Haunted Places in Imperial Beach, California



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    San Diego Job Corps

    Imperial Beach, California

    Ghosts are said to live in the dorms here; they grab the feet of those who are fast asleep, open doors, can be heard talking in empty spaces, and one incident involved the ghost of a little girl appearing at someone's bedside. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Otay Valley Regional Park

    San Diego, California

    Locals say that an evil entity is here. It manifests as a dark shadow and is a very intimidating being. One explanation is that it is something that was summoned by an occult gathering. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Las Americas Premium Outlets

    San Diego, California

    4.9 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    This was built over the site of a flood that killed 80 people in 1916. Guests have been pulled and staff have sometimes felt a presence that isn't there. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Bonita Road

    Bonita, California

    6.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    An elderly man (believed to be a hit and run victim) manifests in the backseats of people's car while they travel down this road. Once off of it, he is gone. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Hotel del Coronado

    Coronado, California

    7.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    The tales of the Hotel del Coronado are remarkably consistent and their ghost has a name: Kate Morgan a young woman who checked in to the Hotel del Coronado and committed suicide with a gunshot wound to her head. There is no suspicion that it might have been ...


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    Villa Montezuma

    San Diego, California

    8.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Villa Montezuma was built in 1887 for musician Jesse Shepherd, who is believed to still linger here in spirit. Shepherd was known for an ability to "channel" the spirits of deceased musicians while playing, and some believe this has pulled negative energy into the house. At one time, Shepherd reportedly ...


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    Horton Grand Hotel

    San Diego, California

    9.2 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Room 309 is allegedly haunted by a ghost they call Roger Whitaker. Although the hotel has been relocated, and it is not claimed that "Roger" actually died in the hotel or in that room, people claim there is an unearthly presence that causes the wardrobe doors to open of ...


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    William Heath Davis House Museum

    San Diego, California

    9.2 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Furniture moves around by itself, shadows are seen all around, apparitions have been picked up on camera, and EVPs have also been recorded. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    U.S. Grant Hotel

    San Diego, California

    9.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    An apparition has apparently been seen walking the hallways. Maids also report that items will move of their own volition, often seeming to move in an instant when your back is turned.


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    Old Point Loma Lighthouse

    San Diego, California

    9.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    People have reported the footsteps and moaning of the former lighthouse keeper. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    USS Midway

    San Diego, California

    9.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Over 30 ghosts are said to be here. Some of the crew has experienced or seen the spirits said to be on here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    El Cortez

    San Diego, California

    9.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    This building once was residence to homeless people and drug addicts; it is said that several deaths have occurred here. A ghostly little boy and a woman (believed to be his mother) have both been seen here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Star of India

    San Diego, California

    10.1 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Star of India, originally the Euterpe, is a restored historic 1863 sailing ship with more than a few mysteries under its sails. Its fascinating history is detailed at its docking place, the Maritime Museum of San Diego. It is thought to be haunted by many ghosts, including John Campbell, a ...


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    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

    San Diego, California

    10.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, aka Point Loma National Cemetery, is rumored to be haunted by apparitions of soldiers who come out of their graves to look out over the cliffs and make sure their country is secure before returning to their graves.


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    PSA Flight 182 Crash Site

    San Diego, California

    11 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    In 1978, an airplane crashed into this neighborhood killing 144 people. A local highschool and airport hangar were temporary morgues after the accidents and are also said to house a weird feeling inside of them. Some people who live at the site complain about knocking sounds, objects disappearing, and voices ...


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    Pioneer Park

    San Diego, California

    12 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    4,000 people are buried here, but the headstones have since been removed for the most part. One of them was a woman who would walk around at night. People also report feeling watched when they are here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Whaley House

    San Diego, California

    12.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Built by Thomas Whaley in 1857, this home once included the town's courthouse, general store, granary, theater and morgue. It is now a National Historic Landmark and museum, and folks say it's haunted by the ghosts of Whaley family members and the spirit of another man who was reportedly hanged ...


