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Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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2 Bedrooms, 1-1/2 Baths. Sleeps up to 8, 6 Adults Max.

Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat is a 3-level condo located 1/2 block from the sand in beautiful Imperial Beach, California, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. The beaches are wide and sandy, and Imperial Beach is a laid-back little town, with less traffic and fewer beach crowds than most other beaches in San Diego.

Within a 5-minute walk, you'll find at least 8 casual restaurants, two coffeehouses, two neighborhood taverns, a convenience store, a small grocery, two public parks on the beach, an ice cream parlor, as well as the main lifeguard station, the sheriff's substation, and the Imperial Beach Pier.

The condo includes 1050 square feet (98 square meters) of living space on two levels with an attached two-car garage below.

The garage has a roll-up door and remote opener and is suitable for one large vehicle and one small vehicle. There is a full-size Kenmore washer and properly-vented dryer in the garage. The garage also holds the extensive beach gear, which includes high-quality beach chairs, beach towels, a beach cart, umbrella, body boards for kids and adults, two bicycles and even basic fishing gear (fishing off the Imperial Beach Pier, about 500 yards away, does not require a fishing permit).

The middle level consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen and half bathroom. The living room includes a 47' LCD flat screen TV with HD programming and HBO, DVD/CD player, secure wireless internet (at no additional cost), a leather corner unit and two leather chairs. The dining table includes 6 chairs but will seat 8 comfortably (there are two extra folding chairs). The kitchen includes full-sized refrigerator, gas stove and oven, built-in microwave and dishwasher. All normal housewares are provided including cookware, flatware, plates, glasses, and small appliances. The half bath contains a toilet and a pedestal sink. The small patio in front has two chairs, a cocktail table and a propane-fueled grill.

The top level features two bedrooms separated by a full bathroom. Bedroom #1 has a queen bed, twin bunk beds, a large wardrobe and 3-drawer dresser. Bedroom #2 has a queen bed and a 6-drawer dresser in the large closet. There are also two folding cube mattresses suitable for kids. All sheets and comforters are provided. All beds are in good condition, are comfortable and have good reading lights. Each bedroom has an alarm clock and a ceiling fan. The bathroom was completely renovated in December 2013 and includes a bathtub with tiled surround and tiled wainscoting all around. Lots of clean towels are provided.

The Neighborhood: Imperial Beach is a small, laid-back town of about 25,000 people and it's less busy than most beach areas in San Diego County. There are at least 8 restaurants within a 5-minute walk from the condo. There is a surprisingly well-stocked 7-11 convenience store and a taco shop about 100 yards away, and two coffee houses within 200 yards. There are many fine restaurants including several at the Hotel del Coronado, in the beautiful and very exclusive city of Coronado, located about 7 mile north of Imperial Beach along the 'Silver Strand' that separates the Pacific Ocean from San Diego Bay. The condo is located on Palm Avenue, which is a major street further to the east, but by the time it gets to the beach, it's a two-lane road. To get to the beach from the condo, it's a walk of about 200 yards crossing one street, Seacoast Drive, which is controlled by a three-way stop sign.

The Beach: Imperial Beach has wide sandy beaches, all of which are publicly accessible. The surf is excellent, the area just north of the Imperial Beach Pier and another area about 1 mile south are among the best surfing locations is Southern California. The City of Imperial Beach has been working to emphasize the surfing theme, and the plentiful public art reflects that. There are two beach-front public parks within walking distance of the condo, one at the foot of the Imperial Beach Pier. The pier is about 300 yards long and there's a restaurant at the end. Even at prime time on weekends. it's easy to find a place to set up at Imperial Beach. No alcohol is allowed at the beach or in the public parks and the public places are very family-friendly. Imperial Beach is not a 'party' area compared to other San Diego County beaches such as Mission Beach or Pacific Beach.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Scott Hamren (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About Scott Hamren

I'm the owner and operator of the property, my name is Scott Hamren. I bought the condo in 2005 and have been operating it as a short-term rental property since that time. This is the only such property that I own. I make improvements to the condo on a regular basis to keep it looking top-notch. For instance, in December 2013, I worked alongside a contractor friend of mine to completely renovate the main bathroom. I live about 20 miles away in La Mesa, California and I'm a San Diego native. My goal is to provide a comfortable, relaxed and carefree stay for my guests. I hope you will consider contacting me about the condo, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Scott Hamren purchased this condo in 2005


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)
Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Joseph City, AZ


  • 5 of 5

My overall experience for this rental was far above the "5" I listed. This condo was everything advertised and more. The appearance of the property was perfect and the owner had added a few personal touches to make our stay very pleasant. The details on the website matched what we found when we arrived. With the exception of food and clothing, we could have left everything else at home. Towels (lots of towels), toys, a fully stocked kitchen and plenty of beach stuff were perfect. The highlight of the trip was the close (5 minute) walk to the beach. We stayed this past summer and had so much fun that we booked it again this past fall. The owner was easy to work with and available for calls. I would, and have, highly recommended this property to my friends. I hope to stay there again this coming summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
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Comfortable with all the extras.

