Huntington Beach in Los Angeles

Huntington Beach, best known as Surf City USA, is a Southern California city located between Los Angeles and San Diego.

With only a 12-mile drive to Disneyland and three nearby airports, Huntington Beach is easily accessible and offers hours of entertainment. The Mediterranean-like mild climate also provides the perfect destination for travelers who can stay at one of the two ocean-front hotels.

Huntington Beach features the spectacular Huntington Beach Pier. The pier spans 1,850 feet. Also, it allows visitors to experience breathtaking 360-degree ocean views. The pier comprises surf shops, the Rock & Roll Emporium, and great food at restaurants like Fred’s Mexican Cafe & Cantina.

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The Huntington Beach boardwalk is 3.7 miles with an elevation gain of about 16.4 feet. In addition to its world-class surfing, the sandy beach’s other outdoor activities include running, volleyball, biking, kayaking, and beachside bonfire pits.

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The seaside city, located just 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. In addition, it is named after American businessman Henry E. Huntington, the Pacific Electric Railway owner.

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The Huntington Beach town also has the International Surfing Museum that displays surf memorabilia, historic longboards, and surf culture trivia.  In addition, the sprawling Huntington Beach Central Park hosts numerous dog parks, lakes, flower gardens, grassy fields for picnics, and an equestrian center. Meanwhile, the nearby Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve wetlands and Dunes shelter hundreds of bird species native to the area.

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Huntington Beach offers visitors excellent surfing, nightlife, and an array of outstanding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers. Also, foodies can receive world cuisine options year-round in the many ocean-front cafes like:

  • Sandy’s Beach Shack
  • Huntington’s On the Pier
  • Duke’s Huntington Beach

Other beach activities include Moonlight Movies, the OC Night Market, Gondola Adventures, and the Fountain Valley Skating Center.

No trip to Huntington Beach is complete without a stop at the Biergarten Old World’s German restaurant with its smoked IPA bratwurst and German tap beers. The award-winning German food includes beer brats with cheese, cayenne sausage, jager schnitzel, and fresh-baked German bread. The food, hospitality, and ambiance make this an Orange County favorite for both tourists and locals.


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