Each summer Imperial Beach hosts the nation's largest sandcastle competition, the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. Named one of the top 10 competitions of its kind by the Travel Channel, this event draws over 300,000 spectators. There are several different competitions that make up the entire event, including a Kids-N-Kastles competition for children 12 and under. The main competition, however, is for amateur and professional artists that compete with three- to 10-person teams. Visitors can enjoy viewing the artists at work, seeing all of the completed art sculptures afterwards, and attending the street fair along Seacoast Drive.
One of Imperial Beach's most iconic features is the Imperial Beach Pier. Extending 1,500 square feet into the Pacific Ocean, this is a favorite spot for anglers. No fishing license to fish from the pier is required, so all you need to take part in one of Imperial Beach's favorite pastimes is simply bring or rent a pole and some bait. If fishing is not your thing, then you can also head down to the end of the pier and taste what the ocean has to offer at the Tin Fish Restaurant. From here you will see some of the most beautiful views of the ocean.
Oasis Ice Cream Parlo
After spending a day relaxing in the sun and playing in the water, nothing tastes better than a cold treat. So, when you are craving something to help you cool down, stop by Imperial Beach's most popular ice cream parlor, Oasis. No matter what your taste buds crave, you can find that flavor at Oasis. Cantaloupe? Got it. Guava? No problem. Best of all, the ice cream from Oasis is all homemade and you are sure to taste the difference from your very first lick. But, be warned, the Oasis Ice Cream Parlor only takes cash.