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Huntington Beach, CA
Travel Guide

Huntington Beach showing tropical scenes, street scenes and a city

“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
The price is ¥10,878 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
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! (1,557 reviews)
"Nice and spacious and close to the beach"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 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 ¥42,219 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Huntington Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Huntington Beach Pier and Huntington State Beach. Balboa Pier ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,279 reviews)
"The view from our room was amazing! Staff are very helpful and friendly. The ease of walking to the beach was also very convenient. Easily one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 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 ¥48,141 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"Love the staff ...friendly and caring...no complaints accept for kids pool area a bit scruffy...older cushions, dirty areas...felt a bit neglected."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 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.
Free Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, Wifi, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
Free Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, Wifi, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
Huntington Beach, CA
This family-friendly Huntington Beach vacation home is located in Yorktown, within 2 mi (3 km) of Main Street and Huntington Beach Pier. Huntington State Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Fun at the dolphin house
"Very pleased with James and his property. Lots of fun amenities to keep everyone happy. Spotless rental with everything close by. Couldn’t be happier with our stay. Would recommend to anyone coming to the Huntington Beach area."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Free Beach Parking Pass, Bikes, Wifi, Coffee, Air Hockey, Beach Gear, Putt Putt!
Clean Beach Condo!
Clean Beach Condo!
Huntington Beach, CA
Situated in Huntington Beach, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street and Huntington Beach Pier. Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington ...
Clean Beach Condo!
Tropical Beach Bungalow With Parking, Garage Space, Wifi and Washer/dryer
Tropical Beach Bungalow With Parking, Garage Space, Wifi and Washer/dryer
Huntington Beach, CA
Situated in Huntington Beach, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific City, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street. Huntington State Beach and Bolsa ...
5/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Beach retreat
"Long term stay while visiting and taking care of granddaughter. Property was lovely with lush tropical landscaping. Quiet neighborhood and friendly neighbors. We walked to the beach many days. Bikes and lots of toys for the beach. Plenty of amenities near by. Property manager was quick to respond ..."

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Tropical Beach Bungalow With Parking, Garage Space, Wifi and Washer/dryer
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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