One of America’s most famous and most traveled highways is the Pacific Coast Highway aka PCH.   It has been reported that it is only second to Route 66. The Pacific Coast Highway commonly begins in Southern California just north of Dana Point on Hwy 1 and travels north to the top of the Olympic Peninsula. I prefer to believe it begins in the south on Highway 5 in Imperial Beach and branches off to Hwy 1 at Dana Point.

It’s hard for me to believe that so many tourists totally overlook the Pacific Coast views and beaches in San Diego County. We will begin our journey in Imperial Beach and travel north to San Jose. We will travel 515 miles.

Imperial Beach was founded in June 1887, it’s 2010 population was 26,324.  The month and year that Imperial Beach was founded is interesting because it was in March of 1887 that over 2,000 construction laborers moved into the area to build Hotel del Coronado. How many of the workers stayed? How many are descendants of the men who built the hotel? No answers — just questions for those of you who live for researching details.

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier extends out 1,491 feet into water approximately 20 feet deep. The fishing is good. It is the southern most pier in California in the “most southwesterly city in the U.S.” Within walking distance from the Mexican Border, and on a clear day you can see the Los Coronados Islands from the pier.

I am always amazed at the cleanliness of Imperial Beach and the beautification creativity of its residents. Their Public Utility boxes and garbage receptacles are showcases for local artists.

For more info and pictures on Imperial Beach:   AND

Hotel del Coronado - The place that grew Imperial Beach

Hotel del Coronado – The place that grew Imperial Beach

You will often hear Coronado, California referred to Coronado Island.   It is not an island. Coronado is connected to Imperial Beach by way of the “Silver Strand”. This is a narrow, seven mile long isthmus.

The Silver Strand is bordered by the San Diego Bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. Popular among residents and tourists the Silver Strand State Beach is a favorite for bicyclers, campers, and bird watchers.

Coronado is also connected to Imperial Beach by the Coronado Bridge.

Coronado Bridge

Coronado Bridge

For more Coronado information and pictures go to:   AND








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