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Huntington Beach

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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.

Where to stay in Huntington Beach

Hotel Huntington Beach
Hotel Huntington Beach
3 out of 5
7667 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is Rs8,840 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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! (1,603 reviews)
"It was ok"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Hotel Huntington Beach
Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is Rs34,096 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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! (1,301 reviews)
"We liked the location."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Paséa Hotel & Spa
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 Rs34,156 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (967 reviews)
"My family and I have stayed here at least three times. Generally, the trip is a combination of work and pleasure. The property, staff, and everything could not have been better. The staff is always helpful and friendly, the food is good, and the place is clean. It is very kid friendly and close to ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
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.
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
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street. Bolsa Chica State Beach ...
3/5 (1 review)
"We loved this cozy condo! It was decorated so cute had everything we could possibly need for our stay. Of course we loved the easy access to Huntington Beach and the downtown area and easy driving to Laguna, Balboa, Corona Del Mar."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Huntington Beach Studio Blocks To The Beach And Downtown Studio Bedroom Apts
Spectacular Beachfront House by RedAwning
Spectacular Beachfront House by RedAwning
3 out of 5
17045 S Pacific Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
Located in Sunset Beach, this golf holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Meadowlark Golf Course ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The property had beautiful views of the ocean, was very well equipped, beds were comfortable, master suite set up nicely with ocean views and updated bathroom, hot tub on upper level deck had beautiful views, great stay for a family"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2019

Spectacular Beachfront House by RedAwning
Exceptional Vacation In Sunset Beach 3 Bedroom Home
Exceptional Vacation In Sunset Beach 3 Bedroom Home
3.5 out of 5
17022 N Pacific Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
Located in Sunset Beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Meadowlark Golf Course is 2.6 ...
Exceptional Vacation In Sunset Beach 3 Bedroom Home
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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