Coronado Island

Coronado Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Diego: Coronado Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

1. San Diego: Coronado Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

A trip to Coronado feels like you’re leaving behind the mainland for a dose of island living, but it’s not your typical beach town. Part resort, part Naval Base, part luxury homes for the rich, Coronado is many things to many people. Learn about the first military flying school located on the island, where sailors first learned to fly. Spy architectural gems, some of which employed the latest technology when built over a century ago. And you’ll hear what drew Charles Lindbergh, L. Frank Baum and Marilyn Monroe to this unique beach town. Pop into a local museum (subject to availability) to look at photos that bring these stories to life. Make a quick stop for a snack at a local eatery. It could be something sweet or something savory – depending on your mood – but whichever way you go, it will be locally made and delicious. Refreshed, take a stroll down to Star Park, where the “Wizard of Oz” house is located and then make your way to Coronado beach, one of the best in the country. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico! Stroll by multi-million dollar homes that line Ocean Blvd and you’ll hear about the people who once lived there, including the residents of the historic Spreckels Mansion. Your last stop will be at the world-famous, historic Hotel del Coronado. This icon is over 130 years old and is an American treasure, having hosted celebrities, dignitaries, and US presidents in its rooms. Take a tour around the grounds, finishing up just outside the spectacular Crown Room (home to a luxe Sunday brunch). From here, you’re free to explore on your own or stroll back down Orange Ave. to where the tour began. Your guide will make suggestions on what else to see and do, give you tips on where to eat and shop and let you know the times for the next shuttle or ferry.

Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

2. Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

Discover California's Crown Jewel, Coronado Island, on a memorable GPS-guided fat tire scooter tour. Set off to explore Coronado's pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops, and much more.  Start the tour in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, then board the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you cross the water. Make your way through Downtown Coronado and hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.  As you enjoy the drive and visit all the best sites, receive restaurant recommendations, hear jokes and stories that bring the destination to life. Finally, return to your start point where this memorable and unique tour concludes.

The San Diego Tour: 3 Hours of Sightseeing

3. The San Diego Tour: 3 Hours of Sightseeing

From your meeting point in downtown San Diego location, you’ll be transported by bus through the most interesting parts of the city. You’ll see Coronado Island with its iconic Hotel del Coronado, the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, and resplendent Balboa Park. San Diego and the surrounding area are known for family friendly wholesomeness, gorgeous natural beauty, stunning architecture, and exciting nightlife as well. America’s Finest City beckons travelers from around the world to sink their toes into the sand and experience the attractions and culture of this vibrant place. Discover the city with the number 1-rated tour company in San Diego!

Coronado: GPS-Guided Private Electric Open-Top Car Tour

4. Coronado: GPS-Guided Private Electric Open-Top Car Tour

See the sights of Coronado on a GPS-guided private electric car tour. Have an exhilarating drive in an open-top vehicle as you visit downtown Coronado, go over Coronado Bridge, view San Diego Harbor, or pass Petco Park. Learn about the city's attractions from your onboard commentary. Your tour begins downtown to explore the Gaslamp Quarter, USS Midway, and Seaport Village. Afterward, head to Coronado's pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the ferry landing, Petco Park, and more. Enjoy the drive as your electric car takes you to important sites, recommends restaurants, cracks jokes, and tells stories that bring destinations to life. On your tour, drive over the Coronado Bridge for incredible views of San Diego. Ride along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.

San Diego: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. San Diego: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

Make the most of your time in San Diego on a guided tour with hotel pickup. Whether you're on vacation with your family or in town for the day on business, you will be sure to fall in love with this city on the sea. The day starts with pickup from your accommodation. You'll then travel comfortably in an air-conditioned van to the city's best sights. Admire the white-sand beaches and rugged coastline of La Jolla and travel back in time on a stroll through the Spanish settlement of Old Town – the first European settlement in present-day California. Feel the energy of the Gaslamp Quarter, visit Seaport Village, and explore the resort city of Coronado. Finally, take a walk through Balboa Park and admire the chic and bustling eateries in Little Italy. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

