What Makes Imperial Beach City Beach the Place to Go
Tijuana River National Estuary
IB is home to the Tijuana River National Estuary, where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s the largest saltwater marsh in Southern California. You’ll find many different species of birds and other wildlife, some of which are endangered. Birdwatching is a popular activity at the Tijuana River National Estuary.
Fishing in IB
Imperial Beach Pier offers fishing without a license. Surf fishing, fishing off the beach, requires a license for any adults over the age of 16. Kids under the age of 16 don’t need a license. With plenty of places to rent fishing gear and buy bait, if you didn’t bring a pole, you’ll still be able to enjoy tossing a line into the ocean. Common fish that are caught off the pier include, surf perch, croaker, mackerel, bonito and halibut.
Did you know?
The Imperial Beach Pier is a public pier and no fishing license is required to fish off of this pier. California halibut are a common catch her at the IB Pier.
Surfing in IB
Imperial Beach features beach-break waves for surfers of all levels. It’s a popular beach, on both weekdays and weekends. The wave quality is considered “Regional Classic.” Unfortunately, the beach is also known for being polluted. Make sure to check the local lifeguard report for the water quality.
Annual Events in IB
IB hosts many annual events, from triathlons to fish derbies. The Sun & Sea Festival in July features sandcastle building competitions and entertainment is a wonderful celebration of the beach. The Friday Imperial Beach Farmers Market is the only beachfront farmers market in San Diego.
The Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection is located walking distance from the Imperial Beach Pier and it is the perfect resort to stay at while visiting Imperial Beach. If you’ve always dreamed of waking up in the morning to the gentle sounds of breaking surf, make a reservation at this breathtaking hotel for an unforgettable experience.