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2013&2014 Official Visitors Guide


Huntington Beach Visitors Guide 2013/2014


Huntington Beach Marketing & Visitors Bureau 301 Main Street, Suite 208 Huntington Beach, CA 92648-5171 714.969.3492; 800.729.6232 • President/CEO Steve Bone Director of mktg & communications Madison Fisher Director of Sales Christopher Anderson Film & Sports Commissioner Briton Saxton

vice president of sales & Marketing John Ehlenfeldt, CMP

sneak peek in this issue

visitor services manager Nicole Llido kiosk tourism coordinators Bridget Barrett Kevin Keller Jim Lange

Huntington Beach is probably the biggest surf town in the world.

Office manager Joseph Aranda Cover Photo BY Tallgrass Pictures Editorial photos are from HBMVB or otherwise indicated. The Huntington Beach Marketing & Visitors Bureau (HBMVB) is the official destination marketing organization of Huntington Beach, California. The Bureau operates as a private non-profit 501(C)(6) corporation under contract to the City of Huntington Beach to promote the city as the premier overnight beach destination in Orange County and Southern California.

Kelly Slater 11-time Surfing World Champion

 dining destinations Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour offer surprising dining discoveries. 34

Art Director Ivy Brown

Editor Matt Jaffe

Operations Director Christine Thomas

GRAPHIC DESIGNERs Bill Booty Dani Lemus

it’s official  If you didn’t already know, we are Surf City USA®. 14

 beach buys From vast surfboard selections to the perfect pair of trendsetting board shorts, surfing sets the beach style. 44

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Advertising Sales Matthew Gibbons

go eco  Get inspired as you explore HB’s wildlife habitats. 58

Advertise: 800.578.5013; The Huntington Beach Visitors Guide is published annually by Striker Media Group in conjunction with the Huntington Beach Marketing & Visitors Bureau (HBMVB). All activities, dates, locations, programs, rates and times listed in this guide are correct as of 4/1/13, but are subject to change without notice. The HBMVB and Striker Media Group have made every effort to maintain the accuracy of information presented in the guide, but assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. SURF CITY USA® is a registered trademark of the HBMVB.

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what’s inside 06 ENJOY 


California-style Life’s better on our shore


Top 10 Must-Dos

10 beach&Surf 

Experience our iconic pier and miles of beautiful beaches

26 city&scene 

Discover what’s happening (and cooking) in Downtown, The Boulevards, and after the sun goes down



Exceptional flavor fusion


surf city classics


Sweet treats


The Beaches


Seaside Resorts


Catch a Wave Learn to surf like a pro


Surf Speak Glossary Learn the lingo of fellow surfers




downtown happenings



Love our local look 45

Huntington Harbour

shop oc

56 Out&active

Take advantage of our healthy lifestyle with eco-touring and other unique outdoor activities


huntington harboUr


HB on Wheels


Healthy living


surf city calendar


spa splendor


the perfect base camp



PLUS This guide has all the resources you’ll need to have a safe and fun-filled visit Hotel Grid A full list of accommodations

72 Beach Basics/Travel Tips Fast facts and general information Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters


Huntington Beach Map Navigate Surf City USA® with ease


sea surf relax

Whether you spend all your time lounging on the sand or take advantage of Surf City USA’s active beach culture, you’ll always have a place in the sun. 6

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ENJOY Amazing…Beautiful...Wow…Huntington

and sunsets that paint the sky in vivid hues

Beach visitors are often at a loss for words

of pink, violet, and orange. This glorious

when they arrive and get their first look at

ocean scene is only the beginning of what

This glorious ocean scene is only the beginning of what awaits... the world of Surf City USA—miles of broad

awaits when you visit California’s classic

sands, surfers catching waves near the pier,

beach town.



california-style With 10 miles of broad sand beaches and a vibrant downtown filled with shopping and dining, Huntington Beach blends surfing’s laid-back spirit with a relaxed, contemporary style to create a destination like nowhere else on the California coast. Huntington Beach is an active, energetic town where life is lived outdoors, especially along the oceanfront. Every day, residents and visitors gather to surf, play beach volleyball, or walk and bicycle along the famed Ocean Strand. Washed by sea breezes and bathed in sunshine, Huntington Beach offers an almost perfect climate—whether you’re looking to

Setting the Scene Looking for perfection? Well, this is the place for you. About 35 miles from Los Angeles, Huntington Beach extends along a 10-mile stretch of coastline in northern Orange County. Weather & Climate

The weather is mild and without extreme heat, cold, or rainfall. Average monthly high temperatures vary only 10 degrees or so from the Huntington Beach’s 70° F/21° C standard. Rainfall is concentrated in the winter and is typically less than 12 inches annually.


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exercise or do little more than hang out along the sand, watch the waves, and take in the scene. The beach and surfing set the tone for life here, and there’s a seamless transition as you walk just a few steps from the ocean and iconic Huntington Beach Pier to Main Street’s worldrenowned surf shops, stylish clothing boutiques, and distinctive restaurants serving everything from American classics to inventive sushi rolls. There’s more to Surf City than its incredible beaches. The city’s great green space, 356-acre Huntington Central Park is filled with recreational activities: horseback riding, walking paths, a sports complex, and even a disc golf course. Huntington Beach is also a city

with a longstanding commitment to the environment, and the restored Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is one of the most vital natural areas in Southern California, with more than 200 bird species spotted in these wetlands. Come to Huntington Beach for a few days and stay at one of our celebrated resorts. Play in the waves and maybe try surfing. Explore downtown and discover new restaurants. Maybe we’re a bit biased—after all, the people who know Huntington Beach the best are also its biggest fans. But we’re certain that after you spend even a short time here, you’ll agree that Huntington Beach is the place for the ultimate California beach vacation.

Top Ten Must-Dos ENJOY

Must-Dos top ten

A list of must-dos in Surf City USA® could go on forever, but here are our top 10 experiences you won't want to miss.


Catch a Wave Surf Huntington Beach’s world-famous breaks. Never surfed before? Then take a lesson with one of the local pros.


Rooms With a View Stay at one of Surf City’s ocean-view resorts.


A Peerless Pier Go fishing, take a walk, and watch surfers from the landmark Huntington Beach Pier.


Seaside Cycling Cruise along Huntington Beach’s oceanfront bike path.


On the Town Catch the scene along Main Street during Surf City Nights—a weekly happening with a farmers’ market, food stands, live music, and local vendors selling original crafts, art, and clothing.


Park It Visit Huntington Central Park for everything from horseback riding to disc golf.


Build It Design and sculpt your own sandcastle.


Get Fired Up Build a bonfire and roast marshmallows in one of more than 500 pits along the beach.


Sunset and Supper Watch the sun go down while dining at an oceanfront restaurant.


Oh, and Remember to Kick Back In Huntington Beach, doing nothing is perfectly acceptable —especially when you’re hanging at the beach.

There’s even more to do in Surf City! See pages 56-69


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BEACH&SURF Watch the waves rolling onto the broad

the sun keeps shining, the waves are always

beaches of Surf City USA and listen to the

perfect, and tomorrow promises to be even

sound of palm trees rustling with the ocean

better than today—comes most vividly alive

The endless summer—that mythical state of bliss... breeze. Then ponder a simple question:

along the ocean in Huntington Beach. It’s all

Where else would you rather be? The endless

here: beach volleyball, surfing, and sunsets

summer—that mythical state of bliss when

straight out of your dreams.

Perfect for everyone in the family, Surf City’s beaches are all about fun in the sun.


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pier It’s hard to imagine Surf City USA without the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. Maybe that’s because the pier and the city came into existence together all the way back in 1904. Thanks to historic surf-riding demonstrations in the waves alongside the pier by legendary Hawaiian watermen George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku, this landmark is an integral part of Huntington Beach surfing lore. Rebuilt after two storms in the 1980s, today’s pier stretches 1,850 feet into the Pacific, making it one of the longest on the West Coast. It’s the symbolic heart of Huntington Beach, a place where locals and visitors come out to watch surfers and savor the splendor of the coast—especially at sunset.


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The pier is about simple pleasures. Take to the air with a colorful, acrobatic kite from Kite Connection; enjoy the ocean panoramas and delicious burgers at Ruby’s Surf City Diner out on the far

tip of the pier; try your hand at fishing halibut and sea bass (you don’t need a license to fish off the pier); or rent a rod-and-reel from Let’s Go Fishing, the pier’s bait-and-tackle shop.

The Beaches of Surf City BEACH&SURF

BeachesSurfCity The


With clean wide sands, safe swimming, and the waves that made Huntington Beach famous, Surf City's five beaches rival the world's best. Bolsa Chica State Beach

Nirvana for Newbies In addition to being a great swimming area, 3-mile-long Bolsa Chica State Beach is a top spot for beginning surfers and surf schools because the shallow bottom shelf limits the size of waves.

Huntington State Beach

In the Swim Head here for a perfect summer swimming spot. During high season, surfing is only allowed in select areas, leaving big stretches open for swimmers, bodysurfers, and boogie boarders. It’s also the official training location for California State Lifeguards, and a good destination for surf fishing.


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Where the City Meets the Surf With the landmark pier (see pg 12) and easy proximity to downtown, Huntington City Beach is the hub of local beach life. The US Open of Surfing takes place here, thanks to the world-class waves, while calm conditions near shore are great for family swimming.

Sunset Beach

Family Fun The city’s newest and northernmost beach (thanks to the recent annexation of Sunset Beach) is 1.5 miles long, making it the shortest Surf City beach. Sunset Beach offers not only a classic stretch of sand but also a linear park with a playground.

The Canine Coast Ask any dog owner: It’s tough to find a beach where your furry friend can frolic off-leash in the waves. But with 1.5-miles of pure pooch paradise, Surf City USA’s Dog Beach is much loved by the cold-nosed crew (and their human companions too). See feature on page 64


US Open of Surfing

come down to the beach, in terms of surf shops per square foot, and the number of surfers in the water, it’s been a really prominent place in surfing.”

we are the official

surf city usa Welcome to the center of the surfing universe. From the waves to Main Street and out into the boulevards, surfing plays a huge role in the daily life of Huntington Beach and defines the city’s identity. Take it from 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, who received the key to the city in 2011 and told the Orange County Register, “Huntington Beach is probably the biggest surf town in the world. In terms of crowds that

Surf Music Lives! Surf music isn’t just nostalgia here, it’s part of the Huntington Beach soundtrack. Hear it live during the Surfin’ Sundays Concert Series at Pier Plaza, at the International Surfing Museum, and at other events throughout the year.


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Here are the top reasons why Huntington Beach is Surf City USA. Touched by the Gods

Two of surfing’s icons, George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku, rode the waves here in the early 1900s and brought surfing to Huntington Beach.

