The Ultimate Guide to Huntington Beach, California
If you are looking for an all-inclusive guide to the iconic Huntington Beach, look no further! Huntington Beach is one of my favorite beaches to visit in California. There is always something going on, from local farmers markets right on the sand to the US Open of Surfing hosted by Vans. Millions of people flock to here for good times and an even better tan. No one knows this pier-place better than the locals who live here (aka me). This post contains all of the information you could possibly need for your future vacation in one of So-Cal’s best areas:
Where To Stay:
My #1 Recommendation for RV campers has to do the Sunset Vista RV Park. During October 1 – May 31, part of the beach parking lot is shut down for overnight RV parking. These spots fill up fast, so be ready to book your sites on the dot. Camper vehicle or auto with a trailer are $70.00 a night plus a $10.00 processing fee. This includes a parking space for a separate car. My family has camped here multiple times and it has become my favorite weekend getaway. An extra-vehicle access pass goes for $15 a day. We use these for friends and family to visit us while we are down here. I love the fact that your campsite is less than a 15-second walk to beach.
Shorebreak Hotel: 3 minute walk to the beach; $200+ a night
The Waterfront Beach Resort: 5-7 minute walk to the beach; $215+ a night
Huntington Beach Inn: 3-5 minute walk to the beach; $130+ a night
Sun N’ Sands Motel: 10+ minute walk to the beach; $109+ a night
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa: 7-9 minute walk to the beach; $260+ a night
Where To Play:
Besides a day-fee for parking (if you aren’t staying at a hotel or camping), laying on the beach is 100% free. Have fun swimming in the ocean, with caution of course. Get your tunes and your tan on. Build a sand castle. Collect shells. Watch surfers show off their skills. Walk the pier.
If you are looking for something more exciting:
Beach Volleyball: find yourself an open sand court and build your team; don’t forget to bring your own ball
Bonfires: come early to find an open one, since it’s a first come, first serve basis. Lounge around the fire until 10pm (11pm during summer months)
Biking and Skating: Huntington welcomes skaters and athletes alike. Roads along the beach stretch for miles, so you are sure to find some room to practice your tricks or simply take a stroll.
Surfing: You can rent surfboards from Jack’s Surfboards for around $10 an hour. Surfing schools are usually promoted around the pier area, so keep your eye out for courses.
Paddle Boarding, Gondola Rides, and Kayaking: Visit Dwight’s Food and Beach Rentals for affordable rentals. Prices tend to vary. While your here, get yourself some of their World Famous Cheese Strips; this is a local stable and a delicious reward after your hour-bike ride or surf session.
Dog Beach: For your furry friends
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve: A fun visit to explore nature and have a nice walk.
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum: A must-stop for tourists and history-geeks alike.
Where To Shop:
Jack’s Surfboards: This place is awesome for souvenirs and beach attire. They carry the best name-brands for decent prices. They carry varieties of surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, sunglasses, footwear, skateboards and surfing accessories for men, women and kids.
American Vintage: I cannot say enough good thing about this place. I am obsessed with up-cycled vintage clothes, so this place is my literal heaven. Their prices are extremely affordable and the staff is super friendly.
During my last visit I got to talk to one of the workers more about the brand. I found out that all of the items are hand-picked and altered to fit the modern person. It’s like thrifting, but without all the hours of searching and fitting. I highly recommend stopping by.
Huntington Surf and Sport: Best known for being “surfer owned and operated”; similar to Jack’s in products
Pacific City: This shopping mall opened a couple years ago, and has been a hit ever since. You can find popular stores, such as Urban Outfitters, LUSH, Brandy Melville, and Sephora, can be found here.
Where To Snack:
TK Burger: A local-favorite burger stop with a beach-front view.
Icecreamton: This place recently opened up; it’s popular for it’s unique ice-cream flavors and it’s churros.
Bruxie: Gourmet Waffles and Sandwiches; Known for it’s Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
Banzai Bowls: Açaí Bowls, Smoothies, and Coffee
Killarney Pub and Grill: The Best Place to grab and drink and see the Game
25 Degrees: Awesome place of amazing burgers and nightlife
Duke’s: Named Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary Hawaiian swimmer and surfer. Fine dining right on the beach.
Lemonade: Delicious, healthy foods; best option for vegetarians and vegans.
Events To Look Out For:
US Open of Surfing: The World’s Largest Pro-Surfing Competition (I’ve gone every summer for the past 5 years)
Surf City Nights: Weekly Farmers Market and Live Music Fest (Thursday’s 5-9pm)
AVP Beach Volleyball Tour: May 2-6th, 2018
10th Annual Chili at the Beach: June 16th, 2018
3rd Annual Art in the Park: August 26, 2018
Surf City Days: September 22nd, 2018
10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog: September 29th, 2018
If you are looking for more place to visit in California this Spring Break, no matter your budget, check out my last blog post.
Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment suggesting your favorite places in Huntington Beach or ask any questions. I will be sure to reply. Follow me on social media for the most up-to-date information on my travels. Until Next Time Wanderlost Souls.