Summer Fun | Humphreys Half Moon Inn | San Diego, California

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Wondering where to stay in San Diego? Shelter Island, San Diego’s tropical oasis, manages to feel secluded while still being close to many of the city’s best attractions. Summer in San Diego is full of energy – don’t miss out on these fun activities.

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn

Humphreys Half Moon Inn is located on Shelter Island, where lush landscaping and a tropical vibe provide a relaxing atmosphere perfect for a getaway. You’ll never run out of things to do at this waterfront hotel. Grab cocktails from the poolside bar and spend an afternoon lounging at the pool, take a jog along the water, play some ping pong, or explore the island by bike. Humphreys’ Enchanted Evening Package has everything you’ll need for a romantic night. You’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner with a view of the water, chilled champagne with souvenir monogrammed glasses, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast for two.

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Good Eats & Live Music

Humphreys isn’t just a hotel – it’s also home to fine dining and exciting entertainment. Humphreys Restaurant offers Southern California cuisine and floor to ceiling marina views. Start off with one of their craft cocktails like the Wildfire, made with hibiscus infused mescal, curacao, raspberry, habanero, agave, lime, and smoked sea salt. For dinner, both the asparagus and Maine lobster risotto dishes are a perfect mix of comfort food and fresh flavors. After your meal, retire to the Backstage Live lounge and listen to live music while you sip drinks or hit the dance floor. Humphreys also holds outdoor concerts right on the bay. Check their concert schedule to see if your favorite artist will be performing while you’re in town!

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park’s world-class museums, gardens, and cultural institutions make it one of San Diego’s greatest gems year-round, but it’s particularly fun during the summer. Visit on a Friday to experience Balboa Park After Dark, a special summer program in which select museums stay open late and offer discounts on admission. You can also check out Food Truck Friday, where you’ll find a collection of food trucks in the park from 4 to 8 pm. Grab a plate or two to enjoy while you stroll through the park.

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Coronado

Like Shelter Island, Coronado has a unique island feel all its own. On one side, dive into the ocean and spread out on the sand on the pristine Coronado Beach. The other side has the Coronado Ferry Landing, a collection of shops and eateries, and a gorgeous view of downtown San Diego. During the summer, Coronado puts on a series of outdoor concerts on Sundays at Spreckels Park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live music and dancing in the mild summer air.

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Old Town

Old Town is called the “birthplace of California” because it was the first permanent Spanish settlement in the state in 1769. No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to this vibrant area that celebrates Spanish and Mexican culture as well as San Diego’s past. Grab some Mexican food, browse unique handmade goods, and walk through historic buildings that will give you an idea of what San Diego looked like hundreds of years ago. You can also visit Heritage Park to see a collection of beautiful restored Victorian homes, or tour the Whaley House, one of the most famous haunted houses in the country.

Spooky Nights in San Diego | San Diego, California

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October is the ideal time to visit San Diego. The weather is still mild enough for a day at the beach, but the crowds of summer are long gone. Stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado for a beach escape during Halloween. San Diego has a number of Halloween events and attractions that you’ll find both terrifying and fun.

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Hotel del Coronado

Bask in luxury under the iconic red rooftops of the Hotel del Coronado, a San Diego landmark since 1888. The seaside resort has numerous ocean-view eateries, pools and hot tubs complete with cabanas and a bar, and a relaxing spa. The hotel is steps from a pristine beach and just a short distance from the island’s shops and restaurants. Book the Beach Village Offer and stay in one of their secluded cottages or villas with personal concierge service, daily breakfast, and a $200 resort credit.

Get your costumes ready! Attend the Hotel del Coronado’s Hallo-wine & Spirits event on Saturday, October 29th. It begins with a reception featuring tasty snacks, then transforms into a party with dessert, drinks, dancing, and a costume contest.

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Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years of making craft beer in San Diego. Stop by the Coronado Brew Pub for lunch and a beer. We love the Mermaid’s BBQ Burger, topped with bacon, white cheddar, red ale BBQ sauce, and crispy fried onions. Pair it with the Coronado Blood Orange Wit, a crisp and citrusy beer infused with blood orange tea.

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The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s longest running haunted house. Located in the trendy Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, it’s the perfect activity if you’re looking for a Halloween scare. Enter the haunted house and encounter a Hellevator, zombie alley, island of dolls, clown subway, and torture temple. Can you make it out?

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The Haunted Trail

Like The Haunted Hotel, The Haunted Trail is a fantastic Halloween tradition. The outdoor, mile-long path in Balboa Park is sure to terrify even the most courageous of visitors. Start out in “The eXperiment,” a 3,500 square foot maze of incarcerated lost souls. If you make it through, you’ll move on to brave the chainsaws, ghouls, and horrific characters of the Trail.

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The Scream Zone

San Diego’s largest Halloween attraction is The Scream Zone, a complex of horrors at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Enter The Scream Zone for free and enjoy food vendors, photo opportunities, and a bar. From there, you can choose which attractions to purchase tickets for. Highlights this year include KarnEvil, a frightening carnival freak show, and Zombie Boot Camp, an obstacle course that will get you ready for the zombie apocalypse. The Scream Zone also includes a House of Horror and Haunted Hayride.

