A short drive from San Diego, Coronado Island is an upscale beach community boasting some of the best sunsets in North America. Film buffs might recognize it by its famed Hotel del Coronado
, prominently featured in The Stunt Man
, with Peter O’Toole, and Marilyn Monroe’s best movie, Some Like it Hot
. Beach buffs might recognize it by its pretty coast—a white-sand stretch of shoreline said to be clean, family friendly, and relatively quiet, considering its location.
If you tire of the beach—which we don’t think you will, but just in case—Coronado Island plays host to a number of good shops and adorable, casual dining establishments, not to mention a solid arts scene
. Just remember to watch the sun go down; it's pretty phenomenal.