Huntington Beach 2023-24 Official Visitors Guide

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2023/24 Official Visitors Guide | SurfCityUSA.com
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Your blissful escape awaits at The Waterfront Beach Resort. Enjoy striking views of the sunset at our exclusive Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge, while you savor a delicious craft cocktail or lite bite. Then, cast your worries out to sea as you indulge in a relaxing massage at our all-new coastal oasis, Drift a Waterfront Spa. It’s the perfect space to unwind and it’s only at The Waterfront. 21100 Pacific Coast Highway • Huntington Beach, CA 92648 • 714.845.8000 • waterfrontresort.com
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WELCOME TO SURF CITY USA®

HUNTINGTON BEACH IS A PLACE where the community embraces and honors its 100+ years of surfing culture and history, lives life outdoors, and celebrates all its natural landscapes. With five beaches, oceanfront hotels and resorts, 78 parks, 10 miles/16 km of paved bike path, and more than 500 public bonfire pits, Huntington Beach really is where you can immerse yourself into the quintessential Southern California lifestyle.

When you explore Huntington Beach, you’ll find a variety of ways to fill up your itineraries. Cycle along Pacific Coast Highway, catch epic waves, roast marshmallows at a beach bonfire, cruise around Huntington Harbour, admire classic cars and vintage Volkswagen buses, bird watch at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, take time for yourself at a day spa, and see animated pups frolic on Huntington Dog Beach. Main Street is filled with bustling restaurants, retail shops, a weekly farmers market, and the “Times Square of Surfing,” which features the Duke Kahanamoku commemorative statue, Surfers’ Hall of Fame, Surfing Walk of Fame, and International Surfing Museum. Book a guided walking tour to learn about surf culture and downtown HB’s history, or simply guide yourself along

the Surf City USA® Barrel Trail. There’s clearly an active, authentic vibe here, and you’ll immediately want to join in on the fun.

This year, we’re excited to welcome back annual signature events like the Surf City Marathon, Corgi Beach Day, OC Cherry Blossom Festival, Sunset Beach Art Festival, HB 4th of July celebration, U.S. Open of Surfing, Oktoberfest at Old World, Pacific Airshow, California Wine Festival, and many more. The city undoubtedly can host a mix of indoor and outdoor events and, more importantly, Huntington Beach is a beach that welcomes all. The addition of can’t-miss events like the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championship, A Walk on Water Surf Therapy, Life Rolls On, and the second annual A Great Day in the Stoke celebrate surfing’s welcoming spirit.

We know you may have more questions during your stay, so please visit surfcityusa.com for helpful information, recommendations, itineraries, and more. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, I hope your stay is memorable and inspires you to ride your own wave here in Huntington Beach. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CONTENTS

2 Welcome to Surf City USA®

FIRST WAVE

8 New and Cool Things to Uncover

Guided walking tours, Surf City USA® Barrel Trail, dining newcomers, and more

10 Save the Date(s)!

Mark your calendars for these signature events and memorable experiences

14 A Captivating Timeline

More than a century of historic milestones in HB

ON THE MOVE

16 Keep It Simpo: Q&A with Brett Simpson

The former pro surfer shares his passion for coaching and his hometown

18 Take a Lesson

These schools will have you riding the waves in no time

20 Hit the Harbour

Duffy boats, kayaks, paddle boarding, private boat tours, and more

22 Revel in Exercise

Outdoor fun awaits with biking, pickleball, disc golf, equestrian, and roller skating

NATURE FOREVER

26 Get in Touch With Your Inner Beach

Discover the best beach to match your personality

30 Accessible Travel

Surf City USA® is committed to making the coastline available to everyone

32 Places to Play and Wander

Take a long hike or walk and get closer to nature

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CONTENTS

EPICUREAN

34 A Great Catch:

Q&A with Chef Andrew Gruel

The inspiration behind his new venture Calico Fish House

36 Perfect Pairings

The dynamic duos (and trios) that are making a delicious mark

38 The Tastes of HB

Unique culinary offerings for every palate

46 Toast the Nightlife

Cheers to these stylish lounges, breweries, distilleries, and wine bars

SHOP & INDULGE

50 A Touch of Design:

Q&A with Jasmine Roth Catching up with the HGTV star

52 Retail Playground

Outdoor shopping, charming boutiques, and eco-friendly business as usual

56 Rest and Recharge

Make time for self-care and rejuvenation at a luxurious spa

INSPIRATION

58 Good Vibes All Around:

Q&A with Justin Ratowsky

Jamming with the lead singer of surf-reggae band Cali Conscious

60 Ideal Itineraries

Activities for families, staycationers, outdoors lovers, and day trippers

63 Dog Friendly HB

Places to take your pup.

Plus: Meet The Unstoppables canine team

66 Classic Cars USA

Where annual car shows and car enthusiasts ( gently) collide

68 Day Trippin’

SoCal adventure and amusement is a short trip away

STAY & MEET

70 The Big Four in Coastal Luxury Resorts

Each of these properties delivers its own version of oceanfront paradise

74 Hotel Info

A handy grid for where to settle in Huntington Beach

75 RV Camping with an Ocean View Plug in, camp out, and enjoy the sunset

76 Meet Differently Group dining, corporate celebrations, team building, and more

78 The Idyllic Place to Get Married Unforgettable venues for your wedding day

THE ROAD AHEAD

80 Where is Huntington Beach? Maps to help you navigate the city and Southern California

82 Planning Your Visit

Transportation services, general tips, emergency info, and more

LAST WAVE

84 Take Your Pics

Lesser-known spots to capture a memory

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S ULTIMATE SHOPPING DESTINATION

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VISIT HUNTINGTON BEACH 155 Fifth Street, Suite 111 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714-969-3492; 800-729-6232 SurfCityUSA.com

