Sun and Relaxation on Coronado Island

We spent Memorial Day Weekend on Coronado Island, after our two-night stay in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. It was wonderful to spend time at the beach and relaxing by the pool.

A retreat from the busiest side of the island, we stayed at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa looking across the bay at downtown San Diego. We were a short Uber ride or about a two-mile walk from the Hotel Del Coronado and the surrounding shops and restaurants. As an added bonus, we were about a half-mile walk from the ferry that goes to downtown, which we took to the dinners I mentioned in my previous post.

After checking in to our hotel, we explored the island on Friday afternoon, first walking around the famous Hotel Del and then venturing to the restaurants for lunch. Brigantine won out, where we enjoyed a cocktail and oysters, followed by fish tacos. Just like every other spot we visited, the seafood was extremely fresh and complimented the wonderful patio weather we were enjoying.

On Sunday we ventured back to a spot we had eyed on Friday. Tavern has a quaint front patio that sits before a stairwell leading into the basement-like bar and restaurant with windows opening up to the sidewalk. We started with a cocktail, Johnny with a bloody mary, and me with a cocktail featuring gin and blackberry jam with a hint of natural sweetness. As an appetizer, we had the calamari, which I was thrilled was gluten-free, as it’s grilled and not deep-fried. The flavor pleasantly surprised with a hint of vinegary tang. We shared the heirloom salad with burrata and fish tacos. Drinks and food were very refreshing and full of flavor.

We decided to be beach bums for the rest of Sunday, sunning ourselves behind the Hotel Del and sauntering up to the bar as needed. When we tired of that, we moved back to the Marriott for a quieter finish to the evening at our pool.

Up next – our Saturday trip to La Jolla!

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