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Grand American Beach Vacation: Summer at The Del

With its soaring red turrets and majestic Victorian architecture, The Del is an iconic California gem on America’s most beloved beach. We welcome families and beach lovers from near and far to make inDELible memories on our glittering sands. From surf camps, clambakes and concerts in the sand to kid camps, painting by the sea, private chef dinners, and beach s’more roasts under the stars, our expansive seaside playground has something for every member of the family. The Del offers endless magical beachfront experiences unrivaled on the West Coast. Experience the legend.

Reserve Your Summer Vacation

Contact us at 1-800-468-3533 or delreservations@hoteldel.com to plan your summer at The Del

10 Top Things to Love

Read more about vacation inspirations and fun things to do at The Del with the summer issue of our in-room magazine, InDELible.

Del Beach Services

Relax in a cabanettes with plush day beds, luxury loungers and oversized red umbrellas with white fringe. This is the only San Diego spot where guests can order up tropical cocktails and local craft brews, along with delicious beach fare, with their toes in the sand. Del Beach Services team will also happily set up games by the sea. Learn more.

California Clambake

Settle into the sand on a warm summer evening for a classic California Clambake at Coronado Beach. Guests will enjoy a shellfish feast at sunset paired with a local beer or signature cocktail (cash bar also available) and live entertainment. The clambakes will be at 6:30pm on June 24, July 22 and August 12. Reserve online.

Painting by the Sea

Inspire your inner artist and experience Painting by the Sea. This unique coastal painting experience features you with an easel and a palette of paint colors positioned in front of the ocean on the Paseo Lawn. Dates available throughout 2016. Reserve online.


Reserve your private beach fire pit and choose from a variety of cozy experiences a la carte, such as s’mores, cheese and charcuterie, and fireside franks. One pit accommodates up to 10 guests. Available daily 6-7:15pm, 6:15-7:30pm, 8-9:15pm, 8:15-9:30pm. Advanced reservations required. Call 619-522-8100 for reservations. Learn more.

Recreation & Watersports

This seaside playground has all the ingredients for an action-packed vacation. Biking, boogie boarding, beach spin, sailing, surfing, spin, stand-up paddleboarding and more. Come enjoy our sunny days, swimming pools, soft sand and surf-friendly waves — all right outside your door. Del Watersports is located at Ocean Towers. Learn more.

More aquatic fun awaits at Seaforth Boat Rentals in Glorietta Marina, just across the street from Hotel del Coronado. Take a sailing lesson, rent a speedboat, jet ski, waterski, kayak, paddleboat or go fishing. Or glide through the calm waters of Glorietta Bay on a captained private yacht. Call 619-437-1514 to plan your sailing adventure with Seaforth Boat Rentals.

Poolside Cabanas

Relax poolside in a luxury cabana available at the Main Pool and Boardwalk (Adult) Pool. Cabanas are available for full-day rental for up to 8 people (for a larger group, get a second connecting cabana!). They come with L-shaped sofa lounge, coffee table, large TV, safe, refrigerator stocked with water and soft drinks, two reserved poolside lounge chairs, an amenity basket, and sliced fresh fruit delivered midday. We are happy to arrange for specific items as well. Available to overnight guests only. Call 619-522-8100 for reservations.

Kids DelVentures

Explore the resort! Every child receives a DelVenture Survival Pack at check-in with a number of goodies inside, including a Scavenger Hunt Map. The scavenger hunt takes them to six hidden golden crowns on the property, which will reveal a secret clue that guides them to the treasure!

At Kidtopia activity center, our DelVenture program for kids ages 4-12 features 1-hour activities and 3.5-5 hour evening adventures. Call 619-522-8100 for reservations. Learn more. Available to overnight guests only.

Beach Fitness

Join us for Beach Spin at The Del – a unique fitness experience overlooking the Pacific on the resort’s Paseo Lawn. The 50-minute classes are led by some of San Diego’s best instructors through Beats by Dre headphones along with motivating tunes. Advanced reservations required. Learn more.

Or, embrace the morning with yoga on the sand and let the rhythmic surf be your soundtrack as you stretch, breathe deeply and find a little inner peace during this 60-minute class. View current fitness scheduleAvailable to overnight guests only.

Get Mermaid Fit

Join us Fridays at 8am in the Beach Village pool for Mermaid Fitness at The Del, an exciting water aerobics class with colorful mermaid tails! Hotel del Coronado fitness instructors will guide you through this 45-minute fusion of swimming, core, cardio and strength training set to upbeat music. Learn more.

