An interesting moment at the beach. This shot was taken just as a sky writer completed a nicely symmetrical heart just above lifeguard tower 21. #Waterlust Photo Challenge Just one of several public access points to Sunset Beach. Spaced periodically between Anderson street to the north and Warner Ave to the south. Fast food doesn't get any better. Cheeseburgers, animal-style fries and a chocolate shake. Can't believe I didn't know about this joint the whole 3 years I lived in HB. Guess, they're good at keeping it a secret from the transplants!
Expect a long wait, best to call and order ahead. The food though is delish! It's def a super chill surfer vibe at this spot, so they aren't rushing for anything, but the cheesy empty goodness will be worth it. Get something with grilled shrimp, also the cookies are clutch. YEWWW! OK, the comedy portion of our Bolsa Chica show is over. Time for the aria.
This would probably have been the best photograph I had ever taken of a Great Egret, bar none. The blinding epaulets you see on his shoulder are an indication that the highlights have been clipped.
I generally have nothing but praise for my little Fujifilm X30, but I need to say this: you have to babysit the exposure like a worried grandmother or you'll get bitten in the end.
I burned 30% of the egret out of existence using what I thought would be a relatively safe exposure of f/4.5 at 1/2000 in Aperture mode. The Fuji had another plan.
To compensate for later photos, I tweaked it down to f/7.1 and that's where the weeping and wailing will begin... Questa o quella
For this one in particular, I could haul out the hair shirt and walk around muttering in Latin. It's a Snowy Egret high-tailing across the shallows to dodge a pair of Black-necked Stilts (more on those bullies later).
What I have in my mind's eye is what I saw when I was standing there. What you have is a metaphor, but at least you get to see it.
Notice something: the Great Egret has black feet and an orange beak. Take a look at this character and see if you don't notice a difference. Afterglow, right after sunset on Bolsa Chica beach. #Waterlust Photo Challenge Estimated location. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks! As with every wildlife area I visited while in Orange County, the landscape was as varied as it was beautiful. @scuba Mami here is me holding one of Long Beaches non stinging jellies!
At the interpretive center. Sea Star engulfing a Mussel and preparing to consume it. A member of the interpretive center staff held this Sea Star for a very long time while I took a series of shots. California squirrels are the size of camels. If you think that sounds ridiculous, you have to ask yourself: have you ever seen the two of them in the same place?
I rest my case.
OK, maybe not the size of camels, but the California Ground Squirrel is impressive enough to make you do a double-take the first time you see one. It would have given my cat something to talk about for weeks.
They aren't necessarily happy about having people around, though I've heard that there are plenty of examples (as there are everywhere on the planet) of individuals who have acclimated themselves to the kindness of strangers. It's inevitable, I guess.
This one is of the former variety, and literally leapt off the small cliffside near the path after taking a running jump to get away from us. Fortunately, he parked himself among the flowers and started going to town on some unknown variety of squirrel alimentation.
No doubt about it. He's really enjoying himself. Sunset at Seal Beach. #colorful Operational Oil Rig: This massive superstructure, located between Long Beach and Catalina Island, is covered in life and home to many a seal. Fantastic opportunity for an adventurous scuba diver. #LifeatExpedia This is a Side-blotched Lizard, the name of which will be more obvious when I post a later photo. They are everywhere in the preserve, and they don't generally seem to fear people, as long as you know how to approach them.
Fear and common sense are two different things, so past a certain implicit distance, they will bolt and disappear.
But it was surprising how often they'd just sit and wait while I clicked away for minutes at a time. A great place to Skimboard or surf at. Great winter beach that takes in the WNW and NW swells. Showers are available and is close to the town and PCH. The population of Ravens at the preserve was surprisingly large. Come to think of it, the population of Ravens all over Orange County wildlife property numbered easily in the thousands. They pretty much rule the skies, ganging up on larger birds to keep them out of their territory.
They aren't particularly small themselves, as I can attest from my observations at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in Washington State. So discretion on the part of the hawks and vultures and Osprey seems to be the order of the day. One of two remaining gun turret bases left over from the Second World War. The military fixed two six-inch gun turrets at Bolsa Chica and built two underground bunkers in preparation for any attack by Japan on the southern coast of California.
The guns were never fired in battle, but they used to practice with them regularly. What a flippin' sound that would have made.
I would have paid to hear them once, then paid twice as much to have them shut down for good.
By the way, what you see across Highway 1 in the distance is the northern-most part of Huntington Beach. This little cupcake shop is absolutely adorable. I am not much of a sweets person myself, but I couldn't turn down this bacon cupcake. They specialize in hundreds of different cupcakes and even won cupcake wars on the food network! They will be going to championships in a few weeks. This one's for you, Richard, a California King Snake in the early stages of molting. We had entered the interpretive center to watch the daily feeding of the marine animals and later, the feeding of the snakes. I wasn't really looking forward to the latter, since it would involve the death of some small rodent, but, as it turns out, a shedding snake is not a hungry snake. So the tiny little white mouse was spared.
And, as a bonus, we were able to watch the beginning stages of the molt, which was pretty darned cool.
Check the daily schedule of feeding times before you go if you're hoping to watch a feeding. The time can vary from day to day. Seal Beach Car Show. Porsche No point in burying the lead here. Bolsa Chica is all about the animals. As it turns out, it is also all about the camera you happen to have on board to capture the animals, but that is another story.
This is one of California's newest ecological reserves, completed just nine years ago on land formerly owned by Standard Oil and the Bolsa Chica Gun Club -- I kid you not. Over the years it has been, among other things, a defense post for the West Coast in case of Japanese invasion during WWII (complete with bunkers and the turrets for 6-inch guns, the bases of which still exist).
It was only through the dogged effort of a community-based conservation group that the wetlands park which exists today ever came to be.
Which is odd, because when you walk out into the 1,200-acre preserve it seems as if it had to have always been this way. Water birds of nearly every variety are so comfortable here that they almost disregard the presence of the pesky people. Squirrels, rabbits, lizards, snakes, hawks, ravens, vultures, crabs, octopi, sea stars, sharks, lobsters, sea slugs -- ok, the domestic line-up for the only ship constructed in the Bible -- yep, most of them are here.
The identification pamphlets they sell in the interpretive center are covered top to bottom with illustrations the size of postage stamps of all the types of fauna you can find in this place. Some of them will make your eyes pop out, but most will be familiar or at least close to familiar.
The reserve contains a 1.5-mile loop trail which is almost entirely flat and circumnavigates the entire area (I believe they've got that cut in half on the Wiki site, the loop extends 1.5 miles in one direction). You also have the option of extending your hike into a private, but shared trail which will add nearly an additional mile.
As with every other refuge I've been describing, the state of CA seems to have taken great care to make the place accessible and to maintain as much as it can in its natural, pristine condition. The refuge abuts onto a huge development property which is still not complete. Oh, and there are still working oil wells dotting the landscape and showing up smack in the middle of things. Which is weird, to say the least.
There's an interpretive center open seven days a week where they have a regularly-scheduled feeding of sea animals and snakes. They partner regularly with the local school system to bring children in for what is often their initial experience in a wildlife setting.
I liked everything about the reserve -- from its deceptively large space, to its very informal feel (they let people fish along the portion of the river that runs through it). And, of course, I had a field day with the animals.
Really a gem of a destination for any wildlife fan. The friendly interpretive-center staff will let you get some quality time with almost every animal they feed during their daily demonstration. They will also hold the animals for uncomfortably long periods so that bumbling photographers can get a bead on them.
Nice people. Very nice people. . Locals and tourists come from all over to watch the sun set from this point. Favorite watering hole status attained. On PCH beneath the famous Southbound PCH just south of Warner. Welcome to HB! @scuba Mami here are the non stinging jellies I mentioned in Long Beach The map pin is incorrect, but I'm not sure enough where it is to correctly place the pin. King Neptune's is a cool little hole-in-the-wall and the band, the Blue Whales, is a good punk/alternative local band. Both are worth checking out! Yep, it's for real. A massive, pumping crude oil derrick smack in the middle of the refuge. The tinker-toy five-year old inside me went a bit bananas seeing this; the adult who scrubbed gulls after a small spill in Nebraska of all places kinda wished they'd shut these down and take their business elsewhere.
It's a done deal, let's face it. I should take it or leave it. Love the sauce. Look for the long wooden thing sticking out into the ocean. Pantera Peaceful respite from the city. View point looking out over the wetlands, ocean, and Catalina Island. King Neptunes. Check out the Wall of Keys at the bike rack in back, then pop in for a cold beer and chat with the friendly locals! Cruising One of most beautiful beaches in California: Sunset Beach... Best Bloody Marys In The OC!
http://www.thehangoutrestaurant.com/blog/best-bloody-marys-long-beach-ca They call this the Another beautiful sunset in SoCal. Leaving long beach harbor Old school dragger Olive oil tasting in Seal Beach. Spring day in Seal Beach. Sunset on Sunset Beach Cali.... 💞💞 Lifeguard tower at Seal Beach Pier. Where else but Schooners at Sunset can you lock up your bike to Pegleg? Plants and flowers at Brita's Old Town Gardens. Go Vols in California
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Get an overview of this hotelHuntington Beach motel in Surfside, near Bolsa Chica State Beach

