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El-Centro is located east of San Diego and is the commercial hub for Imperial County, of which it is the county seat. It lies within the agriculturally rich Imperial Valley, where a once barren desert has been transformed into productive farmland that produces tomatoes, sugar beets, melons and lettuce. Imperial County extends over 4,500 square miles, bordering Mexico on the south, Riverside County to the north, San Diego County to the west and the state of Arizona to the east. The terrain varies from 235 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to 4,500 feet at Blue Angel Peak, and the climate is hot and dry with little moisture. Activities abound in the area, including hiking and back packing, horseback riding, camping, rockhounding and gold panning. Some of the most popular points of interest include the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and the Algodones Sand Dune System, two of largest sand dune systems in the United States. The Imperial has some crests that reach over 300 feet, and both offer opportunities for solitude, unique photographs and a chance to view rare plants and animals. Other places to visit near El Centro are the Tumco Historic Mine Site, Mesquite Mine and Overlook and Interpretive Trail, the Yuha Basin and the Indian Pass Road and Wilderness Area.

Surrounding areas: Imperial, California (3.9 mi)

El Centro Vacation Rentals




El Centro Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western John Jay Inn2352 S 4TH StEl Centro, CA (760) 337-8677
Brunners Motel215 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA (760) 352-6431
Comfort Inn & Suites2354 S 4th StEl Centro, CA (561) 845-8899
Econo Lodge330 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA (760) 353-0030
Executive Inn Of El Centro725 State StEl Centro, CA (760) 352-8500
Howard Johnson1575 Ocotillo DrEl Centro, CA (760) 336-2979
Laguna Inn2030 Cottonwood CirEl Centro, CA (760) 353-7750
Motel 6395 Smoketree DrEl Centro, CA (760) 353-6766
Ramada Inn Of El Centro1455 Ocotillo AveEl Centro, CA (800) 805-4000
Rodeway Inn & Suites455 Wake AveEl Centro, CA (760) 352-6620
Superstar Inn611 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA (706) 352-0715
Vacation Inn El Centro2000 CottonwoodEl Centro, CA (760) 352-9523
Best Western Imperial Valley Inn1093 Airport BlvdImperial, CA3.1 mi.(760) 355-4500
Best Western John Jay Inn2421 Scaroni RdCalexico, CA7.6 mi.(760) 768-0442
Holiday Inn Express2501 Scaroni RdCalexico, CA7.7 mi.(760) 768-6048
Quality Inn801 Imperial AveCalexico, CA9.0 mi.(760) 357-3271
Don Juan Motel344 E 4TH StCalexico, CA9.4 mi.(760) 357-3231
Barbara Worth Golf Resort2050 Country CLB DrHoltville, CA10.7 mi.(760) 356-2806
Townhouse Lodge135 Main StBrawley, CA12.9 mi.(760) 344-5120
Travel Inn300 W Main StBrawley, CA12.9 mi.(760) 344-2810
Motel 6 #108572562 Twentynine Palms HwyTwenty Nine Palms, CA14.1 mi.(760) 367-2833
Super 8 Motel351 West Main StWestmorland, CA17.3 mi.(760) 351-7100

El Centro Weather & Climate

The desert region of southern California has a climate that is hot and dry, with lows sometimes dipping into the mid 30s in January and highs of 110 in the summer. There is very little rain here; an average yearly rainfall is only 2.92 inches with 25 percent average relative humidity. The terrain varies from 235 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to over 4,000 feet at the Blue Angel Peak. This region borders on Mexico to the south, Riverside County to the north, San Diego County on the west and the State of Arizona on the east. The city of El Centro, which is located in this area, has a motto that says, "Where the sun spends the winter," this is an apt description in this region where the sun shines almost every day of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 70°F 41°F 0.51 in. -
February 74°F 44°F 0.36 in. -
March 79°F 48°F 0.31 in. -
April 86°F 53°F 0.05 in. -
May 94°F 60°F 0.03 in. -
June 103°F 68°F 0.01 in. -
July 107°F 75°F 0.06 in. -
August 105°F 76°F 0.32 in. -
September 101°F 70°F 0.36 in. -
October 90°F 59°F 0.35 in. -
November 78°F 47°F 0.17 in. -
December 69°F 40°F 0.43 in. -

El Centro Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Imperial County airport (IPL) located about 3 miles northwest of El Centro, the Holtville airport (L04) located approximately 17 miles east of El Centro in Holtville, California, the Borrego Valley airport (L08) located roughly 54 miles northwest of El Centro in Borrego Springs, California, the Jacqueline Cochran Regional airport (TRM) located around 67 miles northwest of El Centro in Palm Springs, California, and finally the Blythe airport (BLH) located about 75 miles northeast of El Centro in Blythe, California.

El Centro Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA81.3 mi.
 
Water Parks
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA91.5 mi.
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA118.6 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Broken Spoke Country ClubEl CentroCA 
Lakeview Golf CourseEl CentroCA 
Del Rio Country ClubBrawleyCA15.2 mi.
 
Zoos and Aquariums
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA79.6 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA92.8 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA92.8 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA92.8 mi.


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