After your workout, you can head to Spa at The Del for a fun Mermaid Manicure, Spray Tan (20% off until July 20) or Goddess of the Sea detoxifying and hydrating spa treatment. Learn more.

PeDels Bike Rentals

Coronado is a cycling paradise with more than 15 miles of paths dedicated to bicyclists. Rent beach cruisers, kids’ bikes, surrey bikes and more at Pedels on the boardwalk by The Del. Learn more.

Sweet Treats

Kids, big and small, love the handcrafted, made-from-scratch ice cream, sorbet, yogurt and sherbet at MooTime. Or skip on over to Spreckels, an old-fashioned candy shop where the shelves and glass displays are lined with fresh fudge, truffles, gourmet chocolate, licorice, caramels and even treats for your pup!

Coronado Concerts in the Park

Enjoy free summer concert series on Sundays in Spreckels Park, located in the heart of Coronado at 7th and Orange Avenue just a 15-minute walk from The Del. Arrive 30-45 minutes before the start time to get a good spot for your blanket or chairs. View 2016 summer concert schedule.

*Dates and prices for summer activities are subject to change.

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Seafood Dish with Clams, Prawns, Potato, Corn and Carrots

California Clambake: July 22, August 12

Settle into the warm beach sands on a summer evening where we’ll be smoking and grilling a Southern California Clambake – our Del take on the East Coast classic celebration. With a sunset backdrop, live entertainment and interactive beach games, guests donned in white attire will cozy up on communal tables and enjoy a shellfish feast featuring Executive Chef John Shelton’s coastal favorites. This seafood spread will be paired with a signature cocktail from Zaya Rum, and parking is complimentary. Join us on Del Beach from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on July 22 and August 12 for this new Hotel del Coronado tradition.

A sample of our menu for July 22:

Chilled: Oysters on the half shell, two fresh ceviches: Deep-water prawn and green apple verde, and white fish, clam and habanero

Boiled: Lobster tails, Local Prawns, Clams, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Local Vegetables

Grilled: Local, eastern Pacific shell- and fin-fishes, Prawns and rockfish skewers, skirt steak with dark beer glaze and chimichurri

Smoked on the Beach: whole smoked grouper street tacos, hot smoked oysters on kelp

Golden Fried: Crispy scallops, tempura Yellowfin tuna poke poppers, sushi rice grits, smoked chicken tenders

The cost is $125 per person (plus tax and service charge) which includes dinner, live entertainment, Del Beach games like bocce ball and corn hole, complimentary parking and a signature welcome cocktail. Children 5 and under are free, and children 6-12 are half price. A cash bar is available for additional drinks. Please call 619-522-8490 or reserve online.

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Mixology Class: August 25

Join Nolet Gin mixologist Jaren Singh for a cocktail-making class using fresh ingredients from The Del’s garden at our Sunset bar on Thursday, August 25 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Tour the garden with our chef and harvest fresh herbs and other ingredients before joining Singh for a fun and interactive drink mixing experience. As you learn behind-the-bar secrets, sip on your creations and nibble on bites from our chef. Class includes a Hotel del Coronado apron, recipes and validated self parking as well.

Registration is $75 per person and you must be 21 or over to attend. The class is Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 2:30pm to 4pm at our Sunset Bar (located in front of 1500 OOCEAN restaurant). Please call 619-522-8490 for more information and reservations, or click “Book Now” below. Space is limited.

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Polo on the Beach at Hotel del Coronado

Beach Polo Cup: September 3-4

Polo America has partnered with the iconic Hotel del Coronado to host the first West Coast Beach Polo event, September 3-4. Guests will be pampered with a weekend full of polo, fashion, gourmet food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Polo America will invite four high-profile patrons to bring a high-goal team to compete in an event that will draw celebrities on and off the field.


This event returns the sport of polo to Hotel del Coronado, which was first brought to The Del in 1906 by owner John D. Spreckels with matches between international teams and a local team comprised mostly of Navy officers until World War I.

Presented By: Ermenegildo Zegna, Silver Seas Yachts, Grayse, Porsche of San Diego and Coronado Tourism Improvement District.


September 3

  • Cocktail reception
  • Formal lunch catered by Hotel del Coronado
  • Grayse fashion show
  • (2) polo matches

Gates open at noon.

