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San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Take a ferry from San Diego over to Coronado to become better acquainted with the city on this 3-hour tour. Cruise across the San Diego Bay to get to Coronado, and then explore what the city has to offer. Go to Star Park, Spreckels Mansion, the Hotel del Coronado, and, of course, the beach. Take in stunning views of the Pacific before setting off to sightsee on your own.
  • 3-hour ferry ride and tour of Coronado from San Diego
  • Cruise across the San Diego Bay all the way to Coronado
  • Go to Star Park, Spreckles Mansion and enjoy a bit of free time
  • Enjoy a snack from one of our favorite local eateries
  • Admire views of the Pacific from Coronado’s beach
  • Go to the 128-year-old Hotel del Coronado
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Gratuities

Departure Point

1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
This ferry ride to and 3-hour tour of Coronado from San Diego starts at 9:30am. On the day of your tour, make your way to the entrance of Broadway Pier to meet your guide and small group. 

Jump on a ferry that departs for Coronado at 10 am sharp. Your boat takes you across the San Diego Bay, as you take in scenic views of the water. You can even spot the Coronado Bridge along your journey.

When you get to Coronado, we will board local transit and head down Orange Avenue to arrive in the main part of town.  Window shopping will make us hungry so we will make a quick stop for a snack - locally made and absolutely delicious!

We'll make our way to Star Park, home to the 'Wizard of Oz' house and then make our way to Coronado Beach. Stroll along the beach, past multi-million dollar homes, hear stories of the various residents including the tales of historic Spreckels Mansion.

Our last stop is at the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel is known for hosting residents and celebrities.  We will tour the grounds and finish up just outside the famed Crown Room.  This is where your tour comes to an end, but don’t worry, your guide leaves you with advice on what to do next. He or she also tells you ways to get back for when you’re ready.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Coronado Island
We’ll board a ferry on the San Diego side of the bay and in a short 15 minutes we’ll feel a world away once we arrive at Coronado Island. We’ll explore both the bay side and the ocean side, enjoying the parks, shops and eateries between the two.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Coronado Ferry Landing
We will walk through here after we’ve arrived by Ferry. Guests will have time to shop and explore after the tour as they wait for the Ferry’s departure.(Please note that the ferry leaves at 9 am on the dot, so if you’re not at the meeting point at the designated start time, we will be forced to leave without you.)
Stop At:  
Downtown Coronado
After a short trip from the Ferry Landing, we’ll spend some time exploring downtown Coronado, and see its cafes, shops and restaurants. Time permitting we’ll pop into a popular shop with unique souviners.Along the way we’ll learn about the first military flying school located on the island, where sailors first learned to fly. We’ll spy architectural gems, some of which employed the latest technology when built over a century ago. And you’ll hear what drew Charles Lindbergh, L. Frank Baum and Marilyn Monroe to this unique beach town. We’ll also pop into a local museum (subject to availability) to look at artefacts and photos that will bring these stories to life. When hunger strikes we’ll make a quick stop for a snack at a local eatery. It could be something sweet or something savory – depending on our mood – but whichever way we go, we promise it will be locally made and delicious.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museum of History and Art
We’ll visit a local museum (subject to availability) to look at artifacts and photos that will bring the stories of Coronado’s past and citizens to life.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Star Park
This small, circular park is surrounded by beautiful homes, and displays flags and equipment illuminating Coronado’s military past and present.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Coronado Beach
Routinely voted one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., the beach offers spectacular views of of Point Loma and, on a clear day, Mexico. We’ll talk about the houses that face the beach, and if we’re lucky we’ll see some wildlife in the ocean.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour runs rain or shine; please dress accordingly. It can be cool on the ferry ride, and a sweater or light jacket is recommended. Please bring a bottle of water and sunscreen.
  • If you suffer from sea sickness, you may want to bring medication for nausea and dizziness
  • Each tour accommodates a maximum of 12 people
  • Tour is family-frinedly
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego: Best of Coronado and Ferry Ride from San Diego?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I can highly recommend the tour around Coronado and Alyssa is a great and informative guide!" See review
  • "The walk from the bay to the beach is a great way to get an overview of the island." See review

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A great half-day trip to Coronado with Alyssa!
Wattmo
, Dec 2019
I was the only guest on the tour this rainy morning, so I ended up with a very nice private guide. Despite the heavy rain Alyssa made the tour fun, interesting and relaxing. The tour includes a walk through the town and covers the main parts of Coronado. Because of the rain, Alyssa adapted the tour so we spent more time at the History Museum and the beautiful Hotel Coronado, and we also had a nice cup of coffee and a delicious pastry together at a local café. I got a lot of interesting information about Coronado and its history and famous local people, as well as exciting stories about the old Hotel and the celebrities who used to stay there. I was able to ask a lot of questions and I could also contribute with some information about the story with a Swedish connection during the Cold War that was displayed at the museum. I can highly recommend the tour around Coronado and Alyssa is a great and informative guide!
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Jennifer is the best guide!
Steven B
, Jul 2019
A wonderful introduction to Coronado including it's history, architecture, and scandals. The walk from the bay to the beach is a great way to get an overview of the island. The secret visit to the Hotel del Coronado was the perfect ending to the tour.
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