Popular property highlights

Free parking
Free WiFi
Smoke Free
24/7 Desk
Multilingual

Location

Located in Surfside, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bolsa Chica State Beach, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Red Car Museum. Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and Seal Beach Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Property Features

Along with a 24-hour front desk, this smoke-free motel has express check-in and express check-out. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, free newspapers and multilingual staff are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 29 rooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, LED TVs with cable channels, and comforts like Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters. Guests will also find refrigerators, microwaves, and hydromassage showerheads.

Languages Spoken

Oceanview Motel - Huntington Beach

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Oceanview Motel - Huntington Beach features multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and express check-in. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This Huntington Beach motel also offers express check-out and an elevator (lift). Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Oceanview Motel - Huntington Beach is a smoke-free property.

  • Express check-in 
  • Express check-out 
  • Total number of rooms - 29 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • HDTV 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Down comforter 
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets 
  • Hydromassage showerhead 
  • LED TV 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

DAIMONS JOJIMBO - This restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Harbor House cafe - This café specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open 24 hours.

Taco Surf - This family restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Himalayan Grill - This fine-dining restaurant specializes in Indian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 5 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available
This property offers one free parking spot per room. Additional parking offered for a surcharge depending on availability. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 200.00 per stay
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Early check-in fee: USD 50
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Motel Huntington Beach
  • Oceanview Huntington Beach
  • Oceanview Motel
  • Oceanview Motel Huntington Beach
  • Oceanview Hotel Huntington Beach

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One child 5 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.


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