San Diego: Coronado Electric Beach Cruiser Experience

6. San Diego: Coronado Electric Beach Cruiser Experience

Discover scenic Coronado Island on this Beach Cruiser Experience together with your local guide. Relax with the option to pedal your electric bike or simply glide along with your bike's powerful electric drive system as you take in the classic California coastal scenery. Each of the beach cruisers has been handcrafted by your local guide, who served in the Navy at Coronado’s Naval Air Station and has a deep interest in Coronado’s rich history. Visit areas of historical interest, like Hotel del Coronado, where your tour guide will share stories of Coronado’s past. Stop at the island’s most beautiful photo hotspots where you'll take complimentary photos of your group’s island adventure. Inspired by the woody wagons of California’s surf culture, these handcrafted cruisers are classically finished in colorfully painted fiberglass, mahogany and white oak wood, and premium leathers and have built-in speakers playing lively beach tunes.

From Orange County: San Diego City Highlights Guided Tour

7. From Orange County: San Diego City Highlights Guided Tour

Join a guided city tour from Orange County and experience San Diego's top attractions in a single day. Wander through the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, see Coronado Island, explore the lively Little Italy neighborhood, and much more. Start your private or group sightseeing tour of America's Finest City with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Then, sit back and relax as you travel to San Diego in a comfortable, air-conditioned van. Once there, set out to discover the city's most popular sights and neighborhoods with the help of your local guide. Visit the seaside town of La Jolla and stroll through San Diego's Old Town, the site of the first European settlement in present-day California. Continue to the Embarcadero, a busy cruise-ship hub, known for its seafood and souvenir shops at Seaport Village. Next, experience the Gaslamp Quarter, a lively downtown neighborhood, and explore the California resort city of Coronado on a peninsula in San Diego Bay. Finally, head to Balboa Park and Little Italy, a chic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, packed with popular cocktail bars, brewpubs, and restaurants. Stop for lunch along the way (cost not included), choosing from one of the many trendy eateries this city has to offer. Your sightseeing tour of San Diego comes to an end with a comfortable return journey to Orange County, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

California: Downloadable Audio Guide for Highway 1 and More

8. California: Downloadable Audio Guide for Highway 1 and More

Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions.   Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

From San Diego: Coronado Island Segway Tour

9. From San Diego: Coronado Island Segway Tour

Visit Coronado on a Segway! Meet us in the Gaslamp Quarter for a San Diego sightseeing experience that you don't want to miss. This segway tour is perfect way to see both San Diego and the stunning Coronado Island, on an exciting 3-hour ride through the city. After a thorough safety briefing, let your guide tell you the unknown stories and fascinating anecdotes of San Diego’s history and culture. Visit Downtown San Diego, the Embarcadero and Coronado, including the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and Coronado Beach. Admire the historic mansion of the Glorietta Bay Inn, with a brief stop inside if time permits. Later, take in stunning views of the harbor and the city on a round-trip San Diego Bay Ferry ride. Join us to see a new and beautiful side of San Diego, and one of California’s most famous and picturesque islands.

Other Sightseeing Options in Coronado Island

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What people are saying about Coronado Island

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 21 reviews

So much fun! We were nervous at first but soon got comfortable with the GPS and the ride. We had a blast and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a different experience. Everywhere we went people we looking and asking where we rented them at. The three hours went by so fast. Thank you fir a great time!

This was so fun! Our group of ladies had not ridden scooters before and these fat-tire versions were perfect for us. Fast but not crazy and stable. We loved it and would recommend to anyone looking to move about San Diego in a fun way.

We organized this tour as part of the Companion Program for our conference. Guests loved it! They felt the tour hit all the major highlights of San Diego and had a great time.

Had a great time, got to see different parts of downtown we had not seen before. John was very helpful with getting us set up. Would absolutely do it again!

Jennifer was the BEST guide. She made the tour specific to our interests which never happens. She was sooo knowledgeable!!! Great experience!!!!