The Silver Strand is a narrow strip of land that connects Coronado southward to Imperial Beach. The northern portion is used as a training ground for Navy Seals. Other areas contain housing, marinas and a hotel. Much of it remains in a natural state.
Halfway down the strand, sandwiched between San Diego Bay and the blue Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Silver Strand State Beach, a beautiful state park featuring a great beach, RV parking, a large picnic area, and a boating facility. Apart from the RV area, which is very popular, the place often seems half-deserted. Even during summer weekdays.
I rode my bike through the park on a perfectly sunny spring weekday and I saw half a dozen people.
Here I’m passing through a tunnel under the highway from the Pacific side to the bay side.
There are scores of picnic benches on the bay side and very few ever seem to be used.
The boating center gets a little more activity on weekends. I’ve seen folks out rowing along the water.
You’ll find this natural area in the north part of Silver Strand State Beach, on the east side of the highway.
The endangered California least tern nests in clear, sandy areas along the Silver Strand. I wasn’t able to spot any during this visit.