President & CEO | Kelly Miller

Chief Marketing Officer | Omark A. Holmes

Vice President, Administration & Community Engagement | Nicole Llido

Vice President of Public Relations & Communications | Jennifer Tong

Director of Sales | Susan Valen

Director of Tourism Development | Sophia Valdivia

Director of National Accounts | John Todora

Senior Manager of Tourism & Partner Services | Heather Saez

Sales Executive | Kimberly Dunnegan

Office Manager | Deanna Mote

Digital Marketing Manager | Cassidy Roosen

Marketing Coordinator | Hannah Sutton

Group Sales Coordinator | Kris Kelley

Public Relations Coordinator | Claire Muranaka

Visitor Experience Specialists | Jeff Campana, Kevin Keller, Mary Madigan, Donald Stern, Denice Yeager

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President/Publisher | Chris Gialanella

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WHETHER YOU WANT TO EXPLORE SURF CITY USA® ON FOOT, TRY YOUR HAND AT A UNIQUE FORM OF ART, OR CHECK OUT THE BEER AND WINE SCENE, BE SURE TO INCLUDE HUNTINGTON BEACH’S LATEST OPTIONS IN YOUR ITINERARY. PLUS, DISCOVER NEWCOMERS ON THE CITY’S RESTAURANT SCENE

TAKE THE GRAND TOUR

Huntington Beach Downtown Walking Tour

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS

Mayu Silk Art

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Led by Visitor Experience Specialists, Visit Huntington Beach invites you to experience a 1.5-mile stroll through downtown and learn about the city’s interesting history; and maybe view some of the historical landmarks from the inside. Taking place twice a month, the tour is a must for Huntington Beach natives or anyone interested in local history. Tickets are $5 for adults (ages 13 and over), free for children ages 12 and under, and must be purchased in advance as no walkups are allowed. Tour begins at the kiosk, 325 Pacific Coast Highway, 714-969-3492, surfcityusa.com

Highlighting the beautiful and ancient art of water marbling, the painting studio invites visitors of all ages and abilities to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece using eco-friendly and upcycled materials. Each artist applies acrylic paint to a special water bath, floating the colors in a custom-built water marbling tray. Then the creativity begins, using a marbling comb or rake to create the perfect design. Mayu Silk Art welcomes visitors to its private studio where it hosts classes, workshops, parties, and corporate events. 5192 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach, mayusilkart.com

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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HUNTINGTON BEACH

JUST OPENED

Cabo Wabo Beach Club

A Surf City USA® take on Sammy Hagar's noted Cabo Wabo Cantina, the new Cabo Wabo Beach Club is evocative of the laid back, beach town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, while presenting an elevated menu of coastal Mexican cuisine. Located in the oceanfront setting of The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, cabowabobeachclub.com

ROL Hand Roll Bar

Another new seafood restaurant to HB, the intimate 14-seat chef’s counter creates a balance of traditional and modern interpretations of sushi. Whether that’s a tuna, salmon, and blue crab hand roll or one stacked with wagyu beef, uni, and caviar, you’re in for a treat. ROL also offers a wide selection of handcrafted cocktails that are as delicious as their hand rolls, and an assortment of beer, sake, and spirits. 7862 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, rolhandroll.com

SURF CITY USA® BARREL TRAIL

Experience a fun beer, wine, and spirits tour throughout Huntington Beach on the Surf City USA® Barrel Trail. Participants can follow the trail digitally or purchase a printed passport to redeem exclusive discounts and earn prizes along the way. The trail includes craft breweries, distilleries, wine bars, taprooms, and eateries—the ideal way to sip and dine. Here’s a directory of the 16 participating locations:

BREWERIES

Flashpoint Brewing Company

Four Sons Brewing

Golden Road Brewing

Huntington Beach Beer Company

Riip Beer Co.

DISTILLERIES & SPIRITS

400 Club

Surf City Still Works

VomFASS

TAPROOMS & EATERIES

Beachwood Pizza & Beer

Four Sons on Main Green Cheek Beer Company

HB Hot by Four Sons

Matter of Craft

Riip Beer & Pizzeria

# OF CHECK-INS / REWARD

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Barrel Trail bottle opener

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Barrel Trail pint glass

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Gift certificate to any participating location

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Save the Date(s)!

FROM THRILLING AND FUN TO HEARTWARMING AND SENTIMENTAL, MANY SIGNATURE EVENTS IN SURF CITY USA® ARE JUST AS POPULAR WITH LOCALS AS THEY ARE WITH OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR these fun-filled, memory-making events happening in Huntington Beach over the next 12 months.

SUMMER

Huntington Beach 4th of July

JUNE 30 - JULY 4, 2023

The iconic celebration, dating back to 1904, is one of the most famous of its kind in the U.S. Enjoy a fun parade, the Surf City 5K Run along historic Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Pier Plaza Festival, beautiful fireworks, and more. hb4thofjuly.org

U.S. Open of Surfing

JULY 29 - AUGUST 6, 2023

The week-long celebration of surfing and surf culture returns to the sands of Huntington City Beach for the

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CORGI BEACH DAY

largest professional surfing competition in the world. Watch elite surfers competing and join other attendees chanting, “Surf City USA!” usopenofsurfing.com

FALL Oktoberfest

SEPTEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 5, 2023

Since 1977, the Biergarten at Huntington Beach’s Old World Village has hosted Orange County’s biggest Oktoberfest, a German beer festival with authentic German food, awardwinning bratwurst, imported German beers, bands straight from the homeland, festivities, games, and more. Come early to the Oktoberfest Parade (September 24) and German Unity Day (October 6); the first 500 guests receive free admission and a $10 German meal. oldworldhb.com

Pacific Airshow

SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1, 2023

Free to the public, this event has grown to become the most attended airshow in the U.S. since its launch in 2016. The three-day weekend features heart-pumping aerobatic demonstrations by the world’s finest display teams, and an exhilarating boat race around Catalina Island. Watch the show from one of the four oceanfront hotels in Huntington Beach. Parking is available but limited. pacificairshow.com

