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Huntington Beach, California

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Learn more about Huntington Beach, California using the City Guide below. Plan a trip, find local shopping centers, or just discover what makes Huntington Beach, California so great!

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Huntington Beach is in Orange County in Southern California. Once known as Pacific City, it started as the southern terminus of the Golden West railroad line.


Huntington Beach is world-famous as "Surf City", from the 1960's Jan and Dean surf rock song of the same name, and much of surfing culture started and continues to evolve there, from surfing styles to surfing apparel companies that started there.

The year round temperature averages 67 degrees F, and good weather can be found year-round. However, the months of January to March can be rainy.

Get in

By air

As with most of Orange County, Huntington Beach is serviced by John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

Long Beach Airport is also within close distance but has very little service from only four carriers. JetBlue Airways serves nine destinations from Long Beach: Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Chicago (O'Hare), Boston, New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), and Fort Lauderdale.

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest airport in the area.

By car

Huntington Beach is located at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.

Parking: The best place to park is the city parking located right at the beach. The entrance is just north of Hwy 1 and the main street. You will conveniently be able to unload watercoolers, surf boards and the kids all safely without having to cross streets. It saves on lifting and lugging as well. You can wash off and change clothes right next to the parking at the water showers and washrooms. Washrooms are adequate but small. They also get wet and sandy during the day.

Get around

OCTA Route 1* North and South runs along the Pacific Coast Highway, servicing all of Orange County's beaches. Routes 33 and 35 South directly run into Huntington State Beach. Routes 21** South, 70* West and 72 West end at Sunset Beach. Routes 25 South, 29 South, 172 West and 173** South all serve Huntington's downtown and its beach.

  • *For route 1 North make sure that the banner reads Cal State Long Beach and not Newport Transportation Center. For route 70 make sure it reads Sunset Beach and not Goldenwest Transportation Center.
  • **No service on weekends.


Huntington Beach boasts the largest unspoiled coastal wetlands in California, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, where many migratory birds stop and nest.


Huntington Beach has some of the largest stretches of open-sand beaches in all of California, as well the Huntington Beach Pier (one of the longest concrete piers in the world), site of world-class surfing and volleyball events yearly.

Running/Walking/biking/rollerblading: There is a wide boardwalk right by the pier. It is part of the Huntington Beach Bike Path. The Bike Path runs for about eight miles along the beach. Heading south along the boardwalk is likely your best scenic scenario. Walking, riding a bike, running are all very safe. Many very good runners first thing in the morning - often as soon as the sun comes up.

Surfing: You can try your hand at surfing. There is a surf rental shop right at the boardwalk. Start with a boogie board for the day circa $15 US. Many good surfers so they may get annoyed if you stand in the waves too long. Keep moving is your best bet. If you get tired get out (of their way) by heading to the hot sandy beach to rest up for more.

Relaxing:Take a walk up the main street. There is a number of restrauants and a starbucks.

Peak season is from late May to early September. The beaches on any given summer day may have as many as 500,000 visitors when it is particularly hot inland.


Huntington Surf and Sport 300 Pacific Coast Highway (Located off of Pacific Coast Highway and Main St).Surf accessories and apparel.


Downtown, or Main Street is a shopping and gathering place for residents and tourists alike, with sidewalk cafes, surf shops and live music all vying for attention.


Food and entertainment prices are moderate

  • Sugar Shack Cafe, 213 1/2 Main St., Ph: (714) 536-0355. A favorite cafe for locals, famous in Huntington Beach for great breakfasts and amazingly low prices.
  • Red Pearl Kitchen, 412 Walnut Ave., Ph: (714) 969-0224. This downtown restaurant is centered around Asian cuisine; Thai, Japanese and Chinese.
  • Ruby's, Huntington Beach Pier, Ph: (714) 969-7829. A great place for family with 50s diner feeling and great hamburgers, hotdogs and milkshakes. It's located at the end of the pier, so it offers lovely views of the Pacific, the Huntington Beach coastline, and (on less smoggy days) Catalina Island.
  • Islands, 7861 Edinger Ave, Ph: (714) 897-4619. A Californian chain, this is a great place for family, serving hamburgers, salads, and hotdogs.
  • Chronic Tacos, 328 11th Street, Ph: (714) 960-0339, Fax: (714) 960-0094. Located a few blocks from downtown, this place offers a full menu of extremely tasty tacos, burritos, and other Mexican cuisine served from behind a counter. Prices for a giant burrito are around $5.50 (includes guacamole, cheese, meat, and a choice of other fillings). Two pool tables are also available for $0.75 per game.



There are accommodations from beach campgrounds to five-star resorts along the Pacific. The beach campgrounds are open year round and usually full.

  • Best Western Huntington Beach Inn, 800 Pacific Coast Highway, +1 714 536-7500, Fax: +1 714 536-6846,
  • Best Western Regency Inn, 19360 Beach Boulevard, +1 714 962-4244, Fax: +1 714 963-4724,

Stay safe

Crime is very low for such a large city, and violent crime is very rare.

Get out

  • Travel north on Beach Boulevard and you will reach Buena Park, the home of Knott's Berry Farm.
  • North on Beach Boulevard and then east on Katella Avenue will take you to Disneyland.
  • Take the Pacific Coast Highway to San Juan Capistrano, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and numerous other seaside communities.
  • From Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, or San Juan Capistrano, take a train to downtown Los Angeles or San Diego. (Buena Park will have its own station in July 2007.)

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