The gateway to the "IB" pier is a unique plaza with colorful plexi-columns art installations in vibrant red, yellow and purple. Flanked by surfboard shaped benches to sit on, you definitely get the idea that surfing is a popular sport in Imperial Beach.
The biggest event in Imperial Beach next to its surfing competitions, local markets and fairs, is the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition and Festival held each July. This event attracts over 300,000 people, and the city swells during the weekend event. National sand sculptors and tourists from all over the world come to see the amazing sand designs. It's a must-see for those who love sandcastles!