Fall Corgi Beach Day

OCTOBER 28, 2023

The largest bash of its kind in Huntington Beach celebrates Corgis—the cute little dogs known for their great personalities, adorable coats, and smiles. Held at Dog Beach, the event features costume contests, a pet-centric Corgi marketplace, and more than 1,000 Corgis frolicking across the sand. All breeds (and owners) are welcome to attend. socalcorgibeachday.com

WINTER Magic on Main Street

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2023

Truly the “most wonderful time of the year” happens when the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District fills Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, photos with Santa, and more—a great way to ring in the holiday. Magic on Main Street has all the right holiday ingredients including a bustling holiday market and festive light displays. hbdowntown.com

Surf City Winter Wonderland

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2023

Where the ice meets the sand, Surf City Winter Wonderland is the newest addition to Huntington Beach's catalog of epic events, featuring a beautiful oceanfront ice skating rink located at the base of the historic Huntington Beach Pier. surfcitywinterwonderland.org

PACIFIC AIRSHOW

TOP ONGOING EVENTS

Don’t fret if you just missed one of the big annual events in HB—there are plenty of regular happenings to keep you busy.

ARTS & CRAFTS MARKETPLACE

Presented by RC Palmer & Co., this Marketplace is held at Old World Village on select weekends throughout the year. Shop hand-picked artisans, crafters, makers, and vendors as they showcase their latest collections of art, jewelry, and handcrafts. rcpalmer. com/markets

BOLSA CHICA BIRD TALK AND NATURE WALK

Every last Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., join Amigos de Bolsa Chica for a free bird talk and nature walk at the Bolsa Chica

Ecological Reserve

led by a volunteer naturalist. The Bolsa Chica Wetlands provides a feeding and nesting habitat for thousands of birds. amigosdebolsachica. org

SURF CITY ARTISAN FAIR

This family-friendly event at Pier Plaza showcases the creativity of 40+ local artisans and musicians every Friday and on select weekends. hbdowntown.com/scaf

SURF CITY NIGHTS

Every Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m., the first three blocks of Main Street closes to vehicles for the weekly farmers’ market, street fair, live music, and tons of fun activities for the kids. hbdowntown.com/scn

SURFIN’ SUNDAYS CONCERT SERIES

Running from April until October, Pier Plaza provides the soundtrack with live surf music from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free concert series, activities, and vendors support Huntington Beach’s surf culture and museum exhibits. huntingtonbeach surfingmuseum.org

TRIVIA NIGHT

Round up a crew of your friends and family for some bar trivia in Huntington Beach while enjoying delicious beer and food. A number of bars and restaurants offer trivia nights, including Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill, Four Sons Brewing, and Riip Beer Co.

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Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Cruise of Lights®

DECEMBER 2023

Both locals and visitors share the beauty of thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks, and boats during this festive annual event. Reservations are required for the 45-minute narrated boat tour that floats through Huntington Harbour, with cruises departing the dock every hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. cruiseoflights.org

Light a Light of Love

DECEMBER 2023

This annual celebration benefits the Waymakers  Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, an emergency crisis and intervention program that focuses on family reunification for abused, homeless, and struggling children ages 11 to 17. There are 80 snowflakes that light up the Huntington Beach Pier, each one donated by the local community. waymakersoc.org

Surf City Splash

JANUARY 1, 2024

Celebrate New Year’s Day with this annual dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean to help fundraise for the North Orange County Surfrider Foundation. The event takes place right next to the Pier and includes a costume contest. thelocalhb.com/surf-city-splash

Surf City Marathon

FEBRUARY 3-4, 2024

This award-winning qualifying course for the Boston Marathon is considered one of the best in the country. Well known for being scenic and flat, runners come from all over to experience the exhilarating run, which starts along PCH

and passes by the Pier. More than 2,000 volunteers and several surf bands along the way make the race feel very local. runsurfcity.com

SPRING

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

APRIL 2024

The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual spring celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture in Southern California. With cherry blossoms in Huntington Central Park providing a picturesque backdrop, the event features a lit-up Sakura Night Market, food and entertainment, arts and crafts, activities, and more. Drumming, minyo, classic dance, origami and ikebana are presented alongside cosplay contests and anime characters. occbfest.com

Sunset Beach Art Festival

MAY 11-12, 2024

For over 50 years, this annual art festival has been hosted by Las Damas, a non-profit organization of volunteer women looking to promote the arts, philanthropy, and education. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a walk down Sunset Beach’s famous greenbelt and enjoy unique vendors, live entertainment, and activities for the kids. sunsetbeachartfestival.net

AVP Pro Series Huntington Beach Open

MAY 2024

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) showcases the world’s best beach volleyball athletes and Olympians in this high-profile tournament. Since 2000, Surf City USA® has hosted more AVP events than any other location, proving it to be a hotbed for beach volleyball talent. avp.com

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A Captivating Timeline

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SURF CITY USA HAS seen an evolution through the years, including various changes in agriculture, oil, aerospace, beach culture, and surfing. Here are some of the city’s most fascinating historical milestones.

1898

The Newland House Museum, Huntington Beach’s oldest building, is built as a Queen Anne-style home by pioneers William and Mary Newland, farmers who settled here on 500 acres. As the city’s oldest and best-preserved residence, the building is added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

now extends 1,850 feet in length and is a world-famous tourist attraction. Also in 1904, the 4th of July Celebration begins as a way to welcome the Pacific Electric Red Cars brought in by railroad mogul Henry Huntington, the city's namesake. Today, the event is the largest Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi River.

1909 Huntington Beach is incorporated with 215 residents under its first mayor, Ed Manning.

1914

George Freeth becomes the first person to surf near the Huntington Beach Pier.

1920

The city becomes a boomtown when California’s largest oil deposit at the time is discovered. Oil rigs dot the coastline and the city’s population increases from 1,500 to 5,000, all within a month.

1925

1956

The city’s first surf shop is established when Gordie Duane opened Gordie’s Surf Boards. A year later, Jack’s Surfboards opens and today remains a major surf retailer in downtown HB.

