Imperial Beach is the southernmost beach city in Southern California and the West Coast of the United States. It is in the South Bay area of San Diego County, south of downtown San Diego and northwest of downtown Tijuana, Mexico.
Founded in June 1887, the city got its name from Imperial County, California. Farmers and land owners from the Imperial Valley came to the area in the late 1880s seeking cooler weather during summer months. In March 1887, over 2,000 laborers descended upon nearby Coronado, California to skillfully construct the Hotel del Coronado, the largest resort in the world at the time. A large number of the workers stayed in Imperial Beach and some would later make it their permanent paradise.