Imperial Beach CA is the southernmost city in the state of California. The city is on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and partially borders Mexico. The town is considered to be a prominent site for surfing activities.
International Friendship Park is on the southern end of the city. The park is directly on the border with Mexico.
There are about four miles of beach spaces on the coastline of Imperial Beach. The area is popular for surfing, with the Boca Rio beach being among the top surfing sites in the country. Beach volleyball is also found throughout much of the area.
The Imperial Beach Farmer’s Market is a popular event that takes place on Friday afternoons. This is the only farmer’s market event on the beachfront in San Diego County. The city is also home to a drive-in theater located near the shores.
Much of the southern part of Imperial Beach is home to the Border Field State Park. The Tijuana River partially surrounds the park. The San Diego Bay Wildlife National Refuge can be found to the north.
The Silver Strand Training Complex is a prominent military site in the city. The complex is a training site for the United States Special Operations Forces. Much of the training for the group occurs in a large cage-shaped area.
Imperial Beach CA was formed in 1887 and was named by people who came to the area from the Imperial Valley in the eastern part of the state. The area was famous for being cooler in the summer months. The city would be incorporated in San Diego County in 1956.
Imperial Beach is about 14 miles south of San Diego and five miles north of Tijuana. Palm Avenue or Route 75 in on the northern end of the city and leads people to I-5, eventually linking to Chula Vista to the northeast. The population of Imperial Beach is around 28,000.
Imperial Beach CA is a part of the Port of San Diego. There are a few docks along the shoreline that take in regular container shipping ports.
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