1959

The first West Coast Surfing Championships is held in HB. A year later, the event is televised for the first time, cementing the city's reputation as a surfing mecca. Now known as the U.S. Open of Surfing, the event is recognized as the world’s largest surf competition.

1992

More than a half-million people turn out for the opening of the rebuilt pier, which was destroyed years earlier by winter storms.

2000

The Surf City Marathon (originally called the Pacific Shoreline Marathon) makes its debut with less than 600 finishers. Today, the popular race attracts more than 17,000 runners from all 50 states and 30 countries.

2006

The outdoor Bella Terra shopping center is on the former site of the 1960s-vintage Huntington Center.

2015

1904

The Huntington Beach Company (Standard Oil) builds a wooden pier at Main Street and PCH. The iconic Huntington Beach Pier

Olympic gold medalist and Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku hits the waves on his redwood surfboard, officially bringing the sport to HB.

1963

Dean Torrance of rock duo Jan and Dean records the classic surf tune "Surf City"—in 1991, he successfully lobbies for the city's official nickname to become Surf City USA®.

1970

Huntington Beach becomes the fastest growing city in the contiguous U.S., driven by a population drawn to the locale, weather, and nearby jobs.

1978

The Old World Village shopping and dining center is developed; it’s now synonymous with the annual Oktoberfest festival.

The highly anticipated Pacific City shopping center debuts in downtown HB. That same year, 66 people ride an epic wave for 12 seconds, resulting in a world record for the most people riding a surfboard at one time. Additionally, the 42-foot-long board sets a world record for “World’s Largest Surfboard,” which is currently on display at the International Surfing Museum in downtown.

2016

The Pacific Airshow launches in Huntington Beach. The thrilling, three-day event now attracts millions of spectators each fall.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH’S MORE THAN 100-YEAR HISTORY, THE BUSTLING, CHARISMATIC “SMALL TOWN” HAS NEVER BEEN MORE ALIVE
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION PACIFIC CITY U.S. OPEN OF SURFING

Keep it Simpo: Q&A with Brett Simpson

THE FORMER PRO SURFER AND TEAM USA SURFING COACH AT THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

SHARES HIS PASSION FOR THE SPORT AND HIS HOMETOWN BY DANIELLE BAUTER

PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR WINNING back-to-back titles at the U.S. Open of Surfing in 2009 and 2010, Brett Simpson grew up in Surf City USA® and still makes his home here. The inaugural coach of the gold medal U.S. Olympic surf team is deeply involved with HB Boardriders Club, a community organization for positive movement.

What drew you to surfing, and how old were you when you started?

I actually grew up playing all “ball” sports, as my dad played professional football from 1974 to 82. Then when I

was 11, my neighbor and I went to Seal Beach to try and surf…I was hooked! I fell in love with the difficulty of surfing and the challenging nature of it, begged my parents for a surfboard for Christmas in 1997, and the rest was history! I would try and surf before school and after as well. I was truly addicted, and once I started to figure it out more, I knew this is what I wanted to do and made a career of it.

What was it like growing up in Huntington Beach, making your way up the ranks and winning back-toback championships at the U.S. Open?

I can’t see myself anywhere else. The surf culture is ingrained in me, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. There are so many great surfers before me that I have looked up to in Huntington Beach, and the surf culture is just crazy to be a part of. Everyone would always show support and just hope the best for me on the tour.

My big wins in ‘09 and ‘10 were what really helped put me on the map, and to have those massive wins in my own backyard were pretty storybook endings. I didn’t really get to enjoy it during the moment, but now as I get to look back and relive those moments, I’m truly proud of all my accomplishments and couldn’t have done it without all my support crew and the city of HB!

Tell us about your transition to head coach of the U.S. Olympic surf team. What were some of your biggest challenges and rewards?

I honestly never really envisioned myself coaching, especially right after I was off the World [Surf League] tour. Time does some mysterious things and I felt I had a lot to give to the youth from my learning all these years. I earned the head coaching job of the USA junior surf team and we had a lot of success. We went on to win an [International

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Surfing Association] World Junior gold medal right here in Huntington Beach in ‘21.

That led to some bigger and better opportunities, and I was blessed enough to get support from the Olympic athletes and earned the Olympic head coaching job for the 2020 games [moved to 2021] in Tokyo. It was definitely one of my highest accolades in my career. And then Carissa Moore went on to win the gold medal, which was icing on the cake. It was such an honor to represent the greatest nation and our amazing city of HB!

What are your favorite spots in HB and what do you love about the city?

We have lots of favorites in HB. I’m a big coffee and breakfast guy so Sugar Shack, which is owned by the Turner family (big surfers!), would be a top pick. Java Point at Huntington Surf & Sport, Northside Cafe off Bushard Street, Sur Coffee, plus our lunch/night spots are Riip Brew, Olive Pit, Ola Mexican Kitchen, solita, Stacked, A Slice of New York Pizza, plus others.

The Pier is my go-to surf spot, usually in the summer on

the northside and in the winter on the southside. I’ll venture to the cliffs on some bigger swells, and same with the river jetties. I love the consistency of our waves year round. We get all angles of swells, which makes it pretty much rideable surf 365 days a year. That to me is very important and why I love living here. I know I can wake up daily and there will be something out there for me to ride!

Are you currently involved in any other projects?

I’m involved heavily in the HB Boardriders Club, which is an amazing surf program and organization for anyone living in HB that wants to be involved. It’s very family-oriented—we do monthly get-togethers, and we also compete against other cities up and down the coast as well as a big finals at Lower Trestles. It’s a great opportunity to connect with new people/surfers and also push yourself to be a better surfer through local events and competition.

I’m also the head sports marketing director at Hurley, which allows me to be very involved in the surf realm by working with our amazing roster of athletes and helping them chase their dreams!

