San Diego, California audio tour: Golden Sands and Pristine Seas: A Coronado Beach Walking Tour

Golden Sands and Pristine Seas: A Coronado Beach Walking Tour

Walking Tour

35 mins

About the Tour

Get in touch with your inner marine scientist, conservationist, and historian with Emerald Keepers, a local environmental non-profit organization, as they take you on a walking tour like no other of one of the top beaches in the United States!

As you walk along this one-and-a-half-mile stretch of beach, we’ll tell you about the area, the ocean, and the flora and fauna that live there. We’ll share a little of the local history too. There's nothing better than the sound of waves rolling onto the beach, a gentle breeze blowing through your hair, and warm sunshine on your face. At the end of this informative, fun walking tour, you’ll feel refreshed and energized!

On this tour you’ll hear about:

• A shipwreck that was once a floating casino
• The two iconic Naval bases on either end of the tour
• The famed Hotel Del Coronado and the intrigue surrounding it
• Marine mammals, sharks, stingrays, shorebirds, and even squirrels!
• A lifeguard tower with some of the best lifeguards in SoCal
• Point Loma and its historic lighthouse

Join us and discover how you too can become an Emerald Keeper – one who cares for and protects the beach and ocean!

Tour Producer


Emerald Keepers

Emerald Keepers is local non-profit leading a growing community-based effort to care for our coastal community, ensure Coronado’s sustainability for generations to come, and serve as a model for other communities. Our mission is to educate the community to develop and celebrate more sustainable practices for the health of our oceans, our beach community, and the world.

Major Landmarks

  • Hotel del Coronado

  • Naval Base Coronado

  • Coronado Lifeguard Tower

  • Point Loma

Directions to Starting Point

Travel to the intersection of Highway 75 and Avenida de la Arenas. At the traffic light, turn toward the ocean. Proceed to the parking lot straight ahead. At the far end of the parking lot, walk up the pedestrian ramp to the cement boardwalk. The walking tour begins here.

If you are coming from the Hotel Del, walk south along the cement boardwalk . After passing several condominiums on your left, begin looking for a parking lot and a pedestrian ramp on your left. The walking tour begins at the top of this ramp.

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Places to stop along the way

If you are feeling thirsty, stop by the Hotel Del's Surf Shack on the boardwalk. Public restrooms are available behind the Main Lifeguard Tower (Marker 6), straight back in the building to the right of the path. You may want to stop at the tide pools on the way back if the tide is low, or check out our main street, Orange Avenue, to enjoy our Emerald Green, Ocean Blue Restaurants and Businesses. For a complete listing of Emerald Green, Ocean Blue Businesses visit

Best time of day

A clear day is best from dawn to dusk.


Remember to wear your sunscreen and a hat. A light jacket or sweatshirt is always nice to have incase the breeze is cool. Tides vary daily and seasonally. If the tide is very low, you may need to walk along the high water line to trigger the GPS markers. You can see these points on your map. You may use manual mode to activate the audio if needed.


We strolled the beautiful Coronado Beach and loved the great mix of historical info, buildings & views explained, environmental care awareness and the amazing facts about our sealife right here, in our waters!! Really fun to add this to a fun beach walk 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😎

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago
Golden Sands and Pristine Seas: A Coronado Beach Walking Tour