Imperial Beach is the southernmost city in San Diego County, California. The city defines the border of America and neighbors Tijuana, Mexico in the south while it faces the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Imperial Beach is part of both the San Diego and San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan areas, which is known as the largest bi-national region of over 4.5 million people that is shared between America and Mexico. You can find people to this date shaking hands from in between the barrier on the borders at the beach.
The city was founded in 1887 and drew people in because of its ideal weather conditions and whole year round sunny atmosphere. After many people made this region their new home the city was soon incorporated in 1956, with its very own Mayor-council government.
This classic southern California town has 4 miles of beach with amazing food, activities, and sports like surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, horse riding and fishing. The Imperial Beach even has an outdoor surf museum. While the silver strand state beach has beautiful silver shells and is a great place for surfers and kite-boarders.
The pier is a great place to test your fishing skills, while the city’s ecotourism gives people the opportunity to discover nature, to bike and hike and bird watch at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Centre and Border Field State Park. The city also has four 15 – 20 ft tall surfboard inspired arches in the plaza, which are the largest acrylic moldings ever cast and are affectionately called Surfhenge by the locals.
All in all Imperial Beach is a lively city, which draws you in with its spellbinding beauty, making sure you keep coming back for more or just end up never leaving.