San Diego - First Family Trip

Old Feb 5th, 2014, 04:48 PM
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Nanabee, off the top of your head, can you think of any places in Coronado that fit our needs?

-separate area for kids to sleep
-full kitchen
-close proximity or easy access to attractions, grocers
-beach view a plus!

Thanks!
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Old Feb 5th, 2014, 07:43 PM
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The Glorietta Bay Inn
http://www.gloriettabayinn.com/

El Cordova Hotel
http://www.elcordovahotel.com/?keywo...FQxqfgodDjkAUw

Coronado Beach Resort
http://www.coronadobeachresort.com/

Marriott
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...esort-and-spa/

Here are a few places and I don't know what kind of deals you can get or prices. I could be wrong but I think the Coronado Beach Inn might have time shares so if you have one you might be able to do an exchange?

All are in proximity to the beach, and close to main street. The Marriott is on the bay side facing San Diego and is nice. Coronado is very small so you are never more than one mile from anything.
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Old Feb 6th, 2014, 05:33 PM
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The other thing about Legoland is that many of the rides your older child can ride they need to be accompanied by an adult. Once I took both kids by myself and it was hard because I actually had to leave the younger with a ride attendant, and sometimes that wasn't possible or a good idea. But I think as long as you're two kids and two adults, you can take the younger to the playgrounds while the older does rides and they might not notice they're being excluded. The kids love the playgrounds.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 03:46 AM
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And as for Safari Park - formerly Wild Animal Park - I volunteer there as well as at the SD Zoo. They are now "sister" organizations.

See young toddlers all the time around the Park - and they even have a play area for kids - and have shows at various times/places around the park, as well as a petting zoo, etc.

I can't cut and paste at the moment - but check out the website for more info.

There is also a tram ride that gives a nice view of the animals - more in their natural setting than at the Zoo - which is also great though.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 03:52 AM
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Nanabee - have to give you a little bit of a bad time - as how in the heck does it take 25 minutes to get from PB (by the Capri shall we say) to the Zoo?

Just zip down to Sea World drive - over to Friars and over to 163 South and then a mile or so later - get off at University or Washington - and you are there. 15 minutes or so - IMO.

And from Coronado - it can take waaaay longer than 10 minutes - especially if you get caught in the commute hours.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 03:55 AM
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BTW - also suggest you check out the Paradise Point resort (formerly Vacation Village) on Trip Advisor. People there really liked it and it's very easy to get around from there.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 11:34 AM
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tomsd, I live in the PB area and believe me it takes about 20-25 minutes. I just drove it a few weeks ago with grandkids. We've timed it many times.

The Coronado bridge has little traffic leaving the island unless you go between 4-6 when North Island traffic picks up.

And again it's actually easier to drive from Coronado to the Zoo. Take the bridge and you are immediately on I-5 going north then take the exit (can't remember the name sorry) to bring you in back of the Balboa Hospital, go up the street to Park Blvd and cross it and you are at the zoo. It's probably 10 minutes.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 11:37 AM
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I would like stay at Paradise Point resort too tomsd I just think with small kids Coronado is more family friendly. Paradise Point is pretty much secluded away from the beaches, shopping, etc.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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nana - Paradise Point - nee Vacation Village - has it's own beaches on the bay.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 01:44 PM
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And you are what - a short walk - from Paradise Point - over the scenic Ingrham Street Bridge to Sea world.

Again, I like Coronado and for some - it's a nice destination location in and of itself - but I think you see more of San Diego staying on the city side of the Bay.
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Ingraham Street bridge is a four lane heavily driven street that handles a lot of traffic in and our of PB. I wouldn't want to walk it with small children. Not only that but it's not a short walk from Paradise Point into Pacific Beach by any means.

Coronado is a very short hop from the bridge and you are immediately in I-5 which gives you quick access into Balboa Park and all major areas via freeway. You are also 5-10 min. from Coronado into downtown or you can take the foot ferry from Coronado over to Downtown as well.

For small children Coronado is much easier and there are more family friendly things to do. They can rent boats on Glorietta Bay, a wonderful community pool overlooking San Diego Bay, the beach in Coronado is rank as one of the best in the world, the restaurants are all within walking distance, there are several lovely parks for kids, one can easily bike around (it's basically flat), and for all the San Diego tourist spots like I said they can easily access them by car.
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Old Feb 9th, 2014, 06:46 PM
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Thanks to all for your advice. There will be two of us, so I think we'll try LL. I know the almost 5 year old and the 2 year old will like the playground and some of the rides. Definitely will do the zoo, safari park, ferry ride to Coronado, sea lions. Probably will skip Midway.

I've gone ahead and booked a rental at PB that seems to fit our needs. Seems to be near the Catamaran resort. Hope it works out!
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I would avoid the Pacific Beach area. Coronado is always nice and L'aberge Del Mar is a nice family friendly beach area hotel in Del Mar. I think they have some units with kitchens. Do the zoo and skip Safari Park. I wouldn't miss Legoland with toddlers. Balboa Park and the museums. The Midway is great but with toddlers maybe not so great. Although they might enjoy looking at the aircraft parked on the ship. I've heard good things about the Legoland Hotel and there's a new Hilton that's oceanfront in Carlsbad. Another hotel suggestion is Homewood Suites in Del Mar/Carmel Valley area. It's not on the beach but lots of room, central location plus a kitchen.
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 02:28 AM
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I think you will be fine by the Catamaran resort - which has good dining also. You are probably on/by the bay - which is more peaceful than the Boardwalk on the PB side- and the kids can play on the sand there - yet you can still walk over to the ocean beach and hang out there.

And PB is fine - noisy at night yes, when the bars are open - but that's mainly in the commercial areas - along Mission Blvd or inland along Grant or Garnet - not at say the Capri or near the Catamaran.

Nana - fyi - the bridge over Ingraham street has completely separate sidewalks. Heck - we have ridden bicycles over it.
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Just to clarify - I was talking about being able to walk from Paradise Point (which we knew years ago as Vacation Village to nearby Seaworld - over the Ingraham Street Bridge - not from PP into Pacific Beach.

In any event - does not matter as it looks like they will be staying near the Catamaran - which is a very nice/quiet area - on the bay side.
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Yes, I'm sure they'll be fine tomsd. Having grown up in Coronado and now living in the Bird Rock/PB area, believe me Coronado is much nicer. But, I can't complain about being in Bird Rock/PB. It's just not as family friendly and is a little more commercial and crowded.
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Ye wuz spoiled Nana.
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