Imperial Beach in San Diego is a place of rich biological diversity. It’s here that the freshwater of the Tijuana River mixes with the salt water of the Pacific Ocean. The result is the Tijuana River National Estuary, the largest saltwater marsh in Southern California.
This four-mile stretch of sand offers enough room for just about anything you could think of. It’s an ideal location for horseback riding, beach volleyball, fishing, watching the sunset, and more.
How to Get to Imperial Beach
Imperial Beach is located of the I-5 and west along Palm Avenue. You’ll have to park where you can find a space around the area. There are bathrooms at the nearby pier. The beach is lifeguarded.
What to Do Nearby
Imperial Beach in San Diego is connected to Coronado by the Silver Strand, a seven-mile isthmus with opportunities for camping bird watching and biking.
If you’re interested in the beach’s ecosystem, there are plenty of ways to learn, the best of which is to just watch and listen. This estuary is one of the best places to birdwatch in San Diego. If you want to learn more about the local ecosystem, visit the nearby Living Coast Discovery Center.
Don’t miss out on visiting the Pier in Imperial Beach. There are plenty of parks, recreational facilities, shops, and restaurants in the area. It’s located few blocks south of Evergreen Avenue.
When to Go
One of San Diego’s best beach events happens right here on Imperial Beach. The Sun & Sea Festival showcases the work of world-class sand castle builders. The free festival also features a kids’ zone, farmers’ market, and international food fair. Sand castles are a part of this city’s blood. Imperial Beach was the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition for 32 years, from 1980 to 2011. You can view these amazing works and vote on them.