The Wimbledon of Surfing

In late July and early August, Huntington Beach hosts the Vans US Open of Surfing (pictured above), the world’s largest surf competition, which also includes a lifestyle festival with skateboard competitions and live music on the sand. Surfing’s World Headquarters

Major companies, including Quiksilver and Roxy, are based in Huntington Beach. (continued on pg 17)


BEACH&SURF Seaside Luxury


luxury enjoy some

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa An Old World-style bridge connects this romantic Mediterraneaninspired retreat to miles and miles of Surf City USA’s beaches. With four-diamond dining at The Californian and soothing treatments at its Pacific Waters Spa, the Hyatt earned spots both as one of the country’s top 100 resort spas and Southern California’s 20 leading resorts in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. For all its grown-up amenities, the Hyatt also has a special treat for kids: the waterslides at Slyders Water Playground.

Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Offering a contemporary take on the beach experience, Shorebreak Hotel breaks from tradition with a sophisticated, surf-inspired design. Its low-key cool works perfectly with the Shorebreak’s incomparable location, directly across from the pier and beach and just half a block from Main Street. The pet-friendly Shorebreak was named one of Southern California’s top 25 hotels in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Poll and one of the “Big 6” surf hotels in the Americas in the British newspaper, The Independent.

714.698.1234, 800.233.1234

714.861.4470, 877.744.1117

Huntington Beach Accomodations View the complete Huntington Beach Hotel Grid on page 71 or visit


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Live the luxe life and pamper yourself with a stay at one of Huntington Beach's full-service waterfront resorts.

The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel Who says you have to go all the way to Hawaii for a tropical beach vacation? With towering palm trees throughout its lush grounds and ocean views from every room, this resort lets you bask in the atmosphere and romance of the tropics right here in Surf City. You’re bound to spend time simply hanging out along your private, furnished balcony to take in the panorama of the coast, but a bonfire area, tennis courts and fitness center give you plenty of entertainment and exercise options too. Of course, the beach is just steps away, and the resort’s Green Wagon Program will set you up with hot dogs and s’mores ingredients for cookouts on the sand. And it’s pet-friendly too. 714.845.8000, 800.822.7873

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Hurley International began as a board factory here, while the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA), the Association of Surfing Professionals North America, and Surfing America (the sport’s national governing body) all operate out of Huntington Beach. There’s No Better Place to Buy a Board

Gordie Duane opened Huntington Beach’s first surfboard shop underneath the pier in 1956. These days, an active community of skilled board shapers works here and the city is also home to more than a dozen surf shops (see pg 44). As Surfline put it, “No other city in America has a Main Street with more surf-oriented businesses.” We’re Modern, the world-renowned surf report and wave forecasting service, is based high above Huntington Surf & Sport and began operations as a pay phone operation back in 1985. We’re Old School

Huntington Beach is the birthplace of Kanvas by Katin, considered the classic board short.

He’s Old School

Just Ask Corky

Robert August of Endless Summer fame served as student body president at Huntington Beach High School and remains part of the local board shaper brotherhood.

Corky Carroll, the best-known American surfer of the 1960s and operator of a Huntington Beach surfing school, declared, “Orange County is the cultural center of the surf world and Huntington Beach is like the heartbeat.”

“No other city in America has a Main Street with more surf-oriented businesses.”

Coming Soon to a Beach Near You

Surf apparel industry professionals from around the world make pilgrimages to Huntington Beach to scout local streets and beaches for trends and styles that later appear on the global market. Surf’s Up

In The Encyclopedia of Surfing, historian Matt Warshaw wrote that Huntington Beach Pier “is arguably mainland America’s most consistent break, receiving long-distance swells all year, from every available direction.” Just Ask Dean

Listen to local resident Dean Torrence. Back in 1963 as part of the vocal duo Jan & Dean, he recorded “Surf City” —the first surf music song to top the charts. Dean said, “If we were writing the song today, Huntington Beach would be the prototype Surf City USA.”


Bites at the Beach BEACH&SURF


@ the Beach

You’ll barely have to leave the water to find burgers and beach favorites to power your swimming and surfing. Dwight’s At The Beach A favorite for generations, thanks in part to its cheese strips—a combination of tortilla chips and cheddar cheese with a special salsa. Kokomo’s Surfside Grill Home of the cowabunga burger, as well as breakfast and shaved ice. It’s dog-friendly too.

pack a

picnic On many days in Huntington Beach, you’ll want to stay outside and savor every minute of yet another perfect afternoon. When you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the beach, the pier, or Huntington Central Park, nothing beats a picnic lunch from one of these local spots. (For more choices, see Healthy Living on pg 63).

Foodie Convenience With gourmet items, sandwiches, and s’mores fixings, Surf City Grocers is a convenient stop for guests at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Surf Hero Deli offers made-to-order sandwiches and salads, plus hot dogs and nachos at a poolside location in the Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel.


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Dubbed “the world’s greatest butcher shop,” Beef Palace Butcher Shop is a favorite for locals looking for perfect ribeyes and sushi-grade tuna, and also carries cold cuts and beef jerky. Cash only. With a wide selection of breads and a full line-up of Boar’s Head premium cold cuts and cheeses, Coach’s Deli is a great choice for carry-out sandwiches, paninis, and wraps. Orange County Register food writer Anita Lau loved the ciabatta rolls and French dip sandwiches at Deli-Licious, and rhapsodized that the Marge’s Grilled Italian Roma Sub was “one of the best Italian subs that I can remember eating in a long time.” Come to John’s Philly Grill for cheesesteak sandwiches, hoagies, and a custom line of sodas, including a delicious root beer. (continued on pg 21)

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos Its tacos, burritos, and rice bowls mingle flavors of California, Brazil, Mexico, China, and Hawaii. In other words, world surf cuisine.  Zack’s Pier Plaza Beach classics

from burgers to kebobs and falafels.


BEACH&SURF Catch a Wave

catch a


You’ll probably never get the chance to hit a home run in major league baseball or sink a jumpshot in the NBA, but in Huntington Beach, you can take lessons and learn surfing at one of the sport’s most hallowed locations. Banzai Surf School

OEX Sunset Beach


(stand-up paddleboarding) 562.592.0800

Corky Carroll’s Surf School Fuze Sports (stand-up paddleboarding) 800.879.3893 |

Salty Grom Surf Camp

HB Surf School 714.658.6873 |

Jack’s Beach Concession

714.330.3350 |

Surf City Adventure Tours



KiteSurfari (kiteboarding)

Toes On The Nose

714.964.5483 |

McKinnon Shapes and Designs (stand-up paddleboarding) 714.377.6101

Newland Street Super Surf Camp 714.901.9030 |


Paddle Into Fitness (stand-up paddleboarding) 858.997.0033

714.969.3959 |

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Zack’s Pier Plaza 714.536.0215 |

17th Street Boardshop 714.536.6200

Taking lessons will help you become a radolescent. Don’t know what that is? Check out page 24

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Yelpers love the fresh-baked Dutch crunch roll at MeatHeadz Sandwich Shop for specialty sandwiches like the Hang Loose (hot pastrami, bacon, cream cheese, and avocado). Plus all sandwiches come with a fresh-baked cookie. Right off Main Street, Super Hero’s Sandwiches serves up righteous hot heroes and specialty sandwiches from The Three Wood (a triple decker club sandwich with turkey, roast beef, and bacon) to the Lifeline (all veggies with vegetarian bacon on parmesan sourdough). Jan’s Health Bar is a longtime local favorite, thanks to healthy choices, like its kale salad, and a classic tuna-andavocado sandwich. Avocado Café, a newcomer to Main Street, offers a healthy, simple menu of salads, wraps, and sandwiches made with the finest fresh ingredients.

Avocado Café

...nothing beats a picnic lunch from one of these local spots.


BEACH&SURF Surfing Alternatives

Surfing 4Alternatives Stand-up Paddleboarding Only a few years ago when beachgoers spotted a stand-up paddleboarder they’d ask, “What exactly is that dude doing?” Now this ancient Hawaiian tradition, in which riders propel themselves with a paddle and catch waves, is the country’s hottest watersport. Bodyboarding Often referred to as boogie-boarding (in honor of the Morey Boogie, the board that popularized the sport), bodyboarding is the most popular surfing alternative. From a position on their bellies, bodyboarders ride square-nosed, flexible boards. Kitesurfing Bringing entirely new meaning to the term “catch some air,” riders wearing harnesses attached by lines to kites are pulled along the ocean surface. They control the board’s speed and direction by adjusting the kite’s angle and tension. Kneeboarding In another Hawaiian tradition now experiencing a revival, surfers ride short, snub-nosed boards while on their knees. Because kneeboarders sit so close to the ocean surface, the sense of speed gets heightened.


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Surfers’ Hall of Fame

learn surf culture

surf shrines For surf culture and history, Huntington Beach is like Cooperstown, the Smithsonian, and Grauman’s Chinese Theater rolled into one. International Surfing Museum

A must for surf buffs thanks to such sacred relics as a surfboard used by Duke Kahanamoku, a cornerstone from the 1914 Huntington Beach Pier, a guitar owned by surf instrumental king Dick Dale, and the Rolex camera used by Bruce Brown to film The Endless Summer. 714.960.3483 | Surfing Walk of Fame (Pictured right)

Granite stone plaques in front of Jack’s Surfboards honor surfing giants in five categories. Inductees include Huntington Beach resident Peter “PT” Townend (surfing’s first world champion) and David Nuuhiwa, who also lived here and was considered the best surfer of his era.

Hang ten in the footprints and touch the handprints of iconic surfers such as Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton at the plaza in front of Huntington Surf and Sport. And definitely check out the incredible statue of Duke Kahanamoku that presides over the plaza.

...touch the handprints of iconic surfers... Rob Machado at the Surfing Walk of Fame

a hotbed for

bonfires There’s no official designation but we’ll go on record and declare that Huntington Beach is the beach bonfire capital of the world! With over 500 concrete fire rings scattered along 10 miles of oceanfront, Surf City USA is one of the last places on the California coast where you can still build a beach bonfire.

Bonfires are beautiful, of course, and perfect for staying warm on cool nights. You can also barbecue in the fire rings and toast marshmallows for s’mores—that irresistible combination of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate.

S'mores 101 For unique s’more recipes, pick up a copy of the Huntington Beach Dining Guide at our Visitors Center or download it at

Fire rings are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Choose your spot early, especially during summer and holiday weekends, then surround your ring with gear to claim it.


