Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Coronado Island and Lunch

San Diego Metro KOA

Chula Vista, CA

January 25, 2022 

Did you know that Coronado Island is not completely surrounded by water like most islands?  It is referred to as a tied island.  A tied island is connected to the mainland by a tombolo.  So, what is a tombolo you might wonder (I sure didn't know!)...it is a bar of sand joining an island to the mainland.   There are three ways to get to Coronado Island...Silver Strand which is the tombolo that connects Coronado to the mainland, the Coronado Bridge over the San Diego Bay or the ferry.  We took the bridge today.  It is a little intimidating with 2.1 miles of four lane traffic with a a nice curve and short concrete walls on the outsides and down the middle.  Joe never gets to see these views.  

We had plans to meet Jeff and Fran for lunch at the bay.  It was one of those beautiful, perfect San Diego days so we decided to go early and walk.  Orange Avenue offers a nice stretch of sidewalk from the Hotel Del to Bayside with lots of variety and interest along the way.  We also ventured down a few side streets...just because !

I do have a "thing" for gates and doors.

The Christ Episcopal Church built in 1894 was surrounded by camellias.

Camellias remind me of Georgia.  They have always been a favorite.


Coronado is a Spanish word that translates to crowned in English.

"The Crown City"  is a nickname often used by locals when referring to the island.  I had not noticed all the crowns.   Pictures of crowns on signs and crowns in store windows were everywhere. 

And speaking of locals, Charlie Chaplin and Dick Van Dyke, are among the rich and famous who have called Coronado Island home.  Today, we learned from Jeff that L. Frank Baum, who spent many winters in a rented home on Coronado, wrote The Wizard of Oz on the island in the winter of 1900. 

Coronado Island has a lot of beautiful green space (parks) and easily accessible sandy beach/ocean space, but almost 30,000 people live on the island and thousands of tourists visit there every year. It is most impressive that even with all the structures and folks that fill up the remaining space, there is no clutter.     

So neat and orderly...

  So vital...

So inviting...

So strong...

So used...

So cool...

So beautiful...

After all our meandering and at the end of Orange Street, we reached our destination...The Landing.  
We had never been to this part of Coronado...it is a beautiful park with benches, green grass, and walks.  It also has some history.  The bronze plaque on the rock in the above photo reads, "Birthplace of Naval Aviation" (designated in 1961).  In 1917, Congress appropriated the island to support the WW I effort and two airfields occupied its sandy flats.  According to google, many milestones originated here including the first sea flight in the United States in 1911.  

Bayside is home to restaurants, shops, and wonderful views.  It is also where the ferry docks when transporting folks to and from the mainland...

thus the name The Landing.  Fran and Jeff rode bikes today and used the ferry to get to the the island.  Our lunch spot, thanks to these two locals we have the pleasure of calling friends, chose Costa Azul Mexican...perfect ! 

The restaurant, the ferry dock, and the San Diego skyline

Good friends, the view from the patio, our server Jerry, the
yummy food and yep, one of those frozen concoctions all made for a most enjoyable meal and fun time.  Thank you again Fran and Jeff !!!!

That makes Monday a wrap.  I had mentioned in the last post Ocean Beach would be the next post.  It is still on hold.  
Until next time,




  1. A postcard prefect day! As Fran read you blog, she mentioned you have a photographer's eye for making a picture come to life.
    We so enjoyed our lunch with you. I wish we had taken a picture of our tostadas ... they were awesome!

    1. Yes they were Jeff! I think after your bike ride and our walk, we were all starving! Please tell Fran thank you for the very nice compliment. It’s really hard to take a bad photo anywhere in San Diego…it’s just so beautiful. Joe says he can’t get over the fact that you served on the Midway. You know if you are ever in Tucson…👍.

  2. Finally you've visited a place I've actually been! I took a girls trip with a dear friend and we drove out to Coronado Island one day--it's beautiful and so are your photos!

    1. Thank you Janna! A girls trip there would be a blast…so many girlie things to do! I still haven’t seen the inside of Hotel Del Coronado with the crown chandeliers.

  3. Your "eye" captured Coronado perfectly! It's such a pretty and peaceful place even with all the tourists! We stayed at the Del a few times in our other life, it was a very nice experience and the beach is lovely there, although not the warm Florida like beach I expected back in the day!

    1. Oh wow! The Del just had a multi million $ makeover. I tried to go in to see the Christmas decorations, but it was an impossible task to find parking. Joe & I have said many times...if we win the lottery we would land there! Oh the dreams!

  4. We've been to Coronado several times but never explored far other than the beach and Starbucks up the street. Love the blog presentation. Thanks for sharing the rest of the island.

    1. Thank you Pam. It is surprising how much history is there. It is one of the prettiest places we have ever been!