English is the dominant language spoken in Imperial Beach and you should have no trouble making it around only speaking this language. Spanish is spoken mostly by the Hispanic residents of the City. You're likely to hear some Spanish in this City due mostly to its proximity to the United States-Mexico Border.
State Route 75 connects I-5 with Coronado, and passes through the city of Imperial Beach.
- 1 International Friendship Park, Monument Rd. Perhaps slightly misnamed, visiting this park is a good opportunity to get up and personal with the wall that separates Mexico and the US.
- Bayshore Bikeway. A 25-mile bikeway along the shore of the San Diego Bay that is a very popular and scenic route. The level of difficulty is low as there are no major hills on this route, and it is also one of the safest bike routes. The 2.5-hour ride takes cyclists along the bay past golf courses, lagoons, piers and numerous places to stop for a rest and a drink of water. The route also features a nine-mile stretch that follows the former Coronado Branch of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad.
- Silver Strand State Beach (on SR-75 between Coronado and Imperial Beach), ☎ . Daily 8AM-7PM. Located on the Silver Strand, this is an excellent beach to swim or surf at. RV camping and fishing are allowed here.
- Tijuana Estuary, 301 Caspian Way, ☎ . Park: Sunrise-Sunset. Visitor Center: W-Su 10AM-5PM. A small coastal estuary located south of Imperial Beach and one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California. Next to the estuary at the USA-Mexico border is Border Field State Park, which covers the extreme southwestern corner of the United States, where the USA-Mexico border meets the ocean. Border Patrol officials keep a close eye on this area. $5 per vehicle.
- U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Takes place every July, and is a great chance to see professional sand castle crafters at work.