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Two Coronado Icons - the Beach and the Del - Honored Again

Coronado - like a gorgeous girl who keeps collecting pageant crowns - has been named to two more top tourism lists.

USA Today polled a group of hotel and travel experts, seeking their favorite historic spots when they need a place to lay their heads. The Hotel del Coronado was among 27 they chose.

That's a pretty exclusive group, as there are 1,400 hotels in the nation deemed to be of historic import, according to USA Today.

One seasoned traveler said, "There's nothing like watching the sun go down over the ocean" at the resort, which has racked up the kudos as it continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Other sites the experts noted included the Mission Inn in Riverside, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and the Biltmore in Phoenix. See USA Today for the full list.

In another honor, bestowed by Parents magazine, Coronado ranked as the second best beach town in the country.

The magazine considered a number of factors, from water quality and lifeguard availability to what attractions were nearby and if the local town had a "family vibe."

The magazine singled out the Hotel Del and Loews Coronado Bay Resort for the activities they offer for children and pointed visitors to the Coronado library for its Wizard of Oz exhibit and Seaside Papery for its Etsy.com-like vibe.

The piece did note, however, that South Beach lacks restrooms, which the city has considered adding, though some residents have objections.

Hilton Head, SC nabbed the top slot in the Parents survey of beach towns.

Coronado's beach and breezy lifestyle are often named as travel highlights in high-profile tourism publications.

The beach took a top honor last year when an expert who dubs himself "Dr. Beach" named it the best stretch of sand for those looking for a vacation by the shore.

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