BEACH&SURF Surf Speak Glossary



Websites like are devoted to tracking the ever-changing dialect of surfing. Surfers have evolved countless ways to denote wipeouts, states of bliss, and wannabes. Here's a list of common surf terms: Amped: The state of adrenaline-fueled bliss after a good ride or day of surfing. Ate It: What you don’t want to do. This is the result of a bad ride or a wipeout when the wave wins and you lose. Barrel: Where you want to be. This is the hollow of a breaking wave that allows surfers to get inside. Also known as a “tube.” Carve: A skill you want to have. It refers to the ability to turn smoothly on a wave. Caught Inside: When you’re between the shoreline and the breaking waves and must wait for an opportunity to paddle back out.

Clucked: Your fragile state of mind after a confrontation with a particularly intimidating wave. Corduroy: When swells rib the ocean’s surface with clean lines that extend toward the horizon.

Duck Dive: A move performed by surfers in which they force their board underwater and dive beneath a crashing wave and emerge out the other side. Firing: What waves are doing on good surf days. Also known as “going off.” Frube: Like a guy who can’t get a girl to dance with him, this is a lad who spends the day out on the water and never catches a wave.


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Garshed: A fatigued state following a day of surfing.

Opuu: Hawaiian term for a particularly powerful swell.

Green Room: The space inside the barrel, so named for the distinctive light created by the sun shining through the wave. A literal place but a spiritual one, too.

Over The Falls: To fall down the face of the wave as the lip is breaking over you.

Grommet or Grom: Contemporary variation on the more traditional “gremmie” or “grem,” derived originally from gremlin and used to refer to a young or beginning surfer. Junkyard Dog: A lousy surfer who rides bad waves that better surfers pass up. Lineup: Spot where surfers wait just beyond the place where waves break. Liquid Smoke: Veil of spray that comes off waves when the wind blows from the land toward the ocean. Malibu: An alternative term for longboard.

Quiver: A surfer’s arsenal of boards each ideally suited for varying conditions.

Rag Dolled: To get tumbled around by a wave. Rickt: A term derived from Richter Scale, generally used to convey that something was beyond measure in its awesomeness. Rip: To surf to your full potential and abilities. Shred: To execute multiple turns on a shortboard.

Shredecessors: Those who came before—Gandalfs and other old schoolers who are your surfing forebears. Talk Story: Hawaiian term for when a crew gets together and shoots the breeze. Utopic: Loose conjunction of utopia and epic, used to denote prime conditions or the state of bliss derived from them. Vaycay: A radical and awesome vacation. Like you’ll have in Huntington Beach!

Zimzala: Free spirit whose life is centered on the beach and ocean. (And also a darn fine restaurant at Shorebreak, a Joie de Vivre Hotel).


CITY&SCENE Huntington Beach is a relaxed place, definitely

USA may be, you’ll also discover that for all of

more flip-flop friendly than formal. That’s

our love of the ocean and the outdoors, we

...surfing and the beach set the tone here, even far beyond the sands... because surfing and the beach set the tone

also have an appreciation for the finer things

here, even far beyond the sands and out into

in life. So come for the seashore, then stay and

the rest of the city. But as laid-back as Surf City

explore our shopping, dining, and culture.

Huntington Beach’s lively city scene extends from the ocean to Main Street and beyond—day and night. 26

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art cuisine local




From oceanfront dining to foodie finds out on the boulevards, Huntington Beach serves up an ever-evolving dining selection. There’s not one food scene but many, and you’re bound to find whatever you’re craving. Huntington Beach has beloved cafés for American classics and comfort foods, and ocean-view resort restaurants for a memorable night out.


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Zimzala Restaurant and Bar


downtown The perfect tool for preparing succulent steaks is a 1,600-degree broiler that Tom Shields, executive chef and co-owner of Spark Woodfire Grill, loves cooking with. His steaks are every bit as tasty as the restaurant’s panoramic views of the Pacific. Boasting a “bordello meets burger bar” ambience, 25 Degrees features chandeliers and plush leather booths. It’s definitely not a typical burger joint, which is only appropriate, because the

endless toppings and sauces certainly take burgers to a whole new level, while its “spiked” milkshakes include such surprising ingredients as Guinness and spiced rum. If you love Mexican food, then Huntington Beach is your kind of town. Fred’s Mexican Café is equally renowned for its incredible ocean views, calamari and Cajun shrimp tacos, and massive burritos that tip the scales at more than a pound. With its Baja surfing vibe and authentic dishes (don’t miss Mama Avila’s legendary chicken and rice soup) Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant has a earned a devoted following and accolades as The OC’s best Mexican dining.

New to The Strand is Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, with a unique take on the authentic Belgium waffle. When it’s teamed up with a variety of tasty fillings, the waffle becomes a perfect meal. Salads, locally produced old-fashioned cane sugar sodas, real Wisconsin frozen custard, shakes, sundaes and floats round out the menu. And the best part, nothing on the menu exceeds $10. (continued on pg 30)

Surf City Samplers Looking for more information about the Huntington Beach food scene? Pick up our Huntington Beach Dining Guide, a comprehensive look at local restaurants, chefs, and even favorite recipes. Pick up a copy at our Visitors Center or download it at

For a great one-stop opportunity to taste dishes from top local restaurants, April’s Taste of Huntington Beach event at Huntington Central Park Sports Complex features 40 restaurants, 15 breweries, and 30 wineries. The event, which benefits the Children’s Library of Huntington Beach, includes a silent auction and live entertainment. More info at

Duke’s Huntington Beach


Farmers' Markets

Fresh & Local Growers from around Southern California bring the bounty of the land to Surf City. Strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, and citrus from the region’s fabled groves, plus all sorts of other seasonal delicacies can be found at these locations. Surf City Nights Certified Farmers’ Market Tuesday, 5pm-9pm, Downtown HB 200 Main Street (In conjunction with Surf City Nights) RA Sushi Bar

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Don’t have time for a Hawaii vacation? Then consider a trip to North Shore Poke Company, where five different flavors of ahi tuna poke bowls will transport you to the islands. Or for Hawaiianstyle breakfasts, No Ka Oi serves up macadamia nut pancakes, French toast made with sweet Hawaiian bread, and loco mocos.

Huntington Beach is a hotspot for sushi lovers too, and the dramatic contemporary décor and selection of 100 inventive rolls at Sushi On Fire earned this Main Street mainstay second place in the Orange County Register’s 2012 Best of The OC competition. RA Sushi Bar also took honors and the newspaper lauded the restaurant for its rolls, signature cocktails, and “subtly sexy” atmosphere.

spot: Java Point


It's definitely a local hangout. I love going to Java Point, which is located inside the Huntington Surf and Sport store on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street. It’s definitely a local hangout. We all enjoy the morning or afternoon talking about the surf or the local happenings. I order either the Sunrise Sandwich or the Works Bagel with a great cup of coffee. The Java Point staff serve up the best Dawn Patrol or Americana cup of coffee!

—Courtney Conlogue


2008 US Open of Surfing Women’s Champ and Huntington Beach Surfer

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Certified Farmers’ Market Friday, 1pm-5pm, Pier Plaza Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway Peter’s Landing Farmers’ Market Saturday, 9am-2pm, Peter’s Landing 16400 Pacific Coast Highway

Surf City Classics DINE

Classics Surf City

Shades Restaurant and Bar Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

along the

pacific What could be better than pairing great food with one of America’s most gorgeous coastlines? Thanks to both casual spots and fine dining destinations, Surf City has ocean-view dining for every taste and budget. Shades Restaurant & Bar at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel showcases chef Jeff Littlefield’s locally sourced dishes, which emphasize a simple, yet elegant approach. Littlefield even has a special “ingredient of the month” program, in which the restaurant’s Facebook friends help pick out an ingredient to use in specials. You can also pick up made-to-order sandwiches and quick bites at the resort’s Surf Hero Market. At cool and casual Zimzala in Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, executive chef Roy Hendrickson prepares what he calls California Beach Cuisine. His approach could just as easily be dubbed Huntington Beach Cuisine, thanks to its laid-back blend of modern American cooking and California influences that perfectly reflects the Surf City vibe. (continued on pg 32)

For all of Huntington Beach's innovative dining options, this is a city that definitely loves its traditions too. The Sugar Shack along Main Street has remained a local favorite since 1967 thanks to breakfast burritos, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls in the morning and burgers for lunch. The iconic Keppler’s Special (which includes scrambled eggs, avocado, and hollandaise sauce) even earned raves in Saveur magazine. The Longboard Restaurant and Pub is a prime spot to experience the Huntington Beach surfing scene. Housed in a building that dates back to 1904, The Longboard serves up everything from pulled pork sandwiches to Maine lobster. Captain Jack’s Prime Rib & Seafood Restaurant is renowned for its Alaska king crab legs. And since seafood holds an honored place in Huntington Beach, the restaurant has been a classic since 1965. Zubies Dry Dock is another landmark that dates to the 1960s. Their giant aquariums, oyster bar, and fish and chips prove that there’s seafood beyond the seashore in Surf City. Don the Beachcomber is where you can take a vacation within a vacation. Nothing beats the tiki décor, live Hawaiian music, and Polynesian cuisine.


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The Californian at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa earned four diamonds from AAA, both for dishes that take full advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients from Southern California and a refined atmosphere, where restaurant-goers can savor ocean views and a graceful interior. If you’re looking for somewhere colorful and casual, Pete’s Sunset Grille serves up superb margaritas, tempura-fried halibut, fish tacos, and ocean views. Beyond the resorts, you’ll want to try the Surf City classic Duke’s Huntington Beach, thanks to incomparable ocean and pier views and the irresistible aloha spirit of its Hawaiian-inspired décor and cuisine. Just below Duke’s, Sandy’s Beach Grill practically puts you on the sand, with beach-level views and a California-influenced menu that ranges from pecan-crusted sea bass to jalapeño-date burgers. Out above the waves at the end of the pier and 1,000


feet from the shoreline, Ruby’s Surf City Diner lets you enjoy burgers and sweeping beach and ocean vistas. Just across from the beach, the patio and charbroiled burgers on plush egg buns are big draws for surfers at TK Burgers.

...savor ocean views and a graceful interior.


No Ka Oi | Duke’s | G’s Boathouse I’ve lived in Huntington Beach for more than half my life and developed a routine for my favorite hangouts— all for different reasons.

Their grilled fish tacos are outstanding.

If it’s football season, then it’s No Ka Oi for NFL Sunday brunch at the counter. Their Eggs Alaska is the best, and I’m a Jets fan, so it works perfectly because they’re on early enough for a breakfast pitstop.

Duke’s Huntington Beach

Then there’s the Barefoot Bar at Duke’s for lunch meetings. Their grilled fish tacos are outstanding. And for my business, consulting for the surf/action sports industry, their surf ambiance is perfect.

