Huntington Beach Travel Guide

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Huntington Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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     MINT.... 

  • Con
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    Scandic says…

     Not so much to do if tanning or surfing gets boring 

  • In a nutshell
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     you don't have to be a surfer or even like the beach to love HB 

Huntington Beach Things to Do

  • Take the Kids to Vans Skate Park

    March 2014 saw the opening of Vans Off the Wall Skatepark. This new family friendly locale makes H.B the place to be for all that's cool and adventurous- at least for a typical 12 year old kid who will be stoked at the elongated ramps. Older kids are also welcomed too to show off their moves. The 42,000+ facility is a safe and fun haven for kids to...

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  • Come to Bella Terra for dining, shopping...

    One of the most beautifully done outdoor malls in Orange county is Bella Terra- a favorite meeting place away from the shore. Sure, it's quite the commercial center and surely there are plenty in O.C but BT's sophisticated architectural charm with a cheery palette is worth seeing and sure to please. Enjoy regular live entertainment here on Fridays...

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  • Celebrate America's day by the beach...

    HB boasts having the biggest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi (river)- and why not when it's right by the beach! This annual event has grown bigger and crowded. This ia a perfect occasion to people watch. Everyone's happy to spend a free day by the shore -hell, just to have the day off. There is the official parade plus several...

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  • Have Calendar open for the Surfing Open

    A major tourist draw during the Orange county summer is the U.S. Open of Surfing, held here in H.B for the duration of one fun-packed week. Tens of thousands crowd the sand and turf for the annual event, held in early August. If surfing is just not your major thing, there is still much reason to come to the open. There is much spectacle during the...

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  • Be "Stranded"

    For your upscale shopping and dining pleasure, go to the Strand, an outdoor plaza area just steps from the H.B. shore. Featured here is the luxurious-hip Shorebreak Hotel with the well-acclaimed Zimzala restaurant. Along with the fashion staple Forever 21, smaller trendy fashion boutiques like Varga and Angl (geared for 20 something gals) and a few...

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  • Awesome sailing adventure!!

    From Huntington Beach we drove up the coast about 15 minutes to Alamitos Bay to go sailing on a 34' boat. It was right next to a fun little town named Seal Beach. We drove by the Bolsa Chica Wetlands which is very pretty. We had so much fun and the boat was really plush I loved how you could just push a button and the toilet flushes. I must say...

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Huntington Beach Restaurants

  • Authentic Espresso Bar in the OC

    This is a great little espresso bar right on Beach in the Big Lots center. Cheers style bar style where everyone gets to know everyone. Unlike any other coffee shop, and using only the best beans and machines. Come on down when you can, they open early. The best drinks in Orange County hands down. One of my favorite drinks (and usually anyone I...

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  • Great little Mexican Rest.

    This is a local mexican restaurant behind Main St thats has been here for years has great Mexican food and patio dinning.

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  • great subs

    This Italian Deli has been at the cornor of Magnolia/Adams at least 40 years I remember going their when I was a kid.Has a 18 inch sub for 5.99 can't beat it also a small restaurant deli and bakery Sub sandwich

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Huntington Beach Nightlife

  • The nightlife scene in Huntington Beach

    The website www.thelocalhb.com has a section on nightlife in Huntington Beach, CA. Tells you about different locations and what is going on there. Go to the Eating & Drinking section and go from there.

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  • Top Jukebox.....

    Jukebox that downloads tunes off the net...so the choice is great....especially all the old British Punk that I like No restrictions...just ID as usual

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  • pub on the main strip...

    Another place to chill out with a cool beer or three.... No restrictions.... remember your ID though..

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Huntington Beach Transportation

  • Get a Taxi Easily

    For those who want to party hard in the heart of H.B night or day, be relieved that plenty of taxis are available along and by Main St. No need to call for one.The Main stretch, often dubbed "DUI central", is notorious for heavy drinking and some other intoxication. Don't be stupid and get into your car if you're wasted.

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  • Take, rent a bike

    H.B. is a very bicycle friendly town, especially by the beach. The main beach boardwalk is full of cyclists, young and older, enthusiast to beginner level. If you are visiting the beach and want to exercise on a bike along the shore, there are a few places where you can rent a standard cruiser for as low as $10 an hour (see rental list at the...

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  • Come/depart here via the 29 bus

    So, you are already in Orange county for fun and want to come to HB for more? Find your way to Beach Blvd. which will indeed lead you directly to the beach, at Huntington. The OCTA 29 travels along Beach and I have often come down to HB this way. Mostly the ride is comfortable- except when the bus is at capacity. Don't be surprised by delays on the...

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Huntington Beach Shopping

  • Miss European food?

    I guess if I begin to miss German products, I can go there for a bit home feeling. You can also order the products online from the website listed below. It's supposed to be European products, but I saw especially many German ones such as breads, candies, coffies, chocolate candies, etc The also sell a few German language magazines. Since many of...

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  • Shopping By The Sea...

    The Market takes place every Friday at the end of the Pier on the Pacific Coast Highway and Main StStroll around the stalls in perfect weather with the sea lapping the shore in the background... Lots of bargains and local crafts to be had.. Whatever you want....

