Welcome to Imperial Beach
Laid-back beach town South of San Diego
Just South of Coronado is the laid-back beach town of Imperial Beach. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Tijuana Estuary, Imperial Beach offers a unique blend of natural beauty and city convenience.
One of the most appealing aspects of Imperial Beach is its walkability. The charming downtown area is filled with local shops, restaurants, and amenities, all within easy reach of the beach. Whether you're in the mood for a casual stroll along the beachfront or a leisurely shopping trip, you'll find everything you need within minutes.
Imperial Beach is known for its laid-back atmosphere and welcoming community. The people here are friendly and relaxed, making it easy to feel at home in this charming beach town. And with its proximity to San Diego, you'll have access to all the cultural attractions and amenities a major city offers.
What to Love
- Highly-walkable town on the coast of sunny Southern California
- Growing yet affordable community
- Proximity to Coronado
Locals of Imperial Beach enjoy an easy-going and carefree life in the Southernmost city in California. Surfers love Imperial Beach because of its clean and accessible beaches that run the length of the city. Despite its growth and proximity to San Diego, Imperial Beach remains affordable, making it a fantastic option for those looking for a more relaxed pace of life.
One of the great things about living in Imperial Beach is the ability to enjoy all the area offers without relying on a car. The beach, parks, and downtown area are all within easy reach.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Imperial Beach is filled with various local shops and restaurants, offering something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for a casual meal by the beach or a sophisticated dinner out, you'll find plenty of options. And thanks to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Imperial Beach is known for its seafood. SEA180 is an upscale restaurant offering delicious seafood with stunning ocean views. Just down the street is Surf Hut, a specialty store carrying anything a surfer could need. Brigantine Seafood Restaurant also offers a more casual dining experience with delectable delights.
Next door to Brigantine Seafood Restaurant is the charming Cow-A-Bunga Ice Cream & Coffee shop, the perfect place to stop for a pick-me-up after a day at the beach. The House Special is a mouth-watering blend of espresso, ice cream, and chocolate-covered coffee beans that will delight anybody. Nearby is the Coronado Brewing Company, which offers craft beers and flavorful creative American food in a laid-back environment. Fans of seafood will love the coconut calamari and seacoast mussels. Another brewery that locals love is Mike Hess Brewing. This eatery is known for its tacos by Quiero Tacos and expansive outdoor patio, which has ample seating and fun yard games like cornhole. They also have vegan and gluten-free menu items.
Things to Do
Imperial Beach is home to several exciting events and festivals year-round. The Imperial Beach Farmer’s Market is a weekly market that offers fresh produce, hand-crafted artisanal goods, and more. The farmers market is located just next to the Imperial Beach Pier. This beach is a local favorite of residents.
Other exciting events in Imperial Beach include the Sun and Sea Festival, which is held every summer. This fun festival has live music from local bands and a thrilling sandcastle-building competition. Locals also celebrate the end of summer with the Symphony by the Sea event, where an orchestra plays beautiful music on the Portwood Pier Plaza.