Imperial Beach . Just five miles north of Tijuana, and home to one of the best surf spots in San Diego, Imperial Beach is San Diego’s shining secret.
Pier Plaza, the center of activity in Imperial Beach, hosts the only San Diego County Farmer’s Market with an oceanfront view. The nearby Pier South Resort allows guests to experience a beach resort lifestyle with a contemporary, chic feel during their stay. Sea 180’s coastal-cavern patio environment is the perfect location for unwinding after a day on the sand and serves breathtaking 180-degree panoramic ocean views seven days a week.
Imperial Beach’s originality sets it apart from it’s So Cal neighboring beaches by having a decorated past as the site of the U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition. The annual Dog Surfing Contest and fully functional South Bay Drive-In add to the city’s unique offerings for residents and guests from near and far. Drive-Ins have nearly become extinct as a past time recreation in the United States, but the South Bay Drive-In’s nightly stream of cars stays consistent year-round to enjoy the silver screen with an ocean backdrop.
Stand on the sand banks of Silver Strand State Beach and wave hello to neighbors across the way on Coronado, or bird watch endangered species migrating to Mexico from the Tijuana River National Estuary Research Preserve. Regardless of you preferred outdoor hobbies, Imperial Beach is an optimal location for surfing, beach volleyball and body boarding. Boca Rio Beach Break was named by San Diego Magazine as the second best surf spot in San Diego, runner up only to Black’s Beach in La Jolla. There’s no need to travel to northern San Diego County when Imperial Beach continues to satisfy all avenues of ocean fun with ease. The cozy, residential surroundings of Imperial Beach deliver vacation lifestyle to the doors of its residents while maintaining affordability and suburban culture. If you love the salty vibes of the Pacific Ocean, but prefer strolling through a casual neighborhood versus herding through the San Diego nightlife crowds, Imperial Beach is your simplified answer!