Imperial Beach | Beaches

“Where would someone find the largest sand castle & sculpture competition in the US?”

In Imperial Beach, home to the US Open Sandcastle Competition since 1980!  In 2009, almost 350,000 people turned out to see sand castles created by professional and amateur teams.

Tucked away in the farthest southwestern corner of the contiguous USA is Imperial Beach, our  ’Classic California’ beach city.  Separated from the busy Tijuana border city of Mexico by only a salt marsh, IB is a quiet area, populated by surfers and seekers of a more affordable beach community. Explore a lovely & less crowded stretch of coast & popular fishing pier…


Border Field State Park

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Seacoast Drive – South of IB Blvd.

Imperial Beach Boulevard

Imperial Beach Municipal Pier

Dunes Park

Palm Avenue Beach Access

IB Surf Report by Surfline

  • Lifeguard services → if any ← can vary by season, day or hours!
  • Dogs OK on the beach, but not Pier. See San Diego Dog Beach & Park Information
  • Overnight camping / sleeping is not permitted, except at campgrounds
  • Smoking has been banned on all California State Beaches & Parks
  • Alcohol is not permitted on most beaches (Yes, this includes beer & wine…)
  • All beach information & details are  subject to change without notice
  • Be safe!  Always check rules & hazards of each beach