Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach


Huntington Beach is a city that defines Orange County by its surf culture, mellow demeanor, and west coast style. Discover what this town has to offer by spending time downtown, on the beach, or bird watching in the Bolsa Chica wetlands.

Dubbed “Surf City USA,” this is the place to ride waves, watch surf competitions, and peruse the International Surf Museum. Here, the beach is more than where the ocean meets the sand, but a way of life. Join the local celebration of this geographical wonder by taking part in the free weekend summer beach concerts, the weekly farmer’s market, and a stroll on the HB Pier. The farmer’s market occurs Friday from 1pm to dusk and offers fresh produce, local arts and crafts, and talented street performers. Main Street leads directly to the Huntington Beach Pier, the focal point of the downtown area that juts out more than 1800 feet over the ocean. The pier offers fishing and a great vantage point to watch surfers drop into waves or admire the beautiful coastline. Businesses on the pier are the Surf City Store, Kite Connection, and Ruby’s Diner. There is also a lifeguard tower on the pier that is patrolled every day of the year, and provides information about the sea such as water temperature, tidal flux, and weather conditions.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve occupies 1,200 acres of coastal wetland, and is home to hundreds of bird species, some of which are threatened or endangered. This is a major stop over for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, so our feathered friends can be found any time of year. In the winter months, there are high concentrations of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds such as western grebes, pintails and godwits. In the summer, visitors can view the endangered California Least Tern. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted at the wetlands.Located on PCH between Golden West and Warner Avenue, this is the place to have a pair of binoculars on hand.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is an unincorporated mile-long community located on the Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington Beach and Surfside. There is a current push from the county to incorporate Sunset Beach with the city of Huntington Beach, an idea that has been met with some resistance. The beach is lined with houses, hotels, shops and restaurants. A few businesses characteristic of the community is Bruce Jones surfboard shop and Nadine’s Irish Mist, a pub owned by the Irish singer Nadine Coyle. Along the beach there is a bike path stretching all the way south through Huntington Beach that attracts cyclists and joggers. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards.




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