Enjoying Coronado Island

We were surprised how nice downtown Coronado Island in San Diego is for a nearby one-night vacation. The Sunday night price at the El Cordova Hotel with its charming Spanish architecture seemed very reasonable. It's across the street from the famous Hotel Del Coronado in an ideal location in the heart of downtown. Everywhere you could want to go in Coronado is a short walk so you won’t need your car, and you could even take the train and ferry to get there.
El Cordova Hotel
El Cordova Hotel neighborhood
Downtown Coronado
Another view of downtown Coronado
Lunch at Leroy’s Kitchen was outstanding, sharing the unique beef brisket/short rib burger with truffle French fries and the roasted Brussels sprouts with orange & chili marmalade. Vigilucci's Ristorante has a beautiful setting and expensive regular menus, but the happy hour drinks and menu were perfect – we had the ahi tuna sliders and grilled prime beef skewers with Thai chili sauce and more truffle French fries.
Lunch at Leroy's Kitchen
Happy hour at Vigilucci's Ristorante
Walking around the nearby neighborhoods was nice because houses here are fancy and expensive. The Visitor Center’s self-guided walking tour map of historic homes identifies 65 important houses that were built starting in the late 1800s, providing a short history of each one. And Coronado’s beach is certainly one of California’s best, even ranking “#1 in America” on some lists.
Downtown houses
Historic homes in Coronado
Spreckels Park in Coronado
Glorietta Bay
Coronado Beach