IB Pier, Imperial Beach
This section of IB has been in the process of re-vitalizing itself and it's coming along nicely. The best thing is that the popularity of the Pier has not diminished at all.
Fondest memory: Are you getting the picture? The IB Pier has been for many years the focal point of this area in Imperial Beach and it still is. There is something refreshing and relaxing about walking down the pier with the ocean breeze washing over.
The pier is shaped like an arrow. The Tin Fish is situated sort at the center between the shaft and the head. Most of the fishing is done behind the restaurant but not all. There are sinks provided for cleaning freshly caught fish. The birds can drink the water, but you better not, it isn't good for human consumption at this faucet.
If fishing or eating isn't what you want just take in the scenery along the beach or in the waves. It's always a bit cooler on the pier so, bring a jacket /sweater.
I love to walk along the pier anytime, but I'm not the only one. Even during a storm people come out to watch the rising tide crash against the pilings, a powerful and awesome sight!
Usually the nigth before, the weatherman on TV will report about the really high waves expected for the next day or two. It nerver fails, the next morning I come out to see for myself and there are others who've done the same.
Fondest memory: Not many people enjoy a storm or being out in a storm, but there is something beautiful and powerful about the high waves, biting wind and pouring rain that draws me here when a storm hits. As you can see in the photo, I'm not the only one who likes it. In fact, there are more people on the pier during a storm than usually found here on a normal winter's day.
During the summer months the pier is an active place in IB. In the early mornings the tip of the pier is full of people fishing for fun or for their dinner. The Tin Fish is open for breakfast The Tin Fish is no longer open for breakfast, so come for lunch. In any case the chilly morning ocean wind can be a wonderful experience for those who think to bundle up. The sun's warmth usually arrives around noon after the marine layer has been burned off.
I don't always walk to the end, but will stop and lean on the railing to watch the surfers trying to catch a wave. Sometimes it's pretty funny to see how many ways there are of falling off a surfboard. Sometimes it's absolutely fantastic to see their success when they catch a great wave. This happens, usually, early in the morning.
Fondest memory: I fondly remember walking the length of the IB Pier on a summer day. Sitting outside of the Tin Fish drinking a glass of white wine and gazing out to sea, while dedicated fishermen all round try to catch a fish and seagulls swoop in for the lone French frie dropped from a near by table.