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.

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. 

Image courtesy of Hotel Del

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.

Image courtesy of Hotel Del

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.

Image courtesy of Hotel Del

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.

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 Joshua.Franklin@hoteldel.com.

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.

(Image courtesy of Coronado Ferry Landing)

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.

(Image courtesy of Coronado Ferry Landing)

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.