STEP 1-TRAIN: As previously stated, Brian and I took the train on our adventure to Coronado Island in San Diego. More specifically, we took the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from the Irvine Train Station in Orange County, to downtown San Diego. Currently, the Pacific Surfliner offers twelve daily round-trip services between San Diego and Los Angeles. For a link to the Pacific Surfliner's scheduled departures, click Here. It is about 1 hour and 50 minutes from Irvine to San Diego on the train. If you travel from Los Angeles to San Diego on the Pacific Surfliner, it will take about 3 hours. The costs are reasonable and Amtrak has a good points reward system to earn free travel. NOTE: If you decide to take the train from the San Diego area, the Coaster commuter train service is another option. However, even though the Coaster can get you to San Diego, on the weekends there are not very many trains, leaving you with more limited service options. Additionally, the seats on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner are much more comfortable and spacious than the Coaster.
STEP 2-FERRY: Once we arrived in downtown San Diego, we took the Coronado Ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island. The ferry to Coronado Island operates out of two different points in downtown San Diego, the Broadway Pier and the Convention Center. The closest ferry to the San Diego Train Station is from Broadway Pier. Broadway Pier is located just a couple blocks (no more than a 5 minute walk) from the San Diego Train Station. The Broadway Pier is right next to the USS Midway and is located right on the San Diego waterfront.
Flagship Cruses and Events. Their website is helpful and has all the scheduled departure times, roughly once an hour or once every half hour depending on the day and season you go. Make sure you don't look at the commuter schedule. Check their regular ferry schedule. The commuter ferry doesn't run during holidays, but the regular one does. The ferry is not very expensive and when we went, it was $4.75 per person one way. You can also take your own bike on the ferry as well as the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner with a bike reservation.
USS Midway, the Coronado Bridge, and the coastline. It also feels incredibly patriotic to be riding in the same water as the giant Navy ships in this area. You can also see ocean life if you are lucky as well as the airplanes flying into the San Diego airport. Make sure to waive back at the passing recreational boaters who are very friendly and will likely waive and say hi.
Lil' Piggy's that we would highly recommend. Their food was fantastic and we recommend the corn fritters! It's a crowded place, but they have "family-style" seating--so be prepared to make new friends! We sat with a nice couple from Apple Valley and shared a great lunch.
Hotel Del Coronado and our bike rental location were on the complete opposite side of the island. If you take a taxi or other vehicle transportation, the Hotel Del Coronado is only about 5 minutes away. Walking would be about 30-35 minutes. Being avid hikers, we obviously walked to the bike shop, which was not far from the Hotel Del Coronado. We enjoyed seeing the community up close, while on our walk. There are bike shops you can rent from that are closer to the Coronado Ferry Landing, but I saw good reviews and pricing at Cruiser King, which is where we rented our bikes.
STEP 3-BIKE: Once we finished eating, we then walked about a mile and a half to the bike shop, Cruiser King, where we rented bikes. Before you go on this trip, make sure that you call and reserve bikes at the Coronado location! I reserved and paid for the bikes online a couple of days prior to our visit because they can run out of bikes on busy weekends. We rented beach cruisers from Cruiser King. I looked through a bunch of reviews and pricing and found that Cruiser King was the best for us. It was $20 for each bike for the day (10am-6pm), so $40 total, for Brian and I. When we arrived at the shop, they had our bikes ready for us, added a basket on mine, and gave us a lock to lock them up, if we went into a store or something. At the end of the day, we simply returned the bikes and everything was super easy, since I paid for everything online. We would have no problem recommending Cruiser King to others.
Time to Complete Adventure: All Day.