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    The Silver Strand is a 10 mile long isthmus that connects Coronado Island to Imperial Beach (the mainland). Its name comes from the density of silver seashells found here.

    Most of this land-stripe is part of Silver Strand State Beach and highway SR-75 runs its full length. One side of the beach fronts the Pacific Ocean and the other side fronts the San Diego Bay.

    In 1969, the state of California completed highway SR-75 across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge allowing for quicker access to the island than that offered by the bay ferries or driving the length of the Silver Strand.

    San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
    US Fish & Wildlife Service / South Bay Unit

    Headquarters, 1080 Gunpowder Point Drive Chula Vista, CA 91910; 619-476-9150;
    FWS Website;
    Project Wildlife;
    Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges;

    Federal wildlife reserve covering the southern portion of San Diego Bay from the Silver Strand to Chula Vista. It supports a varied range of habitats such as coastal marshes, eel grass beds, freshwater marsh, and rare vernal pool wetlands. A wide range of shorebirds and waterfowl make their nesting grounds here.

    The 3940-acre south bay refuge (est. 1999) is the largest mud-flat area in Southern California and an important stopping point for migratory birds following the Pacific Flyway. Visitors can bird-watch from several vantage points, walk and/or ride bicycles along a bike path bordering a good portion of the south bay from Coronado to Imperial Beach.

    Loews Coronado Bay Resort
    Located just south of Coronado Island is this 440-room resort hotel on the waterfront. Guestrooms have views to either the San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean.

    Additional on-site resort amenities include three award-winning restaurants, luxurious Sea Spa, bayside tennis courts, direct access to Silver Strand State Beach, private 80-slip marina, and a wealth of recreational activities.

    Silver Strand State Beach
    5000 Highway 75, Coronado, CA 92118; 619-435-5184;
    State Beach Website;
    Coronado Surfing Academy - Surf Lessons year round at the Silver Strand.
    Loews Resort Environmental Fund;

    This state park includes not one but two beaches. Following along the isthmus connecting Coronado Island to Imperial Beach with extensive beachfront facilities on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay seperated only by Highway SR-75.

    Combined with the area’s mild climate, the beaches make Silver Strand one of the area’s finest recreation destinations. Camping, fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, and picnicking are popular activities. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker.

    The water in the bay area is usually warmer and calmer, perfect for swimming and sailing. Ramadas, tables, barbecue pits, and fire rings are available in the area. Park visitors will be able to gain Wi-Fi access when they use a wireless device within about 150 to 200 feet of the Life Guard Tower located in the park.

    Crown Cove Aquatic Center
    Southwestern College; 619-575-6176; Facility Website;
    Southwestern College watersports facility located between the city of Imperial Beach and the city of Coronado in the Silver Strand State Beach.

    It provides a wide range of educational and recreational activities to promote boating and water safety programs with the vision to expand to other boating sites in the area. Activities including surfing, sailing, kayaking, sand volleyball, and outriggers.

    NSW SuperFrog Triathlon - Coronado [APR]
    NSW SuperSeal Triathlon

    Kos Enterprises; 858-268-1250; Race Website;
    SuperFrog Course: 1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run
    SuperSeal Course: 1500 meter swim / 40K bike / 10K run;

    Annual Event since 1979 and held in conjuction with Naval Special Warfare Base at Coronado. If you want to know what it feels like to train with US Navy Seals try racing 1.2 miles in brisk ocean waters, a flat and fast 56 mile bike ride and a half marathon run done mostly through the sand.

    Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K [NOV]
    2nd Sunday in Nov; Race Website;

    Run along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach. The 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza. Post race festivities.

    The half marathon course is open to runners, walkers and skaters - limit 3800 participants and starts at Sunset Park in Coronado.

    Silver Strand Farmers Market
    Silver Strand Plaza, 600 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach, CA; Friday 2PM-6PM; Market Website;

    A fun, educational and community building event.

    Silver Strand Bike Path
    One of the best, longest, flattest and most scenic bike paths in Southern California follows the Silver Strand (Highway SR-75). It is used for cycling, running, walking, roller-skating, and wildlife viewing.

    This bike path is part of the greater San Diego Bay bike bath that circles most of San Diego Bay and makes use of the ferry crossing between the Embarcadero and Coronado Landing. (Note: Bicycles are prohibited on the Bay Bridge.)

    Silver Strand Speed Skating - Roller-Skating
    San Diego Bayshore Bikepath - Bike Trail Map
    SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway - Bike Trail Map
    iCommuteSD - Bike Trail Maps

    Imperial Beach Landing Field Base Website;
    The history of OLF Imperial Beach dates back to 1917 when the Army established "Aviation Field" on the current site. During the time "Aviation Field" was used for air gunnery practices, among other things, by the Army and was kept active throughout WWI. Today the mission of this base is to handle the overflow of helicopter squadrons traffic both VFR and IFR, from North Island. As a result the helicopter squadrons at North Island do 95 percent of their operations at Imperial Beach.

    Silver Strand Training Complex Base Website;
    Formerly known as the Naval Radio Receiving Facility (NRRF), has become the premier training facility for the military's special forces. It is known by locals as the "elephant cage" which is the nickname of a large landmark located there, the large "Wollan Weber" circular antenna. The city-like layout of the base also provides a realistic site for critical urban warfare training.

    Coronado Naval Amphibious Base Base Website;
    Established in 1943 after the land was literally created from the dredging of San Diego Bay done to allow large ships used in World War II to steam into Naval Station San Diego. It is the only Naval amphibious base on the West Coast. The amphibious base includes 5,500 yards of Pacific Ocean and bayside beachfront that is used for training. Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and its adjacent beaches provide training for Navy SEALs, amphibious insertion and other small units.
    US Navy Seals Website - Sea Air Land Special Combat Forces.

Silver Strand Map

Crown Cove Aquatic Center
on the Silver Strand

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118 ;
Located south of the famous Silver Strand on a private 15-acre peninsula in the romantic Coronado Cays area. This vacation resort features 440 waterfront guestrooms with view to either the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean. Many first-class recreation amenities are available including three swimming pools, modern health club, watesports, tennis courts and much more.

Silver Strand Officers Association
Silver Strand Realtor - Tuna Puna Lane
Port of San Diego - Public Art displays for Coronado Cays / Silver Strand area.

Silver Strand Coronado California

Resort living in beautiful Coronado California USA.
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