Cabrillo National Monument

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I recently visited Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, CA. I was worried about the weather as it was supposed to be a high of 85 and sunny, but instead it was a balmy 75 and cloudy. Not ideal for seeing great distances, but we could still see Coronado Island in full along with the majestic Coronado bridge.

The monument honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as the first European to set foot on the west coast. Every Sunday in October, there is a reenactment of Cabrillo’s landing in Ballast Point complete with period food and children’s activities. The backdrop of the monument offers panoramic views of ships coming and going.

Cabrillo Monument


We also visited the original Point Loma Lighthouse, frozen in time. You can walk through the house and see how Robert Israel and his family lived while serving as keepers of the lighthouse. Learn about daily chores, activities, and the operations of the lighthouse itself. I found it very fascinating being able to peek through back in time; everything set up as how it might have been.

Cabrillo National Monument Photos


Another spot to visit are the tide pools. They were not visible when I went, but it is still a nice walk, and if you’re patient enough, you might be able to spot some whales. Once the tide is low enough, you can view a number of creatures that would normally be buried under the ocean. The low tide is best in the winter, and this year Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving week will be perfect days to catch the low tide!



There are no restaurants at Cabrillo National Monument, and the only store is a small gift shop inside the Visitor’s Center. If you want to enjoy a meal during your visit, I definitely recommend bringing food with you for a picnic. There are plenty of benches throughout or places along the cliffside to throw down a blanket to enjoy the ocean view. And what better way to make a picnic than cheese and salami from Venissimo Cheese Shop at Seaport Village?



Parking: Plentiful; but carpooling is encouraged

Duration: 1-2 hours

Cost: $5 for 7 day access per vehicle; free for military with ID


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Coronado Gears Up For July 4th!

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Glorietta Bay Inn and Coronado are going big this Fourth of July! Start your day by waking up bright and early to claim your spot for Coronado’s Annual Independence Day Parade (starts at 10am). You can officially claim your spot starting at 5:00am. Insider tip: you can wait across the street from “your spot” at 4:30am for front row seating on the median.

Art in the Park starts at 8am in Spreckels Park and features more than fifty top artists in every art genre including oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, photography, wood working, and a variety of other unusual and distinctive art forms. The art is displayed until 4pm.

At 4pm, head to Spreckels Park for a free concert by the Coronado Community Concert Band. Enjoy a night of music, fun, and dancing! Arrive early with blankets and chairs to get a good seat! Conclude the day with a spectacular firework show over Glorietta Bay at 9:00pm with music by KYXY on 96.5 radio. 

Plan your next Fourth of July with Glorietta Bay Inn. We offer 4-night packages that include fun activities for all ages, call for more details at 619-435-3101. 

Glorietta Bay Inn Fourth of July

Take Advantage of Coronado’s Free Shuttle this Summer

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Hitch a ride around the Island with Coronado’s free Summer Shuttle. The shuttle started on June 7th and will run all summer until September 13th. The best part of the shuttle: it’s FREE!

You can recognize the bus as it’s disguised to look like a VW Bus, very fitting for a beach town. Riders can hop on and off the shuttle throughout Coronado from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Ferry Landing. The busses will run on cycles every 20 minutes beginning their route at 9:02am and run until 9:42pm Sunday through Thursday. Service will be extended until 10:42pm on Fridays & Saturdays.

To make your vacation easier (because who should have to think during vacation?), we wrote the fun summer activities at all the bus stops just for you! 


Strand Way at City Hall Stop

-Visit beautiful Glorietta Bay Park to relax and have a picnic.

-Get active at the Coronado Community Center. Check out their summer services here.  


Hotel Del Coronado Stop

-Relax on Coronado Beach which offers 1.5 miles of white sand. If relaxing isn’t for you, rent a surf board, play volleyball, swim, or body surf!

-Stop by Glorietta Bay Inn for complimentary afternoon refreshments from 3pm-5pm while soaking up the rich history the Mansion offers.

-Visit, shop, or dine at the historic and world famous Hotel Del Coronado.

-Have fun browsing through the charming boutique shops in Coronado’s Village.

-Not sure what to do? Stop by the Coronado Visitors Center (located on Orange Ave. & Park Pl.)


Orange & 4th Stop

-Take a leisurely stroll, climb the playground, or enjoy the shade offered by the many trees in Spreckels Park. Located in the heart of Coronado, this park offers many events in the summer such as Art in the Park & Coronado’s Summer Concert Series. More details about the events can be found here.


Ferry Landing Stop

-Visit the Coronado Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 2:30 – 6:00pm.

-Browse the charming shops, art galleries and restaurants at the Landing.

-Take the pedestrian ferry to downtown San Diego in just 15 minutes.

-Simply enjoy the beautiful San Diego skyline.

Marriott Island Stop

-If you enjoy skyline views, then you have to visit Tidelands Park! The park offers a playground, baseball fields, open space, picnic benches, and a 16,000 sq. ft. skate park. Enjoy biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or take a leisurely stroll through this amazing park with spectacular views of the Coronado Bridge.


Glorietta Bay Inn Mansion Renovations Stay True to Historic Charm

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The Glorietta Bay Inn has completed renovations on eight of the eleven historic mansion guest rooms. Each guest room features a warm, inviting, relaxed atmosphere and include elegant new furnishings that pay tribute to the hotel’s early beginnings.

Mansion Library Room

The guest rooms all received new carpeting, drapery, contemporary furnishings including desks, new lighting, Coronado artwork, and brand new bedding. Each room still comes equipped with a 42” flat-screen high definition television, iPod docking stations, small refrigerators, Wi-Fi, and deluxe plush terry robes.

“The new rooms give our guests a chance to enjoy the opulence and craftsmanship of the Mansion’s architecture in a completely upgraded and fresh design,” said Claudia Ludlow, General Manager. “By completing this renovation we are just adding to our unique and memorable ‘home away from home’ experience”.

Along with your stay in the Mansion, the rooms feature continental breakfast served in bed, nightly turndown service, and warm milk and cookies at bedtime. Check out our Mansion specials here

The Selfie Craze: A New Guest Experience

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Glorietta Bay Inn Selfie

Glorietta Bay Inn has hopped on the selfie bandwagon! We now have Selfie Sticks for guests to snap the perfect selfie around the Inn and beautiful Coronado. 

The sticks are available to check out at the front desk, just like our beach amenities. The staff is fully experienced with the selfie stick and is happy to assist with a little Selfie Stick training if needed. Stop by the Selfie Station located outside our historic mansion for your first selfie photo opp.

Don’t forget to tag @Glorietta Bay Inn on Twitter or Facebook and use hashtag #Gloriettabayinn.

3…2…1… Say Seeeeeelfie (take photo)!