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Added by Mark Handy
Even though I am quite familiar with this spot, I doubt that most San Diegans have sat in the benches at this little park to take in the sunset, sunrise, or spectacular views of downtown San Diego. I'm absolutely positive that most out-of-towners have no idea that this little gem exists. I want to make sure that my Outbound friends are not like the tourists who miss this place.
This park is nestled in the upscale city of Coronado. Indeed, this park is situated between two multimillion dollar homes that have some of the best views of San Diego (as seen from Coronado). Whether you're here to chill out and relax or to capture images of San Diego's skyline with a camera, you will not be disappointed. I promise.
I've have visited this location several times -- all as a photographer. I've captured it during the day and during the evening. By far, my favorite time to shoot here is during the evening when I can do long exposures. The glow of the city at night is unbeatable with a 60-second exposure using a low ISO (50 on my camera). The long exposure allows the lights to climb from the building and allows the reflections to get highly saturated in the water. The results are unbeatable.
Still, if you are not into photography, that's fine, too. Why? Because you can sit on the benches that are provided for your use. If there is a better place to sit and relax, while also taking in the beautiful skyline, I don't know where it is. It's so mellow here. It's a great place to kick back and relax. Bring a snack and a drink so that you can spend some time here just chilling out.
Finally, because I do not want you to be surprised, this is one of the smallest parks in San Diego county. If it's bigger than 20 yards by 30 yards, I'd be surprised. But that's part of its charm. And it's probably why so few people know about this hidden gem. It's too small to show up on most people's radar screen. But make sure that you don't miss it when you visit Coronado or want to take in views of San Diego's amazing skyline.
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