Huntington Beach, CA--Bolsa Chica State Beach
is Huntington Beach's northernmost beach. Operated by the
State of California Parks, it includes
firepits for bonfires
and sits along Pacific Coast Highway directly across the
street from the Bolsa Chica wetlands or Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve. Bolsa Chica
State Beach is a favored location for fishing, family
gatherings such as picnics and cook-outs and RV camping. It
includes the city of Huntington Beach's largest RV camp facility. Operated by
the State of California Parks, it is open year-round. The largest RV beach
facility for a 35-mile distance north or south from Dockweiler Beach
in Los Angeles to Doheny Beach in Dana Point, camping at this beach is popular
because of the convenient location and close proximity to Los Angeles,
Hollywood, Disneyland and San Diego.
The public loves Bolsa Chica State Beach
as well. An easy exit from the San Diego Freeway and drive down Bolsa Chica,
then right on Warner Ave. will get you to the beach in short order (approx.
5 minutes). A fast food chain, Jack'n the Box, is next door. There's also a
beach hotel with many ocean views, Ramada Ocean Front.
As for the beach, would you like to
bicycle, roller blade, skate, sunbathe, grunion run,
and have bonfire? You can do all
those at the beach. Kite surfing is a hot activity, too. From Bolsa Chica
State Beach, you'll see the freighters in the distance heading toward the
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Perhaps you'll notice an oil platform
or two sitting offshore a couple miles. And on a clear day, you can't miss
the mountain peaks of Catalina Island, approx. 22 miles from shore to shore.
Bolsa Chica Beach is charges a fee for
parking. A flat fee is charged at a day rate of around $10 (subject to
change.) Included at Bolsa Chica
State Beach are snack bar concessions, rentals, pay showers and rental
facilities for outdoor special events.
While most days are just gorgeous and not
too crowded, be forewarned. On the 4th of July, Labor Day and hot summer
weekends you'll often find the beach and parking lots packed with cars.
The lots hold several thousand cars at a beach that stretches an
approximately 3 miles on Pacific Coast Highway from Seapoint Street to
Points of interest across the street
included the wetlands, mentioned previously, and the Bolsa Chica
Interpretive Center with hands-on displays about the local wildlife in the
protected wetlands area.
Great restaurants we recommend near
Bolsa Chica Beach and within walking distance include: Super Mex, Tsunami
Sushi and Captain Jack's.