Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach

Past the glitz of the famous Hotel Del Coronado lies Silver Strand State Beach, south of Coronado along the 7-mile stretch of the Silver Strand that connects with Imperial Beach to the south. Silver Strand State Beach, which encompasses both the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean sides of the strand, is a little farther off the beaten path, offering more solitude for those who wish to get away from the beach crowds.

Families and campers enjoy this beach. The relatively remote Silver Strand, where the Navy SEALS train, offers tons of recreational activities including camping, surfing, swimming, body boarding, jet skiing, sailing, and water skiing, as well as fishing and beach volleyball. Also, bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and skaters have 10 miles of bike path at their disposal extending from the strand back to Coronado.

The ocean side of the strand features 2.5 miles of coastline trimmed with silver shells (thus the name “Silver Strand”). The bay side, which can be reached via three underground pedestrian tunnels from the ocean side, has a nature preserve and is popular for sailing and swimming because the water is warmer and smoother.

Silver Strand State Beach

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There is a small snack bar near the lifeguard tower with hot dogs, candy, drinks, etc. This is the only food service near the beach unless you drive to Coronado or Imperial Beach, which are both 15 minutes away.

Directions to Silver Strand State BeachDirections to Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach is 4.5 miles south of Coronado on Highway 75 (5000 Highway 75). You may also access Silver Strand State Beach by driving south from San Diego on I-5 and exiting at Palm Avenue / Highway 75 and going west.


The Hotel Del Coronado

On the edge of the Pacific Ocean where powdery white sands sparkle like gold, the legendary Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a magical seaside experience.

Hotel Del Coronado Reservations

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Paid parking is available inside the park entrance or free street parking is available on Coronado Cays Boulevard. Cars are prohibited on the bay side of the strand. Campers will find 100 or so RV spaces at the strand, Along with picnic areas, barbecue pits, fire rings, lifeguards, public showers, and restrooms. Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the beach. Those in parking lots must be on a leash.

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