Or, I’ll go to G’s Boathouse for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour. They run the webcast feed through their big screen TVs, so you can catch the world’s best surfers going at it from all over the world. The seafood specials are great, and the beef stroganoff is to die for.

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The first World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) and Surfers’ Hall of Fame and Surfing Walk of Fame Honoree


DINE New Destinations


harbour Sunset & beach

Located a short drive or bike ride from the heart of Surf City, Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour offer a surprising range of restaurants Who knew? At Brix Sunset Beach, you’ll find a big selection of New Yorkstyle deli sandwiches, as well as pizzas, burgers, and a changing assortment of hard-to-find beers on tap. With five different preparations for its seafood and four variations of serving styles, cool and casual Fish Camp definitely lets you have it your way. It’s no wonder that Orange Coast magazine hailed the restaurant for its “fresh, vibrant, and well-crafted” dishes.

“fresh, vibrant, and wellcrafted” dishes...

Roman Cucina is popular for Italian favorites prepared in a traditional, home-cooked style, while the gastrobar Red Table features chef Louie Jocson’s adventurous takes on comfort foods in a creative, eclectic setting. For exotic flavors from the top of the world, Himalayan Grill specializes in deliciously marinated lamb and chicken, and other delicacies from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Red Table

with blue cheese and don’t miss the gnocchi mac and cheese or the red wine braised brisket.

foodie finds in the

boulevards Blending traditional Mexican recipes with Latin American fusion influences has earned The Seafood Zone raves on Yelp for its shrimp tacos and ceviche. The OC Weekly named Slapfish the best seafood restaurant in the county, and also honored this sustainablycommitted spot for fish and chips described as “…a light, golden crispy layer over a clean, flakey fish sitting atop a pile of French fries seasoned and fried to equal perfection.” In other words, yum. Café Cup is positively overflowing with props on Yelp thanks to an incredible breakfast line-up. After all, where else can you find chicken chile verde omelettes, cinnamon roll pancakes, and pesto bagels in one place? The Corner is everything a Modern American restaurant should be. Start off with the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed


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Scraps, an Asian fusion restaurant, is nearly as surprising as its name. With such dishes as ginger-glazed chicken wings on kimchi waffles and roasted pork belly tacos, inspiration is always on the menu. Mitasie 3 specializes in vegan and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes, and regulars swear by the soy barbecue pork rolls. SLOW Fish adheres to the slow food ethic, a movement that emphasizes careful preparations with sustainably produced ingredients. Foodies flock to this spot for the Fat Avo (an avocado filled with seared, seasoned albacore), the award-winning marinated tender rib, and sushi made with black rice (which is known for its mildly nutty flavor). Thanks to a slow-braised lamb shank and a delicious chicken koobideh, Green Rice Kabob took a Critic’s Choice Award from the Orange County Register as The OC’s best Persian restaurant.

Sweet Treats DINE

sweet TREATS There’s more than s’mores in Huntington Beach to satisfy your sweet cravings. And no need to worry about those extra calories. With all of the outdoor activities in Surf City, you’ll burn off dessert in no time. Pastry chef Wonyee Tom has been celebrated from The Big Apple to The Big Orange, and whether you’re looking for a lavish wedding cake or surfboard-shaped cookies, her Tomgirl Baking Company is a go-to spot in Surf City. Bon Appétit and the Los Angeles Times are among the publications that have lauded celebrated baker Keid Pedersen’s cake artistry at The Great Dane Baking Company. Chill out at 33 Degrees, where you can take your pick of gelato, frozen yogurt, shaved ice, and shaved sno in a modern setting that’s as cool as the treats themselves. Spoon up a silky taste of Italy at Mangiamo Gelato Caffe, where a selection of its 75 different secret recipes is made fresh daily.

With whimsically named and ever-changing offerings of cupcakes, you may end up making a return visit (or three) to Bubba Sweets to see what is fresh out of the oven. Can’t decide between ice cream and a cookie? Then The Scoop on Cookies is your kind of place because you can customize ice cream sandwiches from 10 kinds of cookies and 16 premium flavors. Made with locally sourced ingredients, Baguetier Artisan Bakeries brings organic, vegan, and gluten-free baked goods to Surf City. Chocoholics will love the dipped strawberries and other creations at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and also the rich assortment of creams, chews, and truffles at Helen Grace Chocolates —a SoCal tradition since 1944.


These are just a few of the treats you’ll find at Tomgirl Baking Company. From fruit cakes to cream puffs, there’s something for every sweet tooth!



sun down Sports bars and wine bars, laid-back lounges, and red-hot spots for live music—there’s no question that the good times just keep going after the sun sets in Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is a place for anyone who appreciates fine wines and artisan beers. Specializing in boutique California wines, Main Street Wine Company lets you discover new varietals in a contemporary, unpretentious setting —and they serve craft beers too. At SeaLegs Wine Bar, you can pair California-style tapas and cheeses with a huge selection of wines and beers. Huntington Beach Beer Company & Restaurant brews an outstanding pale ale and its patio is perfect on balmy Surf City nights. The upscale sports bar

...its patio is perfect on balmy Surf City nights.

Main Street Wine Company

House of Brews in Huntington Harbour lives up to its name with 11 craft beers on tap, plus a line-up of bottled beers from around the globe. If you’re ready to play beermaker, try brewing and bottling your own creations at Brewbakers. Cool off and chill out with Don the Beachcomber’s classic rum-based tropical drinks, including Mai Tais and Zombies. Or keep it old school at Turc’s Cocktails, where the tiki décor featuring bamboo ceilings and blowfish lights dates back to 1953. For an island atmosphere of a very different kind, the spirit of the Emerald Isle lives at Nadine’s Irish Mist, where you can dig into classic pub grub, listen to live music, or test your own pipes on karaoke nights.

There’s also Irish music downtown (and comedy too) at Gallagher’s Pub & Grill, while out on Beach Boulevard, Johnny’s Saloon took honors as the county’s best punk-rock bar from OC Weekly readers, thanks to craft whiskeys and cocktails named for the likes of Joe Strummer and Iggy Pop. The OC Weekly also loved O’Connell’s Sports Pub & Grill, which earned the title of best sports bar for its no-nonsense game-day experience, frosty and affordable beers, and shots that are always filled to the brim. 

The resorts

Refined Lounging For a refined night out at Huntington Beach’s resorts, you can sip handcrafted cocktails in the lounge at Zimzala Restaurant and Bar in Shorebreak, a Joie de Vivre Hotel. At the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, kick back poolside or hang out on The Red Chair Lounge’s ocean-view patio— perfect for sunsets and such signature cocktails as the H.B. Margarita, which features Tanteo jalapeño tequila. You can even play shuffleboard. Shades PM in the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel offers wine-tasting events Thursday nights, as well as live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights.


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With both major national retailers and distinctive, locally owned boutiques, the shopping selection in Huntington Beach perfectly reflects the city’s casual sophistication. The look here is stylish yet relaxed, contemporary though never painfully trendy. Comfort is always in fashion in Huntington Beach, and you’re bound to find clothes that not only let you look good but feel good too. 42

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main & fifth streets With blocks of stores and plenty of cafés and restaurants where you can take a break from your browsing, Main Street and Fifth Street blend convenience, selection, and downtown’s always-vibrant atmosphere. Island Cowgirl is a uniquely named Huntington Beach store, where you’ll find owner Heather Kraty’s handcrafted jewelry. Celebs, including Miley Cyrus and Jessica Biel, have been spotted wearing Kraty’s designs. Much loved by locals, Model Citizen proves that fashion can be affordable. You’ll appreciate outstanding service from a staff that always listens closely to customers’ needs and will skillfully combine brand and off-brand pieces to help you put together the perfect ensemble. Main Street gets raves for its vintage shopping, too. American Vintage carries classic items including boots, jeans,

and jackets, while you can shop for rock n’ roll tees, refurbished jean jackets, and jewelry at 1 Look Vintage. Quality, affordability, and style are at Varga, where you’ll find modern looks in a boutique with a vintage atmosphere. And for trendy pieces without splurging, Forever 21 has clothing and accessories for men and women. For the latest casual looks, don’t miss American Apparel, the international retailer popular for fashionable basics. Speaking of which, nothing is more basic than the right swimsuit in Huntington Beach, so search for the latest styles at Diane’s Beachwear.

bicycles are a staple of local life, and if you’ve been inspired by a ride along the Surf City shoreline, then stop into Pedego Electric Bikes to see its innovative designs—and maybe even take one out for a test spin. Finally, if you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, rejuvenate with a complimentary facial at Beauty Society Beauty Bar and pick up its soothing natural skin products.


There’s more than clothing along Main Street too. In outdoors loving, eco-conscious Huntington Beach,

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surf selection It doesn’t matter whether you’re a serious surfer searching for your dream board, or if you just want to find the latest surf-inspired fashions. The selection of surf gear and clothing in Huntington Beach can’t be beat. From flagship superstores to family-run board shops, it’s all here. Winner of the Orange County Register’s Critic’s Choice Award as best surf shop, Huntington Surf and Sport (HSS) started off in a shack on Pacific Coast Highway, then grew into an industry leader. With a statue of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku and the Surfers’ Hall of Fame out in front of the flagship store, HSS carries leading brands such as Hurley, Roxy, and Quiksilver, and offers a huge assortment of casual clothing for both men and women. HSS draws plenty of local surfers, thanks to expert

Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters

service and a big line-up of boards, and the store’s café, Java Point, is a go-to spot for locals before and after hitting the waves. Across from HSS, Jack’s Surfboards dates back to 1957 and carries dozens of brands of clothing, accessories, and shoes for men and women. Vintage boards hang from the ceiling and you definitely get the sense that the pure passion for surfing at Jack’s remains every bit as strong as it was back in its earliest days.

...a go-to spot for locals before and after hitting the line-up. Over at The Strand, Rip Curl’s flagship store looks out on the waves that made Huntington Beach famous, and carries the Australian-born company’s clothing, surfboards, and wetsuits. (continued on pg 46)

Got Surfboard Dings? Head over to the Ding Dr. for surfboard repairs or browse for a new board from its large selection.


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Love to Shop Orange County SHOP

shopOC love to

The Strand On Fifth Street With a modern, beach-inspired design, The Strand captures the Huntington Beach lifestyle and is just steps away from the sand.

Bella Terra Bella Terra lets you escape from the routine, whether you’ve come to shop or catch a movie at its 20-screen multiplex.

Born in Los Angeles in 1984, Forever 21 grew into a major global retailer with nearly 500 locations worldwide, and its store at The Strand is the place to go for current styles and great values. Chilli Beans is the largest accessories brand in Latin America, and carries an exclusive line of sunglasses, frames, and watches.