THE FUTURE IS LOCAL

A two-time winner of the U.S. Open of Surfing, Simpson is an active member of the Huntington Beach community, including the HB Boardriders Club. You can follow his adventures on Instagram: @brettsimpson including the HB Boardriders Club. You can follow his adventures on Instagram: @ brettsimpson

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Take a Lesson

WITH A REPUTATION

AS A WORLD-CLASS SURFING DESTINATION AND CONSISTENT WAVE BREAKS, HUNTINGTON

BEACH IS THE IDEAL PLACE TO EXPERIENCE

THE THRILL OF RIDING A WAVE

IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT Surf City USA® is heavily dotted with stellar surfing schools. These teachers will have you up on a board in no time, regardless of age and skill level, and many offer both private and group lessons.

Banzai Surf School

A family-run business, this surf school is open year-round and is one of a handful of schools in Huntington Beach accredited by the National Surf School and Instructors Association (NSSIA). Expert instructors are certified to teach private, group, and corporate event lessons, and all surfboards and wetsuits are provided. 22355 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-813-2880, banzaisurfschool.com

Clint Carroll Surf School

From a family with more than 60 years of experience, this school at Huntington State Beach will have you surfing on the first day. Clint Carroll offers world class instruction for all ages, including private, semi-private, and group lessons. It also offers stand up paddle board lessons, as well as private and corporate parties for special events. 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 949-355-7285, clintcarrollsurf.com

Corky Carroll’s Surf School

Located at Bolsa Chica State Beach, students can learn to surf the real way on either longboards or shortboards. Corky Carroll's Surf School offers private, semi-private, and weekly programs for those wanting to learn how to surf. 18581 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-969-3959, surfschool.net

HB Surf School

An official, city-authorized program at Huntington City Beach on the south side of the Pier, the surf school has been teaching kids and adults the stoke of surfing since 2007. Sponsored by Hurley and Huntington Surf & Sport, Bill Sharp runs the program and has more than 30 years of coaching experience. 285 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-658-6873, hbsurfschool.com

Let's Go Surf School

Let's Go Surf School provides private and group surf lessons for ages 8 and up. Their team of experienced ocean-conscious surfers are considerate, patient, First Aid/ CPR-certified, and love showing their passion for surfing. Bolsa Chica State Beach, Lifeguard Tower 24, 562-725-6023, letsgosurfschool.com

Little Surf Co.

Providing lessons to adults and kids alike, this school teaches core surfing fundamentals such as water safety, wave selection, paddling, and catching waves with an emphasis on building confidence and respect for the ocean. It also offers a surf and science academy, ocean education courses, private and semi-private lessons, summer camps, and after school classes. Huntington City Beach (between Towers 14 and 22), 657-464-4190, littlesurfco.com

OC Surf Coaching

Offering individual, group, competition, and highperformance surf lessons, OC Surf Coaching believes surfing can play an important role in the development of character and life skills. In addition to surfing lessons, the program also teaches teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills. 18750 Stratton Lane, Huntington Beach, 714-745-8492, orangecountysurfcoaching.com

McKinnon Surf & SUP Lessons

Owner Rocky McKinnon provides premium surf and stand-up paddle board lessons. Each student receives ergonomically correct equipment fit for body type and skill level, and they are surrounded by a professional and proficient team for support. McKinnon is also a board shaper and has created a 14-foot chair board specifically for adaptive surfing. Huntington City Beach (6th St. and PCH), 714-377-6101, mckinnonsurfandsuplessons.com

Salty Grom Surf Camp

The surf camp teaches basic and intermediate surfing skills in a safe and fun way. All surf instructors are CPR certified, experienced, and knowledgeable about safety and ocean life. The camp offers private and semi-private lessons yearround and five-day surf camps during the summer. Surfers must be ages 8 and up. Bolsa Chica State Beach, 714-3303350, saltygrom.com

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Hit the Harbour

CHARTER A PRIVATE BOAT FOR a fishing excursion, cruise along in a Duffy boat, venture out with a friend by kayak, or give stand-up paddleboarding a go—the open water awaits you!

DUFFY THE BOAT SLAYER

First, let us explain why they call it a Duffy boat. Invented by a curious teenager living in Newport Beach, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield combined a golf cart battery with a day boat to create the quiet cruiser. Today, the electric rentals can be seen all over Huntington Beach, and they are the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening with a large group of friends and loved ones.

Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals

The go-to place for renting electric Duffy boats can accommodate up to 12 passengers for two hours at a time. 16722 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach; 562-592-7877; huntingtonharborboatrentals.com

PADDLE UP

Feeling more adventurous? Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are other popular ways to navigate Huntington Harbour. Row at your own pace while enjoying picturesque views of stunning OC homes and lavish yachts. Here are the best places to rent your preferred mode of water transportation.

OC Paddlesports

This family-owned business is located right on the water with all new equipment ready to send you on your way. Single, double, and even triple kayaks are available, as well as paddleboards if you prefer standing up. Insider tip: bring

a picnic and paddle to nearby Seabridge or Trinidad Parks. 16722 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach; 562-592-7877; ocpaddlesports.com

OEX Sunset Beach

First-timers at kayaking or paddleboarding can get a demo here to see how it’s done, and you can bring your dog along for the ride. 16910 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach; 562-592-0800, oexsunsetbeach.com

CHARTERED WATERS

Venture out further into the ocean by chartering a classic wooden boat or luxury yacht. Huntington Harbour offers plenty of sea adventure with veteran captains at your service.

Prince Charters

Captain Doug helms the ship at this family-owned business—he’s been boating for over 40 years and is also a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard. His grandfather Dr. Gilbert Prince, an ordained minister, first launched Prince Charters in 1965, and Captain Doug carries on his family’s legacy. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-642-9711; princechartersllc.com

Wagner Charters

The family-run business by Captain Bob and his son/first mate Robert offers fishing and boat charters to Catalina. Captain Bob, a U.S. Air Force veteran with a master’s credential from the U.S. Coast Guard, loves sharing his 40 years of ocean fishing experience on his 27-foot Edgewater Express. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-478-8541; wagnercharters.com

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PETER’S LANDING

After or before your water adventure, head to this redeveloped community center overlooking Huntington Harbour with waterfront dining and shopping

experiences and within walking distance to the famous Anderson Street surf break. Have a meal at Golden Road Brewing, then test your skills at cornhole and bocce

ball. Savor ribs and Southern sides at Beale's Texas BBQ, or dine at Pelican Isle, an informal surf and turf restaurant. The reinvigorated center’s storefronts, walking

paths, marina railings, and landscaping provide a whole new feel for visitors.

