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Neighborhood Guide: Imperial Beach

The rising tide of new business is changing San Diego’s southernmost beach town, but fear not: IB still has that authentic, indie vibe.

Imperial Beach
India Street | Photo by Sam Wells

    Coronado Brewing Company

    One of San Diego’s most popular breweries is opening a new pub, taking the place of Jersey Boys Diner. 170 Orange Avenue

  • 2. NEW
    Pier South Hotel

    Relax with a cocktail at this just-opened boutique hotel on the water. 800 Seacoast Drive

  • 3. NEW
    SEA 180 Coastal Tavern

    Established restaurateurs, local ingredients, and 180-degree waterfront views make this an exciting addition to the neighborhood. 800 Seacoast Drive

  • 4. NEW
    Eco Bikeway

    Take in the Tijuana Estuary marsh and wildlife on wheels. Progressive city planning meets eco-tourism with a new bike path connecting the Bayshore Bikeway to the coastal bike route. Between 3rd and 7th Streets on Palm Avenue

  • 5. Barrels Wine & Beer
    Beer, wine, and sangria, plus ocean views, make everyone happy. 710 Seacoast Drive

  • 6. Pretzels & Much More
    This newly renovated hand-rolled pretzel and sandwich shop now features pastries. 10 Evergreen Avenue

  • This Month in Imperial Beach

    • January 4
      New Me 5K &
      1-mile Kids Run

    • Fridays

    • Thursdays
      Karaoke Nights at
      The Salty Frog

  • 7. Cow-A-Bunga Ice Cream
    The irresistibly sweet smell of fresh-made cones lures you in from the pier for homemade ice cream. 10 Evergreen Avenue

  • 8. Stardust Donut Shop
    Donut lovers, add this to your “must do” list. The owner has been slinging donuts in this shack for more than 45 years. 698 Highway 75

  • 9. South Bay Drive-InEnjoy movies like
    they used to—outdoors in gorgeous weather at a remodeled, upgraded, midcentury drive-in theater. 2170 Coronado Avenue

  • 10. Loews Coronado Bay & Mistral
    This swanky hotel and modern restaurant on Coronado Bay are closer to Imperial Beach than the “island” hubbub. 4000 Coronado Bay Road

  • 11. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
    What started as a deli and grocery shop in Little Italy has grown into a San Diego institution. The casual Italian restaurant opened in IB last year. 285 Palm Avenue

  • 12. The Tin Fish
    Sometimes gorgeous days call for eating calamari and fish & chips on the pier. 910 Seacoast Drive