The complex caters to the energetic beach lifestyle in Surf City, thanks to Lorna Jane, the Australian activewear brand designed by women for women, and Diane’s Beachwear, with its incredible collection of swimsuits. At R.E.I., you’ll find gear for every possible outdoor pursuit in Huntington Beach, whether you plan on surfing, bicycling, or walking.

The decor at Varga may look vintage but the women’s fashions at this boutique are always hip and current. As one Yelper put it, “Amazing clothes, accessories, and shoes. Really well-priced for such a cute boutique.”

For feminine clothing, there’s No Rest For Bridget, an Orange Countybased store, while the tween in your life will love the fashions at Justice For Girls. If you have a younger crew, check out Carter’s selection for children and babies.

5 Points Plaza 5 Points Plaza is a perennial winner of the Orange County Register’s People’s Choice awards as “Best Neighborhood Shopping Center.” It’s definitely a go-to spot for Huntington Beach shoppers, thanks to a big line-up of major national retailers: Chicos, Pier 1 Imports, Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, and Tilly’s. It’s also home to Vans, the iconic California brand popular with skateboarders and surfers.

Need items for the beach? The Strand is your place, thanks to the colorful Crocs store and bikini separates at Merrilee’s Swimwear, an OC favorite since 1977.


“one of the last hardcore surf shops in California”

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If you want a pair of classic Kanvas by Katin boardshorts, then go to the source—the Katin Surf Shop on PCH, which opened in 1959. Rick “Rockin Fig” Fignetti is a local institution thanks to years as a competitive surfer, as a newspaper columnist, and as a KROQ radio personality, giving listeners the daily surf report. Described as “one of the last hardcore surf shops in California,” his Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters carries boards, clothing, wetsuits, and accessories from both top brands and smaller boutique companies.

Open since 1984, family-run Sakal Surfboards sells boards designed and hand-shaped in the store’s own factory. The late Chuck Dent was the selfdescribed “original angry young man of surfing,” and Chuck Dent Surf Center is a serious board shop that honors its namesake’s vision. Speaking of Huntington Beach legends, Bud Llamas made the cover of Surfer magazine when he was only 17. Along with local surfer Jerry Mulford, Llamas runs 17th St. Boardshop, where you’ll not only find boards and hoodies, but can arrange lessons and rentals. 

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Whether you want to learn about Huntington Beach’s famous surf culture or experience aspects of Southern California’s heritage, we’ll keep you busy for hours. (Pictured: The Gallery HB at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa) 48

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great destinations for

arts & culture Huntington Beach Art Center

At this vital art hub’s modern gallery space, you’ll see exhibits showcasing the works of national, international, and emerging artists. Community events include jazz, blues, and classical performances, as well as lectures and film screenings. 538 Main Street | 714.374.1650 The Gallery HB

Located inside the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, the gallery features the works of painters, sculptors, and glass blowers from across the western U.S. Curated by owner Peggy Howell, the gallery’s artists include sixth-generation plein air painter Corinne Hartley and Dean Torrence, the Huntington Beach resident, surf music pioneer with Jan and Dean, and Grammy Award winner for best album cover. 714.845.4835 |

Built in 1975 and originally designed by the famed firm of Richard and Dion Neutra, the library is considered a landmark of Southern California modern architecture. Architecture buffs should check out the multilevel atrium and will appreciate the interplay between the library’s interior and the lake and surrounding landscaping. The children’s library ranks among the largest and best in the country, and the cultural center’s 300-seat theater is home to the community-based Huntington Beach Playhouse, which stages dramas and musicals. 7111 Talbert Avenue 714.842.4481 |

...a landmark of Southern California modern architecture. Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center

Newland House Museum Step back into an early era of Huntington Beach history at the city’s oldest residence. Now a museum, the house is decorated with period furnishings and artifacts. Built in 1898 by local pioneers William and Mary Newland and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house actually predates the city’s founding. It was the heart of a productive farm where the Newlands grew lima beans, sugar beets, celery, and peppers on 500 acres of onetime swampland. $2 admission. Open noon-4pm, 1st and 3rd Sat-Sun monthly. 19820 Beach Boulevard | 714.962.5777 Newland House Museum


Wavecrest Woody Car Show

car culture

surf city revs up Huntington Beach takes its wheels almost as seriously as its waves, and here, where the woodie is the city’s official car, lovers of vintage vehicles will find plenty of eye candy around town. Dubbed “the largest and most wellknown casual hot rod gathering in the world,” the early morning meet-up of The Donut Derelicts classic car club is your chance to see everything from backyard “rat rods” to rare concept cars. The group gets together from 6am-9am at Adams Avenue Donuts (9015 Adams Ave.). Or on Friday nights, roll on over to Beach Burger (19102 Beach Blvd.), for another big gathering of Surf City car buffs.

“If Detroit built it to go fast, we’ve got it” is the motto at Surf City Garage, where you can take free tours and see more than 100 vintage muscle cars, including Camaros, Shelbys, and Corvettes. By reservation only; With an unsurpassed gathering of Volkswagen transporters, Nomads, woodies, and other vehicles built in 1967 or earlier, March’s annual Huntington Beachcruiser Meet shows off the close ties between the car and surf cultures.

Car Culture Events See page 65 for Huntington Beach’s calendar of events. Or find Car Culture event dates on our events website.


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In April, the annual Huntington Beach Cruise-in Car Show features more than 100 hot rods and newly built Factory Five demo cars, plus surf music bands. Then in June, the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the country’s finest auto events, returns to Huntington Central Park with classic cars and motorcyles from around the world, and a salute to the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. 

Downtown Happenings ARTS



Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk Surf City transforms itself into Art City during this monthly celebration and themed show when downtown locations display works by both emerging and established artists. You’ll have the chance to meet a number of the artists, and much of their artwork is available for purchase. Third Thursday of the month from 6pm-9pm.

Surf City Nights (Pictured) A weekly street fair, Surf City Nights has accomplished the impossible and turned sleepy Tuesday night into one of the hottest times of the week in Huntington Beach. With traffic shut down on three blocks of Main Street, locals and visitors flock downtown for live music, food stands, and a certified farmers’ market. In addition to plenty of great food, come to this community gathering to shop for art and clothing and find bargains at sidewalk sales. Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm year-round, weather permitting. On Main Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue.

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Downtown Huntington Beach welcomes you! Here, you can take your time. Hundreds of unique businesses line the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach. Soak in some sun while you stroll down the sidewalks. Don’t just peek in the windows, come on in! You and your family can enjoy all that Downtown Huntington Beach has to offer: amazing food, friendly people, and an interesting array of stores— all just steps from the ocean. The fun and friendly atmosphere of Downtown Huntington Beach is where the vibe of Surf City can be found 24/7. Events that take place here throughout the year include Chili at the Beach, Surf City Days, Surf City Nights, and Miracle on Main Street. Join us!


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You might notice that people in Huntington

preserve that’s one of the most critical

Beach don’t stay indoors for very long. That’s

wildlife habitats in Southern California.

because this is a fit, active town where

You can bicycle for miles along our coast,

residents and visitors not only spend their

go horseback riding, or even try yoga on a

...take advantage of Surf City USA’s other outdoor & natural attractions.


days at the beach but also take advantage

paddleboard in Huntington Harbour. Then

of Surf City USA’s other outdoor and natural

after all that fresh air and exercise, head

attractions. We’re home to Orange County’s

back inside for a bit of pampering at one of

largest city park and a restored wetlands

Huntington Beach’s rejuvenating spas.

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ecotouring For a city of nearly 200,000 residents, Huntington Beach has a surprising number of destinations where you can connect to nature, and see native habitats and wildlife of Southern California. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

A remarkable destination for birdwatchers and anyone who loves the outdoors, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve represents the culmination of a decades-long effort by activists who battled to protect this wetlands ecosystem from development. After years of restoration work, you can now walk on five miles of trails, and spot both resident birds and transient species that use the wetlands as a critical stopover while migrating along

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

the Pacific Flyway. Nearly 200 species are regularly seen at the reserve, while another 116 less frequently seen species have also been spotted.

...walk on five miles of trails and spot both resident birds and migratory species...

Stop by the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center (3842 Warner Ave., just east of Pacific Coast Highway) to learn more about the wetlands, and for trail access into the reserve. You’ll also find trail access from a parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, a mile south of Warner Avenue across from Bolsa Chica State Beach. Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center

Located in the lifeguard headquarters, the center’s interpretive exhibits offer a look at both local and natural history in Huntington Beach, including the area’s rich bird life. The center displays a whale skull and has telescopes that let you zoom in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve’s wetlands. Interpretive programs include seasonal Grunion Run outings to see unique fish that spawn in wet sand. 17851 Pacific Coast Highway | 714.377.5691 (continued on pg 61)

Wetlands Tours Check the following schedules for tours: Amigos de Bolsa Chica 714.840.1575 | Bolsa Chica Land Trust 714.846.1001 |

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Bolsa Chica Conservancy 714.846.1114 |



Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center Saddle up for lessons at the riding school, or head out on guided trail rides with Horseplay Rentals. The equestrian center connects to a trail network on 185 acres overlooking the park and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. 714.848.6565 |

Granted, Huntington Central Park isn’t as well-known to the rest of the world as its Manhattan counterpart. But for local residents, Surf City’s 356-acre urban oasis of trees, broad lawns, and lakes is truly central to their lives, and is the city’s top outdoor recreation destination beyond the beach. It’s also the largest city park in Orange County.

Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course Designed by “Steady” Ed Headrick, the father of disc golf, the course challenges players with a 5,600-yard layout. One of the world’s earliest disc golf courses, it’s also considered among the most beautiful in Southern California. If you don’t have your own gear, you can rent discs at the course’s pro shop. 714.425.9931

...the city's top outdoor recreation destination beyond the beach.

Sports Complex With batting cages and eight softball/baseball fields that can also be used for soccer, the 45-acre complex earned honors as California’s best-designed recreational facility. 714.375.3960; 714.536.5486


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By Gondola Go for a bit of Venetian-style romance and let a gondolier serenade the two of you on sunset or full-moon tours. Or head out in one of the authentic gondolas during the holiday season to see the harbour’s brilliantly decorated homes. Sunset Gondola (562.592.3295) By Electric Boat Rentals: Fuze Sports (800.879.3893) By Kayak or Paddleboard Lessons and rentals: OEX Sunset Beach (562.592.0800) Sunset Rentals (562.592.5537) Lessons: McKinnon Shapes and Designs (714.377.6101)

Public Boat Launches Peter’s Landing Marina (714.840.1387) Sunset Aquatic Marina (562.592.2833)


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Explore this hidden enclave of waterfront island homes and yachts the way it was meant to be seen—from the water.

