Visit to Coronado Island, CA
I have been on the road almost non-stop for the past few weeks. While on a trip to San Diego, CA I had an evening to get away and check out Coronado Island. Coronado is a beach town located just across the bay from downtown San Diego. Driving back from the island you will have a magnificent view of the city.
Coronado's beach is often voted one of the best in the US. For one thing, it's large. The sand stretches quite a distance from the Pacific Ocean. Since I was only on the island for dinner I didn't get too much time to enjoy the sand, but I did walk along the beach from the public parking area through the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel is a historic landmark and dates back to 1888. It has grown since then and now includes the main hotel as well as luxury beach cottages, which I must say looked pretty nice.
It was chilly on the July evening we were on the island. The resort had set up fire pits on the beach for guests to roast marshmallows and watch the sunset. After enjoying the scenery we walked a few blocks into town where you have your pick from more than a dozen fine restaurants.
We ended up at Vigilucci's Ristorante. The menu was a mix of traditional and modern Italian and the interior spilled out to a private outdoor courtyard for al fresco dining. The wine menu was extensive and we found various California and Italian selections. The food was excellent and the pastas were fresh. Being on the coast, I opted for seafood. If you are looking for a nice dinner, I recommend checking out Vigilucci's. Price-wise you're looking at around $50/per person with a drink, shared appetizer and main course.
Overall, this is a brief glimpse at Coronado. The vibe really reminded me of New England even though we were in Southern California, with the exception of the palm trees. If you're in San Diego, or you're looking for a beach destination that isn't Florida, check out Coronado.