Imperial Beach is a city in San Diego County in Southern California.
State Route 75 connects I-5 with Coronado, and passes through the city of Imperial Beach.
SDMTS runs an bus between San Diego and Iris every 20 minutes, stopping at several places in Imperial Beach.
Imperial Beach PierCenterpiece of four miles of beach
The Spirit of Imperial BeachA plaza with an 18-foot bronze statue honoring the surfing and sandcastle culture of Imperial Beach
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research ReserveA large park that overlaps parts of Imperial Beach and San Ysidro. It is divided into the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge on the north, and Border Field State Park in the south.
Tijuana Estuary Visitor CenterProvides access to hiking trails north of the Tijuana River
address: Monument RdPerhaps slightly misnamed, visiting this park is a good opportunity to get up and personal with the wall that separates Mexico and the US. The adjacent Monument Mesa picnic area is open 7 days a week; the International Friendship Park itself is between the primary and secondary border fences, and is only open for a few hours on weekends. The entrance gate to Border Field State Park is only open weekends when the road is not flooded, but the park is still open and Monument Mesa is accessible via a 1.6-mile hike.
- Bayshore Bikeway. A 25-mile bikeway along the shore of the San Diego Bay that is a very popular and scenic route. The level of difficulty is low as there are no major hills on this route, and it is also one of the safest bike routes. The 2.5-hour ride takes cyclists along the bay past golf courses, lagoons, piers and numerous places to stop for a rest and a drink of water. The route also features a nine-mile stretch that follows the former Coronado Branch of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad.
phone: +1 619 435-5184address: Silver StrandAn excellent beach to swim or surf at. RV camping and fishing are allowed here.
phone: +1 619 575-3613address: 301 Caspian WayA small coastal estuary, south of Imperial Beach, and one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California. Next to the estuary at the USA-Mexico border is Border Field State Park, which covers the extreme southwestern corner of the United States, where the USA-Mexico border meets the ocean. Border Patrol officials keep a close eye on this area.
U.S. Open Sandcastle CompetitionTakes place every July, and is a great chance to see professional sand castle crafters at work.
phone: +1 619-621-5900address: 800 Seacoast Dr