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(continued from pg 58) urban forest

The Urban Forest of Huntington Beach is a tranquil park filled with native Californian plants and trees. The park offers a natural retreat where you can walk on wide trails and look for birds, butterflies, and other local wildlife. Ellis Avenue and Edwards Street Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

The community-based organization owns and manages 118 acres of local wetlands habitat, including 25-acre Talbert Marsh off Brookhurst, where you can explore along a short interpretive trail. 714.536.0141 |

Overlook Park

Now being restored with native plants, this open parcel lives up to its name with expansive views that stretch from Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, out over the Pacific, and all the way to Santa Catalina Island. At Garfield Avenue and Seapoint Street

a food source for the monarchs. The best time to see the butterflies is from fall through winter. 16641 Graham Street

Norma Gibbs Park Monarch Butterfly Grove

A restoration project that began in 2007 has brought new life to this seven-acre monarch butterfly habitat. The city removed dead or dying eucalyptus trees, and volunteers from the Huntington Beach Tree Society replanted the property with new trees, as well as milkweed and nectar-producing plants to supply

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Nature in the City Located in Huntington Central Park, the 18-acre preserve lets you escape into a protected corner of natural Southern California, where more than 200 bird species have been spotted. Its ornamental gates depict some of the wildlife found here, and the nature center is an ideal family outing that manages to be both fun and educational. 714.842.4772 |


OUT&ACTIVE 5 Ways to Wheel Around Surf City


5around ways to

Bicycling The League of American Bicyclists, a leading advocacy organization, has given Huntington Beach repeat honors as one of the country’s most bicycle-friendly cities. The city’s best-known and most beautiful destination for bicyclists is the 12.5-mile Ocean Strand along the beachfront. Coastal Living named the Ocean Strand to its list of the country’s best coastal bike paths, and the route travels south to Newport Beach where it connects to the 30-mile-long Santa Ana River Trail, a designated national recreation trail.


Pedicabs Leave the hard work to your driver and sit back and enjoy the local scene while riding in a pedicab. You’ll find them at Pier Plaza, or call Blue Water PediCabs for pick-ups around downtown (and remember that drivers work for gratuities only). 714.724.8294

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If you're not swimming or strolling, you'll probably want some wheels to explore all that Surf City has to offer.

Segway® GW Tours leads guided Segway outings, including the popular 90-minute Beachcomber tour where you get to try a little Surf City-style off-roading and wheel along the sands. Or put together a custom ride around Huntington Beach to destinations of your choosing.

Skateboarding Scheduled to open in late 2013, the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark will be a 30,000-square-foot skateboarder’s dream, with a giant bowl area and a skate plaza that simulates street features, as well as a fully stocked skate shop with rentals and food.


Corner of Gothard Street and Center Avenue

electric bikes Pedal, then Go! Pedego Electric Bikes rents both cruisers and tandems by the hour or day, and also offers local tours. You pedal these bikes but they also have a small electric motor to give you an assist when needed. 714.465.2782 |

A way of

living healthy While many people try to pretend that calories don’t really count when they’re on vacation, Huntington Beach’s healthy dining and innovative exercise options will help you stay on the right track— or at least balance out the inevitable big splurge meal. Jan’s Health Bar dates back to the 1960s, and you can always count on the freshest ingredients and personal touch

that have made it a Huntington Beach favorite for more than 40 years. The kitchen, deli, and juice bar at Mother’s Market and Kitchen are all filled with healthy selections made with local, organic ingredients. At the Whole Foods market in Bella Terra, you can check live feeds of surf conditions while enjoying everything, from burgers to a do-it-yourself pho bar. The Natural Tonic Store took recent OC Weekly honors for best health food store, thanks mainly to the chicken sandwiches and “artfully crafted” tomato bisques at Esther’s Place, its lunch counter.

A Yogi's Guide Huntington Beach is home to a branch of Yogaworks, the studio that helped popularize this ancient mind-body discipline and bring it into the mainstream of American fitness. In a spacious location with three studios, CorePower Yoga teaches a variety of styles for both beginning and advanced students as part of its commitment to bring the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga to as many people as possible. It even offers free outdoor classes at The Strand on Friday mornings during summer.

Whether you go for a George’s Breakfast Burrito, an açaÍ smoothie, or Gaston’s Cuban sandwich (with oven-roasted chicken and black forest ham), you’ll find great service and fresh, healthy meals at Avocado Café. Banzai Bowls touts the “pure deliciousness” of its açaÍ bowls and smoothies made with fresh fruit and organic juices. The all-natural vegan café Vegilicious prepares its signature curry with 20 kinds of spices and organic vegetables, then slow cooks it for hours to let all of the incredible flavors blend together. The Secret Spot earned a place on OC Weekly’s best-of list, thanks to such delights as vegan chocolate chip pancakes and a huge selection of juices.

FUSIONFITNESS Find Your Balance For a truly unique and challenging workout, you can combine yoga with stand-up paddleboarding thanks to Paddle Into Fitness classes at OEX Sunset Beach in Huntington Harbour. 858.997.0033 |


doggin’ it As a past winner of Dog Fancy magazine’s “Dogtown USA” honor, Huntington Beach is pure canine nirvana. With all there is for man’s best friend, it’s clear that Surf City is going to the dogs.

Paws in the Sand

Named one of the country’s top 10 Fido-friendly beaches by Fido Friendly Magazine and a Critic’s Choice pick in the Orange County Register, Dog Beach is the perfect place to spend a few hours with your pooch (see pg 13). Dashing Dachshunds

The Wiener Dog Store (aka Paws at the Coffee Mill) in Old World Village holds monthly dachshund races, with a weekly competition during September and October. Schedules are available at

Dog Day Afternoons (+ mornings and nights!)

Leading hotels, including Shorebreak, A Joie de Vivre Hotel, Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, and Extended Stay America all welcome your dog like a VIP—Very Important Pooch. The Waterfront Beach Resort even has the “It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life” package, and dogs stay free at the Shorebreak.

On Monday nights, Fred’s Mexican Café lets you and your pal dine al fresco on its patio. Dogs eat for free with an entrée order. See for more information. Hang 20

Every September, Surf City Surf Dog brings together two Huntington Beach favorites—dogs and surfing. The weekend-long event features everything from a fashion show to a canine surfing competition.

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Pooch Park

Huntington Central Park isn’t just a playground for people. Its large enclosed dog park has sections for big and small dogs, and nearby at the Park Bench Café you can both grab a meal. The special canine cuisine menu includes the Rover Easy (two scrambled eggs) and peanut butter bones.

...welcome your dog like a VIP— Very Important Pooch.

Doggie Date Nights


Dog Beach

Dog Beach

Calendar of Events OUT&ACTIVE


Surf City USA Marathon A grueling test of endurance but also featuring an oceanfront course, live music, and a finish-line beer garden.


Annual Huntington Beachcruiser Meet That surf culture isn’t just about the waves. The event features 450 pre-1967 vehicles, including classic Nomads and woodies.


NPPL Surf City USA Paintball Open

Huntington Beach


Vans US Open of Surfing The US Open draws leading surfers from around the world to a competition that’s the centerpiece of a festival-like celebration.

Watch professional paintballers battle it out on the beach.



Reenactors take to the fields of Central Park to do battle twice daily.

Concours d’Elegance This classic car show pulls out all the stops when it comes to car culture in Surf City USA.

 Hang 10 at the Beach The annual US Open of Surfing is a great spectacle.

Huntington Beach Civil War Days




 “Surf’s pup!” Surfing gets a little hairy when pooches join the pipeline.

Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a parade, 5k race, and fireworks.

 Ultimate Car Classics You’ll find plenty of Surf City classic cruisers on show.

4th of July Celebration


Oktoberfest at Old World Village offers family-friendly days and adults-only nights every Wednesday through Sunday in September and October.


Surf City Surf Dog

Surf pup Photo by Diane Edmonds Photography

This event celebrates HB’s passions by fusing surf and dog culture. In its fourth year, it has become the premier dog surfing competition on the circuit.


Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights Enjoy a colorful show as decorated boats reflect off the harbour.

Looking Forward Mark your calendars for all the fun-filled events that Surf City USA has to offer. Visit for a full calendar of events See page 51 for Weekly Events in Downtown Huntington Beach


OUT&ACTIVE Spas of Huntington Beach

spasplendor in Huntington Beach

After a busy day outdoors, enjoy small retreats beloved by locals or grand escapes where you'll be pampered all day long. Relax. Refresh. Rejuvenate. Now repeat. Near Downtown

Around HB

Haven of Wellness

Breathe Day Spa & Salon


Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa (See Below)

Total Relief Spa 714.969.9968

Dolce Vita Skin & Body 714.841.4050


Eden Salon & Spa

The Brow & Skin Studio with Apothecary

European Wax Center


CloudMover Day Spa 714.890.0900

double splendor

714.847.0916 714.893.4600

Hue Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa 714.901.4830

OC Spa & Wellness Center 714.625.4400

Massage Envy

The Spa at The Image Center



A Spa AND Resort If you’re in need of a full-strength dose of relaxation, you’ll find a full-service spa and resort in one. Treat yourself and make your spa experience a double dose of splendor. Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 714.698.1234 |


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Pelican Hill Golf Course


tee time in The OC Golf Digest named Orange County “One of the World’s 50 Greatest Golf Destinations,” and you’ll find outstanding courses in and around Huntington Beach. Dating back to 1922, Huntington Beach’s historic Meadowlark Golf Club’s par 70, 5,568-yard layout’s hilly contours and fresh ocean breezes make it one of the area’s most appealing courses. 714.846.1364 | Within easy reach of Surf City, you can play at several leading courses. With spectacular ocean views from its 36 championship holes, it’s no wonder that the Tom Fazio-designed Pelican Hill Golf Course earned accolades as one of Golf Digest’s top 100 American public courses for 2013. 800.315.8214 Fazio also designed Irvine’s Oak Creek Golf Club known for its sanctuary-like natural setting and challenges for golfers of all levels. 949.653.5300 Winner of multiple four-star honors from Golf Digest, the Ted Robinsondesigned Tustin Ranch Golf Course stretches for 6,800 yards, but if you’re pressed for time, take advantage of The Big Easy option—a short executive course divided into separate 9-hole circuits. 714.730.1611 | To play at more than one course, sign up at for 50 percent discounts and tee times at such leading courses as Tustin Ranch, Coyote Hills, Strawberry Farms, and Anaheim Hills.