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    Casa de Estudillo

    San Diego, California

    12.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    This historic house is said to be haunted by its namesake family, the Estudillos. The house has been featured on the TV show Ghost Adventures.


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    Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant

    San Diego, California

    12.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Featured on TV's Ghost Adventures, the 1827 building that houses the Cosmopolitan is said to be haunted. It was originally built by Juan Lorenzo Bandini, his young daughter died in the home, and her bed and rocking chair remain in the house. The chair has been known to rock by ...


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    El Fandango Restaurant

    San Diego, California

    12.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    El Fandango's building is relatively new, but the land on which it sits was the site of the Machado family mansion, which was destroyed by fire in 1858. It is believed that the ghost who was once seen here may have had something to do with the area's past. The ...


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    Robinson Rose House

    San Diego, California

    12.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Robinson Rose House was built in 1853 by Judge James W. Robinson, and the building was later used as a newspaper office, a railroad office, and other such offices. By 1987 nothing was left of the original building, so it was rebuilt using records and photos to look as it ...


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    Proctor Valley Road

    Chula Vista, California

    12.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    If you follow this road, it becomes more and more desolate. There are four stories about the cases of paranormal activity you'll possibly encounter. The first two involve women, one being a woman in blue who is seen crying for help, and the other is said to be a banshee ...


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    Presidio Park

    San Diego, California

    12.9 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    The ghost of a deer named Lucy is reported here. It is also said that this location was used for Satanic rituals and ghosts of hooded figures have been seen near the walls. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Mt. Helix Park

    La Mesa, California

    14.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A woman in a Victorian dress has been seen and heard crying before she disappears. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Windansea Beach

    San Diego, California

    19.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Two surfer ghosts are reported here. Bob Simmons, known for redesigning the surfboard to its current form, died while catching some waves. Chris O'Rourke, another surfer, died of cancer and was scattered in the ocean. Both of them are seen or felt surfing, usually giving off a very pleasant feeling. (Submitted ...


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    The Comedy Store - La Jolla

    San Diego, California

    20 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A dark and possibly sinister shadow is seen, cold spots are felt, and sometimes, objects move by themselves. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Herringbone

    San Diego, California

    20.4 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Former owner C. Arnholt Smith, aka "Mr. San Diego," is believed to haunt Herringbone. Smith was a businessman and the first owner of the San Diego Padres. He used this property as a car dealership and then a wine business run by his son in the 1970s, but the building ...


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    Grande Colonial La Jolla

    San Diego, California

    20.5 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    The staff will get phone calls coming from unoccupied rooms; on the other end of the phone is pure silence. Even when staff go to check on the rooms, they will still be empty. In the North Annex, footsteps, voices, and banging sounds are commonly heard despite no one else ...


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    Brockton Villa Restaurant

    San Diego, California

    20.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    It is believed that Dr. Joseph Rhodes, a physician who died in a boating accident, is still here. Objects commonly disappear and reappear in other places throughout the building. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    McDonald's

    San Diego, California

    20.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    At this McDonald's, employees say strange things happened after closing time. Tubs of mustard and straws were thrown across the room, and a depiction of Satan was said to have been made in the wood of a bathroom stall door. The door has since been replaced.


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    Cara Way

    San Diego, California

    24.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Cara Knott was a bright and beloved woman murdered by a corrupt police officer named Craig Alan Peyer. Since her death, a memorial has been started parallel to the 15 Freeway with many markers for other tragic deaths. A very high psychic energy is felt here and EVP's and high ...


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    Del Mar Racetrack

    Del Mar, California

    28.5 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Most people report seeing a ball of light that travels through doors. Other activity here include shadows (which are also caught on camera), disembodied voices, cold spots, and lights flickering. The fifth floor is said to be the most active. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Mt. Woodson Castle

    Ramona, California

    31.1 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A woman named Amy Strong finished this building in 1921. Since her death (in 1950), she is thought to still be here, as is a builder who is heard scratching on rocks outside. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Heaven's Gate Suicide House

    Rancho Santa Fe, California

    32.3 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    In this house, Marshall Applewhite convinced his followers to commit suicide in 1997. Years later, an eerie feeling lurks over here and some followers might be here as well. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

    Escondido, California

    34.4 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A woman in white is most commonly seen floating along the trails. Native Americans that once inhabited this area are also said to roam these grounds, sometimes seen hanging in the trees. Mysterious voices heard in this area are also attributed to an asylum that is said to have burned ...


