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1. Huntington Beach
There's no better example of the "Surf City USA" lifestyle than what you can find in Huntington Beach, an open, expansive stretch of sand that welcomes the public 365 days per year.
Though no one would blame you for coming here simply to relax and enjoy the sound of waves and the feel of sand beneath your feet, this beach is better known for its range of activities, making it a lively, exciting escape and a jewel among the many renowned beaches of Southern California.Everything You Need
Whether you love to surf or simply like the atmosphere, this beach destination delivers when it comes to the laid-back culture that California is known for. Play volleyball at one of the public courts, or enjoy the people-watching from the paved bike trail.
With public restrooms, showers, and every kind of equipment/accessory imaginable, you'll have everything at your disposal for an awesome day. Coming by car? Park in either a daily or an hourly parking lot, or find a parking meter along the Pacific Coast Highway.Main Attractions
A few famous landmarks set Huntington Beach apart from its beach neighbors. First, there's the Huntington Beach Pier, known as the home of Ruby's Diner, which sits at the end of the pier and serves up American classics like burgers and shakes.
Fishing is allowed here, and gear can be rented nearby. A few souvenir shops sell their wares to visitors strolling down the structure, taking in the fabulous views and savoring the smell of the sea.
Be sure to visit one of the affordable, low-key cafes or restaurants along the beach, where you can enjoy al fresco dining accompanied by live music. Informal attire is no problem, so come as you are.
Huntington Beach at a glance
City: Huntington Beach
Country or State: California
Length of Beach: 9.5 miles
Access: By car, taxi, bus, on foot
Best time to visit: May to October - best weather
High Season: May to October
Low Season: September to April
Beach Hours: 5 am to 10 pm
- Restaurants, bars, nightlife
- Beach equipment rentals
- Public restrooms
- Golden sand
- Taste of Huntington Beach