Imperial Beach, California

Children looking through the border fence on the Mexican side of Imperial Beach
The pier of Imperial Beach
Surfer statue

Residential beach city in San Diego County, California, with a population of 26,324 at the 2010 census.

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San Diego Bay

Natural harbor and deepwater port located in San Diego County, California near the U.S.–Mexico border.

San Diego Bay from Space
Map of San Diego Bay published in 1923 by the 11th Naval District.
Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on the right while Tijuana, Mexico is on the left.
The Star of India
A plane flying over the Bay
San Diego Bay & Coronado Islands at sunset.

The highly urbanized land adjacent to the bay includes the city of San Diego (eighth-largest in the United States) and four other cities: National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Coronado.

South Bay (San Diego County)

Tijuana River Estuary with Tijuana Hills in the back
Southwestern College campus
Border Field State Park
Chula Vista Shopping Center
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Surfhenge in Imperial Beach
San Ysidro Port of Entry
Downtown Chula Vista
Lower Otay Lake
National City Depot
Sweetwater Reservoir

South Bay, also known as South County, is a region in southwestern San Diego County, California consisting of the cities and unincorporated communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Lincoln Acres, National City, and South San Diego.


City and municipal seat of Tijuana Municipality, Baja California, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Playas de Tijuana.
Downtown Tijuana in the 1920s.
Álvaro Obregón School in 1930.
The Jai Alai arena, built in 1947, attracted spectators from both sides of the border.
Agua Caliente Casino in 1951.
San Francisco de Asís Church, built in 1959.
The number of skyscrapers and high rises in Tijuana has grown significantly in the 21st century.
View of the Cerro San Isidro from across the valley from Cerro Colorado.
Sunset in Playas de Tijuana.
Teniente Guerrero Park.
View of Downtown Tijuana.
View down Paseo de los Héroes of the Abraham Lincoln Monument.
Skyscrapers on Blvd. Agua Caliente.
The Mexico–United States barrier at the Pacific Coast.
The ocean in Playas de Tijuana.
Cerro San Isidro covered in snow.
The Tijuana Mexico Temple is a temple of the Mormon Church.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Tijuana.
Imaculada Concepción Church.
Monument to Ignacio Zaragoza.
The Palace of Government of Tijuana Municipality.
View of the Zona Río.
Restaurants on Avenida Revolución.
Market in Downtown Tijuana.
Plaza Santa Cecília decorated with traditional Mexican papel picado.
Excel Medical Center.
Tijuana has grown in the 21st century as a significant commercial and manufacturing center of North America.
Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana (UABC).
View of Avenida Revolución.
Tijuana Cultural Center is an arts center and home to the Museum of The Californias.
The Tijuana Arch, in Zona Centro.
Caesar salad was invented at Caesar's in the 1920's.
Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana.
View of Tijuana's Zona Centro.
Señor de Misericordia Church.
A Norteño musical ensemble performing in Downtown Tijuana.
The 18 de Marzo Memorial.
Estadio Caliente, home to Club Tijuana of the Liga MX.
Estadio Chevron
Tijuana International Airport.
Vía Rápida in Tijuana.
Amistad bus rapid transit station.
A Tijuana BRT bus.
Cristo de los Álamos statue.

Located about 210 km west of the state capital, Mexicali, the city is bordered to the north by the cities of Imperial Beach, and the San Diego neighborhoods of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, California.

Matthew Modine

American actor and filmmaker, who rose to prominence through his role as U.S. Marine Private/Sergeant J.T. "Joker" Davis in Full Metal Jacket.

Modine in 2017
Modine in April 2006
Modine participating in a bike sharing event during the 2008 Democratic National Convention

The Modine family returned to Imperial Beach, California where Matthew attended and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1977.


Tribe of Indigenous peoples of the Americas who live at the northern border of Baja California in Mexico and the southern border of California in the United States.

Anthony Pico, former chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay
Engraving by Arthur Carl Victor Schott, Sorony & Co., 1857
Kumeyaay were displaced to construct the El Capitan Reservoir
Barona Resort Hotel
Valle de Guadalupe, B.C.
Kumeyaay items
Frame of an ‘ewaa
Kumeyaay coiled basket, woven by Celestine Lachapa, 19th century, San Diego Museum of Us
Kumeyaay willow storage basket at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California cultural museum, Mexicali

Alyshuhwi (Imperial Beach)

John from Cincinnati

John from Cincinnati is an American drama television series, set against the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California.

Port of San Diego

Seaport in San Diego, California.

Port of San Diego Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
Port of San Diego B-Street Cruise Terminal

One commissioner each is appointed by the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, and three commissioners are appointed by the San Diego City Council.

Playas de Tijuana

Westernmost borough of the municipality of Tijuana, Baja California, stretching from the United States border in the north to Rosarito Beach Municipality in the south.

View of the U.S.-Mexico border fence from Playas de Tijuana, at the left. Before fortification
Kids playing at sunset in Playas de Tijuana
Park Towers Tower I and Tower II under construction
TRW building in Playas

Playas de Tijuana borders the United States cities of Imperial Beach and San Diego, but there is no border crossing in the borough.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Primary and largest law enforcement agency in San Diego County, California, and one of the largest sheriff's departments in the United States: with over 4,000 employees, an annual budget of over $960 million, and a service area over 4,500 square miles extending to a 60-mile international border.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Salmon-colored 1966 Dodge Polara
Green-and-white Ford LTD Crown Victoria, in 1991.
Black-and-white second generation Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor in 2015
Black-and-white Ford Police Interceptor Utility in 2015

Nine incorporated cities within the county (Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista) contract with the department for municipal law enforcement and public safety services.

Tijuana River

Intermittent river, 120 mi (195 km) long, near the Pacific coast of northern Baja California state in northwestern Mexico and Southern California in the western United States.

Tijuana River seen from a pedestrian bridge in Tijuana (Mexico).
The Tijuana River Estuary.
Warning sign at Border Field State Park in December 2014

Its lower reaches provide the last undeveloped coast wetlands in San Diego County amidst a highly urbanized environment at the southern city limits of Imperial Beach.