16390 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-894-5569; peterslandinghb.com

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Revel in Exercise

WITH SOME OF THE MOST GORGEOUS AND PRISTINE COASTAL AREAS IN THE COUNTRY—NOT TO MENTION

IMPECCABLE WEATHER YEAR-ROUND—HUNTINGTON BEACH IS ALL ABOUT RELISHING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

FROM BEACH CRUISING TO the ever-popular pickleball to addictive disc golf to riding a horse, we have all the fun ways to break a sweat and clear your mind while you are in town.

BIKE IT OUT

BRIEF HISTORY

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington, by three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities. usapickleball.org

Beach cruising is certainly a huge part of the Huntington Beach culture. Imagine renting a classic beach cruiser and enjoying the many miles of bike path in HB, where an incredible trail literally hugs the coast the entire way and is completely flat. For a leg-friendly ride, electric biking is the way to go. Electric bikes offer all the pleasures of beach cruising, yet they are much easier on the body, and there

are so many places to rent one around HB. Need more of a challenge? Road cycling is for more advanced riders on bikes with multiple gears, and it certainly begets seeing more of Orange County. Be sure to say hello to fellow road cyclists and safely follow the dedicated lanes throughout the city.

PICKLE!

Now known as the fastest growing sport in America, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. With simple rules, affordable and lightweight gear, and a smaller court size, having fun is not limited to a certain age or skill level. Start with the Surf City Pickleball

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Society (surfcitypickleballsociety.com), founded by Diana Abruscato in 2013, that offers private and group lessons.

There are several places to play pickleball here, none better than the 24 courts at Huntington Beach Pickleball (huntingtonbeachpickleball.com) on Goldenwest Street. Enroll in lessons, join a league, or just play with friends there. Worthy Park on 17th and Main Street has permanent outdoor courts that are free to the public, open and lighted daily until 10 p.m. Stop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon for drop-in play–just remember to bring court shoes and a smile.

GRIP IT AND RIP IT

Hating golf lately? Then leave your clubs at home and give disc golf a try. The rules are similar to golf, though instead of hitting a ball with a club, players throw frisbee-like discs toward a metal target basket, which features a web of chains designed to deaden the impact of the disc and catch it. Each hole on the 18-hole course has a determined par and putters and drivers are used (differently shaped discs).

Huntington Beach Disc Golf on Goldenwest Street is

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GEAR UP IN HB

OCEANFRONT

RESORT RENTALS

Waterfront Adventures

21351 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-8000, waterfrontresort.com

Toes on the Nose

Surf & Supply

21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Hyatt Regency), Huntington Beach, 714-845-4638, toesonthenose.com

Paséa Hotel & Spa

21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-698-6100, paseahotel.com

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-861-4470, shorebreakresort.com

Dwight’s Beach Concession

201 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-8083

Jack’s Beach Concession

21291 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-8328

Wheel Fun Rentals

21351 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-4863, wheelfunrentals.com

Zack’s HB

405 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-0215, zacksbythebeach.com

DOWNTOWN

17th Street Board Shop 414 17th St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-6200

EV Rideables

401 Main St., Huntington Beach, 800-470-8939, evrideables.com

Huntington Surf & Sport 300 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-841-4000, hsssurf.com

Jack’s Surfboards

101 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-4516, jackssurfboards.com

Pedego Electric Bikes

301 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714-465-2782, pedegohb.com

Rip Curl 155 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714-500-0922, ripcurl.com

Ray’s Rentals

124 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-374-8600, rays-rentals.com

Surfboard and Bike Rental

311 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714-794-4940, surfboardandbikerentals.com

BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH

Huntington Surf & Sport 3801 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-0181, hsssurf.com

the second oldest disc golf course in the world and an attractive course for new players. Here, you can rent discs, receive some free basic instruction, and most veteran disc golfers are more than willing to share tips with novices.

TROT AND GALLOP

The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (hcpec.com) is situated on 25 acres of beautiful, sea-breezed land just two miles from the beach. With nearly 400 horses, multiple trainers and arenas, annual horse shows in several disciplines, a wedding venue, and more than 150 acres of public trails, this is one of Southern California’s premier equestrian facilities, and it’s open to the public.

ROLLING ALONG

Avid roller skater Toni Edwards started Surf City Skates (surfcityskates.com) on Main Street to inspire and educate roller skaters and skateboarders of any age and skill level. Staffed by experienced and friendly skaters, the shop offers customers high-quality performance gear as well as rentals, tips, training, and group skating meets. Style-forward skaters will love the shop’s collection of custom Vans roller skates—from leopard prints to LED wheels to retro looks.

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Get in Touch with Your Inner Beach

WITH 10 MILES OF COASTLINE DIVIDED INTO FIVE WORLD-CLASS BEACHES, WHAT MORE

COULD A BEACHGOER WANT?

SURFING, SWIMMING, PADDLE BOARDING , beach volleyball—Surf City USA® offers activities for virtually every personality. Whether you crave adventure or prefer to keep things more low-key, let’s find the right beach for you.

THE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Huntington State Beach

If you regularly bask in the spotlight (or sunlight, as the case may be), then Huntington State Beach may just be your ideal beach. Sprawling over 121 acres, Huntington State Beach boasts beach volleyball and basketball courts, a paved beach path, barbecue grills, and picnic

ramadas. It restricts surfing in select areas during high season, making the beach a popular spot for swimmers, body surfers, and boogie boarders.

