Located in San Diego's South Bay region, and the southernmost beach town in California, Imperial Beach is just five miles north of the Mexico border, and includes a 4-mile stretch of beach offering a host of activities including great surfing, sport fishing, beach volleyball and horseback riding along the coast. The Imperial Beach pier provides sweeping views of the Los Coronados Islands and is a popular spot for strolling, pier fishing and watching the sunset. Imperial Beach is connected to Coronado by way of the Silver Strand, a narrow, 7 mile long isthmus, popular for camping, bird watching and bicycling.
Imperial Beach is also home to the Tijuana River National Estuary, a place where the fresh water of the Tijuana River mixes with the salt water of the Pacific Ocean creating the largest salt water marsh in Southern California. The estuary is one of the top birding spots in San Diego with many endangered birds and wildlife on display. Close by you’ll also find the Living Coast Discovery Center, a family and budget friendly aquarium experience.
There’s a host of annual events to entertain including free fish derbies, triathlons and the annual Sun & Sea Festival featuring elaborate, awe-inspiring works of (temporary!) sandcastle art. Other art in the area includes the Surfboard Museum, an outdoor public art project exploring the history of surfing in Imperial Beach.
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