OUT&ACTIVE The Perfect Base Camp

BaseCamp The Perfect

Huntington Beach is centrally located to top regional attractions. Whether you want to visit the San Diego Zoo or head into Hollywood to see inside a movie studio, Huntington Beach puts you within reach of the very best of Southern California.

Disneyland Resort

40 minutes or less

40 to 80 minutes

70 to 100 minutes

Long Beach & Orange County

Los Angeles

San Diego

15 minutes

40 minutes

70 minutes

Fashion Island Newport Beach & Balboa Island South Coast Plaza

Venice Beach & Boardwalk

Legoland California–Carlsbad

50 minutes

90 minutes

Historic Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park Museum Row (3 blocks of Wilshire Blvd.)

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park SeaWorld of California

60 minutes

100 minutes

The Getty Center–Los Angeles The Getty Villa–Malibu Grauman’s Chinese Theater Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory Hollywood and the Walk of Fame Los Angeles Zoo Staples Center and LA Live

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

40 minutes Dana Point & San Clemente

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Walk/Jog/Bike Trail

Vans Skate Park

Shopping Area Recreation Area Golf Course Wetland Area

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Bowers Museum–Santa Ana Disneyland Resort–Anaheim Honda Center–Anaheim Knott’s Theme Park & Soak City–Buena Park


Visitor Information


35 minutes


Angel Stadium of Anaheim Aquarium of the Pacific–Long Beach Discovery Science Center–Santa Ana The Queen Mary–Long Beach Laguna Beach


30 minutes


SeaWorld of California

Point of Interest Restrooms RV Camping Allowed


Dog Beach ATM Machine 10

Change Machine Beach Volleyball Courts

Overlook Park

70 minutes Universal Studios Hollywood

80 minutes Six Flags Magic Mountain

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1 Beach Inn Motel 2 Best Western harbour Inn & Suites 3 Best Western Huntington Beach Inn 4 Best Western Regency Inn 5 Comfort Suites Huntington Beach 6 Extended Stay America 7 Hotel Huntington Beach 8 Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites 9 Huntington Suites 10 Huntington Surf Inn 11 Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 12 Oceanview Motel 13 Pacific View Inn and Suites 14 Sanatra Inn 15 Shorebreak, A Joie de Vivre Hotel 16 Starlight Inn 17 Sun N’ Sands Motel 18 Sunset Suites 19 Travelodge Sunset Beach 20 The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 21 777 Motor Inn

Area Map and Distances Chart See page 74 for a map of surrounding attractions.

On the road

RV camping RV camping recalls the days when surfers slept right on the beach and woke up to the sound of waves. Bolsa Chica State Beach RV Camping

Year-round RV camping is available through The site includes electrical and water hook-ups and a dump station. No tent camping. 800.444.7275 Huntington by the Sea RV Resort

Across from Huntington State Beach at the intersection of Newland Avenue and PCH. Amenities include a clubhouse with television, pool and game tables, and a swimming pool. No tent camping. 800.439.3486, 714.536.8316 Sunset Vista RV Campground

Easy proximity to the ocean, and, as the name would suggest, killer sunsets are the big draws at this beachside campground just south of the pier between Huntington and 1st streets. The campground is open October 1 through May 31 and offers on-site electrical and water hook-ups. Pets are welcome. Reservations must be made by mail, forms available online. No tent camping. 714.536.5286




It’s impossible not to feel inspired as breezes off the Pacific rustle the curtains early in the morning. That Surf City-style wake-up call tempts you to get outside and see what’s happening, whether along the beach or at the cafes and breakfast spots on Main Street. With full-service resorts and a boutique hotel just steps from the waves, as well as outstanding, affordable spots all around town, you’ll find the perfect room or suite for your Southern California dream vacation in Huntington Beach. 70

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Shorebreak, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Free Wi-Fi/Internet

Handicap Access

Laundry Facilities

Ocean View Location


Pool or Hot Tub



517 elegant guestrooms include 57 suites. Ocean views and a pedestrial walkwalk to the beach. Three restaurants, a heated outdoor lagoon-style pool, activity pool with three water slides, a lounge, a shopping plaza and more than 110,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space.

For the 21st consecutive year, the Waterfront Beach Resort is rated AAA-four diamond. Resort amenities include an award-winning restaurant, deli, heated pool and whirlpool spa, volleyball and tennis court. Dogs up to 75 lbs. are allowed (additional fee). Activities include beach bonfires, beach cabanas, surf lessons, board rentals and kayak tours.

Next to shopping at Bella Terra, Hotel Huntington Beach offers all the amenities of a luxury getaway; indoor pool and spa, fitness area, and nightly happy hours and private events at the Bar Rouge. Free amenities include parking, Wi-Fi, morning coffee, and shuttle service upon availability. We custom cater to fit any need in 8 flexible event spaces for private and corporate events.

Steps from Main St. and Huntington Beach Pier, Shorebreak Hotel situates you at the heart of shopping, dining, entertainment, and crashing ocean waves. Shorebreak is the area’s only lifestyle boutique Joie de Vivre Hotel. Zimzala restaurant features American favorites.

Room Service

Fitness Room/Spa

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach uuuu Resort & Spa

Complimentary Breakfast

# Rooms



huntington beach

21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.698.1234 • 800.233.1234

The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

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21100 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.845.8000 • 800.822.7873

The Hotel Huntington Beach



Shorebreak, a Joie de Vivre Hotel HHHH


Comfort Suites Huntington Beach


7667 Center Ave. • 714.891.0123 • 877.891.0123

500 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.861.4470 • 877.744.1117

Huntington Beach Marketing & Visitors Bureau and Striker Media Group have made every effort to present accurate information in this listing but assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. All daily room rates are subject to changes without notice and may not be available in high season. Based on AAA “Diamond” (u) & Mobil Guide “Star” (H) ratings as of 3.1.13

Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, just minutes from the beach, the Comfort Suites offers luxurious elegantly decorated suites to both business and leisure travelers. All suites include hot breakfast daily, wireless Internet, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, free parking, fitness room, heated pool and spa.

Extended Stay America


Extended Stay America’s 104 comfortable efficiency suites are designed for leisurely stays and offer studios with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of workspace. Amenities include kitchenettes, data ports and free local calls. Your pet is welcome. Pet fee is $25/night up to $150. Prior to visit, call hotel for specific pet regulations. Wi-Fi is $4.99 per stay.

Huntington Suites


Located a mere two miles from the beach, Huntington Suites offers studios and one-bedroom suites at daily or weekly rates. Amenities include kitchens, satellite TVs, guest laundry, a swimming pool, and free wireless Internet.

Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites uu


With 65 rooms and 20 suites, this inn offers excellent value. Located just minutes from the freeway, it features a large outdoor whirlpool, complimentary continental breakfast, wirelesss Internet, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms.

Best Western Regency Inn



This charming, Tudor-style hotel has 62 rooms, complimentary HBO®, local telephone calls, deluxe continental breakfast and a large outdoor pool and spa. A luxurious private spa is available upon request.

Best Western Huntington Beach Inn



The Best Western Huntington Beach Inn is within easy walking distance of most Surf City USA® attractions. Newly renovated rooms and suites feature private balconies with some offering in-room spas and fireplaces. Amenities include an ocean-view rooftop spa and sundeck.

Steps away from the beach, the Travelodge Sunset Beach is easily accessible to Los Angeles and Orange County attractions, beaches, theme parks, golf courses, museums, universities and shopping spots. Enjoy balcony rooms with spectacular beach and ocean views, movies, and much more.


16301 Beach Blvd. • 714.841.1812 • 800.714.4040

5050 Skylab Rd. • 714.799.4887 • 800.804.3724

7971 Yorktown Ave. • 714.969.0450

17251 S. Beach Blvd. • 714.375.0250 • 800.446.4656

19360 Beach Blvd. • 714.962.4244 • 888.962.4244 800 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.536.7500 • 800.780.7234

Travelodge Ocean Front 17205 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.840.2431

Beach Inn Motel



18112 Beach Blvd. • 714.841.6606

Starlight Inn 18382 Beach Blvd. • 714.848.8422

777 Motor Inn


This 38-room inn is the ideal place for those who like to shop. Nearby is the popular 5 Points Plaza with its collection of retailers and restaurants. Located near 5 Points Plaza, Starlight Inn is known for its clean, comfortable accommodations. Multi-channel TVs. Microwave ovens available upon request. Refrigerators in all rooms.

On the north end of Huntington Beach, this inn features affordable accommodations, free parking and beach access just a block away. Peter’s Landing Marina, along with a variety of restaurants and shopping is nearby. Extended stay rates are available.

Oceanview Motel


Affordable, convenient, and newly-remodeled, the Oceanview Motel is located just two blocks from the beach. You’ll find a variety of room choices and amenities, including whirlpool spas, complimentary HBO®, Internet, coffee and parking.

Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites


A 10-minute walk from Sunset Beach, Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites combines a host of amenities with great service. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, a fitness center, microwave and fridge in every room, Huntington Harbour views, business services, and meeting facilities for up to 20 guests. Pet friendly up to 10 lbs.


16240 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.846.5561

16196 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.2700


16912 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4770 • 800.546.4770

Sanatra Inn

16555 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.1993 ext. 112

Pacific View Inn and Suites

16220 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4959 • 800.726.8586



Conveniently located on Pacific Coast Highway, just steps from Sunset Beach. Close to Huntington Beach Pier, downtown Huntington Beach and within minutes of all Orange County attractions. We provide comfortable and spacious accommodations with all of the amenities you’ll need. Pacific View Inn and Suites is situated near Huntington Harbour at the northern end of Surf City USA® and one block from Sunset Beach. It offers 18 nicely appointed rooms, some of which offer whirlpools as well as ocean or harbor views.

Sun’ n Sands Motel


Hotel Europa


Hotel Europa is located at the Old World Village, perfect for enjoying Old World’s Oktoberfest celebration. Wi-Fi and room service available.

Sunset Suites


Recently remodeled and just steps from the sand, Sunset Suites exudes a rare ambiance of comfortable sophistication, surrounded by renowned California sites, world-class restaurants, spas and shopping destinations.

