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Huntington Beach
Travel Guide

Huntington Beach featuring tropical scenes, a city and street scenes

“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.

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Paséa Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is CA $341 per night from May 17 to May 17
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! (1,258 reviews)
"Everything was perfect except valet parking. We were rushed due to traffic. Also, valet is extremely expensive."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Paséa Hotel & Spa
Hotel Huntington Beach
Hotel Huntington Beach
3 out of 5
7667 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
The price is CA $120 per night from May 20 to May 20
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! (1,538 reviews)
"Always friendly staff and good rates. Clean."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Hotel Huntington Beach
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 CA $298 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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! (1,063 reviews)
"I don't like the late checking. It doesn't allow me to really enjoy the facilities. In at 4pm and out 11am. I am at the beach and my leisure time would be 11am 4pm. That is the time I'd like to be at the pool"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel
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!
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
The Victorian Escape in Huntington Beach
The Victorian Escape in Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA
Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Huntington Dog Beach and Main Street. Huntington Beach Pier and ...
The Victorian Escape in Huntington Beach
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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5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 4, 2019

We loved the beach and bustling Main Street.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 30, 2019

Huntington Beach is my favourite beach in California.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 20, 2019

Can’t wait to come back to Huntington Beach :). It’s laid back, fun, and all around good vibes!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 10, 2019

Very walkable - beautiful beach and great public walkway.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 1, 2019

Parking is over priced. Had to take valet.

5/5 - Excellent

Trevor

Sep 6, 2018

I love the beach & Huntington Beach was absolutely beautiful. Definitely love to go back !

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