Just across the Pacific side of San Diego Bay lies the resort community of Coronado. Commonly thought of as an Island, Coronado technically is a ‘tied-island’, which is the geographic combination of an island and what is known as a ‘tombolo’, connected to the mainland. In this case, the tombolo is known as the Silverstrand, And happily for the 2,000,000 plus visitors that come to Coronado every year to soak up the sun and enjoy it’s island village like appeal, this Silverstrand contains one of America’s most beautiful and most consistently highly rated beaches, along with one of America’s great historic landmark hotel resorts, the famed Hotel Del Coronado.
To imagine what Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story would think seeing their Coronado now, after they purchased the land and created their Coronado Beach Company in 1886, they surely would be quite pleased. Two years later they had managed to complete construction of one of America’s iconic hotels on their beautiful beach in 1886, and the city of Coronado quickly became a major resort destination.
In the years since, The Hotel Del Coronado has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, and has hosted many luminaries over the years, including Presidents Howard Taft, Franklin D Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. Celebrities over the years have included Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Jack Dempsey, Magic Johnson, David Beckham, Tom Cruise, Michael Jordan, Clint Eastwood, Tiger Woods, Elton John, Willie Mays and Muhammad Ali.
In addition to the many visitors that enjoy Coronado, there are roughly 30,000 ‘Island’ residents with 15 hotels in 71 highly acclaimed restaurants. The ‘Crown City’ has a small town village quaintness with elegant Gardens, old world mansions, lively shopping experiences and unique dining experiences all within purview of it is spectacular beaches and ocean views.
And what better way to take in all the sites of Coronado than by bicycle – a preferredand favorite mode of transportation with locals and tourists alike.
Most popular and accommodating is the iconic Holland’s Bicycles which has been an institution on Coronado since 1924. There the friendly staff will furnish you and yours on anything from a comfortable beach cruiser to the latest road racing and touring cycles. Just ask for Dale or Sylvan aka ‘Doc’ or their assistant Karl who the kids love, and affectionately call ‘Uncle Wrenches’
The staff are quite familiar with the hidden gems that are affectionately loved by those who frequent Coronado. A stop in to Holland’s Bicycles for advice, maps and a cool drink of water will definitely start you out in the right direction to these local gems!
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