Better known as Surf City, it boasts the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach on the West Coast. The city has a lot of attractions, parks, theaters, malls and restaurants – but let’s faces it: the main attraction will always be the beach.
There are several beaches to choose from, each one with its own personality. Some of them are managed by the city and others are part of the State Park system.
Huntington City Beach (and Pier)
The Pier @ Main Street is the most popular beach in HB. It is usually very busy – and for a good reason. A wide sandy beach, very clean with fire pits and barbeques. Nice surf most days of the year and plenty of surfers making the best of it.
If you love beach volleyball, you can either jump in and play a few games – or just watch various teams beating the ball around the net.
On some days it gets too crowded on this stretch of beach because of surfing or volleyball competitions. Checkout out the calendar before you make your way here.
My favorite place is Zack’s because they have a large selection of bikes, surfboards and body boards. They also have a good selection of snacks and sandwiches for the hungry.
If you don’t feel like fast food, you can walk a few steps to several good restaurants. Two of them are right on the beach. Others are on Main Street.
Parking can be a challenge. Especially on the weekend. If you get here early enough, you might be lucky to find a parking spot right on the beach. Otherwise, just head to one of the parking structure around Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
Huntington Dog Beach
A paradise for dogs and dog lovers. It is located along Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Ave and 21st Street, right under a cliff.
Even if you don’t own a dog you can come here to watches dogs training their owners how to catch a Frisbee or a ball.
Bolsa Chica State Beach
This beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street – to the north of the pier.
Across the street you can find Bolca Chica Wildlife Preserve. A protected wetlands area with a large variety of birds, small animals and plants. Read more here
Huntington State Beach
This is another great beach for swimming and body boarding. Surfing is limited to designated areas, giving swimmers more room to have fun.
At this beach you will find a lot of fire rings, Barbeques, restrooms and showers. It is also wheelchair accessible – with ramps and designated disabled parking areas.
This is located along Pacific Coast Highway, between Beach Boulevard and Brookhurst Street – to the south of the Pier.
Huntington Beach has one of the best beach bike trails in Orange County. It is paved, safe and very long. The trail starts from the Santa Ana River at the south end of the state beach and runs through the city of HB, then continues north through Bolsa Chica state beach. It runs for 8 miles of mostly level and paved ground.
You can extend your ride by continuing through Sunset Beach to the north or Newport Beach to the south.
You don't have to bring your own bike. You can rent one at Zack's.
Cars are bikes are not allowed on the pier, so you can enjoy a peaceful stroll on the pier. Along the way you will find a few shops offering souvenirs and kites.
Towards the end of the pier you will find Ruby’s restaurant. The food is acceptable, but the views are amazing.
When you reach Ruby’s, this is not the end of the Pier. Keep going around it to get to the very tip of the pier and enjoy an unobstructed view of the ocean.
Pacific City Mall
The mall has some anchor stores like H&M and Tommy Bahama as well as unique boutiques like Chico Hats and Molly Brown's Swimwear.
You can also find some great restaurants like Ola Mexican Kitchen which serves tasty Mexican fare with amazing views of the ocean.
Another good choice for dinner is the Old Crow Smokehouse which serves a variety of barbequed meats and fish.
- Sun, Sand & Surf: The Ultimate Guide To Orange County Beaches
- Afoot & Afield Orange County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide
- Huntington Beach - Then and Now
Huntington Beach hosts many popular events throughout the year. Check their calendar here to up-to-date info.
Here are some of the events worth mentioning:
Every Friday 10 am to 7 pm. Arts, crafts, and handmade gifts. Sometimes extended into the weekend.
Surf City Nights:
Every week on Tuesday 5 pm to 9 pm. Farmer's market, bounce house, street performers (musical and non-musical acts), restaurant samplings, sidewalk sales and specials from local restaurants
Surf City Blues, Brews & BBQ:
At the microbrewery "Brew Bakers". Every 3rd Saturday.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Mesa Tour:
Every third Sunday of every month (10 a.m.)
4th of July Parade
A 2-hour parade that starts from PCH and Main and a fireworks show at 9 PM.Huntington Beach, CA
300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Surf city website www.surfcityusa.com
Official city website: www.huntingtonbeachca.gov
Some photos are from Wikipedia