Affectionately known worldwide as Surf City USA, Huntington Beach boasts some of the widest beaches and most consistent surf breaks in Southern California. At the center of the City's 10 miles of uninterrupted beachfront is the iconic pier, a hub for events and activities year-round. You can enjoy an endless array of beach activities including boogie boarding, surfing and beachside bicycling. The local waves make Surf City USA the hub of surf activity in Orange County. In fact, the biggest surf contest in the world, the U.S. Open of Surfing, is held here in early August. Or you can pull up a patch of sand and watch beach volleyball or enjoy a warm beach bonfire and casual walks on the historic Huntington Beach Pier. If you can tear yourself away from the sand, you'll find swimwear and surf shops, restaurants and bars on Main Street, the Surfing Walk of Fame, Hall of Fame, and the International Surf Museum. The north end of the city beach (2 miles no. of the pier, between Seapoint Ave. and Goldenwest St.) is a designated Dog Beach, where your canine friends can run along the sand and splash in the surf as well.
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Stretching some three miles, this beach is popular with sunbathers and surfers throughout the year. It's also as popular by night as it is by day because of the fire rings used for after-dark bonfires. Amenities includes restrooms, concession stands and paid parking. Lifeguard patrols take place year round, but towers are staffed only in the summer. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve parallels the beach, across Pacific Coast Highway. Beachside RV camping is available at Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Huntington City Beach
The transition between City and State beach is almost imperceptible. It's one long stretch of beautiful wide beach. The bike/walking path extends along this beach to the Newport Beach border. In addition to sunbathing, this beach is also popular with surfers and anglers. It offers food concessions and fire rings for evening bonfires.
Huntington State Beach
This five mile stretch of fine, soft sand offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy Southern California's great climate. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers flock to the beach in both summer and winter. The vibe on the Balboa Peninsula is youthful and fun. A lengthy bike trail, which extends around most of the Balboa Peninsula, also makes it an ideal place for cycling and skating. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular. Parking is limited and you might have to walk a few blocks to get to the sand.