Coronado Ferry Landing is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, and enjoy some light shopping followed by a meal at a number of restaurants with great panoramic views of the San Diego skyline.
If you’re not up for a full-blown harbor cruise, hop on the Coronado Ferry from Broadway Street ($4.75 each way) and enjoy the 15-20 minute trip across the harbor to the Coronado Ferry Landing. You’ll pass the USS Midway, Seaport Village, and the Convention Center on your transit over. (You can also take a ferry from the Convention Center to Coronado).
You can stroll among the shops, looking for the perfect memento to take home with you, or you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. If you’re up for an upscale dining experience, check out Pehoe’s, Il Fornaio, or Candela’s on the Bay. For something more relaxed, there’s Spiro’s Gyros Greek Cafe, Village Pizzeria Bayside, or Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try Cold Stone Creamery, Coronado Cupcakery, or Choco Amore. Two blocks away on Orange Avenue is the Coronado Brewing Company, where you can sample some of the local craft beers.
You’ll find a number of people trying their hand at fishing off the ferry pier, and others will be dipping their feet in the water at the small sandy beach right at the head of the pier.
If you’re into photography and want to capture some great images of the skyline, especially at night, head over to Centennial Park or even further to the west to some of the public access points along 1st Street, all the way to Bayview Park (about 8 blocks from the landing).
If you’re worried about getting around Coronado once you’re off the ferry, don’t be. If you’re ambitious, it’s a 1.7 mile / 2.7 km walk along beatuful Orange Ave. right through the heart of Coronado to the Hotel del Coronado. You can also rent bicycles or surreys from Bikes & Beyond to get around Coronado. Lastly, SDMTS operates bus #904 from the Ferry Landing to Coronado City Hall and is free to all passengers during the summer (27 May 2016 through 30 September 2016).
Take a little cruise and explore Coronado Ferry Landing and beyond.
What You Need To Know
Location: 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118 (At 1st St. and B Ave.)
Hours: Shops: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily. Restaurants: Hours vary
Cost: Free to visit shops. $4.75 for one-way ferry trip.
Phone: None available
Tips: If you choose to drive to the Coronado Ferry Landing, there is limited free off street parking in the lot on the west side of the complex. There is metered parking along 1st Street, but free parking along the lettered avenues in the area.
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Visited: 30 May 2016