Huntington Beach, CA

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“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

Hotel Huntington Beach
Hotel Huntington Beach
3 out of 5
7667 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647
The price is $125 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Huntington Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,760 reviews)
"Nice, convenient, safe area. Rooms are nice, but could use some tlc."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Hotel Huntington Beach
Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
The price is $449 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Huntington Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,047 reviews)
"Amazing stay! Beautiful great staff"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
The price is $329 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Huntington Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"I enjoyed the hotel and the amenities. Also that is was close to the beach."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort, an IHG 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.
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Luxury Condo❤️ E-Bikes🚴🏾‍♂️ 3Blks2Beach 🌅75”4kTV 😎CLEAN
Huntington Beach, CA
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Huntington Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Huntington Beach Pier and Bella Terra ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great stay!
"Great location, responsive owners and clean house! Cannot wait to stay again!"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

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Huntington Beach Studio Blocks To The Beach And Downtown Studio Bedroom Apts
Huntington Beach Studio Blocks To The Beach And Downtown Studio Bedroom Apts
3.5 out of 5
512 14th Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Huntington Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a bathtub or shower. Popular attractions Huntington Beach Pier and Bella ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"We loved how close the rental was to the ocean and how private it was! The studio had everything we needed and we really appreciated the complimentary snacks!"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Huntington Beach Studio Blocks To The Beach And Downtown Studio Bedroom Apts
Surf City Beach Cottage - 2 Short Blocks To Beach. Quiet Downtown HB Location.
Surf City Beach Cottage - 2 Short Blocks To Beach. Quiet Downtown HB Location.
Huntington Beach, CA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Huntington Beach. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Wonderful Stay!
"We were in this property for nearly 9 months while our new house was built. The owners were so prompt to fix any minor thing that broke, the place as always professionally cleaned and the neighbors were so wonderful with our little kids. Cannot say enough nice things about our stay."

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Surf City Beach Cottage - 2 Short Blocks To Beach. Quiet Downtown HB Location.
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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