Surf Hut: A Tourist's Dream of California Surfing
Next to Woodies Patio Cafe--not Woodies Patio Bar--The Surf Hut has been located in the The Shopkeeper Complex--one of the first efforts to upgrade along the IB coast--almost from the beginning.
They rent and sell surfboards, snowboards, skateboards, bodyboards (boogieboards) as well as apparel, surf gear and supplies.
They are open seven days a week, but sunrise surfers should plan ahead and stop at the Surf Hut the day before as their hours are more for late risers, opening at 11 am. They close early too, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, or 7:00 pm, depending on the day of the week.
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Argus Village Market!: A Glorified Liquor Store
Argus is basically a liquor store and what beach community would be complete without one?
Logo-ed hats, snacks, convenience store items, ciggarettes, Lotto tickets as well as bait and tackle supplies are sold here. So whether you are staying up the street in a room or just come for a few hours of fishing this is the easiest place to go from the pier for supplies.
What to buy: Drinking alcohol is allowed on the beach in IB--one of the few beaches left in San Diego that does allow it--but glass containers are not allowed. Make sure you buy a plastic container for you liquor too!
Drunkeness is also NOT allowed on the beach!
Now that we got that out of the way, one of the best features is that it is conveniently located if you need bait and tackle.
What to pay: You'll pay more than at the grocery store about four miles up the road and there is a 7/11 convenience store several blocks away, but it's the only one so close to the Pier. You might pay a bit more just because it is so convenient.
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Sound of Beach: Beach Souvenir
Surf-Boards, Boogie-Boards, Sarongs, Bikinis, IB Souvenir Sweats T-Shirts & Post Cards can be found at this eclectic shop.
What makes it eclectic you wonder? Well, it's the food! A variety of authentic Philippino food, from Adobo to Pancit, delicious but unexpected!
Scratch the food! New owner not a cook!
However, they do rent boogie-boards now for $10.00 a day so that would make it worth stopping by for.
Another new owner! I haven't gone in to check things out, but will soon and add the info here. This must be a very challenging location!
What to buy: If nothing else, stop here for your postcards and browse around, surely something will speak to you. It does seem that everyone who has taken over this shop deals more with the souvenir type items. Who knows what will be here when you are?
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Bibbey's Shell Shop: Down By The Sea!
Finally something that is still around!
This shop is not easy to miss. It's a big blue building that (almost) looks like a sea water aquarium! Actually, if you look closer at the paintings you might notice that it is under the IB Pier. The painings are not remarkable, but it does feel as if you're entering an underwater cave as as you pass through the door.
What to buy: I've not been interested in collecting sea shells since the third grade when abalone shells were plentiful and my seahorse died.
However, for those of you who love sea shells and things made from sea shells, this is the place for you! Of course, they sell other things, such as T-shirts, wood carvings, windchimes and other oddities from the ocean that you might think interesting or unusual.
This is especially good for collectors as it is not permitted, at many of the beaches in San Diego, to take even the smallest item away.
What to pay: My motto on this subject is to pay only what you think it's worth.
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