Huntington State Beach is also a great spot for birdwatching, and while you’re there you can wave hello to the Huntington Beach Wetlands across Pacific Coast Highway. Feeling hungry? Visit The Huntington Beach House for a waterfront champagne brunch with live DJ entertainment, grab a slice of custom pizza at Sahara Sandbar & Pizza, or devour a burger and fries at Zack's Too Open yearround, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the parking lot closes at 9 p.m. Along Pacific Coast Hwy. between Beach Blvd. and the Santa Ana River jetty, 714.536.1454, parks.ca.gov

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RULES OF THE SAND

Glass is not allowed on the beach. Remember, people walk with bare feet.

Alcoholic beverages are also not permitted.

Barbecue grills must be 18 inches off the sand and within six feet of fire rings.

RV camping is allowed only in designated areas at Bolsa Chica and Huntington State Beach, as well as portions of Huntington City Beach.

Tent camping is prohibited due to local ordinances.

Bicycle riding and skateboarding are not allowed on the Pier. Stay on designated paved lanes.

Dogs are only allowed at Huntington Dog Beach. They are not permitted on the Pier or on other beaches.

Smoking is not allowed on the beaches or on the Pier.

THE FAMILY VACATIONER

Bolsa Chica State Beach

At three miles long, Bolsa Chica State Beach provides the perfect backdrop for families who love to camp and be outdoors. From surfing, biking, fishing and volleyball, there is always something to keep the kids entertained. This sandy paradise is the ultimate playground during the day, and if you stay until dark, you’ll be treated to an evening lit up with beach bonfires.

Bolsa Chica State Beach is also a great backdrop for noshing on fresh California cuisine and sipping cocktails by the sea. With year-round RV camping, you can post up at SeaLegs at the Beach, which pours wine and beer and serves a champagne brunch. Other dining options: Beach City Provisions caters to RV campers and Pacific Kitchen offers sustainably-sourced fish and acai bowls. Open year-round, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the parking lot closes at 9 p.m. Along Pacific Coast Hwy. from Warner Ave. to Seapoint St., 714.846.3460, parks.ca.gov

THE ACTION & ADVENTURIST

Huntington City Beach

This 3.5-mile stretch of sand sits in the shadow of the city’s majestic 1,850-foot long Huntington Beach Pier. Whether you surf or not, you’ll be mesmerized by the professional surfers who frequent the area, as they effortlessly glide across the waves. The beach is also the location of numerous special events, such as the U.S. Open of Surfing, the Pacific Airshow, and the annual 4th of July Celebration

This is an action-packed destination with some of the best surfing in California, and you’ll have access to volleyball courts, a paved beach path, and wheelchairaccessible Mobi Mats. There are bike, surfboard, and boogie board rentals available as well. After a full day of playing on the beach, gather around one of the fire rings for more adventure after dark. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., metered parking is available along the highway and in lots north and south of the pier. Along Pacific Coast Hwy. between Goldenwest St. and Beach Blvd., 714.536.5281, huntingtonbeachca.gov

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THE ANIMAL LOVER

Huntington Dog Beach

If all dogs go to heaven, it probably looks like this place. As the name implies, Huntington Dog Beach is a dog-friendly beach where your furry friend can run free and frolic in the waves. The beach is a great spot for your dog to stretch his or her legs while you soak up the sun, and there are so many pawsome events here such as Corgi Beach Day and SoCal Wienerfest

Huntington Dog Beach has a worldwide reputation for being friendly and laid-back, and it’s affectionately called “Doggy Disneyland” for feeling like the happiest place on earth. Established in 1998 as a non-profit organization, it relies solely on donations from private citizens to fund the operating expenses, which includes providing doggie waste bags free of charge to all visitors. Restrooms and a picnic area with tables are available for use. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Along Pacific Coast Hwy. between 21st St. and Seapoint St., dogbeach.org

THE PEACEFUL WANDERER

Sunset Beach

One of Southern California’s most serene beaches, Sunset Beach is located in a charming seaside community that marches to the beat of its own drum. Considered a part of Huntington Beach since 2011, you’ll find a perfectlyprotected pocket of interesting shops, bars, restaurants, and layers of local lore.

After beach time, be sure to check out the selfguided Sunset Beach Walking Tour. From wild tales of Prohibition-era rum running to the complex network of coastal duck hunting lodges to the old red car that used to rumble through town, there are plenty of traces of the past to be discovered. Restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m, and parking is free. Along Pacific Ave. from Anderson St. to Warner Ave., 714.834.2400

NAVIGATING THE WATER

Lifeguards of the city’s Marine Safety Division (103 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-5281) are dedicated to ensuring that the beaches remain accident free. Here are some important safety tips to follow:

Check on conditions

Before entering the water, ask a lifeguard about water conditions. Daily updates for surfing conditions are available at 714-536-9303 and surfline.com

Swim sober

Alcohol is not allowed on the beach, and it 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.

Stay calm in rip currents Swim parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current, and then swim to the beach.

Swim near staffed lifeguard towers

Huntington Beach lifeguards are the best, and 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 safe distance from jetties and the Huntington Beach Pier.

For more information on all the best beaches in Huntington Beach, visit surfcityusa.com/things-to-do/beaches

Do the HB shuffle Shuffle your feet when you get into the ocean to scare away stingrays.

Extend a hand

When diving, body surfing, or wiping out on a surfboard, extend your hand in front of you to protect yourself in shallow, breaking water.

Swim with others

Use the buddy system so someone will always know where you are.

Surf in permitted areas

For swimmer safety, surfing is not allowed where a blackball flag is on display.

