Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado
Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

I’ve already written about Hotel del Coronado a few times, but now that it’s winter and the holidays are here, I would be remiss not to tell you about their beachside ice skating rink. Their Skating by the Sea program runs through Jan. 7 and provides awesome views of the ocean and hotel while you practice triple axels, lutx jumps and toe loops. There are thousands of white lights illuminating the hotel, and I can’t think of a better place to feel festive.

Many of my friends have already heard my Hotel Del ice skating date story from about five years ago. There seriously could not be a more romantic date setting than the Del at Christmastime. Unfortunately, my date thought it would be romantic to show me (with our hands) the extra bone in his foot that he was born with—after our skating workout. His sock was sweaty and I was not impressed. I’ve never been so unsure of what to do with my hands before, or so caught off guard on a first date. Needless to say, I leapt out of the car while it was still moving at the end of the night.

Even so, I had a great time ice skating and found out how much of a workout it is—holy cow! The skates put a lot of pressure on your ankles, but I found that it’s an activity you can do without any prior experience and still feel somewhat steady. After a few loops around the rink you get more comfortable and begin to pick up speed and gain confidence. I didn’t fall once!

New this year, the Del has launched a light show inside a wintery wonderland area, called DELights, located in the garden patio. The five-minute video and light display had me bobbing to the music and getting excited every time it played on loop. DELights runs through Jan. 1.

DELights show

After you’ve had enough holiday cheer and turn hangry from all the exertion required in ice skating, head over to the Sun Deck Bar & Grill, a casual Mexican eatery located on the outside deck. My favorite menu items are the guacamole trio, seafood ceviche, fish taco, poblano burger, and the “some like it hot” margarita. It’s a great place to watch the sunset, and is a less expensive option than many of the other restaurants on the property.

Guacamole trio at Sun Deck Bar & Grill

Trust me when I say you’ll feel SO SoCal after going ice skating on the beach and eating Mexican food al fresco. Salud!