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Imperial Beach , United States

This is a large wave location, with powerful, dumping surf. Usually larger here than anywhere else on the Southern California coast in winter due to more open exposure. Typically, it's chest to head high on any given day. Summer is usually chest high or smaller. Winter can have double overhead waves, and larger. The world famous big wave break, Cortes Bank, is just 90 miles off the coast. The water outside the surf zone is usually choppy. The water inside near the beach is usually flat and smooth due to whitewater washing over and smoothing the chop, so it makes for great butter riding with fun ramps. The tide swing is about 7 feet, so the beach can be over 100 yards wide during low tide, to non-existent with water washing up to the rocks during high tide and high surf. Private condos bordered with large granite rocks line the entire beach. The beach itself is generally soft dry sand mixed with cobblestones and dried kelp. It's a safe and easy area to self-launch, provided there is enough beach, otherwise you risk crashing your kite into the rocks or condos. It can get very crowded in the summer with tourists, swimmers, and surfers. This is a light to medium wind location, with usual riding winds of 12-14 knots. It's generally a bit stronger than most other spots in San Diego, depending upon conditions. Typical riding wind is from the NW or SW at 12-15 knots, depending upon conditions. Winter: the strongest winds hit from November through April, though very infrequent, and hard to forecast. These are generally from passing pressure systems and typically blow 14-24 knots, usually starting from the SW on the day before the storm, and then NW on the day after. The famous Santa Ana ENE winds rarely ever make it to the beach here. However, they can cause inland heating, resulting in a rideable NW wind day (while only 1 mile inland, the wind is blowing the exact OPPOSITE direction!). Summer: the rest of the year usually brings a light W or WSW wind, from 5-11 knots, with occasional stronger days. The wind usually kicks in early, around 10am and dies around 1pm due to the heat. Catalina Eddy effect SW winds can sometimes reach 'ridable' strength, but the wind can be gusty with lots of holes. These winds are usually best from 8am through 1pm before backing down for the day. Summertime is the best time to leave San Diego, and head to Long Beach (2 hours north), Baja Mexico, or Central or Northern CA. As for forecasting the wind here, its a crap-shoot. The local forecasters don't have a clue. The wind just happens or doesn't, even if weather conditions stay the same. Ask a local for a better opinion. The condos can also create a `wind-cushion` if the water is too close, making it hard to get out past the surf, even in stronger winds.

Practical Information

How to get there: Direct route: from downtown San Diego, take I-5 South to Coronado Avenue (NOT the Coronado Bridge). Exit Coronado Avenue, and follow it all the way to the beach (about 2 miles), where it dead ends into a public parking lot right next to the beach. Park here.

Amenities: Shop,Rescue,Food,Parking

Activities: Kitesurf,Windsurf,Surf (Intermediate,Expert)

More info: Restricted Zones. This is more of a small surfer community, so surfers have the right-of-way, even if it's windy. There is also very active lifeguard service. Expect to be approached if you look like a newbie, or are getting too close to swimmers or surfers. There are only a handful of locals kiteboarding here, so try and ride when and where they ride and be courteous. Otherwise, you can ride up at Silver Strand State Beach, about 4 miles to the north (where most San Diego riders ride). Current rules : stay 200 feet away from all surfers and swimmers. No kiteboarding between Imperial Beach Blvd and the pier. No kiteboarding north of the pier all the way to the YMCA camp. Lifeguards can call kiteboarders off the water at any time, though they tend to be lenient. Please Note: there may be significant sewage pollution from Mexico after a large rain (winter), so stay out of the water until it clears, usually 3-4 days after the rain. Unfortunately, the wind likes to blow around this time.

Type: Ocean

Weather: Air temperature is normally 60-75°F year round. November through April can bring rain, wind, big surf, and crystal clear weather between storms. April through July can bring thick fog with light winds to the beach all day long, while only just 1 mile inland, it's very sunny with a bit more wind. Water temp:

Nearest town or city: San Diego,Imperial Beach

Night life: Nightlife in Imperial Beach is small and somewhat local. Still some good times can be had at any one of the few pubs. For big time nightlife, head to San Diego (20 minutes north), or Tijuana (which is only 15 minutes south).

Water conditions: chop, small wave (<1m), medium wave (1-3m), big wave (>3m), clean

Beach: beach made of sand

Winds: Frontal Winds, SW,WSW,W,NW

Dangers: Swimmers,None, Rocks,Bystanders

High season: July,August

Hotels nearby

266 yd - Seacoast Inn Imperial Beach

San Diego's only hotel located ON THE BEACH. Experience the best of Imperial Beach at the Seacoast Inn. Step outside your door directly on the sand of Imperial Beach. Located just north of the ImperRead moreial Beach pier. Outdoor heated pool, guest laundry, complimentary parking, and a variety of restaurants and nightlife out the door will all contribute to a perfect San Diego vacation.The Seacoast Inn, Imperial Beach is home to the famous Sand Castle Days, an attraction that draws artists from all over the country to compete in sand castle making. Imperial Beach, with its wide beaches and soothing surf is an ideal place for jogging, roller-skating or taking a casual stroll with the waves at your feet. The weather is almost always sunny, and all our guests enjoy our outdoor heated pool and spa, a spacious sundeck and complimentary use of our barbeque grills.The Seacoast Inn has 38 beachfront rooms which are warmly decorated, spacious and provide guests with either a view of the ocean or the pool area. It's the perfect retreat for a family vacation and children 18 years and under stay free in their parents' room. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool and spa, guest laundry facilities and complimentary parking.Hide

