Biking Around Coronado
By David Hail, founder of hotdateideas.com
Many people think of Coronado as an island, but itís really just a peninsula masquerading as an island; the bulk of it is connected to the mainland down south by a long, thin strip of land called the Silver Strand. But no matter what you call it, Coronado is definitely one of the more scenic places to visit in San Diego and enjoy cycling and bike riding.
The island (I say it too) has over 15 miles of dedicated bike paths that will take you along San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean, the golf course, under the Coronado Bay Bridge, and down Silver Strand. The nice thing is that the whole area is relatively flat, allowing you to enjoy terrific views of the San Diego Skyline, Pacific Ocean, and beaches without wearing yourself out. Add in a stop at the Hotel Del Coronado to explore the grounds and white sand beaches of this world-famous hotel and you have a great day in San Diego.
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Now for the nuts and bolts. If youíre staying downtown, Iíd recommend taking the ferry across the bay and renting bikes right there at the Coronado ferry landing. To get there head over to the San Diego ferry landing at the intersection of N. Harbor Drive and Broadway, the ferry leaves every hour on the hour from 9am-9pm. After crossing the bay youíll find Bikes and Beyond right there. The company offers beach cruisers, road bikes, tandem bikes, and surreys, and while they donít take reservations, there are generally plenty of bikes available. If youíre worried, call them ahead of time at (619) 435-7180 and ask what their current inventoryís like. Those outside of walking or taxi distance can drive over the Coronado Bay Bridge and park at the Ferry Landing. Youíll miss out on the ferry ride, but youíll also miss out on searching for places to park and paying for it like you would on the San Diego side.
Rent your bicycles and then begin a leisurely bike ride south along the coast, going under the bridge and next to the golf course until you reach Glorietta Blvd. Take a left and follow Glorietta all the way down to the Hotel Del. After spending some time walking through the hotel interior, grounds, beach, and shops, relax with lunch at Sheerwater or Sunday brunch in the Crown Room.
When youíve finished lunch, you can bike around the center of town, head north along the coast up to the Naval Air Station and golf course, or continue south down Silver Strand. If youíre feeling energetic, head south on Silver Strand (ocean side) and ride the asphalt trail that runs the length of the peninsula. Itís a completely flat, 18-mile round trip with views of the ocean on one side and the bay on the other.
Donít forget to bring a hat and sunblock. Have a great time!
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