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Built in 1888, Coronado's Hotel del Coronado is a national historic landmark. The famous hotel, aka The Del' was the setting for the Marilyn Monroe movie, "Some Like It Hot." Photo credit: Hotel del Coronado
Coronado actually is the bulbous end of a skinny peninsula that connects the “island” to the mainland in Imperial Beach, seven miles south. But it’s easy to forget such topographic technicalities as you cross the sweeping bridge or arrive by ferry from San Diego. Orange Avenue is the main street where there are many shops and restaurants for tourists.
Located just across the bay from downtown San Diego, most people arrive here by crossing the Coronado Bridge.
Coronado is a city with its own mayor and city council. While many people think of Coronado as an island, it is actually a peninsula connected from the south by a thin strip of land called the “Silver Strand.”
Coronado is a popular tourist destination and has visitors from around the world. There are over 17 hotels.
Author L. Frank Baum was here when he wrote three of his “Wizard of Oz” books.If you’re heading south, here are a few ways to channel your inner Marilyn — or Dorothy. Or a certain fictional San Diego anchorman.