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Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Review

In July or early August this classic Southern California beach is the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition ( The rest of the year, the laid-back beach is a great place for long walks and bird-watching—over 370 species can be spotted here. The beach break is often excellent, but sewage contamination can be a problem after heavy rains. There are year-round lifeguards, a park with picnic areas, a playground, and volleyball and basketball courts. Among the many restaurants nearby are the one at Pier South, a new luxury hotel by Marriott. The fishing pier, popular for surf fishing, has views of Mexico to the south and Point Loma to the north. A walk on the beach south toward Border Field State Park or north toward Coronado is a great way to experience a quiet, uncrowded shore. Amenities: lifeguards, food and drink, parking (fee), showers, toilets. Best for: surfing, swimming, walking, solitude.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Take Palm Ave. west from I–5 until it hits water, South Bay, San Diego, CA 91932 | Map It
  • Cost: Parking $2 a day
  • Location: South Bay
Updated: 12-03-2012

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