Coronado Naval Amphibious Base
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Relocation Information
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Welcome to Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado! Located in "America’s Finest City," San Diego, NAB Coronado sparks thoughts of the beach, sunshine, palm trees blowing in the wind, and oh so delicious food.
Knowing how you plan to spend your free time here is easy, but there’s more to this base that you’re probably wondering: where to live, what to do, military spouse employment, schools, and more. Read on for more information for your military family’s move to the San Diego area.
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Located on a peninsula right off downtown San Diego which is broken down into neighborhoods, you’ll find that each offers a slightly different culture and demographic--whether it’s primarily college students, tourists, military, or those born and raised here. And you don’t have to live here to know that this booming southern California city draws millions of tourists from all over the world each year!
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Though you’ll become well acquainted with the city, the area that’s considered “San Diego” extends beyond the downtown area. It follows the California coast from Mexico to Orange county and includes mountain ranges, national and state parks, desert, and popular areas like downtown San Diego, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Escondido, and Carlsbad. San Diego is only 20 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, and you’ll immediately notice the Mexican influence on culture, music, food, and activities.
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If you love the outdoors, you’ll feel right at home with plenty of opportunities for surfing, hiking, or even just a walk along the beach. Be prepared for a higher cost of living than you may be used to, as well as dealing with regular traffic snarls. Though the Coronado ferry runs to the Broadway Pier and the San Diego Convention Center from Coronado, a car probably serves as better transportation for daily commutes. But the ferry makes a great transportation option for relaxed days or fun nights in the city if you live on Coronado and don’t want to drive. Save your car for day trips and weekend getaways to the Temecula wineries, Disneyland, Big Bear Lake, Hollywood, or Joshua Tree National Park!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Naval Amphibious Base Coronado
1. Can you see Navy SEALs training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado?
Though Navy SEALs are constantly training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, it’s a gamble as to whether or not you’ll get to see them. Both tourists and locals claim to catch a glimpse of them every now and then, however, the majority of activity the average person gets to witness are Basic Underwater Demolition (BUDs) students.
2. When was Naval Amphibious Base Coronado built?
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado was built in 1943 (though officially commissioned in 1944), when the land was created as a result of dredging the San Diego Bay to allow large ships to reach the city during WWII. With over 5,500 yards of Pacific Ocean and bayside beachfront as well as the nearby Silver Strand, this location has always served the same purpose — to provide a shore base for operations, training, and support of naval amphibious units on the West Coast.
3. Can civilians visit Naval Base Coronado?
Civilians are not regularly allowed onto Naval Base Coronado to include Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. However, though the majority of this area is military installations, there is a civilian town of Coronado where many tourists come to visit the beaches and stay at the well-known Hotel Del Coronado.
4. Where is NAB Coronado located?
Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado is located on Silver Strand, CA, a narrow strip of land that connects what is known as Coronado Island, where North Island NAS is located, to the city of Imperial Beach, CA. A short drive from Coronado NAB will take you east across the bay to San Diego and the San Diego Naval Base. Once across the bay, National City and Chula Vista are south and slightly east by about 8 and 11 miles distance. If you go east and slightly north, you will pass by the cities of Lemon Grove and La Mesa, eventually reaching El Cajon, CA at about 20 miles distance.
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Base Location & Information
Military Bases Near NAB Coronado
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado is located on the Coronado peninsula off downtown San Diego. The bridge to downtown takes you directly to Naval Base San Diego. But if you travel south across Silver Strand State Beach, you’ll be in Imperial Beach and back on the mainland.
With two main bases (Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Naval Air Station Coronado) and many other training areas located on Coronado, the peninsula is primarily military. The ferry, though might not be ideal for daily commutes, makes a great transportation option for relaxed days or fun nights if you live on Coronado and don’t want to drive.
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Naval Base Coronado are different. NAB Coronado is part of the larger Naval Base Coronado which consists of eight Navy installations:
- Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado (NASNI)
- Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado (NAB)
- Naval Outlying Landing Field
- Imperial Beach (NOLF IB)
- Naval Auxiliary Landing Field
- San Clemente Island (NALF SCI)
- Silver Strand Training Complex-South, Coronado (SSTC-South), formerly known as the Naval Radio Receiving Facility
- Camp Michael Monsoor Mountain Warfare Training Center, La Posta
- Camp Morena, La Posta and the Remote Training Site, Warner Springs (RTSWS).
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Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar are further north, but within just a few miles of Naval Base Coronado are five other military installations. Because there are so many military installations packed in this closely, you’ll find many of them closely intertwined, sharing MWR resources, housing, and more.
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The NAB Coronado Navy Gateway Inns & Suites takes care of incoming servicemembers and their families. With guest rooms and suites with a full kitchen and utensils, it provides a relaxing place to lay your head whether it’s for one night or ten.
- Navy Gateway Inns & Suites: (619) 437-3860
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Housing
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Naval Amphibious Base Coronado military housing is privatized and managed by Lincoln Military Housing. They offer 48 different communities in what is called San Diego Naval Complex. This means that you’ll find a handful of housing options on base, many off base, and a varying degree of proximity to NAB.
- Lincoln Military Housing San Diego (858) 300-7493
- San Diego Naval Housing Service Center: (619) 556-8443
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Off-Base Housing
View home for sale and houses for rent near Naval Amphibious Base Coronado: Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Homes
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Area Weather & Climate
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You won’t find the traditional four seasons in San Diego that you’d find at many other duty stations in the U.S. Though you’ll notice the temperature fluctuate throughout the year, there aren’t extreme changes in weather. You’ll find that many people consider swimsuits appropriate attire during the summer months, and the winter is justification to wear jeans and a jacket for a few months.
Your biggest concern here is wildfires. The fall, when the winds pick up and the winter rain hasn’t wet the earth left dry from summer, is considered wildfire season. And you shouldn’t feel surprised to feel an earthquake or two as well. Thousands occur every year. Some cause damage, but you’ll hardly feel most of them.
Learn more about California wildfires (how to prepare, prevent them, and recover from them) at readyforwildfire.org.
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Area Schools
There are no DOD schools offered on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Coronado Unified and San Diego Unified School Districts pride themselves on their favorably rated schools.
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San Diego County
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Families can find the area’s favorite private schools in San Diego County on Niche and the Private School Review.
Homeschoolers should follow the guidelines provided by the California Department of Education. There are many resources and support groups made available by the California Homeschool Network.
Support for Military & Families
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Military families and spouses benefit from this duty station’s location. The Southern California area boasts a large number of companies that employ military spouses. And the job hunt looks favorable: the unemployment rate in October 2019 was down to 3.9%.
There are a great variety of non-profit organizations you can volunteer with, as well as many MyCAA approved institutions to further your education, as well as social groups to get involved with the community.
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