  • 5 of 5

Family had a great time, the property was spacious and comfortable. At no time did we ever feel out of place and it truly was a home away from home.

Will definitely be returning!

Thanks Scott!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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The property was immaculate. Everything was thought of made the experience and vacation even better

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect. Clean quiet felt like home. Scott thought of everything. Best rental I ever stayed in anywhere in the world.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego,CA

A true home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

I could not say enough about this place. It was a cozy little retreat with everything you need. Perfect for going to the beach, staying with family and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Excellent Condo

  • 5 of 5

The condo was clean, the beds were comfortable and the walk to the beach and restaurants were very close. Aroma Thai and Katy's Cafe were two of our favorites. We were a little concerned about the noise from the street when we tried to rest in the early afternoon after a long journey. It was very loud. But once nighttime hit we heard nothing! Great nights sleep. Scott was always quick to respond to my emails from the beginning process to the end. He also left amazing instructions on how to use the t.v. Which all past VRBO places we stayed at it was impossible.

One Warning- if you order the "giant pizza" at Seacoast Pizza be prepared to eat pizza every night!!! The thing was enormous 😳

3 sisters JTC

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Imperial Beach location

  • 5 of 5

Firstly correspondence with Scott is second to none. From the time we decided we would book it in to even now 2 weeks after our vacation he is prompt with email response! Just knowing that from the beginning gave us the sense of security in locking this place in.

Upon arrival, the apartment was clean and as described in the advertisement. Scott gave us very good instructions on getting to the place as well as getting in via combination lock. Be warned that there are a number of stairs as this is a multi storey unit - Garage/basment, going up to main area that has the lounge/kitchen/dining/ single toilet, which then goes up again to the two bedrooms and bathroom with toilet setup, so those planning on doing long walks at the zoo, legoland, or sight seeing in general be prepared to have to go up and down on weary tired legs - especially with kids! But that is definitely not a negative. Being able to relax downstairs once the kids were put to sleep gave us time to relax and also sit outside on the small porch/bbq area at the front and enjoy the Imperial Beach breeze roll through.

There were some small issues that Scott himself identified before our arrival and made arrangements to ensure that this would not be of a hassle to us, but we did actually get to meet Scott, who is a very nice guy to have a chat with in person. In the apartment itself there is a folder with all the instructions that Scott will provide as an email, as well general information about the surrounding areas as well as maps to popular destinations.

The apartment is literally within a minutes walk to Imperial beach, and a few minutes walk to the actual pier. There a re a few great places to stop by and grab a bite to eat. It is within easy drive to all the malls nearby in

Dan Diego and from the pier you can even see Mexico.

Thanks again Scott for letting us use your apartment, although the weather was a little unusual for San Diego during our stay, we do appreciate that you gave us a small refund due to beach closures at the time. Truly, you didn't have to, but we appreciate the kind gesture.

We would not think twice about asking Scott again to use his place the next time we are in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak/Santa Fe Depot
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 5 / Interstate 15
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Imperial Beach
Car: recommended

Imperial Beach is a small town of about 25,000 people, and is the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. The populated beachfront is about 1.5 miles long, bordered on the north by a U.S. Navy Radio Station, and on the south by the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Tijuana River National Estuarine Sanctuary, and Border Field State Park. The river estuary is a birdwatchers' paradise, and pelicans, storks and many other interesting birds are daily visitors to the local beaches. The beach can be walked all the way to the US/Mexico border, about 3 miles south of the center of town. The beach south of town is beautiful and practically deserted. Imperial Beach has terrific wide beaches with fine gray-white sand. All beaches have public access. The San Diego area is a great place to visit at any time of the year, with activities to suit just about anyone's tastes.


Rates & Availability

Palm Plaza Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Notice Special
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Summer 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Dec 23 2016
6 night minimum stay
Holidays 2016/2017
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter/Spring 2017
Jan 7 2017 - May 19 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Contact me directly instead of booking on-line and you will not need to pay the "service fee" now being charged by HomeAway. The rates shown are for payment via credit card through the HomeAway site. Rent is discounted by 2% when payments are made via check or other means that don't cause additional costs to owner.

Discounts are also available for multiple weeks or multiple months. Please contact owner for an exact quote.

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Palm Plaza Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The upstairs full bathroom separates the two bedrooms. The half bath on the middle (living) level has a toilet and a pedestal sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Front bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds in front bedroom.
    Rear Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 child bed , 2 twin folding mattresses
  • The front bedroom has a queen bed, bunk beds, a 3-drawer chest and a wardrobe cabinet. The rear bedroom has a queen bed, two folding mattresses suitable for kids, a 6-drawer chest and a large closet. A Pack N Play crib is also provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The condo is completely ready for you to simply arrive and start relaxing. Bring your clothes and toiletries - all other necessities are provided. If you have any special request items, let me know, maybe I can provide them for you.

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