Curio Local Guide

San Diego

Authored by Eric Scire
Eric Scire
Professional Photographer

We sent Yodeler Eric Scire to the amazing Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton to shoot some photos and create a San Diego Travel Guide. The iconic Hotel del Coronado is perched on a beautiful white sand beach on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and combines majestic Victorian architecture, modern luxuries and beachfront recreation for a resort experience that’s uniquely Southern Californian. Eric created a beautiful local guide full of exclusive tips and amazing local secrets, just for you.

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From sunrise to sunset, the city offers tons of fun outdoor activities, from paddle boarding to bike riding or even simply enjoying a peaceful walk along the harbor.

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

I would recommend you start your morning with a spin class at Hotel del Coronado or a long walk along the gorgeous white sand beach in front of the hotel. If your stay happens to fall on a Sunday, I would highly recommend you go to Crown Room for brunch (Open Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.). If not, grab a mouthwatering breakfast at Sheerwater.

After breakfast, head into the city to check out Petco Park and explore Downtown. For lunch, I would suggest grabbing a bite to eat in the Gaslamp District. There are a lot of great food places to choose from in this neighborhood, but one of my favorites is Serrano’s Street Tacos & Bar. Everything is good there.

Following lunch, hop in the car and head to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for a hike. During your hike, scope out the perfect place to sit and enjoy the classic San Diego sunset, which drops behind the endless Pacific Ocean.

After sunset, treat yourself to a memorable dinner along the waterfront while taking in the city views from across the Coronado Bay. There are a lot of great options, but you can’t go wrong with Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill.

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Where to stay

Hotel Del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

From the moment we arrived, we were met with smiles and impeccable hospitality from the Hotel del Coronado team. All of the team members were so accommodating and polite. After check-in, we explored the hotel enjoying the amazing art on display, as well as the classic architecture throughout the hotel. The grounds of this property are jaw dropping! There are lovely green grass walkways that lead you right to a stunning white sand beach. Just walking around the property, grounds and beaches are activities in themselves. It was an experience I won’t soon forget.


Arriving at Hotel del Coronado was like going back in time. It has such a classic, iconic Southern California feel. You will instantly fall in love when you visit. From the classic decor to the woodwork, there are so many fine details to admire. This hotel has been around since 1888 and has an amazing history which you can learn about here.

My perfect San Diego day would be spent completely outside. The amazing thing about San Diego’s weather is that you can spend all day outside, all year round. I would start with an early morning walk along the water, followed by a day at the beach swimming and hanging out on the sand. (Try Coronado Beach or Sunset Cliffs Natural Park). I would end with an evening bike ride and enjoy the classic San Diego sunset. (Try Mission Beach or Ocean Beach.)