HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA USA - Huntington Beach Vacation Travel Guide

Huntington Beach is an Orange County, California beach community located in sunny, Southern California just 125 miles or so from the Mexican border. Next to The OC (Newport Beach) and Long Beach with its convention services along the coast, Huntington's bedroom community has always been a destination, but has transformed into a modern destination now with more things for tourists to see and do, and more places to stay at the beach. From grunion runs to fireworks displays, to camping and hotels, visitors have all kinds of questions, and we strive to answer them to your satisfaction. Activities include enjoyment of the ocean, beach and Huntington Beach Pier shown in photos on this page.

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Dining: Possibly the outdoor capital of dining in Orange County, you'll enjoy the countless options for a la carte and al fresco, and discover that sunshine or clouds never dampen the spirits of those sipping on cocktails and eating foods in this mellow beach town. Take a look at some of the great HB restaurants so you can plan your trip now.

Hotels: With 3 new hotels (all at the beach), the city is sure to become one of the premier vacation getaways for local residents and world travelers. Our favorites include the Hyatt Resort, which is smoke-free and pet-free for no fleas. Many rooms and suites overlook the Pacific Ocean, but you'll pay a bit more for those view rooms.


There are two small museums, a quaint Main Street shopping and dining region with youthful apparel and surfing items, lots of sandy beaches, a long pleasure pier to stroll on and watch surfers and sunsets from and several great resort hotels such as the 100% non-smoking Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa across the street from the beach. Have you been to Surf City as some of the HB locals call it. Old-timers who remember the Golden Bear, surfers' wetsuits drying in the second story windows of their budget apartments above Jack's Surfboards, and oil pumps lining Pacific Coast Highway next to the beach, are quite surprised at the transformation of the funky town.

Today Huntington Beach is one of the favorite beach destinations for visitors traveling to Anaheim's Disneyland. Though Newport Beach is slightly closer in travel time to Disneyland, any of the Orange County beach cities make for a great beach vacation getaway for added night stays to your Disneyland vacation. HB's major attraction is its beaches, while places such as Newport Beach also offer boat trips to Catalina Island, a harbor filled with pleasure craft you can rent, Hornblower Dinner Cruises, plus a beautiful outdoor shopping center, Fashion Island fountains for the kids, and with stores such as Bloomingdales. But something romantic and new is the Sunset Gondola Ride in Huntington Beach offered from expert gondoliers with a track record of marriage and proposal successes for their customers that makes this a romantic "sure bet." In fact, we used to ride the gondolas Tyson and Tim artfully steered in the Alamitos Bay in the canals of Naples, and we followed them to Huntington Beach to ride their gondolas in new territory. That's just how good these guys are and how we'd like to see them make it in Huntington Harbour. Huntington Beach maintains a small town atmosphere as a friendly place where you get to know your neighbors. Another such business we frequent for that reason is Zack's Pier Plaza beach concessions.

Sitting on the land where Huntington Beach Inn (a hotel that was the shining glory of the city until it entered receivership in the late 1970's) is Hyatt Regency Resort. While the price for a room has more than quadrupled, the new hotel retains similar beach vibes that once attracted kindred souls to the previous hotel, once enjoyed by business travelers, tourists, surfers and local residents. Sharing hot breakfast and swooping views of the same beach and waves that are there today, the O'Neill boys, Robert August and a cadre of successful surf pioneers once sat in green vinyl booths discussing wave conditions over scrambled eggs and Farmer Brothers coffee at a coffee shop that offered a hot, affordable meal and stunning views of the ocean.

BB King, Randy California & Spirit, John Mayall, Robin Williams and a "who's who" of the rock movement and comedy stayed in Huntington Beach, performing at the Golden Bear just down the street from the affordable beach hotels such as the Huntington Shores affordable with Grinder restaurant.

Those days are long gone. Today's attractions include shopping centers such as 5 Points Plaza, Bella Terra Huntington Beach Mall and traditional Downtown Huntington Beach that's changed in some respects, but retains its charm in buildings such as Perq's Nite Club. Once operating as a brothel and now as a nightclub featuring great rock & roll bands, the world's premier blues artist, Walter Trout, considers Perqs his home base on the rare instances when he's not on the road performing around the globe. Today you'll find new names such as Korn at Main Street's Tuna Town restaurant, owned by one band member who's hung copies of their platinum records on the walls.


Huntington Beach site map offers over 100 pages of information about Huntington Beach.

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