Coronado, CA — Soft sand under your feet, a touch of salt in the air, and the sound of pounding surf are what the best beaches in the U.S. are all about. USA Today and other national media announced “Dr. Beach’s” annual picks for the best beaches in May 2012, and Coronado was named No. 1 in America. “Dr. Beach” — also known as Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research — uses 50 criteria in selecting the best beaches, including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management.
Coronado’s expansive white sand and endless sunshine make it the perfect spot for adventures for all ages. The sprawling shoreline is great for jogging or walking along the Pacific. Coronado’s generally small waves are perfect for learning to surf or boogie board. And the Coronado bike trail, which runs along Glorietta Bay and the beachfront walk, is safe, easy to navigate and beautiful year-round.
The Hotel del Coronado, the Victorian masterpiece that is the centerpiece of Coronado Island, takes full advantage of its breathtaking oceanfront location. Surfing classes and beach rentals are available year-round. Get cozy around a fire pit and roast delicious s’mores with packages available for couples and families. Bikes for all ages, surreys and deuce coupes are also available for rent. The Recreation Department offers the Coronado on Wheels Bike Tour, a two-hour guided tour of historic Coronado. The Del’s fitness instructors teach fun classes such as beach boot camp and yoga on the beach. Kidtopia camp includes bonfires, s’mores roasts, seashore scavenger hunts, sandcastle competitions and more. With all of these great activities in a spectacular setting, it’s no wonder that families return year after year to play at The Del.
For information on summer packages and reservations, contact Hotel del Coronado at 800-HOTEL-DEL or visit www.hoteldel.com.