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Huntington Beach, CA
Travel Guide

Huntington Beach showing tropical scenes, street scenes and a city

“Surf City USA’’ has the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront on the West Coast.

Surf City is proud of its casual and cool beach community vibe. Almost 200,000 people call this city home. While the beach and surfing breaks are the biggest attraction for the 11 million visitors here a year, there is plenty to do out of the water as well.

The city’s 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) long shoreline is divided into four separate beaches. Huntington City Beach, a 3.5-mile (six-kilometer) stretch closest to the shopping and dining district, attracts the biggest crowds. Lifeguards patrol the waters from dawn-to-dusk year-round. They are usually a friendly source of information on their city.

Downtown Main Street is the major hub for shopping and dining. Make use of the free Wi-Fi, complimentary of the city council, available in cafés, shops, and even outside on the sidewalk of the first three blocks of Main Street. You’ll have access to an Internet browser with information on local dining, shopping, events and parking.

Every Tuesday night Main Street is closed to traffic and transforms into an outdoor carnival called Surf City Nights. This free event includes live music, street performers and sidewalk stalls. If you are lucky, your visit may coincide with a concert or exhibition at the outdoor amphitheater, the Pier Plaza. Just off Main Street on Olive Avenue, pay a small fee to see the International Surfing Museum where the local history of this classic Southern California sport is displayed in memorabilia and rotating exhibits.

In summer, the city stages many sporting events — surfing championships, beach volleyball contests, biathlons and more. Huntington Beach is the site for the U.S. Open of Surfing in July, and the city buzzes with visitors from all over the world. There’s action in the water and on land, including music events and skateboarding competitions.

The Huntington Beach Pier is the symbolic heart of the city and another hive of activity. Shop for souvenirs, watch locals reel in fish over the balustrades or join the crowds who gather along the pier to watch the sun set. Perched on the end of the 1,800-foot (549-meter) long pier is the iconic Ruby’s Diner. It’s set on a diamond-shaped platform that gives the illusion you are sitting on the water’s surface.

Huntington Beach is about a 30-minute drive from Santa Ana, directly north of Newport Beach.

Where to stay in Huntington Beach

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is $300 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Huntington Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Huntington Beach Pier and Huntington State Beach. Balboa Pier ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,255 reviews)
"I loved everything!! Great ameneties, great location."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Hotel Huntington Beach
Hotel Huntington Beach
3 out of 5
7667 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is $99 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Golden West College and Bella Terra. Asian Garden Mall is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
3.7/5Good! (1,528 reviews)
"It was a very nice stay and I would definitely come back. It was in a great location with plenty of parking. The beds were comfortable, staff was very nice but unfortunately, our room didn't have a mini-fridge which was unusual for me being the only hotel I've stayed at this year without one but ..."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Hotel Huntington Beach
The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
21100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is $229 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
With direct access to the beach, this Huntington Beach resort is within a 15-minute walk of Pacific City, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street. International ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,061 reviews)
"Very nice 👍 place, will return!"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
FREE Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, WIFI, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
FREE Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, WIFI, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
Huntington Beach, CA
This family-friendly Huntington Beach vacation home is located in Yorktown, within 2 mi (3 km) of Main Street and Huntington Beach Pier. Huntington State Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Fun at the dolphin house
"Very pleased with James and his property. Lots of fun amenities to keep everyone happy. Spotless rental with everything close by. Couldn’t be happier with our stay. Would recommend to anyone coming to the Huntington Beach area."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

FREE Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, WIFI, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
Adorable Beach House 5 Blocks From the Beach With two car Garage and Wifi
Adorable Beach House 5 Blocks From the Beach With two car Garage and Wifi
Huntington Beach, CA
Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street. Bolsa Chica ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Relaxing hideaway
"This is a lovely, quiet home. Easy to move into & feel relaxed in its 50's style."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Adorable Beach House 5 Blocks From the Beach With two car Garage and Wifi
THE WHITE HOUSE Ocean view roof top Jacuzzi, 7 bikes, just remodeled.
THE WHITE HOUSE Ocean view roof top Jacuzzi, 7 bikes, just remodeled.
Huntington Beach, CA
This family-friendly Huntington Beach vacation home is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Main Street and Huntington Beach Pier. Bolsa Chica ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Gorgeous house & perfect location!
"My family & I had a great time staying at this gorgeous beach house. It was better than described & it was in a perfect walking or biking location to the beach. Only wish the time hadn’t gone so quick! I’ll definitely save this listing for any future trips."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

THE WHITE HOUSE Ocean view roof top Jacuzzi, 7 bikes, just remodeled.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Huntington Beach

4.5

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 61.23650637880275%
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4 - Good 30.12757605495584%
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3 - Okay 6.182531894013739%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 6, 2020

the beach was amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Drive thru at a fast food place was very fast and efficient.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

I didn’t get a chance to see the area as or stay was too quick.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

I luv this area the hotel was disappointing for the price maybe if they had more staff I would have been asked if I needed anything or not ran out of items in their menu or the pool would have been clean. I don’t know

4/5 - Good

Michelle

May 11, 2020

Got to see a seal sun bathing right on the beach pretty cool

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

I lived in the Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach area from 1969 through 1980. All my school friends are still in the area - My trip was to celebrate my birthday with my friends. When the no traveling ban is lifted I will rebook.

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