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Weekend Escape: Imperial Beach buffs up its image
Weekend Escape: Imperial Beach buffs up its image

Imperial Beach, at the southwest corner of the United States and a short hop from Tijuana, is the poor cousin of Southern California beach towns. Dicey areas have detracted from attractive, sandy beaches and good surfing, so the city is trying to burnish its image. My husband and I enjoyed the redeveloped pier area and the surfing-inspired artworks, especially "Surfhenge," the city's signature public art piece. There has been little in the way of lodging to entice tourists, but a new upscale hotel and restaurant is changing that. The tab: Summer weekend room rates at Pier South Resort start at $319 a night; meals for two cost us about $100. The bed Pier South Resort (800...

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