Coronado is a city located in San Diego County, California. Coronado is nicknamed The Crown City. It is also nicknamed The Tent City, referring to tourists' tents that once lined Coronado Beach during the summer-vacation season.
Coronado is a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land called the Silver Strand (or, locally, The Strand.) Locals refer to Coronado as The Island. Originally Coronado was separated from North Island by a shallow channel called the Spanish Bight. The development of North Island by the U.S. Navy prior to World War II led to the filling of the Bight, combining the land areas into a single body. The Navy still operates the Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI) on Coronado.
In 1969 the San Diego-Coronado Bridge was opened, allowing much faster transit between the cities than bay ferries or driving via California Highway 75 along the Silver Strand.
Downtown Coronado boasts unique shops and many restaurants serving residents and visitors. Three destination resorts and many small hotels offer a variety of accommodations. And our award-winning beach, recently ranked second best in the country by the Travel Channel, is a special jewel. Coronado is famous for The Hotel Del Coronado which was one of the firsts hotels to have electricity.