Imperial Beach

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In the most south & western corner of the contiguous US, and off the beaten tourist track, Imperial Beach bills itself as the ‘Classic California Beach City’.

IB has also long been a good neighbor to many military outposts, including not only the Navy, but the Army as well.  Sitting at the south end of the Silver Strand, Coronado is another neighbor, with a shared deep military history.  Today, Imperial Beach is making an impression of its own, as the image of ‘Classic Southern California’.  IB’s love of surfing is on display as  you approach the beach, demonstrated in classic surfboard-shaped benches along the city streets and by the neon-glow of the acrylic ‘Surfhenge’ sculpture that sits in the Portwood Pier Plaza.

The Pier in IB is a focal point, stretching far out in to the waves and permitting fishing without a license.  Originally built in 1909, it has been replaced three times after storms and damage through the years.  Another must-see in Imperial Beach is any of a variety of nature preserves, from the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  Our saltwater wetlands demand careful protection and preservation, and IB is leading the way and educating the public with their beautiful Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center.

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