With 10 miles of sandy beaches (there are five to choose from) and “endless summer” average temperatures of 75F, it’s a classic surf town perfect for catching a wave.It’s also a good base for families wanting to explore Southern California. Disneyland is just a half hour away and Venice Beach is 40 minutes.You’ve got five beaches to choose from: Bolsa Chica, Huntington City Beach, Huntington State Beach, Sunset Beach and Dog Beach.Bring bucket, spade and a body board for full enjoyment.Rent a classic beach cruiser and race the seagulls. You’ll feel like a local with this unique perspective of the beach.If you don’t want to cycle, try a motor-propelled Segway!
It’s an overall body workout that specifically works your core muscles. The Huntington Beach Ocean Strand is 10 miles of paved boardwalk that runs the length of the city along the beach.
Pick up a casual game of volley ball (you might see a professional too). Go to the Sugar Shack for the best California-style breakfast around.
There’s something special about warming yourself around an open fire at sunset while the cool air settles in from the ocean. Put the melted marshmallow and chocolate inside the graham cracker. There’s a queue from opening till it closes after lunch, and you can often see surfers arrive in wet suits, order, then quickly change in the back while their food cooks. Fish tacos are a Southern California specialty, originating from Mexico.
Built in 1906, the Huntington Beach Pier is an iconic image on the Surf City horizon.
Walk to the very end and have a date shake at Ruby’s diner.
Paul and Sam were our instructors; they were really helpful and strong (they pushed us to get started on a wave).