restrictions apply. For more information on Shore House at The Del, or to book online for stays beginning October 2022, please visit: https://hoteldel.com/stay/shore-house/

Shore House at The Del will form part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 world-class brands. For more information or to book a reservation, visit Hilton.com

For more information about Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit newsroom.hilton.com/curio.