A resort city just across the bridge from San Diego, Coronado is indeed the gem of this region. It was an island until the strip of land to its south, called the Silver Strand, was joined with the mainland at Imperial Beach, many years ago.
Coronado has a population of about 25,00. It is perhaps best known for its grand Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888, long considered one of the world's top resorts. Coronado borders with North Island to its north, which was commissioned as a Naval Air Station in 1917. It was from here that Charles Lindberg started the first leg of his famous journey from New York to Paris in 1927. The Naval Air Station (NAS) is today home to over 2,300 stationed aircraft, and two aircraft carriers: the USS Carl Vinson, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The City of Coronado is filled with many classic homes that date back to the 20's and 30's. The main boulevard, Orange Avenue, hosts many shops and highly-rated restaurants. Combining this with its wide, beautiful beaches makes Coronado a tourist’s Mecca.
IB is the most southwesterly city in the U.S. Just south of Coronado, it is a separately incorporated, 4.5 sq. mile city of approximately 26,000 people. Its south borders with Playas de Tijuana, the beaches of Tijuana, Mexico.
It has four miles of beautiful, white sand beaches, and the second best surfing location in San Diego County. Its temperatures are typically 10 degrees cooler in the summer, and 10 degrees warmer in the winter than inland San Diego areas. The city is mostly or partly sunny 323 days a year. Since 1988, Imperial Beach has played home to the U.S. Open Sandcastle competition, the largest sand castle competition in the United States, which draws approximately 325,000 people each year.
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