Coronado Shores Beach Spot Guide

About Coronado Shores Beach

Coronado is an average beach break that tends to be a bit dumpy and closed out. The farther north you go up the beach, the more shadowed it is from anything but straight south swells, so the banks in front of the military base typically aren't worth the walk. That being said, legend has it that Coronado turns into a total barrel fest during a big, steep, southerly hurricane swell.

Source: Coronado Shores Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Hollow, heavy closeouts make this a better spot for proficient surfers than beginners.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Gets busy, but not extremely localized.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Average crowds for a San Diego beach break.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

An average, somewhat closed-out beach break that isn't super impressive, except on the rare occasion that a macking southerly hurricane swell tracks up the coast.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

A moderate paddle through closed-out peaks.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Only a couple miles north of Tijuana Sloughs, so expect some pollution, especially after rains or sewage spills.

Additional Information


Closeouts, currents, angry MPs if you wander onto base.


Park in Coronado and walk to the beach. If you are planning to surf the sand bars in front of the military base, you will have to walk up the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish



Best Season

Best on a southerly hurricane swell, which are most common in late summer or Autumn.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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