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Beach Information Huntington Beaches

There are 9.3 miles of beaches in Huntington Beach, California that include a paved bicycle path and Pacific Coast Highway, both parallel to the oceanfront and the beach. Beginning at Sunset Beach on the north end of this coastal city in the County of Orange is Bolsa Chica State Beach. Parking is $15 for car per day and RV camping is available. There are fire rings, restrooms, concessions and surfing which is popular here. Next is Dog Beach which stretches from Seapoint to Golden West Streets along the coast. Dogs are only allowed on this beach. Parking is available in lots offset from Pacific Coast Highway; meters require quarters for parking. Price is around $0.25 per 10 minutes. Huntington City Beach extends from Golden West Street to Beach Boulevard. Concessions, restaurants on the Huntington Beach Pier, and the famous paved bike path extend through here. Finally, Huntington State Beach begins at the south side of Beach Blvd. and stretches south to the Newport Beach border beyond Brookhurst Street at the Santa Ana River Trail.

The beachfront includes the Huntington Beach municipal pier, food and rental concessions, restrooms, showers, volleyball nets, fire rings, and a 2,200 space beach parking lot plus additional parking on Pacific Coast Highway and adjacent streets. New buildings on the
municipal pier, a new Visitors Kiosk at Pier Plaza, and new restrooms along Blufftop Park north of the Pier enhance beach visits for both residents and visitors. Lifeguard service is provided during daylight hours 365 days a year. The number and location of lifeguards on duty varies depending on season, weather and surf conditions.

Beach Headquarters: 103 Pacific Coast Highway. Office hours: Monday – Friday,
8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Phone: 714 536-5281 Emergencies: call 911.
For information on Municipal Beach Parking Pass, Main Promenade Parking Structure, Day Use Parking, Pier Plaza Parking, and Sunset Vista RV Park, call 714 536-5281.

State beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Huntington City Beach is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season. There is no liquor permitted on the beach except by permit for special events. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and glass bottles, fireworks, cigarettes and overnight tent camping are likewise prohibited. Fire rings are available on many beaches but you must keep fires in the ring.

Farmer's Marketand Craft Fair happens every Friday afternoon (except during special events such as the US Open of Surfing and Beach Games) from Noon to dusk (usually around 5 p.m.) This extremely popular event one media source called "the most scenic Farmer's Market in Southern California" is located near the Huntington Beach Pier at Pier Plaza.

Also at Pier Plaza are free summer concerts on some Saturdays and Sundays. Free concerts in Central Park and at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum are presented during the summer, as well.

Surfing is always an event in Huntington Beach. Surf shops, surf camps, surf museums, surf walk-of-fames, surf music and surfing happen all year long. And surfing is free.

There are approximately 18 hotels in and around the city. The least expensive is the Colonial Inn Hostel, for budget minded travelers willing to share rooms. It's primary audience is college age kids. The most expensive property is the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. No hotels are on the beach in Huntington Beach but nearby Sunset Beach does have lodgings on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway.

The largest events in Huntington Beach are the 4th of July Independence Day Parade which attracts around 250,000 people, and the US Open of Surfing held in August, which attracts a crowd of possibly one million people during its 8-days of action at the beach. Televised events include, BMX bike, skateboard and inline skate competitions as well as surfing competitions with the world's best surfers.

Birding in Huntington Beach

includes two spots to watch the birds, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve wetlands and Central Park. Monthly cleanups and the wetlands, a photo contest with prize for the best bird pictures and an annual walk/run for the birds, plus more are what's in store when you run for the birds.

Cruise of Lights in Huntington Beach celebrates the holiday season with warm weather and a Huntington Harbour boat parade which is a fund raising event for the Philharmonic.


Huntington Beach Parks includes approximately 70 parks, most maintained by the City of Huntington Beach Park Maintenance with facilities rentals and special events functions licensing and fees issued by the Community Services department. The centerpiece of the park system is Huntington Central Park. It includes Huntington Central Library and Cultural Central (home to Huntington Beach Playhouse), Par Course Exercise Playworld System, Disc (Frisbee) Golf, HB Sports Complex with baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and concessions, Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, HB Dog Park, Lake Huntington, Shipley Nature Center, Alice's Breakfast in the Park, Park Bench Cafe, picnic rental facilities and more.

Other parks include tennis courts, handball courts, skate parks, picnic facilities, ball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and scenic locations with lakes, lawns and the Pacific Ocean and sand beaches.

Huntington Beach Parks List.

Huntington Beach Beaches. 4 beaches

. Bolsa Chica State Beach

. Huntington State Beach

. Huntington City Beach

. Sunset Beach

Your favorite beach!

Free Activities

. swim

. surf

. volleyball

. roller blade

. paddle ball

. body board

. ride bikes

. dog beach

. fish from pier

. bonfires


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