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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-brandstores 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!

Fun Fact

Huntington’s official car, the Woody
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The official car of Huntington Beach is the Woody, a 1950s-era station wagon used by surfers to transport their boards.

Sprawling Huntington Beach Pier
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Stretching 653 meters into the Pacific Ocean, Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest recreational piers in the world

A romantic gondola ride through Huntington Harbour
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You can tour Huntington Harbour – a network of channels navigable by powerboat, canoe or kayak – by gondolas imported from Europe.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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One delicious dish at Taste of Huntington Beach
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The AVP Volleyball Tournament at Huntington Beach Pier
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Under the hood at Concours D’Elegance
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Patriotic bicycle during the Independence Day Celebration
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Riding the wave at Vans US Open of Surfing
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Surf City Surf Dog Competition’s tough competitors
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Clear skies for the Huntington Beach Airshow
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Huge turnout for the Surf City USA Marathon
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Surf City USA Marathon

February

Line of shiny models at the Beachcruiser Meet
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Beachcruiser Meet

March

Official Huntington Beach Travel Site

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Admiring the view at Castle Crags State Park
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Redding

Morning mist lingers on a vineyard near Forestville
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Sonoma

Historic downtown waterfront, the epicenter of the city's entertainment and recreation
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Stockton