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Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,050 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1-1/2 Baths. Sleeps up to 8, 6 Adults Max.

Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat is a 3-level condo located 1/2 block from the sand in beautiful Imperial Beach, California, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. The beaches are wide and sandy, and Imperial Beach is a laid-back little town, with less traffic and fewer beach crowds than most other beaches in San Diego.

Within a 5-minute walk, you'll find at least 8 casual restaurants, two coffeehouses, two neighborhood taverns, a convenience store, a small grocery, two public parks on the beach, an ice cream parlor, as well as the main lifeguard station, the sheriff's substation, and the Imperial Beach Pier.

The condo includes 1050 square feet (98 square meters) of living space on two levels with an attached two-car garage below.

The garage has a roll-up door and remote opener and is suitable for one large vehicle and one small vehicle. There is a full-size Kenmore washer and properly-vented dryer in the garage. The garage also holds the extensive beach gear, which includes high-quality beach chairs, beach towels, a beach cart, umbrella, body boards for kids and adults, two bicycles and even basic fishing gear (fishing off the Imperial Beach Pier, about 500 yards away, does not require a fishing permit).

The middle level consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen and half bathroom. The living room includes a 47' LCD flat screen TV with HD programming and HBO, DVD/CD player, secure wireless internet (at no additional cost), a leather corner unit and two leather chairs. The dining table includes 6 chairs but will seat 8 comfortably (there are two extra folding chairs). The kitchen includes full-sized refrigerator, gas stove and oven, built-in microwave and dishwasher. All normal housewares are provided including cookware, flatware, plates, glasses, and small appliances. The half bath contains a toilet and a pedestal sink. The small patio in front has two chairs, a cocktail table and a propane-fueled grill.

The top level features two bedrooms separated by a full bathroom. Bedroom #1 has a queen bed, twin bunk beds, a large wardrobe and 3-drawer dresser. Bedroom #2 has a queen bed and a 6-drawer dresser in the large closet. There are also two folding cube mattresses suitable for kids. All sheets and comforters are provided. All beds are in good condition, are comfortable and have good reading lights. Each bedroom has an alarm clock and a ceiling fan. The bathroom was completely renovated in December 2013 and includes a bathtub with tiled surround and tiled wainscoting all around. Lots of clean towels are provided.

The Neighborhood: Imperial Beach is a small, laid-back town of about 25,000 people and it's less busy than most beach areas in San Diego County. There are at least 8 restaurants within a 5-minute walk from the condo. There is a surprisingly well-stocked 7-11 convenience store and a taco shop about 100 yards away, and two coffee houses within 200 yards. There are many fine restaurants including several at the Hotel del Coronado, in the beautiful and very exclusive city of Coronado, located about 7 mile north of Imperial Beach along the 'Silver Strand' that separates the Pacific Ocean from San Diego Bay. The condo is located on Palm Avenue, which is a major street further to the east, but by the time it gets to the beach, it's a two-lane road. To get to the beach from the condo, it's a walk of about 200 yards crossing one street, Seacoast Drive, which is controlled by a three-way stop sign.

The Beach: Imperial Beach has wide sandy beaches, all of which are publicly accessible. The surf is excellent, the area just north of the Imperial Beach Pier and another area about 1 mile south are among the best surfing locations is Southern California. The City of Imperial Beach has been working to emphasize the surfing theme, and the plentiful public art reflects that. There are two beach-front public parks within walking distance of the condo, one at the foot of the Imperial Beach Pier. The pier is about 300 yards long and there's a restaurant at the end. Even at prime time on weekends. it's easy to find a place to set up at Imperial Beach. No alcohol is allowed at the beach or in the public parks and the public places are very family-friendly. Imperial Beach is not a 'party' area compared to other San Diego County beaches such as Mission Beach or Pacific Beach.

More Details

Scott Hamren
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 2, 2018

About Scott Hamren

I'm the owner and operator of the property, my name is Scott Hamren. I bought the condo in 2005 and have been operating it as a short-term rental property since that time. This is the only such property that I own. I make improvements to the condo on a regular basis to keep it looking top-notch. For instance, in December 2013, I worked alongside a contractor friend of mine to completely renovate the main bathroom. In 2014, I upgraded the kitchen with new countertops and installed new carpeting in the stairways and bedrooms. I live about 20 miles away in La Mesa, California and I'm a San Diego native. My goal is to provide a comfortable, relaxed and carefree stay for my guests. I hope you will consider contacting me about the condo, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Scott Hamren purchased this condo in 2005

Why Scott Hamren chose Imperial Beach

When I purchased the property, I was interested in some type of investment property near the beach to exchange with a condo I owned in a less desirable location. Most beach areas in San Diego are very expensive, but Imperial Beach had a reputation as less expensive than other beach areas and so I decided to check it out. I fell in love with it for a variety of reasons and felt it was vastly underrated. Since my purchase, IB has continued to get nicer and nicer - I think it's a great area that continues to improve all the time.


