Coronado Island, San Diego, California

Across San Diego Bay from downtown, the isthmus of Coronado is a well-scrubbed resort community with a major naval station occupying its western end. It's of somewhat limited interest, save for the majestically modern Coronado Bay Bridge , a curving 11,000-foot span that's one of the area's signature images, and the historic Hotel del Coronado , around which the town grew.

The massive Victorian-turreted "Del" is where Edward VIII (then Prince of Wales) first met Mrs Simpson (then a Coronado housewife) in 1920 and where Some Like It Hot was filmed in 1958, posing as a Miami Beach hotel. The simplest and most scenic way to get to Coronado is on the San Diego Bay ferry ($2 each way; tel 619/234-4111) which leaves Broadway Pier daily on the hour between 9am and 9pm (10pm Fri & Sat).

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Glorietta Bay and San Diego Bay, this picturesque seaside city is linked to the Southern California coastline and the city of San Diego by the graceful and stately San Diego - Coronado Bridge, and to the south by a narrow strip of land known as the Silver Strand.

This uniquely enchanting city, which measures only 13.5 square miles, is home to some of the world's most pristine beaches, 18 public parks, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and recreational facilities which include a public pool and dedicated bicycle paths.

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