San Diego or Coronado?

Old Aug 18th, 2003, 12:35 AM
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San Diego or Coronado?

Hi Guys

For final 6 days of our honeymoon we are planning on going to San Diego. Had been thinking of the Hotel Del Coronado, but now found out that it's on Coronado Island and not actually in San Diego.

Can anyone suggest whether it would be ok to stay out there or if we'd be better staying in the heart of San Diego?

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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 03:26 AM
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christm,
in my opinion, this would depend slightly on the season you're going.
Taking it that it is your honeymoon ( and the weather is likely to be reasonably warm), I would definitely prefer to stay in Coronado and at the Hotel Del. It is just a short drive via a toll bridge into downtown S.D. in case you want to get to Balboa Park or the Gaslamp District.
Still, Coronado has a nice small town feeling about it and offers splendid recreation opportunities, one of them the beach right in front (or the backside, depending on how you look at it...) of the Hotel Del.
In general, my preference in San Diego would always be to stay in either Coronado or La Jolla/ Del Mar areas. The freeway system is pretty efficient and thus you can combine the tranquility and relaxation offered by those suburbs with the thrills of a bustling city in an almost ideal way.
Have a great time honeymooning!
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 05:39 AM
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The Hotel del Coronado IS very centrally located in relation to other parts of SD. It's merely over the bridge which contrary to another post is NO LONGER a toll bridge. From the hotel to downtown SD is only a 10 minute drive (or a 15 minute ferry ride). I would advise staying in Coronado over La Jolla and Del Mar if location is a concern for you.
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 08:13 AM
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I stayed at the Hotel del Coronado in April of last year and it was amazing. It is a great location and very quick (much quicker than you'd think) to get to SD. Given the choice, I'd stay there, no matter what the season.
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 08:18 AM
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when was the toll taken off the bridge?
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 08:18 AM
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Another vote for Coronado. Make sure to request a room in the original building for a more "old San Diego" experience. It is very nice to go sight see during the day and come back and walk around Coronado at night. Coronado is only about 10-15 mins from many attractions like Sea World, DT, and Balboa Park.
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I voted for the Del. The beach there is the best plus as everyone has said easy access over the bridge to San Diego or you can take the ferry from Coronado to downtown San Diego if you want. If you are in San Diego, there is a trolley you can take to Tijuana and there are also trolleys that go all over San Diego to all the tourist locations. There is a lot to see in San Diego and you'll want to rest at the Del after those long day trips. San Diego is easy get around, at least is was for us, since all locations are easily mark on the freeway exits. If you go to the visitor's center in Mission Bay, they have all sorts of information. Enjoy your honeymoon.

As far as the toll, we were on Coronado Is. two weeks ago and there was no toll for the bridge. I have no idea when it was taken off but I do know that if you have 2 passengers in your car, there at one time was no toll. Maybe it's a summer thing.
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 09:06 AM
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When we were in SD in Feb there wasn't a toll to cross the bridge either.
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I was in San Diego Labor Day last year. There was no toll over to the island. My friend said that this was one promise that the politicians actually kept. When the bridge was paid for the toll was supposed to go away and it did.
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Old Aug 18th, 2003, 09:30 AM
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The toll was taken off about a year or so ago.

Martin, the Del would be lovely.
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 02:26 AM
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OK...Sounds like the Del then.

Someone asked about the time of year - we're going next July, if that makes any difference.

One of the main concerns is that where we stay has a few nice restaurants within walking distance - would the Del qualify for that too?

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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 05:03 AM
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Martin, it depends on what you're thinking of as "nice." I think if you search this list for Cornonado restaurants, you'll see a thread that was here yesterday where someone mentions a mexican food/margarita place diagonally across from the Del driveway. I ate there and liked it, particularly sitting out on the patio. But there were several other restaurants in the neighborhood, I just wasn't in Coronado at dinner time enough to try them all!
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Having just returned from San Diego and visiting most of the usual suspects in and around the city...I would pick La Jolla hands down! We just adored this area and spent a lot of time there...great beach (La Jolla Shores) IMO, better than that in front of the Hotel Del Coronado (too wide and too much seaweed for my likes), La Jolla Cove is wonderful, lots of walking & sightseeing to do here, check out the seals and the tidepools, great restaurants and shopping and if you have a car you are still relatively close to things to do in San Diego proper.

Have fun!
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