Huntington Surf Inn


Facing the Pacific Ocean, the Huntington Surf Inn is a favorite with local and international surfing celebrities. Amenities include ocean views, sun deck, HDTV, microwaves, refrigerators, and free Wi-Fi. Its location is just steps to the ocean, pier and downtown. 71

1102 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.536.2543 7561 Center Ave. #46 • 714.903.8828

16401 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.1666 720 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.536.2444

An oceanview property just seconds to the sand, the Sun N’Sands is located four blocks from the Huntington Beach Pier and Main St. Amenities include in-room refrigerators, microwaves, and cable TV with HBO®. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and morning coffee with pastries. Extended stay rates available.



beach BASICS beach safety tips

The Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division’s lifeguards are dedicated to ensuring Surf City’s beaches remain accident-free. These tips were developed by the lifeguards in conjunction with the U.S. Lifesaving Association. For information, visit Check Conditions. Before entering water, ask a lifeguard about current conditions or go to for information. Never Swim Alone. Use the buddy system so someone always knows where you are. Swim Sober! Alcohol increases the potential for drowning by lowering body temperature, encouraging risky behavior, and impairing physical ability. Know Your Skill Level. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability, especially on rough days. Stay ashore if you’re a non-swimmer. Do the Stingray Shuffle. Shuffle your feet to scare away the occasional stingray.


Don’t Panic in Rip Currents. Don’t try to swim directly back to shore. Calm yourself, then swim parallel to shore until the current eases and you can swim back to the beach. Swim Near Staffed Lifeguard Towers. Our lifeguards are the best. You’ll be much safer if they know where you are. Stay in Designated Areas. Portions of the beach are set aside for swimming or surfing. Keep a distance from jetties and piers too. Extend a Hand Out in front of you in shallow breaking water when diving, body surfing, or wiping out on a surfboard. Don’t Dig Deep Holes. Deep holes can cave in and create hazards for small children, so refill any holes you dig. Do Not Bring Glass to the Beach. Remember, there are all sorts of bare feet.

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general beach rules

BBQ Grills 18 inches off sand and within 6 feet of fire rings only. Glass Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on beaches. Surfing For swimmer safety, surfing is not permitted in areas where a blackball flag is on display. Dogs Other than at Dog Beach, dogs are not permitted on the pier, Pier Plaza, or other beaches. RV Camping Only allowed at designated areas at Bolsa Chica and Huntington City beaches. Bikes Riding bikes or skateboards is prohibited on the pier. Smoking Prohibited on beaches and pier. beach hours & information

Huntington City Beach Location: 1 Main St. Along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) between Seapoint Ave. and Beach Blvd. Accessible to foot traffic, by car, and by public transportation. Hours: 5am–10pm; (Pier: 5am– midnight) Surfing: On crowded summer days, portions of the beach north of the pier may be blackballed– check with lifeguards. Parking: Metered parking spaces are available along PCH from Goldenwest St. to Beach Blvd. Parking lots are located all along the beach with entrances at

Beach Blvd. and Huntington St. Pier parking is at 1st and 6th streets. 714.536.5281, Huntington State Beach Location: Along PCH between Beach Blvd. and the Santa Ana River at the Newport Beach border. Main entrance is at Magnolia St. and PCH with additional access at Beach Blvd., Newland St., and Brookhurst St. Hours: Open year-round 6am– 10pm daily; parking lot closes at 9pm. 714.536.1454,

Sunset Beach Location: West of PCH between Warner Ave. and Anderson St. Hours: 6am–10pm daily 949.923.2290, Dog Beach Location: 2100 PCH between 21st St. and Seapoint Ave. Huntington Beach Pier Location: 1 Main St., Huntington City Beach Hours: The pier is open 5am–midnight.

Bolsa Chica State Beach Location: Between Warner and Seapoint Ave. along PCH. Foot traffic can enter at Warner Ave. Car and RV entry only available at stoplight one mile south of Warner Ave. across from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve entrance.

beach rentals & concessionaires

Hours: Open year-round 6am– 10pm daily; parking lot closes at 9pm. 714.846.3460,

Jack’s In front of The Waterfront Beach Resort. 714.536.8328

beach features

–Restrooms and wheelchair accessible restrooms –Access ramps and beach wheelchairs for the physically challenged –Beach volleyball courts –Fire rings –Cold water showers –Seasonal food concessions and beach rentals (see right)

Count on these spots for all your beach needs. The Beach Hut At PCH and Beach Blvd. 714.536.2752 Dwight’s One block south of the pier. 714.536.8083

Kokomo’s Surfside Grill At PCH and 1st St., under Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters. 714.374.5600 Wahoo’s At PCH and Twin Dolphin, across from The Waterfront Beach Resort. 714.845.8000 x2626 Zack’s Pier Plaza Just north of the pier at PCH and Main St. 714.536.0215, Zack’s Too At PCH and Beach Blvd. 714.536.2696, 

Bus Greyhound Lines: The closest stations are located in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Taxis and OCTA buses are available from these stations. 800.231.2222; Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA): Convenient local service and connections to bus and rail lines serving the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas as well as bus service from John Wayne/Orange County Airport. Bus schedules are available online. 714.636.7433; travel basics

travelTIPS Fast Facts

Contact Information Marketing & Visitors Bureau Office (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 301 Main St., Suite 208 800.729.6232, 714.969.3492 Visitor Information Kiosk at Pier Plaza (Mon-Fri 12pm5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm) (Summer: Mon-Fri 10:30am7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm) 325 Pacific Coast Highway Chamber of Commerce 714.536.8888, City Hall 2000 Main St.; 714.536.5511

getting here

Plane Huntington Beach is only 10 miles from John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), 16 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 35 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 45 miles from Bob Hope Airport (BUR), and 49 miles from the Ontario International Airport (ONT). Airport Transportation Services: Best Worldwide: 714.375.9128; 800.827.7411; ExecuCar: 800.410.4444; Super Shuttle: 800.BlueVan (800.258.3826);

Emergencies Dial 911 from any phone for immediate help. Non-emergencies requiring police: 714.960.8811

Automobile Pacific Coast Highway (PCH/California Hwy 1), and the San Diego Freeway (I–405) offer access to the city.

Huntington Beach Hospital (Emergency Room) 17772 Beach Blvd. (near Talbert Ave.) 714.843.5000,

Train The closest train depots are located in Anaheim and Santa Ana. Taxis and OCTA buses are available from these depots.

Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center 9920 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley; 714.378.7000

800.872.7245; 800.371.5465;

Currency & Banking If you have a bankcard from a participating banking network or credit card company, you can withdraw U.S. currency from automated teller machines (ATMs), banks, and other businesses. Foreign currency can be exchanged at: Travelex Worldwide Money South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1874, Costa Mesa. 714.751.1203, Travelex: Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Suite 104, Anaheim. 714.502.0811; Dress Casual clothing is standard year-round. Jackets and ties are optional even in the most elegant of restaurants. Evenings and winter afternoons may require a jacket or sweater. Don’t forget sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen. Parking Meters Most meters take quarters, and some in downtown Huntington Beach accept credit cards. Recycling For your convenience, recycling containers can be found throughout the city and on the pier. Time Zone California is in the Pacific Time Zone, and observes Daylight Savings Time from March 10 to November 3, 2013. LOCAL Sales Tax: 7.75%. Tipping Tipping for many services is considered standard in the United States, and gratuity is rarely included in your bill unless you are part of a large group.

Restaurant, bar and taxi service: 15–20% of the bill Valet parking attendants/ service personnel: $3.00 Hotel bellmen: $5.00/person Housekeeping staff: $2.00/room daily Hotel concierge, special services: $5.00–$20.00 Airport skycap: $2.00/bag safety tips Never leave luggage unattended or valuables in car (store items out of sight). Do not leave keys hidden in or around your car. Always use the Hotel’s Main Entrance when returning to your room late at night. Women traveling alone should only use a first initial and last name when booking their reservations. Do not display your key in public. weather & climate

Temperature Range Sunny days and cool balmy nights give Huntington Beach a nearly perfect climate. Year-round high temperatures average from the mid-60°s F (18° C) to about 80° F (26° C), with the coolest conditions from December–February and the warmest weather from July–October. Rainfall Occasional rain showers (average total of less than 12 inches annually) occur mostly from December to February. Ocean Conditions Daily updates for surfing conditions are available. 714.536.9303, media

Computer & Electrical Telephone jacks for computer modems and faxes use the RJ11 standard. US electrical current is 110 volts A/C. Internet & Printing Wi-Fi service allows visitors with laptop computers or smart phones to browse the Internet. Many hotels and businesses provide Wi-Fi for free or a small fee. Public libraries provide free access. The UPS Store at 412 Olive Ave. provides printing capabilities. 714.960.8600, Local Newspapers Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register publish daily morning and Sunday editions.

Radio & Television KOCETV: Channel 50, Orange County public television. HBTV-3: Channel 3, City of Huntington Beach local access station. Telephone The area code for Huntington Beach is 714; a portion of the city is served by the 562 area code. Toll-free area codes are: 800, 888, 866 or 877. To dial any U.S. number, dial “1”, then the 10-digit number. US Mail Postage rate for a first-class letter: 46¢; Postcard postage: 33¢. Rates apply for mail going to foreign countries. Post Office is located at Main and Olive. california & city law

Cell Phones Hands-free devices must be used when operating a vehicle. Seat Belts State law requires drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times. Any child under 6 years old who weighs less than 60 pounds (27 kg) must be in a child safety seat in the back seat secured by a seat belt. Fishing Licenses Any person 16 years or older must possess a California Fishing License before attempting to catch fish or shellfish, with the exception of fishing from the pier. Licenses available from sporting good vendors. Alcohol You must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages and an ID is required for proof of age. Businesses reserve the right to refuse bar service. Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach unless you participate in a group outing where a permit has been obtained. Some bars are open until 2am. Retail liquor store hours vary. Drugs Drug abuse is prohibited, and is a very serious offense. Smoking In the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase or use tobacco products. Throughout California, smoking is prohibited in most public buildings, all restaurants, and many beach areas, including Huntington City Beach and the pier. Smoking is often restricted in hotels and lodging facilities, except in designated areas. 


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Beach Area Fire Rings Military Reserve 1 LD

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Visitor Information




Point of Interest Restrooms RV Camping Allowed


Dog Beach ATM Machine 10

Change Machine Beach Volleyball Courts

Overlook Park


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1 Beach Inn Motel 2 Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites 3 Best Western Huntington Beach Inn 4 Best Western Regency Inn 5 Comfort Suites Huntington Beach 6 Extended Stay America 7 Hotel Europa 8 Hotel Huntington Beach 9 Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites 10 Huntington Suites 11 Huntington Surf Inn 12 Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 13 Oceanview Motel 14 Pacific View Inn and Suites 15 Sanatra Inn 16 Shorebreak, A Joie de Vivre Hotel 17 Starlight Inn 18 Sun N’ Sands Motel 19 Sunset Suites 20 Travelodge Sunset Beach 21 The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 22 777 Motor Inn


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VHB Visitors Guide '14  

Design by Ivy Brown / / Client: Visit Huntington Beach

VHB Visitors Guide '14  

Design by Ivy Brown / / Client: Visit Huntington Beach