Take the ferry across the bay or enjoy the view from the Coronado Bridge as you descend into this upscale peninsula local’s call “the island.” With an abundance of boutiques, restaurants and attractions, “Crown City” has something for everyone.

Orange Avenue hosts a bevy of boutiques. Pick up polished bohemian garb at Paris & Me or beachy blouses at its sister store Avenu. La Mer offers unique gifts and jewelry and Cotier features ocean-inspired home décor.

Worked up an appetite? Try the farm-to-table eats at Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge, or a dry-aged filet at Stake Chophouse & Bar. The Coronado Brewing Co. has more than 20 craft beers on tap, including their ode to their home base Orange Avenue Wit. Wine more your thing? Try a tasting at the upbeat Wine A Bit. Also, don’t miss the Venetian-style sunset gondola rides through Coronado Cays from The Gondola Company.

No trip to Southern California would be complete without an overnight stay at the iconic Hotel del Coronado. This Victorian-era luxury resort nestled on a glittering beach has housed celebrities, dignitaries and scores of locals looking for a luxurious staycation. It was also the backdrop for the classic Marilyn Monroe film Some Like It Hot. Its Crown Room restaurant features a lavish Sunday brunch with carving stations, chilled seafood bar and a desert bar.  Cap off your perfect day by watching the sun set over the Pacific from the aptly named Coronado Sunset Bar.

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