A Quaint Island Getaway | Coronado, California

The town of Coronado was incorporated in 1890 with the intention of creating a resort community. Coronado, translated from the Spanish phrase meaning “the crowned one,” is rightfully nicknamed The Crown City. It’s now widely known for its scenic location, perfect weather, and some of the best beaches in the nation. Make Coronado Island your next vacation destination and check out some of these great places during your stay.

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Hotel Marisol

The Hotel Marisol is a quaint retreat located less than two blocks from the beach. It’s quiet and relaxing – perfect for a romantic getaway! You’re walking distance from shops and restaurants, yet far enough to ensure a private experience. It’s truly a small piece of paradise right in the heart of Coronado Island. Receive the VIP treatment when you book the Travel in Style package. It includes lavish accommodations in a Junior Suite, and Q-Star Charters will provide private transportation to and from the airport! Skip the hassle of a cab or shuttle and enjoy your vacation on Coronado.

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LeRoy’s Kitchen + Lounge

LeRoy’s Kitchen + Lounge is an urban eatery that serves globally inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist. The menu features farm-to-table dishes made from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. The eclectic menu changes seasonally! They also feature an extensive drink menu with signature cocktails and a wide selection of craft beers. Try their signature Leroy’s Sangria or a flight of local San Diego craft beers!

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A true beach lover’s paradise – Silver Strand State Beach is a place where you can do it all. The beach is named for the silvery oyster shells that cover the beach and surrounding dunes. Take a closer look and you might even find clams buried by the water! Every step on the soft sand is paired with beautiful views of the bay, and the calm, mild waters are perfect for swimming and sailing. Bring the whole family and spend the day fishing, picnicking, laying out, playing volleyball, or even RV camping!

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Brothers and Coronado locals Ron and Rick Chapman created the Coronado Brewing Company to share their passion for quality beer. What started as a small, neighborhood brewpub in their hometown on Coronado Island quickly grew into a San Diego icon. The bold brews played a large role in shaping the current “West Coast” beer styles we see all over the nation. Almost twenty years since their opening, the company has grown into a 30-barrel brewery that can pump out 40,000 barrels in a single year. Visit the original pub on Orange Avenue and sample a flight of their famous beers!

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Coronado Golf Course

The Coronado Golf Course has been rated as one of the best public golf courses in the United States. Opened in 1957, the entire measures 6,590 yards and is a par 72. With a pristine expanse of greens, gorgeous views, and spacious fairways, the Coronado Golf Course is one you don’t want to miss! The perfect San Diego climate makes it the ideal location for golfers all year round. Reserve your spot online with their automated tee time service.

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Malahini Day Spa 

Malahini Day Spa is a rejuvenating urban retreat that will pull you away from the stresses of every day life. The waterfront location on Coronado creates a natural soothing ambience. All of their spa treatments utilize environmentally friendly products to enhance your well-being and promote sustainability. Let the hospitable staff pamper you and provide you with the best in personal comfort. Stop in for their daily Happy Hour special every weekday from 1 – 4 pm and enjoy any wellness massage for $1 only per minute.

Coronado | San Diego, California

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Just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is a popular vacation destination with a charm unlike any other city. The quaint shops, beautiful architecture, fine dining, and stunning beaches draw in locals and visitors alike. Here are a few of our favorite things to do on the beautiful Coronado Island!

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Ferry Landing

Take the ferry over to Coronado Island from downtown San Diego. Explore the unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants right along the coast of the San Diego Bay. Buy a souvenir to take home or enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water. The Ferry Landing Marketplace has something for everyone!

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Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach was named one of the top beaches in the country by Dr. Beach. Take a walk along the shore and it’s easy to understand why! The 1.5 mile beach shines silvery white because of the presence of the mineral mica. Numerous fire pits line the sand, and the northwestern end is dog friendly. A little known fact about the beach is that the sand dunes along the edge actually spell out “CORONADO”.

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Action Sport Rentals

Take advantage of the San Diego sunshine and spend some time out on the water. Action Sport Rentals, located in the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, is the one stop shop for your next adventure. Kick back and relax on an electric Funcat with a built in cooler or try Water Skiing if you’re a thrill seeker!

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1500 Ocean

Walk down the beach to the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and visit their signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean. The upscale eatery offers California coastal cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. With stunning views of the ocean, it’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Try the four-course tasting menu with hand selected wine pairings for a truly exceptional culinary experience. Reserve your table today.

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Spreckels Park

Spreckels Park is located on 7th and Orange, right in the heart of Coronado. It spans 8 acres and features a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, and plenty of natural shade. The park is named after J.D. Spreckels, one of Coronado’s founding fathers. Free concerts take place in the center of the park every Sunday during the summer.

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MooTime Creamery

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a local favorite. MooTime Creamery is a Coronado staple that has been serving handcrafted ice cream and hand-rolled cones since 1998. They now have two locations on the island and continue to create their treats from scratch. The flavors rotate daily, and you can even purchase custom ice cream cakes and pies!

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Glorietta Bay Inn

The Glorietta Bay Inn is a timeless, award-winning Coronado hotel and that is the perfect aplace to unwind after a long day on the island. The quiet setting and rich architecture guarantee a comfortable and memorable stay. Step back in time with their featured Historic Coronado Package! It offers a two-night stay, $25 local restaurant gift card, tickets to the Coronado Historic Walking Tour, and more. Book your stay today!