There are miles of sandy shores to choose from in San Diego, but these sunny strips are two of the best places to spend a day at the beach. Which will you choose—Solana Beach or Coronado Beach? Keep reading to find out which one is right for your getaway.   
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How to Choose Between Solana Beach or Coronado Beach 

Solana Beach 

Solana Beach mixes urban experiences with suburban beach town feels to offer guests a unique getaway. Visitors truly get the best of both worlds. Located in North County San Diego, these beaches feature rugged cliffs and dramatic bluffs with intense surf and a series of intriguing caves waiting to be explored. 


Fletcher Cove Beach is ideal for families and groups. A grassy park above the beach and easily accessible restroom facilities, you’ll discover a convenient space to swim, surf, picnic, and enjoy plenty of fun in the sun.  
Tide Beach is another favorite for its soft sand and fascinating tide pools. Hit the beach at low tide and be amazed at the wide variety of brightly colored sea creatures you’ll find.     


The Cedros Design District is within walking distance to both beaches and is an attraction of its own. Commonly called “The Avenue of Everything,” there’s always something to do. From antique furniture stores and quaint boutiques to European cafes and upscale art galleries, the hours pass quickly when you indulge in the culture here. Plus, you won’t want to miss the live music at Belly Up, which locals will tell you is the best music venue in San Diego.   

Coronado Beach 

Take a drive over the Coronado Bridge to discover a relaxing, upscale beach town with a great emphasis on being outdoors. Coronado offers it all if you enjoy biking, golfing, sailing, surfing, roller-skating, or playing tennis. Because Coronado is an island, it’s often seen as a separate entity from the rest of San Diego and the urban lifestyle. Instead, you’ll find extravagant beachfront homes peppering the shoreline and slow-paced afternoons.   


Coronado beaches are long and vast, not disrupted by jetting bluffs like in Solana. Instead, you’ll find postcard-esque scenery with sandy beaches that quite literally sparkle in the sun. Coronado is regularly voted one of America’s best beaches and for a good reason! The beauty you’ll find here is astounding and always worth the trip over the bridge.   
Perhaps the most popular stretch of coast on the island is Coronado Central Beach, which runs parallel with Ocean Boulevard and features grandiose homes and the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Here you’ll find fellow beachgoers sunbathing, swimming, and exploring tide pools at low tide. There’s also a dog-friendly beach slightly north.   


Orange Avenue is the center of Coronado’s restaurant and shopping scene, as well as its thriving art scene. Easily accessible from Central Beach, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of delicious cafes award-winning restaurants for every meal of the day. 

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If you still need to be swayed one way or another, contact our concierge services team for more details. We’re prepared to assist you every step of the way during your planning process. Whether you require transportation from the airport, grocery delivery, childcare, or scheduled reservations, our team of professionals will be at your service. Make this getaway truly spectacular with Monarch Luxury Villas. We invite you to check our luxury rental homes‘ availability and book your next stay with us today.