Silver Strand State Beach
Past the glitz of the famous Hotel
Del Coronado lies Silver Strand State Beach, south of Coronado along the 7-mile stretch of the Silver Strand that connects with Imperial Beach to the south. Silver Strand State Beach, which encompasses both
the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean sides of the strand, is a little
farther off the beaten path, offering more solitude for those who
wish to get away from the beach crowds.
Families and campers enjoy this beach. The
relatively remote Silver Strand, where the Navy SEALS train, offers
tons of recreational activities including camping, surfing, swimming,
body boarding, jet skiing, sailing, and water skiing, as well as
fishing and beach volleyball. Also, bicyclists, joggers, walkers,
and skaters have 10 miles of bike path at their disposal extending
from the strand back to Coronado.
The ocean side of the strand features
2.5 miles of coastline trimmed with silver shells (thus the name
“Silver Strand”). The bay side, which can be reached
via three underground pedestrian tunnels from the ocean side, has
a nature preserve and is popular for sailing and swimming because
the water is warmer and smoother.
Silver Strand Parking & Restrooms
Paid parking is available inside the park
entrance or free street parking is available on Coronado Cays Boulevard.
Cars are prohibited on the bay side of the strand. Campers will
find 100 or so RV spaces at the strand, Along with picnic areas,
barbecue pits, fire rings, lifeguards, public showers, and restrooms.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the beach. Those in parking lots must
be on a leash.
To Silver Strand State Beach
Silver Strand State Beach is 4.5 miles south
of Coronado on Highway 75 (5000 Highway 75). You may also access
Silver Strand State Beach by driving south from San Diego on I-5
and exiting at Palm Avenue / Highway 75 and going west.
There is a small snack bar near the lifeguard
tower with hot dogs, candy, drinks, etc. This is the only food service
near the beach unless you drive to Coronado or Imperial Beach, which
are both 15 minutes away.