Imperial Beach, CA

Location: Imperial Beach, CA is the most southwesterly city on the U.S. mainland. South of Imperial Beach are the Tijuana Estuary, Borderfield Park and the Mexican Border. A seedy beach town in the 70s, today, Imperial Beach attracts many visitors to its beaches, pier, shopping district, and natural reserves. (Map)

Activity Hubs

Imperial Beach Activity Hub
Imperial Beach City Beach, Imperial Beach Landmark Pier, Pier Plaza, Dunes Park. Events: U. S. Open Sandcastle Competition, Imperial Beach Triathlon & Duathlon.


Imperial Beach
Popular family shoreline next to Imperial Beach Pier.



Dunes Park
A small park with an outdoor stage and playground, located next to pier.


Imperial Beach Landmark Pier
1,491 feet long wooden pier, the southernmost pier in California. Has restaurant at end.


Tijuana Estuary
An intertidal coastal estuary that stretches to the U.S border. Four miles of trials.

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Offers several programs for children and adults.
Includes exhibits and guided nature walks.

Borderfield State Park
Located on the border, this large natural park features horse trails, hiking, surf fishing, and birding. The park includes much of Tijuana Estuary.


Imperial Beach Pier Plaza
The formal entrance to the beach the pier, Pier Plaza is a small small collection of shops and an outdoor area for sitting and eating.


Imperial Beach Hotels
Quaint small,casual boutique beachfront hotels.


San Diego Bay
Imperial Beach has bayfront shoreline on the south end of San Diego Bay, an undeveloped area, where the South Bay Wildlife Refuge is located.


Imperial Beach Triathlon & Duathlon
Late August
At Imperial Beach Pier. The triathlon features of a 1/2K ocean swim (wetsuits optional), 15K bike ride and 5K run; The duathlon consists of a 2K run, 15K bike ride and second 5K run.

Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest
The “Dempsey” features a surf contest for all ages, focusing on kids in the community, and honors those that help every day to keep our ocean clean.