September 4

  • Cocktail reception
  • Formal lunch catered by Hotel del Coronado
  • Pre game and final polo match


  • Tickets: $250 per person per day
  • Tables: $2,500 for 10 people per day
  • Corporate Lounge: $5,000 per day (includes seating for 10 people and a $1,000 food and beverage allowance)

For sponsorship information, please contact Randy Russell at (760) 668-6093 or randy@poloamerica.com.

VIP Treatment

  • The VIP tent will measure 50 foot x 300 foot and feature three terraces. The first terrace (12 foot x 300 foot) will consist of 16 corporate entertainment lounges adorned with white leather couches and chairs.
  • The second terrace (20 foot x 300 foot) will include elegant 72-inch round tables for the formal luncheon each day.
  • The third terrace (16 foot x 300 foot) will be available for corporate displays.

About Polo America

Polo America is the oldest and largest marketing firm that specializes in the sport of polo. The company’s expertise includes creating and producing a variety of world-class events throughout the United States.

About Rady Children’s Hospital

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility that provides the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. It is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and it  is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. Rady Children’s Hospital relies on donations to support its mission. Proceeds from Polo America’s Beach Polo Event at Hotel del Coronado will help fund Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience. Money from the endowment provides clinical genetics, clinical trials, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and education to help treat and find cures for neurological diseases and disorders in children. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org.

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Daydream Hotel Screening at The Del

Daydream Hotel Movie Screening: September 16

Join us for a movie screening of Daydream Hotel on Windsor Lawn, The Del’s oceanfront theater under the stars. Produced locally by the Coronado School of the Arts and staring our very own GM Andre Zotoff, Daydream Hotel was a student project shot all over Coronado and at The Del in 2015-2016. Set in the year 2022, the proprietor of a famous seaside hotel – Hotel del Coronado, now known as the Daydream Hotel – has discovered a mysterious underground energy source that when combined with compressed light energy – can transform humans into the fantasy character they’ve always dreamed of becoming.

Event Schedule

Panel: 7:30 pm

Movie Screening: 8:00 pm

*Schedule is subject to change and weather permitting. No outside food or beverage is permitted. Dogs on leash are welcome.

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Hotel del Coronado's annual Halloween party, Hallowine and Spirits

Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party: October 29

Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel on Saturday, October 29. Wear your best costume and join us for the 7th annual, adults-only, “Hallo-wine and Spirits” Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop! This year’s theme is “Vixens & Villains”. Party-goers are encourage to use hashtag #DelHallowine at the event.

Event Details

The Del’s Hallo-wine and Spirits dinner reception is from 7-9pm with delicious eats from The Del’s amazing culinary team and cash bars.

Then at 9pm, the party heads into the Crown Room for dessert, drinks, dancing and crowning the winner of this year’s best costume. And keep an eye out for a special guest appearance from our resident ghost, Kate Morgan.

Hotel del Coronado’s “Hallo-wine and Spirits” dinner reception is from 7-9pm and the dance party is from 9pm-12am. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets are $125 per person before September 30, $150 thereafter. VIP Lounge areas are also available for $1500 and include 6 tickets, reserved lounge seating for 6 people and bottle service (first bottle is included). Tickets will go on sale in August.

Kids Party
Kids ages 4-12 can attend their own Halloween party with costumes, trick-or-treating, dinner and more for $50 per child. (Available to hotel guests and Hallo-wine party guests.)

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Ice Rink at Sunset

Skating by the Sea on Coronado

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 12th year from November 23 through January 1. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.

The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations.

Skating by the Sea Hours

You may come any time during rink hours to skate (weather permitting)

November 23 – January 1*

Weekdays: TBD

Saturdays: TBD

Sundays: TBD

*Schedule and hours may be subject to change

Skating is $25 per person and ice skate rentals are free. Season passes are also available. Skate times may be limited to 90 minutes based on capacity. Advance tickets are available online and via phone at 619-522-8490, and at the rink starting 15 minutes prior to opening. No refunds or exchanges. There are group discounts and professional skating instruction. All skaters must sign a waiver prior to entering the rink (click to print and sign in advance). Group skating inquiries and special requests should be directed to the rink manager at hoteldel@icerinkevents.com.

The Del’s Skating by the Sea partially benefits the Wish Kids served by Make-A-Wish San Diego.  If you would like to make an additional donation this holiday season and help us Make Every Wish Come True for children with life-threatening medical conditions, please visit http://site.wish.org/goto/hoteldel or call 858-707-9474. Thank you for your generosity!

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