Discover the best of Southern California culture, the most authentic surf lifestyle and 16 kilometers of uninterrupted coastline in Huntington Beach, a welcoming town where visitors can feel at home on the sand. The attitude in Huntington Beach can only be described as laid back and easy going.
Located along the Southern California coast in Orange County, 56 kilometers south of Los Angeles and 152 kilometers north of San Diego, Huntington Beach is the closest beach to amusement parks such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. This is the perfect centralized destination for relaxing at the beach or using as a basecamp to enjoy the wonderful attractions nearby.
Warm, mild temperatures and year-round sun offer the perfect setting for a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as beach bonfires, building sand castles, biking along the beach, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in Huntington Harbour, horseback riding, and bird watching and hiking through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
The unbeatable weather allows for an array of events throughout the city, from sand soccer by the pier, a kite festival and countless classic car shows, to more surf competitions than we can count, including the U.S. Open of Surfing, the largest surf competition in the world. There’s even a dog surfing event; there’s always something going on!
Surfing isn’t just an activity here; it is part of the local culture. Surfers are out in the water year round, and some of the world’s top surfers happily call Huntington Beach home. With the International Surf Museum, Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame all located downtown, it’s clear that Huntington Beach is where to go to experience the surfing lifestyle.
The vibrant downtown also boasts plenty of surf shops and unique boutiques, while more common, name-brand stores can be found along Main Street, or at Bella Terra, the city’s Tuscan style open-air shopping center. The newly built Pacific City offers retail shopping and a fresh take on artisanal dining with a public market highlighting homegrown food vendors and other merchants, all with an ocean view. With fabulous options all around Huntington Beach, the dining scene can only be described as eclectic – with hole-in-the-wall taco shops and cafes that never change – because nobody wants them to – and new restaurants using fresh local ingredients in creative ways. There is something sure to please even the pickiest palate.
Huntington Beach is the place where the quintessential mild and mellow California beach culture began and still perseveres and where pretentiousness takes a back seat to casual and cool. With the most consistent waves on the West Coast and surfing as a way of life, this is the only place that can truly be called Surf City USA!