Beach Photo Gallery:
Huntington Beach, California Picture
About this beach picture: This
photo was taken on a sunny afternoon in September in Huntington Beach.
It was a weekend holiday coming up...Labor Day, which is a U.S. holiday.
The air temperature was 75 degrees.
that last weekend in August and first week in Sept. normally. In
California, most the kids go to school on a 9-month schedule (September
through mid-June). So Labor Day is the last big weekend before the beach
goes from packed to empty. The irony is that the warmest, sunniest
weather of the year occurs after the kids go back. The most predictable
sun and heat come in September, October and sometimes November. The
Southern California fires that burned massive amounts of land in Fall
2007, were fueled by an annual condition of hot Santa Ana winds,
normally created from a local air flow in which heat from the desert is
swept backward toward the west, heating up the beaches. That fire and
wind had not happened yet when this picture was taken. The weather was
still summer calm, summer cool (around 75 degrees) and none had any
notion that there'd be the devastation, smoke, and heat upcoming, just
So what you see above is a typical
Labor Day Weekend scene at Huntington Beach. Moms, dads, grandmothers,
grandfathers, babies in prams, strollers and blankets all stay
covered from the sun, which can burn you within 15 minutes at the beach.
Why? The sand and ocean both act as reflectors.
This image was taken next to the
Huntington Beach Pier. A lifeguard in his uniform, red trunks, stands up
in his tower, watching the beach. On the pier in the background are
flags sold at the Kite Connection store.
Huntington Beach Travel
Guide: Huntington Beach is one of a
handful of beach cities spanning 40 some miles of coast in
County, California. Los Angeles beaches are to the north, and San Diego
beaches to the south. Accessible from major freeways and airports,
Orange County Airport is approx. 12 miles away, Long Beach Airport 15
miles, and Los Angeles International Airport is approx. 35 miles away.
You can make
flight reservation or
hotel reservations to Huntington Beach.
If you're thinking about beach
hotels and find the city's offerings are fully booked, try Sunset Beach
or Newport Beach for additional choices.