Ferry Landing Highlights
Nestled on the stretch of land on San Diego Bay in Coronado, Coronado Ferry Landing Restaurants and Shopping offers a wide enough array of shops, restaurants, outdoor activities, and panoramic views to escape the dreaded “tourist trap” status that so commonly plagues lesser seaside marketplaces elsewhere.
Which isn’t to say that the Landing isn’t popular with tourists – it is. But with stunning views of the downtown San Diego skyline, a variety of culinary choices, and a select set of specialty shops a step above the standard souvenir kiosk, locals just as readily frequent this bustling coastal marketplace destination.
One of the Landing’s most prominent attractions is its namesake – the San Diego Bay ferry. Running in one form or another for over 100 years, the ferry provides commuters and recreationists with a pleasant way to travel between the downtown San Diego Embarcadero and Coronado areas, with berths at the Landing, the downtown San Diego Broadway pier, and the 5th Avenue Pier by the San Diego Convention Center. A popular choice among cycling enthusiasts is to bike from the Landing around San Diego Bay into the downtown area, then ride the ferry back to Coronado, taking in the sights all along the way.
For something with a little less movement, though, there’s always fishing right off the pier or staking a spot where the sand meets grass along the shore and simply enjoying the view.
At the heart of the brown-roofed Coronado Ferry Landing complex are more than 20 retail establishments, including art galleries, boutiques tailored to men’s sportswear, women’s garments and shoes, and shops specializing in imports, stationery, and seashore paraphernalia.
If strolling through the village or admiring the scenery builds an appetite, the Landing is home to several dining spots, running the gamut from quick and cheap grub hubs to more eclectic fine dining experiences. Of these, the Italian-themed Il Fornaio, the seafood at Peohe, and the live music and Mexican/French fusion at Candelas on the Bay stand out as arguably the Landing’s most noteworthy.
Elsewhere, Village Pizzeria Bayside, Lil’ Piggy’s BBQ, and Spiro’s Gyros cater to more casual, on-the-go diners. And if the local fare doesn’t suit your tastes, there’s always a Burger King on-site to fill a quick fast food fix. For a sweet treat afterwards, try Coronado Cupcakery, Sweet San Diego Chocolatier, or Cold Stone Creamery.
Coronado Ferry Landing is also well-known for its weekly Farmers Market, which draws local produce, plant, nut, and egg growers from across the San Diego area. It runs every Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Il Fornaio.
Throughout the warmer months, the Landing plays host to a live music concert series, as well as special festivities for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.
In front of the marketplace is a sandy beach, where people lay out in the sun and swim in the sheltered-like cove. Between the marketplace and the beach is a boardwalk, popular for walking, biking and roller blading.
Parking at Coronado Ferry Landing is free, with additional metered spots available nearby. Boats may also dock for free for up to 4 hours.