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  • Surf Shops, Surf Shops and.....Yep, Surf...

    I haven't highlighted one shop...there are many types of shops but they predominately revolve around the holiday season / surfing requirements of the local economy... a wide range of Billabong, O'Neill, etc clothes, various sunglasses and other items cheaper than the UK whatever you pay...

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Huntington Beach Local Customs

  • Salute Duke

    This is a tribute to an acclaimed surfer, Duke Kahanamoku by the main strip and surfer hall of fame. Walk up to duke and give your salute. Bow down!

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  • Starbucks

    I am kind of caffeine addict and especially when I am in US: The coffee there is good. LOL. From HB I didn't find very many coffee shops so I got my satisfaction daily from Starbucks. Which was totally ok for me. The staff there was fun, very nice types, absolutely fantastic ones. Too bad that I didn't asked that one cute guy out...just kiddin'...

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  • Get Food, Shop and Buy Art at Farmer's...

    HB has their twist on the common farmer's market. Farmer's Market and Art A-Faire occurs each Friday at Pier Plaza, 315 Pacific Coast Highway.Having a farmer's market near the beach is always convenient. It starts at PCH/Main st. This is a great way to have a picnic at the beach. Get the picnic basket for collecting exotic fruits, veggies and...

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Huntington Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Jelly Fish- Waves

    Watch out for jelly fish in the summer when the water warms up.If you get stung its going to hurt but just go to a lifeguard and they will fix you up. Watch out for the waves .If you are'nt use to swimming in waves you can get hurt. Always dive into the wave don't stand and let the wave hit you.Also don't dive down into the water it might look deep...

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  • Cops

    They really don't have much crime in HB so the cops walk around in shorts down the beach arrest a drunk once in awhile and give tickets so don't smoke or drink on the beach or pier

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  • Rip Tides

    Rip Tides are currents that pull you out to sea and you can't swim back against them. If you get caught in one swim to the side until you are out of the current then swim back to shore.

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Huntington Beach What to Pack

  • by ButterflyA Written Aug 25, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Take it all. That's what i always say

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take everything from your fanciest evening wear to your thong bikini and make sure you bring a sweater for those cool nights, no matter what time of year. But don't get me wrong, Huntington is pretty laid back, a pair of surf shorts and a tank top can get you almost anywhere.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure you have a great camera and/or video camera, the view of the beach and those on the beach is wonderful.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Just make sure you have a beach towel. Anything else, especially if your traveling far, you can rent at one of the many stands along the bike/skate path on the beach.

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Huntington Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Old World Village

    A Must Do at Oktoberfest but I suppose you can go at anytime of the year. It's a little German Village in Southern California. Located at 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA. 92647

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  • Central Park

    18381 Golden West is Central Park a great park to walk around and a small restaurant for breakfast and lunch.This is where you can bring your dog and they have food for dogs too and a place for them or they can lay by your table.After you eat walk around one of the best parks in Huntington Beach.

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  • Yes! See wetlands in greater L.A., by...

    Bolsa Chica Wetlands Just when you think you're in the city, you come upon a huge developing ecosystem of rare plants, birds and wildlife. Huntington Beach is painted not only with the ocean full of surfers and beach enthusiasts. H.B. can claim having wetlands with a lovely diversity of life. Fortunately for nature lovers. the land has not been...

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Huntington Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • learn to surf

    Learn to surf Corky Carrow's surfing school from a former surf champion from Huntington Beach supplies everything to learn to surf from 1 hour to all week

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  • Surfers Paradise....

    I couldn't surf if I tried however it looked fantasic and is part of the World Championships itinerary General surfing gear, ie: wetsuit, board, etcTry the Java Surf Shack opposite the beach on the Pacific Coast Highway for gear rental...at what didn't seem too expensive prices(for location see "croissants.." in my other tips)

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  • Pacific Shoreline Marathon

    For me running at HB was torture. I am so used to cooler climate that the humidity and hot weather were killing me. My heart rate went up to the sky all the time, even early in the morning. So I cannot imagine myself running this marathon, but as a viewer it might be fun. Orange County's only Beachfront Marathon, including a half Marathon, 5k and...

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Huntington Beach Favorites

  • Know about Surf Turf Debate

    Seeking out stories behind the city...Surf City is a phrase that stirs up debate between H.B and another California city, Santa Cruz. Both claim this title, though, arguably, H.B. better represents and markets "Surf City" throughout the city on streets and business.

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  • A Hollywood of Surf in H.B.

    Taking cues from Hollywood, Huntington Beach salutes legendary surfers with a cemented salute.Celebrated surfers include Kelly Slater (his marking pictured).Follow the surfing walk of fame along Main and P.C.H.http://surfingwalkoffame.com/

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  • Surfing Weather and Report

    Ok, this might be advertising somebody else's page, but here you find current surfing weather daily and a report of it. It is very useful too for those who wanna hit the waves...Plus it is fun too! :)http://www.hbonline.com/surfreport.htm

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