Destination guide

Hang ten or love the land in Imperial Beach

The prospect of miles of beach would sound fairly amazing to any water enthusiast. Imperial Beach is California’s humble offering, boasting almost 4 miles of gorgeous beaches. It’s considered one of the best surfing spots in San Diego County, but there’s more here than big wave culture. A buzzy pier provides a little love for landlubbers, and there are prime spots for bird watching, camping, horseback riding, and cycling. One thing is certain: an appreciation for the outdoors is a must if you’re thinking of an Imperial Beach vacation rental.

Things to do

Epic and irresistible SoCal beach life

It’s the epic surroundings that make Imperial Beach such an enviable vacation getaway. One of its most enticing spots is the Silver Strand, a sleek isthmus where visitors flock to camp out and ride a bike. The Tijuana River National Estuary is the region’s most impressive salt water marsh—and also happens to be home to some of the best bird watching around. The Living Coast Discovery Center is a family-friendly aquarium, while the Surfboard Museum is right in line with the area’s penchant for all things outdoors: it’s a public art display set right outside.


Imperial Beach is a SoCal essential

Imperial Beach is paradise for water lovers—it’s easily one of the best spots in Southern California to hang ten, spike a volleyball on the sand, or even gallop along the coast like some sort of fairytale hero. The Pier is packed with shops and restaurants if you need a break from all the outdoor activity. You might even take a jaunt to a nearby estuary for some serious bird watching opportunities. It wouldn’t be unusual to spot an endangered bird or some type of native wildlife. The awe-inspiring surroundings alone make an Imperial Beach vacation rental well worth it.


Nothing but a good time...and sunshine

It’s an impressive place to live if you crave nothing more than sunshine and seriously good times. An Imperial Beach vacation rental allows you to enjoy more than a few days of sunny bliss—in fact, the sun shines almost 270 days of the year! Imperial Beach is known for its especially comfortable, temperate weather year round. The lowest low you might experience in winter is around 45 degrees, while the high in July is a pleasant 76 degrees. In between, there are countless days of tropical warmth and minimal rainfall.

Natural features

Enjoy temptation and beauty on the beach

Giving in to temptation and booking an Imperial Beach vacation rental wouldn’t be the worst thing you’ve ever done for yourself. Located 5 miles from the Mexican border, it’s bordered by Coronado, the San Diego Bay, San Diego, Tijuana, and the Pacific Ocean. It’s also a sandy beach lover’s paradise that offers prime views of the Los Coronados Islands. Included in the San Diego—Tijuana metropolitan district, it’s one of the most recognizable bi-national communities with a shared population of United States and Mexico citizens.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Imperial Beach

The nearest airport is in Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.), located 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), which is 11.4 mi (18.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Imperial Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,567 vacation rentals near Imperial Beach. From 834 Condos/Apartments to 472 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Imperial Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Imperial Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Imperial Beach:

  • Mission Beach: 1,380 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 775 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,068 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 440 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,660 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Imperial Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Imperial Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Border Field State Park: 4,005 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,704 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Zoo: 4,580 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach Park: 5,807 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Pier: 5,809 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Imperial Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Imperial Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 834 Condos/Apartments in Imperial Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Imperial Beach include:

  • Houses: 472 rentals available
  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Imperial Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 454 vacation rentals with pool available in Imperial Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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