Imperial Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The upstairs full bathroom separates the two bedrooms. The half bath on the middle (living) level has a toilet and a pedestal sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Front bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds in front bedroom.
    Rear Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 child bed , 2 twin folding mattresses
  • The front bedroom has a queen bed, bunk beds, a 3-drawer chest and a wardrobe cabinet. The rear bedroom has a queen bed, two nightstands, two folding foam mattresses suitable for kids, and a large closet with shelving and boxes for clothing. A Pack 'N Play crib is also provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The condo is completely ready for you to simply arrive and start relaxing. Bring your clothes and toiletries - all other necessities are provided. If you have any special request items, let me know, maybe I can provide them for you.


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Imperial Beach Sand and Sea Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Joseph City, AZ


  • 5 of 5

My overall experience for this rental was far above the "5" I listed. This condo was everything advertised and more. The appearance of the property was perfect and the owner had added a few personal touches to make our stay very pleasant. The details on the website matched what we found when we arrived. With the exception of food and clothing, we could have left everything else at home. Towels (lots of towels), toys, a fully stocked kitchen and plenty of beach stuff were perfect. The highlight of the trip was the close (5 minute) walk to the beach. We stayed this past summer and had so much fun that we booked it again this past fall. The owner was easy to work with and available for calls. I would, and have, highly recommended this property to my friends. I hope to stay there again this coming summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2007
  • Stayed: August 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable place!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time in Imperial Beach! The condo had plenty of room and was close to everything. It was nice to have a garage so we never worried about parking even though we really only drove to the San Diego Zoo! We walked everywhere! In the mornings it was so enjoyable to see the beach and the sleepy little town. There are lots of restaurants in the area when we didn’t feel like cooking but when we do cook the kitchen was well equipped. We would definitely love to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Condo at Imperial Beach

  • 5 of 5

Excellent accommodations. We were two but very adequate for a family with children. Plenty of space including bedrooms, living room and kitchen area. Good location as you can reach Coronado or downtown without much traffic. Scott was easy to reach and we had detailed instructions about the unit. Restaurants so so but we are spoiled from trips to Spain, France and Italy. Actually the tacos at Tapatio( 2 blocks) were excellent, real mexican tacos, no cheese added. Highly recommended condo.

Luis Wainstein

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful 1st time experience with VRBO!

  • 5 of 5

Scott was extremely easy and efficient to communicate with providing us with a stress free vacation

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Nice well stocked condo with many details that are important to ensure a great experience. Owner was professional and quick to respond to all questions or concerns. The condo is in a great location, close to the beach and quick access to other parts of San Diego. We will come again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

The place was wonderful. We would not change anything & would love to come back and stay at the same place. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Nearest Barpub
Ye Olde Plank Inn
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Coronado Municipal GC
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak/Santa Fe Depot
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
Multiple Choices
Nearest Beach
Imperial Beach
Car: recommended

Imperial Beach is a small town of about 25,000 people, and is the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. The populated beachfront is about 1.5 miles long. About 7 miles to the north lies the exclusive town of Coronado. There is a nice bike path and you could walk the entire way if you have the energy. To the south is the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the Tijuana River Estuarine Sanctuary, and Border Field State Park. The river estuary is a birdwatchers' paradise, and pelicans, storks and many other interesting birds are daily visitors to the local beaches. The beach can be walked all the way to the US/Mexico border, about 3 miles south of the center of town. The beach south of town is beautiful and basically deserted. Imperial Beach has terrific wide beaches with fine gray-white sand. All beaches have public access. The San Diego area is a great place to visit at any time of the year, with activities to suit just about anyone's tastes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Costs shown are for payment by credit card. The rent and tax costs can be discounted by 2% when paying by check.

Discounts from the prices posted are also available for multiple weeks or multiple months. No tax is required on stays of 30 nights or more. Please contact owner for an exact quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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