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Huntington Beach’s coast is eight miles of sand divided into four distinct beach areas. From the north:
Known as Surf City, U.S.A., Huntington Beach is all about the ocean. The city’s shops are full of clothes designed for beach wear and surf gear. Most destinations are within walking distance of the pier and California’s lifeguards are trained in Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is about an hour south of Los Angeles International Airport, 20 minutes west of John Wayne (Orange County) International Airport and an hour southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Huntington Beach Accommodations
The Best Western Huntington Beach Inn , located on Pacific Coast Highway, is just north of the pier. The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort is located just across PCH from the beach south of the pier. About a mile and half inland from the pier, you’ll find Best Western Regency Inn , a comfortable hotel, away from the beach crowds. Huntington Beach's newest lodging, the Shorebreak Hotel has a beach butler to set you up for your day on the beach.
Huntington Beach Food
For casual dining, The Longboard Restaurant & Pub has great burgers and fish and chips. At happy hour, visit the Tiki bar at the Kona restaurant (formerly Sam’s Seafood). Duke’s restaurant, located at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier, is named in tribute swimming and surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku. Next door to Duke’s, if you’re in the mood for steaks with an amazing ocean view, try Savannah at the Beach.
Huntington Beach Activities
Take a stroll down Main Street for surf shops and beach boutiques. Huntington Surf and Sport has four stores in Huntington Beach. The Strand, Huntington Beach’s newest mall, just opposite the pier, is a multi-use development (retail, office space) and connected to the Shorebreak Hotel. Inland, in the city of Orange, The Block at Orange is an outdoor mall, complete with a skatepark.
The International Surfing Museum has permanent and special exhibits as well as the Surfing Walk of Fame. Each year in July, a select few are inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame.
Fishing is free off the Huntington Beach Pier. Join in a game of volleyball or basketball on one of the public courts next to the pier. North of the pier, take a bike ride on the path north of the pier. California State provides lifeguards to Huntington and Bolsa Chica State Beaches during the summer months. Check with lifeguards prior to your ocean adventure. Locations for allowable activities (including surfing and skimboarding) can change due to current weather and water conditions and signs aren’t always obvious. Note that, due to crowds, surfing is not allowed during the summer months on Huntington State Beach. Try kitesurfing, combining surfing with wind power. Huntington Beach has the perfect waves for bodyboarding and bodysurfing.
Huntington Beach Transportation
Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) currently provides nine regional routes in Huntington Beach.
Huntington Beach Annual Events
Annual Wavecrest Woody Cruiser Meet
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament
- June through August
Pro/Am Surf Series Surfing Competition
U.S. Open of Surfing
Oktoberfest at Old World Village