Four miles of shore in Imperial Beach welcome visitors to sunbathe, surf, or play volleyball. For years, a sand castle contest has been held here. So while you're in town you might consider building your own, and if you don't want to, you can always go and view the sandcastles from 2 P.M to 4 P.M during judging. This is the very best time to catch the excitement. The sandcastle contest, however, takes place annually in July. Views of the Los Coronados Islands make Imperial beach a prime sunset-watching spot, and there are many other attractions.
- The Pier: This gathering place includes parks, shops and restaurants.
- Surfboard Museum: Imperial beach is a popular surfing location with its own surfboard museum. This outdoor art project consists of 10 surfboard benches and plaques with surfing information.
- Tijuana River National Estuary: Get close to nature where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean. More than 300 species of birds find their natural habitats at Imperial Beach, and this estuary is ideal for bird-watching.