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Huntington Beach
Travel Guide

Huntington Beach featuring street scenes, a city and tropical scenes

”Surf City USA” earned its name from the famous waves and the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront on the West Coast.

Surf City is home to nearly 200,000 inhabitants, but the atmosphere remains cool and casual in this classic beach community. Although the beach and surf are the main draw for the 11 million people who visit each year, there is plenty to do out of the water as well.

The city’s 14-kilometre shoreline is split into four separate beaches. Of these, Huntington City Beach, closest to the shopping and dining district, attracts the biggest crowds. Lifeguards patrol the waters from dawn to dusk all year round. As well as ensuring water safety, they are friendly and happy to offer information about the city.

Huntington Beach has much more to offer than just sun, sand and surf—head to Main Street downtown if you want to grab a bite or hit the shops. And it’s easy to find out what’s happening and where to go, as the city council provides free WiFi in cafés, shops and even outside for the first three blocks of Main Street, where you can access information on local dining, shopping, events and parking.

Every Tuesday night Main Street transforms into an outdoor carnival called Surf City Nights. This free event includes live music, street performers and stalls. As well as this weekly feature, concerts and exhibitions are held at the outdoor amphitheatre, the Pier Plaza. For a quieter afternoon, visit the International Surfing Museum, just off Main Street on Olive Avenue. There is a small entry fee to the museum, which tells the local history of this classic Southern California sport though memorabilia and rotating exhibits.

The city stages many sporting events throughout the summer’s surfing championships, beach volleyball contests, biathlons and more. The US Open of Surfing is held at Huntington Beach in July each year, when the city comes alive with visitors from all over the world. In addition to the action on the water, land-based activities including music festivals and skateboarding competitions are held.

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.

Huntington Beach is about 30 minutes’ drive from Santa Ana, directly north of Newport Beach.

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is Rs22,611 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

Located in Huntington Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Huntington Beach Pier and Huntington State Beach. Balboa Pier ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,253 reviews)

"This is a beautiful hotel! The staff is friendly and always happy to help! They provide just about everything you need for a beach day! I would rate my stay at this hotel a 15/10"…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Paséa Hotel & Spa
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 Rs17,188 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

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! (1,067 reviews)

"Very nice 👍 place, will return!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

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
The price is Rs22,442 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

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 Main Street. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)

"We don’t usually stay at resorts but we did love our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
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Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
The price is Rs8,714 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

This family-friendly Palm Springs aparthotel is located in Canyon Corridor, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Jacinto Mountains and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. ...

3.8/5Good! (2,261 reviews)
Awesome!

"Had a great stay. Food was great. Only complaint need pads for the pool chairs."…"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA
The price is Rs10,778 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr

This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,839 reviews)

"Very spacious one bedrrom villas. Perfect for families!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is Rs14,145 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

With direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach and Abbot ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,186 reviews)

"Old elevator, old amenities could be improved. Could be more clean and neat"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
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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