Located in the southern part of Coronado about 4 miles south of Coronado Village and 10 miles southwest of downtown San Diego is the upscale community of Coronado Cays. The Cays are a collection of waterfront residential developments, or villages, as they are locally called.
Each village is a planned community designed for luxury beachfront living. They are styled after vacation hotspots in the Caribbean and bear such fanciful names as Mardi Gras Village, Green Turtle Cay, Blue Anchor Cay, Bahama Village, Antigua Village, Jamaica Village, Kingston Village, Trinidad Village, Montego Bay Villas and Port Royal Village - all of which are built around the many naturally occurring peninsulas and inlets found on Coronado Cays. Each individual village in Coronado Cay boasts its own pool, spa and clubhouse and many homes come with private docking facilities for boats up to 60’, allowing residents sail off into the sunset directly from their own backyards.
Coronado Cays got its start in 1969 when Signal Landmark Development Company decided to bring Caribbean style marina living to Southern California. The company picked a spot just 4 miles south of Hotel Del Coronado for its first planned beachfront community and the rest, as they say, is history. The first homes in Coronado Cays sold for $50,000-$75,000 in 1969 – today you’ll be hard-pressed to find any property in Coronado Cays go for lower than $800,000. As of July 2016, the median listing price for a single-family home in Coronado is $1.9 million.
The Caribbean themed villages that makeup Coronado Cays are all connected by lushly landscaped greenbelts. There are no schools or retail areas by design as most residents prefer the quiet seclusion. Kids ride the bus to Coronado Middle School, Coronado High School, Silver Strand Elementary, and Village Elementary all located a few miles north. About one-third of the homes in the Cays are vacation homes while the rest are owned by professionals, retirees and young families with children.
What Makes Coronado Cays So Special?
Coronado Cays is the embodiment of what most people consider “luxury beachfront living.” Residents have access to their own public parks, tennis courts, dog walking tracks and even a yacht club – the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. This exclusive $4 million yachting complex was officially inaugurated in 1994 and features as 56 slip marina and private clubhouse. Coronado Cay is also home to the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, an $80 million 5-Star hotel and resort that opened its doors in 1991 and has since become an important fixture in the community. Residents of Coronado Bay are offered special discounts for food, beverage and rooms at the Loews Resort.
Right across the street from Coronado Cays and overlooking the Pacific Ocean are the pristine white sands of the Silver Strand State Beach. This 7 mile beach stretches across the Coronado Island (technically tombolo) and was voted as one of the best public beaches in the country by the Travel Channel. The Coronado Municipal Golf Course is a short drive to the north of the island and there are miles upon miles of dedicated bike paths and boardwalks running along the beach across Coronado.
Coronado is home to a variety of popular annual events and festivals. These include: the Coronado Flower Show in April; the Summer Concert Series held in Spreckels Park from May to September; the Coronado Island Sports Fiesta in September; and the famous Coronado 4th of July Independence Day celebration.