Huntington BeachUnited States of America

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Visit Huntington Beach

“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

Sunset Beach
Southbound PCH just south of Warner.  Welcome to HB!
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Sunset Beach

Known for Beaches, Sunsets, Sea

4/5(126 reviews)

You'll love the stunning beaches in Sunset Beach, and you might want to stick around to check out Bolsa Chica State Beach, a top place to visit.

Surfside
Just one of several public access points to Sunset Beach.  Spaced periodically between Anderson street to the north and Warner Ave to the south.
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Surfside

Known for Beaches, Seafood, Dining

4/5(94 reviews)

Visitors highly recommend Surfside for its beaches, and you can make a stop by Surfside Beach while you're in town.

Huntington Harbour
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Huntington Harbour

Known for Beaches, Ports, Boating

The beaches and waterfront are just a few features travelers like about Huntington Harbour. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Seal Beach Pier and Bolsa Chica State Beach are a few top places to visit.

Washington
Board seating
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Washington

4.5/5(18 reviews)

When in Washington, you can plan a visit to Asian Garden Mall and Bella Terra, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Goldenwest
This place has a cozy ambiance and the most tasty treats and meals! The coffee is amazing and the girls that work here are so friendly and helpful
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Goldenwest

When in Goldenwest, you can plan a visit to Bella Terra and Huntington Beach Pier, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Bolsa Chica-Heil
They call this the "Are You kidding Me Grilled Cheese".
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Bolsa Chica-Heil

When in Bolsa Chica-Heil, you can plan a visit to Seal Beach Pier and Asian Garden Mall, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Top Hotels in Huntington Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Huntington Beach
Hotel Huntington Beach
3 out of 5
7667 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
$89
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Bella Terra and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Asian Garden Mall. Golden West College and Huntington Beach ...

3.4/5 (2,160 reviews)

"The Hotel Huntington Beach is a decent hotel in a good location off the freeway that’s reasonably priced. My issue with the place and reason for many, many frowny faces is that I PREPAID the room using Expedia points and when I checked in they still put a $150 HOLD on my card - more than the room ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

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
$197
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,691 reviews)

"Our ocean view room only had a view if you stepped out onto the balcony and looked hard right but management took care of the problem after getting nowhere with the front desk clerk. Our new room had an ant problem but we didn’t notice it until late so we just went with it. Other than that, the hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA
$229
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Huntington Beach, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific City, Huntington Beach Pier, and Huntington ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,946 reviews)

"Very accommodating staff at every level. Hot tub and pool maintained. Valet guy very helpful with restaurant information. His name was Reed. I believe."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

Popular things to do in Huntington Beach

Huntington State Beach
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Huntington State Beach

4.5/5(1,617 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Huntington State Beach, a popular beach in Huntington Beach. Discover the beautiful sunsets and shops in this walkable area.

Huntington Beach Pier
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Huntington Beach Pier

4.5/5(1,504 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Huntington Beach Pier and enjoy activities such as surfing in Huntington Beach. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Main Street
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Main Street

4.5/5(258 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Main Street, a popular shopping spot in Huntington Beach. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Bolsa Chica State Beach
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Bolsa Chica State Beach

4/5(7 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Bolsa Chica State Beach during your travels in Huntington Beach? Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Bella Terra
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Bella Terra

4.5/5(10 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir at Bella Terra during your trip to Huntington Beach. Check out the amusement park and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Golden West College
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Golden West College

Enjoy the collegiate vibe at Golden West College during your visit to Huntington Beach. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Top activities in Huntington Beach

Private Surfing Lesson
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Private Surfing Lesson

$95

Get to know the waters from a prime site of your choice along the beaches of Orange County. This private lesson offers some great insights to help you read ocean conditions, learn about the waves, and brush up on your surfing etiquette as you strike out to tackle big breaks and rolling swells.

ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR
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ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR

$115

Pacific Coast Highway Highlights from and photo destination along Orange County Coast, This tour covers all Orange County Coastal Beachs from Huntington Beach to Dana Point with multiple photo stops along the way Threw Laguna Beach Newport Beach and a auto Ferry crossing in Newport Harbor.

The North OC Craft Brewery Tour
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The North OC Craft Brewery Tour

$79

Experience and taste the best of the best breweries in North OC! Bring your friends and enjoy a day sampling a variety of award-winning craft beers made by our local Orange County breweries.

Operation City Quest of Huntington Beach, CA
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Operation City Quest of Huntington Beach, CA

$10

Using an app on your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 120 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

HOLLYWOOD TO BEVERLY HILLS TOUR FROM ORANGE COUNTY
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HOLLYWOOD TO BEVERLY HILLS TOUR FROM ORANGE COUNTY

$150

.This 8-hour tour begins with hotel pickup at your Orange County hotel, pickup times are fro 7:30am to 8:15 departures..

WALK, WINE & DINE - Main Street Munchies
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WALK, WINE & DINE - Main Street Munchies

$85

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Walk Wine and Dine, 217 Main St The Longboard Restaurant, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 The Longboard Restaurant & Pub: One of HB's iconic restaurants and our favorite local hangout.

Reviews of Huntington Beach

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62.032710280373834%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.023364485981308%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.490654205607477%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2850467289719627%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1682242990654206%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

HB is our happy place!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

I had intentions of going to the dog beach inHuntington Beach however it was raining.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

It’s beautiful and awesome people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

No

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

Lots of things to do near the beach and Main street

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

Growing very fast, not much green areas but the beach are beautiful

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