291 yd - Seacoast Inn

4 minutes by car distance from the center, this hotel is located at 800 Seacoast Dr, in the west section of Imperial Beach, which is ideal to discover the city.The Seacoast Inn has all the services onRead moree would expect of a two star hotel in Imperial Beach: Free Parking. This establishment is more of a Budget hotel .Take advantage of the massage which is available at the hotel.This hotel offers a unique service : wheelchair accessible.Other useful information:This hotel has a free parking.Hide

1.9 mi - Travelodge Southbay

Day trippers to nearby Tijuana, Mexico, will find that Travelodge South Bay on State Route 75 in San Diego, Calif, fits into their plans. Attractions include downtown San Diego 12 miles from the hotelRead more, ocean beaches a mile down the road, and Coronado nine miles from the Travelodge. The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Trolley Station and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base are minutes away. Complimentary continental breakfasts are served daily at this 35 room motel. All guestrooms have wireless Internet access, coffeemakers, hair dryers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, irons and ironing boards. The San Diego International Airport Lindbergh Field is a 15 minute drive. Hide

1.9 mi - San Diego South Bay Travelodge Hotel

Discover all that San Diego (CA) has to offer with San Diego South Bay Travelodge as a base. The San Diego South Bay Travelodge boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom anRead mored superb service. The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convinience to ensure you a memorable stay. To book a room at the San Diego South Bay Travelodge, please select your dates of travel and complete fill out our secure online booking form.Hide

2.1 mi - Super 8 Motel - San Diego/South Bay

The Super 8 Motel - San Diego/South Bay is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to San Diego (CA). All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class tRead moreo suit guests' utmost comforts. This San Diego (CA) accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. Along with its convenient location in San Diego (CA), the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to the guests. Along with its convenient location in San Diego (CA), the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to the guests. To proceed with this reservation at the Super 8 Motel - San Diego/South Bay, please enter your visit dates and follow our secure online booking form.Hide

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Imperial Beach , United States

This is a large wave location, with powerful, dumping surf. Usually larger here than anywhere else on the Southern California coast in winter due to more open exposure. Typically, it's chest to head high on any given day. Summer is usually chest high or smaller. Winter can have double overhead waves, and larger. The world famous big wave break, Cortes Bank, is just 90 miles off the coast. The water outside the surf zone is usually choppy. The water inside near the beach is usually flat and smooth due to whitewater washing over and smoothing the chop, so it makes for great butter riding with fun ramps. The tide swing is about 7 feet, so the beach can be over 100 yards wide during low tide, to non-existent with water washing up to the rocks during high tide and high surf. Private condos bordered with large granite rocks line the entire beach. The beach itself is generally soft dry sand mixed with cobblestones and dried kelp. It's a safe and easy area to self-launch, provided there is enough beach, otherwise you risk crashing your kite into the rocks or condos. It can get very crowded in the summer with tourists, swimmers, and surfers. This is a light to medium wind location, with usual riding winds of 12-14 knots. It's generally a bit stronger than most other spots in San Diego, depending upon conditions. Typical riding wind is from the NW or SW at 12-15 knots, depending upon conditions. Winter: the strongest winds hit from November through April, though very infrequent, and hard to forecast. These are generally from passing pressure systems and typically blow 14-24 knots, usually starting from the SW on the day before the storm, and then NW on the day after. The famous Santa Ana ENE winds rarely ever make it to the beach here. However, they can cause inland heating, resulting in a rideable NW wind day (while only 1 mile inland, the wind is blowing the exact OPPOSITE direction!). Summer: the rest of the year usually brings a light W or WSW wind, from 5-11 knots, with occasional stronger days. The wind usually kicks in early, around 10am and dies around 1pm due to the heat. Catalina Eddy effect SW winds can sometimes reach 'ridable' strength, but the wind can be gusty with lots of holes. These winds are usually best from 8am through 1pm before backing down for the day. Summertime is the best time to leave San Diego, and head to Long Beach (2 hours north), Baja Mexico, or Central or Northern CA. As for forecasting the wind here, its a crap-shoot. The local forecasters don't have a clue. The wind just happens or doesn't, even if weather conditions stay the same. Ask a local for a better opinion. The condos can also create a `wind-cushion` if the water is too close, making it hard to get out past the surf, even in stronger winds.

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