You can’t visit the city of Huntington Beach, California without checking out the beaches! Millions of people from around the world come to Huntington Beach every year to spend time on the 11 mile stretch of sandy paradise. The city widely known “Surf City USA” is home to several different beaches, each offering their own little twist of California coast. From fire rings, concession shacks, public restrooms, sand, greenery, wildlife, and surf, Huntington Beach beaches have it all.
The pride and joy of the city would have to be the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, which you’ll find at Huntington City Beach. Aside from the gorgeous pier that takes you far out onto the ocean, Huntington City Beach is the spot for any surfers out there. The waves are so consistent that the beach is home to several surf contests, which are fun for both participants and spectators. And, if surfing and piers don’t do it for you, the Huntington City Beach is packed with daily live entertainment.
What if you want to get surfing, but you’re not quite ready for the big leagues yet? No worries — Bolsa Chica State Beach has you covered. Unlike Huntington City Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach’s waves are generally quite calm. It’s the perfect place to practice your surfing skills or to have a relaxing swim. Furthermore, this three mile long beach is just a stone’s throw away from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and is known for being one of the best birdwatching destinations in the state. There’s even a Bolsa Chica Bicycle Path for anyone that might fancy a ride on the coast.
Another beach to check out is Huntington State Beach. Since surfing is restricted in certain areas on this beach during high season, it’s a popular location for those looking to swim, bodysurf, and boogie board without having to worry about the surfing traffic. It’s a great place to surf fish, grill, and picnic. There are several convenient amenities, such as public restrooms, volleyball and basketball courts, snack shops, and even outdoor showers to rinse off the sand and salt. It should be noted, however, that this beach does not permit alcohol, smoking, camping, or dogs.
Don’t worry, though! For anyone looking to bring the pup along, Huntington Dog Beach is the place to go. This roughly 1.5 mile stretch of sand allows off-leash dogs to run around and have the time of their lives. The beach is voted the top Dog Park/Beach in the “Best of OC” list on a consistent basis. There are public restrooms, a tabled picnic area, and complimentary doggie waste bags to help keep the beach clean.
The last beach that we recommend you check out is Sunset Beach. Also about 1.5 miles long, this beach has a gorgeous 14 acre park running parallel to it. This area was its own city up until 2011, but now it’s considered part of Huntington Beach. However, that doesn’t take away its unique look, culture, and history. There are plenty of shops and nice restaurants in the vicinity of this charming little part of Surf City USA. With so many beaches to choose from, you may just want to take a nice walk down the coast and see which beach you vibe with most.