Surf it up and discover the best of Southern California culture with ten miles of uninterrupted coastline and year-round sunny weather that’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts hoping to stand-up paddle board on the Harbour, play volleyball along the Pier, hike through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, bike along the Ocean Strand, and then relax by a beachside bonfire amidst the rays of a gorgeous blood orange sunset after having taken a nice afternoon stroll down Main Street. Drawing over 11 visitors each year, Huntington Beach is no doubt “Surf City USA”—perfect for a weekend getaway, a weeklong vacation, or an even longer stay that’ll have you bathing in endless sunlight, breathing in saltwater fresh air, and taking in a relaxed spirit with a contemporary style unlike any other that you’ll find along the California coast.
With broad sand beaches and a vibrant downtown that’s full of shopping and fine dining, there’s no shortage of things to do in this active, energetic town. Fashionistas will find paradise in stores ranging from local boutiques to national chains and department stores. There’s an equally wide range of dining options, including hundreds of restaurants offering everything from casual to fine dining. What’s more is that life, in this seaside town is said to be lived outdoors, especially along the oceanfront. From sunrise until sunset, you’ll find locals and visitors alike gathering around to surf, play beach volleyball, or walk and bicycle along the infamous paved beach path called the Ocean Strand. What’s more is that the city's got a fantastic green space at the 365-acre Huntington Central Park, which is full of recreation activities such as hiking paths, horseback riding, a sports complex, and even a disc golf course! It even maintains a long withstanding commitment to the environment, especially at the restored Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Huntington Beach Wetlands—both of which are some of SoCal’s most vital areas with more than a couple hundred different bird species.
For those hoping for a bit of pampering, try one of the many day spas in the area offering everything from the ultimate luxury experience to walk-in foot massages at spaces such as the Haven of Wellness for a massage or facial, or the Paséa Hotel & Spa, a new resort that features a Balinese-inspired spa with both indoor and outdoor treatment areas. In the summertime, you’ll even have the chance of checking out the U.S Open of Surfing, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, or other famous sporting events. And don’t forget to head on out to the the Surfing Hall of Fame along the north side of Main Street, beginning in front of Jack's Surfboards, visit the International Surfing Museum, test out your skills at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark, browse the exhibits at the Huntington Beach Art Center or during the town’s monthly Art Walk, as well as take in the street performers during Surf City Nights on Tuesdays or sample local fresh fruit at the Friday afternoon Certified Farmers Market.
There are an array number of excellent day trips from Surf City USA-- which is centrally located to all major attractions in Orange County including the Disney Resorts, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and Repertory Theater, as well as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Los Angeles is located just 35 miles to the northwest and San Diego is just under a hundred miles to the southeast. Plus, with three airports located conveniently nearby, John Wayne/Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there’s tons to do and even more to see.
From full-service resorts offering spectacular ocean views like Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and The Waterfront Beach Resort, to surf inspired boutique hotels just steps from the waves, such as the sophisticated Shorebreak, a Kimpton Hotel located just across from the Pier, it’s super easy and simple to find outstanding spots to stay for your Southern California dream vacation in Huntington Beach.
Wake up to the sounds of Pacific Ocean breezes rustling through those curtains in the early morning and to a nice cup of Joe at one of the many beachside breakfast spots on Main Street. You’ll be up and at em’ on the right side of the bed every single day for sure, even if you choose to stay at more budget-friendly spots like Huntington Surf Inn, Best Western Huntington Beach Inn, or the Sun N' Sands Motel, which are all located within a short walk of downtown Huntington Beach. Those who like to travel with their pooch will find a number of dog-friendly hotels in the area, while campers can flock to one of the many unique beach RV campgrounds such as Huntington By the Sea RV Resort, which provides year-round RV camping just across the street from the beach (and offers amenities including a clubhouse with television, pool and game tables, and a swimming pool!). Remember though, rates tend to be at their lowest in the off-peak season from November to February and during peak summer seasons, be sure to look at some of the locations further from downtown for more awesome options. Book your surfside vacation stay today!
With over 1,121 lane miles of public streets, easy freeway access to three major area airports (Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Orange County Airport, and Long Beach Airport), as well as bus service, rail freight service, and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles located less than twenty miles away, travelers will find peace of mind knowing that there’s always a way to get in and around HB. With help from the Transportation Division of the Department of Public Works, Huntington Beach supports a balanced use of vehicular, pedestrian, transit, and bicycle activity, providing a safe and efficient transportation system that’s perfect for serving the residential, commercial, and industrial needs of the community. Plus, there’s also easy access to major bus lines, such as Greyhound and Trailways, or Amtrak stations in nearby Santa Ana and Anaheim, each approximately twenty minutes away-- as well as a plethora of major highways including the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), the San Diego Freeway (I-405), and Beach Boulevard (Highway 39), which all are great for those hoping to hop into the car for a nice seaside road trip. What’s more is that PCH is one of the most unique highways in America, a national scenic byway stretching from San Diego through Huntington Beach past San Francisco. It’s even been deemed as an “All-American Road” by Congress, so transportation-wise, it’s definitely something worth making a drive out towards!
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