The small city of El Centro, which is the seat of Imperial County in California, has the distinction of being the largest community in the United States to lie entirely below sea level. It has an arid climate with less than three inches of rain a year. But people come to budget hotels in El Centro from all over the country because this location gets more than 350 days of sunshine a year. Winter daytime temperatures are in the mid 70s to mid 80s (F), and night temperatures from the mid 40s to low 50s.
Guests staying in discount hotels in El Centro in March can enjoy the annual Midwinter Fair. It is eight days of games, rides, and arts & crafts. The town’s Old Post Office Pavilion is now home to the El Centro Arts Council. It has ever-changing displays of painting, sculptures and work in other media by local artists and artists from across the country. El Centro is close to the Algodones Dunes, the largest dune field in the United States. Visitors can explore this unique geographic feature through the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (sometimes called Glamis Dunes). The dunes are home to several endemic species of flora and insects. The El Centro Naval Air Station, ten miles west of town, is a training center for the famous Blue Angels Squadron. El Centro is 30 miles from the Salton Sea, one of the world’s largest inland bodies of salt water.