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Imperial Beach is the most southern beach city in the West Coast of the United States and has a population of approximately 26,000. It is 5 miles northwest of downtown Tijuana, Mexico.

Cow A Bunga, Imperial Beach

Cow-A-Bunga Ice Cream in Imperial Beach

Ice Cream may not be the “thing” to eat in the rest of the country, but in Imperial Beach winter is the best time to enjoy the delight. Cow-A-Bunga, located right at the IB Pier, is a grab-and-go establishment where you can pick up a cone and then meander along the beach. Fewer tourists are […]

Animal Sanctuary

Ferdinand’s Friendly Familia: Animal Sanctuary in Imperial Beach

By Mimi Pollack As you turn onto Hollister Road in Imperial Beach, and go into the Tijuana River Valley, you feel like you are in a different world. It feels like the dusty countryside in Mexico, and a place where non-conformists live. This is where you will find Ferdinand’s Familia, a sanctuary for large and […]

IB Serenity Garden

Serenity Garden, Imperial Beach

Right next to the Fleet Reserve Assocation, you’ll find a Serenity Garden that’s worth a little more than a glance. The garden was created by IB Beautiful, Inc. and dedicated in January 2003. The plaque describes the place well:

John Fanestil

Border Activists At Friendship Park: John Fanestil Provides Christian Services

Grass roots community activists are many at the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego-Tijuana. I’ve written about the Marcha Migrante, the Deported Veterans and the Maquiladoras Tour, among others. These individuals notice that the U.S. border with Mexico looks significantly different from the border with Canada. They also actively care for and minister to those affected by […]

Playas Binational Garden

Dan Watman’s Quest To Create A Garden Led To Civil Disobedience

Friendship Park, located at the most southwesterly point of the U.S.-Mexico border, exists thanks to a small group of men and women who have come together over time to call themselves Friends of Friendship Park. From about 2006 to 2011 their civil disobedience forced Border Patrol to negotiate access to this binational space, which the federal government […]

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