This time of the season comes with fun activities and holiday shopping. It also comes with a few natural gifts you may not find anywhere else. The beaches contain a few pearls of nature’s artistic handiwork on full display. The best part about the show is that it is free. You may want to consider walking along Coronado beach, grabbing a bit to eat, and enjoying some of the other activities in the area.
Hotel del Coronado was built as a resort in 1888 and was pronounced a historic landmark 1977 (1). Over the holiday season it hosts a beach front ice skating rink, carolers, and many other historical activities. This is their 125 year of holiday celebrations. Visitors can walk along the beach front, grab a beverage in their bar, or order something to eat in the restaurant. It has been a favorite of stars and movies since 1920 (2).
During our evening trip we drove a few miles from Coronado Beach to the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Around 80 ships line up for display and make their way around the bay (3). People line the pier and other hot spots on the waterfront to watch the ships slowly cruise through. Some have Santa on them, others elves, and yet others have a whole tropical Christmas theme.