Coronado's beach is open from 6 am to sunset for passive use, including sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs with members of your household unit. Group activities at the beach are not allowed. The City asks the community to heed social distancing and sanitation measures when at the beach.
Coronado Beach is located in the City of Coronado. This is a wide sandy beach, approximately 1.75 miles long. It is bordered on either edge by the United States' Naval Base beaches. The Coronado Beach Map (PDF) will provide an orientation to the different beach areas.
Beach Amenities & Regulations
- No Alcohol
- No Balloons/Flying Objects
- Beach Warning Flags
- Beach Wheelchairs
- Disabled Access
- No Overnight Camping
- Fire Rings
- No Glass
- Groups Over 25 People
- No Kite Flying
- No Littering
- No Disturbing Noise
- Picnic Benches
- No Smoking
Lifeguards are staffed year-round at the permanent lifeguard station located at Central Beach. In summer, additional lifeguards are staffed in seasonal lifeguard towers on the Public Beach and Glorietta Bay.
It is a misdemeanor to fail to follow the lawful order of a lifeguard or to provide false information to a lifeguard. Any person who intentionally injures a lifeguard in California may be convicted of felony battery.
- Main Tower: Daily from 9 am to Sunset.
- Seasonal Lifeguard Towers: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Daily from 9 am to Sunset.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
No Alcohol Beverages
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beach, walkways, park areas and adjacent parking areas.
No Releasing Balloons or Other Floating Objects
Releasing balloons or other floating objects (including aerial "Chinese" lanterns) is not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas. Please reference California's State Aeronautics Act, Chapter 4, Article 2, Section 21646.
Beach Warning Flags
A flag warning system has been adopted by coastal communities worldwide to notify beachgoers of potential water hazards. Understanding and heeding these colored flags keeps you safe in the water and helps you enjoy your trip to the beach. For details, please refer to Beach Warning Flags.
A limited number of power and manual wide-tire beach wheelchairs are available from the lifeguards. For more information: Beach Wheelchair Program.
Parents are reminded that children require constant supervision at the beach. Lifeguards suggest that parents dress their children in brightly colored clothing and memorize what they are wearing before arriving at the beach. City officials recommend that parents keep recent photos of their children with them at all times, in case they are separated. An easy way to do this is by taking a family photo with your cellphone at the start your visit to the beach.
Families should also select a landmark, such as a lifeguard tower, to serve as a meeting point if anyone gets separated during the day. In addition, children should know that lifeguards are "safe strangers," who are there to help. Make sure children are able to give their name, the name of a parent and their phone number to a lifeguard if they are lost.
Finally, it is advised that parents discourage children from digging large holes or tunnels on the beach (sand can collapse quickly) and to never send a child into a public restroom alone.
Areas adjacent to the beach are accessible by wheelchair, including a beach sidewalk leading to the main Lifeguard Tower. Three disabled-access parking spots are available. Two parking spots are located at Central Beach and one is located at North Beach. A limited number of power and manual wide-tire beach wheelchairs are available from the lifeguards. For more information on the beach wheelchair program: Beach Wheelchair Program.
Dogs on Dog Beach Only
Dogs are not allowed on any area of Coronado Beach except at Dog Beach, which is a sandy area at the north end of the beach. For more information view the Beach Map (PDF). This is a dog-run area where dogs are always permitted without a leash. Dog owners are responsible for the control and clean-up of their dogs.
These restrictions do not apply to service animals, as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or another animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
Fire rings are located at North Beach and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Open beach fires outside containers are prohibited. Fires are not allowed between 11 pm and 4 am. Please refer to Fires on the Beach (PDF) for complete information.
The burning of rubbish is prohibited. Only clean wood and charcoal may be used as fuel. Fuel for the fire may not exceed a height of more than twelve inches above the upper edge of the fire container. The fire must be extinguished before leaving the beach. Coals must be removed or deposited in hot coal containers.
Fishing is permitted. All California State laws apply.
No Glass Containers
Glass containers are not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas.
No Kite Flying
Kite Flying is not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas. Please reference California's State Aeronautics Act, Chapter 4, Article 2, Section 21646.
Any gathering of more than 25 people requires a permit from the Coronado Recreation Department. A permit is also required for a wedding, water event, athletic event, voice and/or music amplification, or use of special setup equipment (such as an inflatable party jump, dunk, tank, canopy, etc.).
For permits or further information, please refer to Parks and Beaches or contact the City of Coronado Recreation Department at 619-522-7342.
Littering is not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas.
No Disturbing Noise
Disturbing noise is not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas.
No Overnight Camping
Overnight camping, sleeping, or parking is not allowed on the beach, rocks, walkways, park areas or adjacent parking areas.
On-street parking is available adjacent to the beach. Two disabled-access parking spaces are located at Central Beach.
Located at Central Beach, on the north side of the Main Lifeguard Tower.
Located at Sunset Park (across the street from North Beach).
Restrooms and Showers are located at Central and North Beaches.
If you're planning to dive, telephone the Lifeguard Beach Information Line at 619-522-7346 for surf information before coming to the beach. Always check with lifeguards before diving.
Showers and restrooms are located at Central and North Beaches.
The City of Coronado is a smoke-free City and prohibits smoking outdoors on all public property. Smoking is not allowed on public beaches, parks, parkways, pathways, streets, alleys, sidewalks, rights-of-way, highways, and parking areas.
Never swim alone. Always swim near a lifeguard. Water areas off the major beaches are divided into swimming and surfing zones. A yellow flag with a black ball will normally be posted between swimming and surfing zones. This flag also indicates that only soft surfboards can be used (i.e., no fiberglass surfboards). Check signs or ask a lifeguard for the proper zone for your activity.
Water areas off the major beaches are divided into swimming and surfing zones to separate these users. A yellow flag with a black ball will normally be posted between swimming and surfing zones. This flag also indicates that only soft surfboards can be used (i.e., no fiberglass surfboards). Check signs or ask a lifeguard for the proper zone for your activity.
Regardless of the area of use, it is unlawful to use any water recreational device (surfboard, boat, etc.) in a manner that endangers others.
Located at Central Beach. It is recommended to bring your own nets as City-provided nets are not always available.
For other questions or concerns, please call 619-522-7346 or email the Fire Department.