Over the Fourth of July holiday, we encountered a rare week where my and Ryan’s schedules aligned – and an even rarer opportunity to stay at the Hotel del Coronado during that timeframe – so we excitedly packed our bags and quickly made the drive from Phoenix to San Diego for five days of family fun at the beach.

The Hotel del Coronado is a beachfront Victorian hotel and national historic landmark in Coronado, California that first opened in 1888. It’s beautiful scenery, iconic crimson red roof and pristine beach have made the Hotel Del one of the “top 10 resorts in the world” according to USA Today.

The resort has accommodated numerous celebrities, presidents, royalty and travelers over the past 130+ years and it is easy to see why – everything at the Hotel del Coronado is picture-perfect. From its Crown Room brunches to the numerous activities that it offers, like movie-watching, paddle-boarding and surfing, or yoga on the beach, to walking around its shops; there is truly something for everyone at the Hotel Del.

We tried to take part in as much as we could this trip and our days looked a little something like this: I woke up at dawn to walk or do yoga on the beach in the mornings, then after Rosie and Ryan awoke, we would have brunch at the Del or pick breakfast up as we strolled around Coronado. Then we would go back to the beach and stay there until Rosie’s naptime. Finally, after her nap, we would have dinner and then stay at the beach until sunset before planning our next day of activities.

*The only exception we made to this schedule was visiting Point Loma to do a quick hike up to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse – we were all about historic landmarks this trip!

My family has been vacationing on Coronado Island for years, and it is also where Ryan and I honeymooned after we were married in San Diego, so the Hotel Del and the island genuinely feel like a home away from home to us.

We had so much fun bringing Rosie with us to Coronado to vacation as a family this year. Watching her and her excitement to dig into the sand or the joy she took running away from the ocean waves, made my summer.

We never want to leave whenever we visit the island, but I took some comfort in knowing we’re just a quick drive away if we need to escape Phoenix’s extreme summer heat again. You can learn more about reserving a stay at the Hotel Del Coronado here.

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Posted by:Caitlin Burm

Hi! I'm Caitlin, the creator of Burm Voyage, a blog about balancing marriage, motherhood and travel across the U.S.

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