Imperial Beach Pier

Location: 2 Elder Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA (map)
South of San Diego CA
Phone: (619) 423-8300
More info: Website
Hours: 10pm to 5am curfew

Imperial Beach Pier is located on the city’s main beach, next to Dunes Park in Imperial Beach, CA. The wooden pier extends out 1,491 feet into the 20-foot deep water.

Pier Activities

Scenic Views, Cafe

Walking out along the ocean pier is an adventure, over the slightly uneven wooden planks. From the pier, you can catch a good view of the beach on both sides, along with the beach houses and beachgoers. To the southwest of the pier, you have a great view of the Los Coronados Islands.

The Mexican border is also visible and within walking distance. And at the end of the pier is The Tin Fish, a small cafe built in 2000.

Pier Fishing

The best fishing at Imperial Beach Pier is behind the surf line (or in it) and about half way out where the pier begins an upward slope.


Public restrooms, night lights, and stations for fish clean. Some free parking available on nearby streets. A parking lot at the foot of Imperial Beach Pier is available. All day parking is $2. After 5pm only $1.

Near the entrance to Imperial Beach Pier are several handicapped parking spaces. Also near the entrance are restrooms with handicapped facilities.

Portwood Pier Plaza

At the entrance to Imperial Beach Pier is Portwood Pier Plaza, which is marked by a color sculpture and Art Deco style letters spelling out Imperial Beach. The plaza has public restrooms, along with a couple of informal dining venues.