Absolutely nothing compares to a quiet beach town where everyone knows each other and you walk down the street waving at locals after just a few days staying in our Imperial Beach vacation rentals. This sleepy town is one of the very last old-school beach cities around. And over the last few years, it's become one of the best places to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with some of the friendliest people in the country.
The southwestern-most city in the continental United States, this California town offers a different atmosphere than most Southern California beach towns beach towns. Being this far south, with the Mexico border as your neighbor, you'll find the perfect quiet, "Mayberry" type feel. No hustle and bustle of a big city, and even free beach parking! But don't fret, day trips from cozy Imperial Beach vacation rentals to places like San Diego 14 miles north and Ocean Beach 20 miles north are a cinch.
You could easily spend your days pretending to be a beach bum and enjoying every second of your getaway. Imperial Beach became known because of the incredible surfers who spent their time catching wave after wave on beaches such as Silver Strand State Beach. So, rent a surfboard and walk down to the beach to find why locals love spending their days here.
If you have the opportunity of vacationing here in July, don't miss out on watching, or even participating in, the largest sand castle competition ever during the Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival.
Off Evergreen Avenue and Suncoast Drive is the famous Portwood Pier Plaza. Snap pictures with "Surf Henge", 20-foot colorful surfboard arches, before strolling down the boardwalk to shop, eat mouthwatering seafood, go fishing, and visit the Friday farmer's market. Take a round-about way back to your Imperial Beach vacation rental by driving on Third Avenue to see the memorable Outdoor Surf Museum, where 25 historic surfboard shapers have been memorialized by artistically placed surfboard silhouettes.
Wake up early one morning to watch the sunrise as you ride up Bayshore Bikeway, a 26-mile long trail that takes you around San Diego Bay, the National Wildlife Refuge, and back. No need to be an experienced biker to take on this feat, rent a beach cruiser and simply ride up and back to your heart's content before replenishing with a hearty and scrumptious breakfast at Katy's Cafe. Be sure to try her cinnamon rolls!
Check out this funky beach town to find a new way of vacationing in Southern California. Our Imperial Beach vacation rentals ensure you feel at home.