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Coronado Island

The isthmus of Coronado contains an upmarket resort community with several beaches, including the award-winning Silver Strand State Beach, hotels, outdoor dining, boutiques and the Museum of History and Art dedicated to the history of Coronado. A naval station occupies the western end of the island. The island is of little interest except for the historic Hotel del Coronado around which the community grew.

'The Del' is a much-loved San Diego institution, and a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1888. Its distinctive Victorian turrets, conical towers, balconies and curious architecture have served as a filming location for many years, and a stage for political meetings and social happenings. Its glamorous old-world ambience with polished oak pillars and arched ceilings has hosted guests like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and a number of presidents. Guided tours are available, or visitors can choose to dine and dance here, stay as a guest or simply wander through the grounds and look at its historic photo gallery. Visible across the bay is Point Loma where a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo commemorates the landing of the first European in 1542.

Address: Coronado Visitor Center is at 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado

E-mail: vcmgr@coronadovisitorcenter.com

Website: www.coronadovisitorcenter.com

Telephone: CVC (619) 437 8788

Transport: A ferry runs from San Diego's Broadway Pier to Coronado.

Opening times: The visitors centre is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-5pm.