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
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
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 Market and
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.
Pier Plaza are free summer
concerts on some Saturdays and Sundays.
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
The largest events in Huntington Beach are the
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
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.