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    Lake Morena Campground

    Campo, California

    35.3 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Rumor has it that in a wooded area near Lake Morena Campground, the ghost of a young woman in a long white dress appears. Some have also heard a woman's voice laughing and singing or footsteps around their tents at night. An orb has shown up in a photograph taken ...


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    Juvenile Ranch Facility

    Campo, California

    37.3 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    This used to be the site of Camp Lockett, an old military base; it is now a home for runaways and meant to give them skills for careers. The smell of smoke accompanies the spirit of a protective old man (said to prevent children from hurting themselves). He is heard ...


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    North County Times

    Escondido, California

    37.4 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A little girl and glowing lights have been seen in this building. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Carlsbad Lagoon

    Carlsbad, California

    41 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    This site used to be a cemetery between 1885 and 1906. Full-bodied apparitions are seen along the lagoon and sometimes mysterious voices are heard mumbling. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Old Santa Fe Depot

    Carlsbad, California

    41.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Noises come from upstairs and someone is said to be seen moving at the corner of visitors' eyes. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

    Carlsbad, California

    42 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Guests and staff report feeling watched or as if someone if behind them. A shadow has been seen in the administrative office and an ecto mist is a common site in the courtyard. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Twin Inns Carlsbad Village

    Carlsbad, California

    42.1 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A little girl wearing out of date clothing is seen here, some even believe it may be a group of children. Unexplained noises are also frequent here. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Plaza Cinema 4 - Moviemax

    Carlsbad, California

    42.8 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Formerly Plaza Cinema 4 and now Moviemax, theater 3 is said to be haunted. A trashcan once rolled up the aisle for no apparent reason, and employees' names have been whispered by something unseen.


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    Hunter Steakhouse

    Oceanside, California

    43.2 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Hunter Steakhouse was built on the site of the Buena Vista Cemetery, and rumor has it some spirits remained when their graves were moved. A female spirit is said to haunt the stairs to the bar area, and several others like the storage room above the lower dining area/entrance. On ...


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    Julian Gold Rush Hotel

    Ramona, California

    45.3 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    The hotel was previously a restaurant in the 1880’s, until it was refurbished and commenced operations as a hotel in 1897. Evidently, its original owners are reluctant to leave, as Albert, with a pipe in his mouth, has been seen in mirrors. In the upstairs rooms, lace doilies and ...


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    Rancho Guajome Adobe

    Vista, California

    45.6 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    One of the former owners, Ysidora, is said to be here and could possibly be the reason people hear crying the chapel. A male figure has also been seen on the grounds and might possibly have been the skeleton discovered hidden within these walls during a renovation in the 1970's. Submitted ...


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    Vallecito Stage Station County Park

    Julian, California

    51.7 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    A weakly woman on her way to Sacramento died here mid-trip. A woman is seen in a white dress and it is believed to be this woman. Many other ghosts are said to be on this trail ranging from a phantom stagecoach, the ghost of a horse, and mysterious lights. Submitted ...


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    Camp Pendleton - Area 41

    Oceanside, California

    52.3 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Area 41, they say, is haunted by a Marine who shot himself in distress when his fiancee left him. You may see him move objects around, or hear him hum the thinking tune from the TV show "Jeopardy."


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    Live Oak Park

    Fallbrook, California

    54.1 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    According to locals, there are some large boulders in Live Oak Park that Native Americans in used long ago to grind acorns to make bread. The indentations worn into the rocks by the process can still be seen. Reports say that the local police department has received dozens of calls ...


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    Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery

    Fallbrook, California

    56.4 miles from Imperial Beach, CA

    Some witnesses have said that when they touched the trees in Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery, they felt a hot surge of energy.


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