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Accessible Travel

SURF CITY USA® BELIEVES IN MAKING ITS COASTLINE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE

HUNTINGTON BEACH WELCOMES all visitors across all abilities throughout the destination with easily accessible beaches, an adaptive surf-program and more experiences tailored for the accessible community.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND

Located just north of the Pier, the All-Inclusive Playground at the Beach features equipment designed to promote interactive play among children of all abilities. The entire play area is also surfaced with rubber as approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. 913 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714-536-5486, huntingtonbeachca.gov

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS

ACCESSIBLE RV CAMPING

Bolsa Chica Campground between Seapoint Street and Warner Avenue provides six RV campsites with water and electrical hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, dining options, and convenient access to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Campsites become available each day at 8 a.m. for a period of six months in advance. 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-846-3460, parks.ca.gov

MOBI-MATS

First installed in May 2021, Mobi-Mats at Huntington City Beach (6th Street between 1st and Huntington Streets) lay on the sand and stretch all the way down to the water’s edge during high tide providing convenient shoreline access. Made of 100 percent recycled water bottles, the mats prevent wheeled devices from sinking into the sand and make the operation of wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers much easier. The city is looking to add more Mobi-mats beyond Huntington City Beach in the near future.

PAVED BEACH PATHS

The Huntington Beach Bike Trail is a mostly-flat, multi-use paved pathway that stretches nearly 8.5 miles along the coastline from Bolsa Chica to Huntington Sta te Beach with additional wide-paved paths stretching from it. Shade structures with accessible features are at the foot of both Newland and Brookhurst Streets, and designated accessible parking and restrooms are located nearby.

ADAPTIVE SURF PROGRAM

MAKE ARRANGEMENTS

To reserve a beach wheelchair, we recommend calling ahead. Huntington State Beach: 714 536-1454; Huntington City Beach: 714-536-5281; Bolsa Chica State Beach: 714-846-3460

Equipped with large, wide wheels that are able to roll across the sand without sinking, beach wheelchairs are available to rent for free. Personal identification may have to be provided during the rental period, and while some wheelchairs can be reserved ahead of time, others are first-come, first-served. The beach wheelchairs also typically require users to be accompanied by someone pushing them.

Former professional surfer Rocky McKinnon of McKinnon Surf & SUP Lessons set out to make surfing a more inclusive sport so those with physical disabilities are able to experience the thrill of catching waves. McKinnon designed a 14-foot chair board specifically for adaptive surfing, and currently offers hour-long tandem surfing or chair boarding lessons. Both versions are accompanied by safety professionals. mckinnonsurfandsuplessons.com

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Places to Play and Wander

HAD ENOUGH OF THE BEACH? WITH OVER 70 PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS, AS WELL AS BEAUTIFUL WETLANDS AND PRESERVED LANDS, THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH IS MORE THAN SANDCASTLES AND WAVES

GET BACK TO NATURE with a leisurely walk or challenging hike. Soak up the sun and help the kids get out their wiggles at a playground. Have a picturesque picnic followed by a well-deserved afternoon siesta in the park. Whatever activity you seek, the city’s magical outdoor spaces await.

PARKS GALORE

The largest city-owned park in Orange County, Huntington Beach Central Library, envisioned by Richard Neutra and his son, Dion, and completed in 1975. Think of it as a small slice of New York’s park of the same name. In the summer, theatregoers can enjoy a free outdoor concert series at the amphitheater while kids can get dirty playing throwback games in Adventure Playground.

Architecture buffs will take note of the stunning latemodern design of Huntington Beach Central Library, envisioned by Richard Neutra and his son, Dion, and completed in 1975. Tucked behind the library, take a meditative

walk along the Secret Garden, which was built to showcase drought tolerant plants and provide a moment of serenity for those who visit. (It’s also a great spot for bird watching.)

At Central Park West, more adventure awaits: a dog park, disc golf course, equestrian center, a senior center, a lake for fishing, and Kathy May’s Lakeview Café. Kids will discover one of the best playground structures in the city and not your typical slide-and-swing combo. There are three-dimensional climbing structures, rope bridges, and zip lines. For younger children, there’s a toddler playground with baby swings and a teeter-totter with a nice view of the lake.

Another park for kids is the pirate-themed All-Inclusive Playground at the Beach, located just north of the pier. Designed to promote interactive play for children of all abilities, it features a rubber surface that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and equipment that allows wheelchairs. The playground can be accessed from existing pathways from parking areas and the beach path.

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BOLSA CHICA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Named after Orange County’s first female supervisor, Harriett M. Weider Regional Park sits on four acres of land with nature trails and native plants abound. Get a view of the oil field and parts of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Playground equipment for older and younger kids, plus free workout equipment, is available.

Finally, relish the sights, smells, and sounds of countryside living at Shipley Nature Center, a charming place where you can imagine life in Huntington Beach over a century ago. Go bird watching and wander self-guided trails to find freshwater ponds, stately oak trees, and, come spring, brilliant orange California poppies.

PRESERVED MEMORIES

Wetland habitats are important to the environment, serving essential functions in an ecosystem, including acting as water filters, providing flood and erosion control, and furnishing food and homes for fish and wildlife. Huntington Beach is home to several preserved wetlands ripe for exploration.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest saltwater marsh along the coast of California and the most well-known local wetlands. The 1,300-acre region includes five miles of trails and tons of bird watching opportunities. Make sure you stop off at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Interpretive Center to learn more about the area. You’ll find trail access from a parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, a mile south of Warner Avenue across from

the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Both locations offer free limited parking for nature enthusiasts. Tours of the wetlands are also given by different conservation groups: Amigos de Bolsa Chica and Bolsa Chica Land Trust.

The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center has a number of worthwhile programs that support the environment and native wildlife. Open seven days a week and 365 days a year, WWCC is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, and orphaned animals in California, some of which are threatened or endangered species. The center cares for birds impacted by oil spills; it rears abandoned eggs from Western Snowy Plovers before releasing them into the wild; and it provides qualified home care for hummingbirds with the goal to re-nest or reunite fledglings. WWCC welcomes volunteers, which are essential to its operations.

Magnolia Marsh is located between Magnolia Street and the Huntington Beach Energy Project. Re-creation of the historical marsh channels and restoration of full tidal influence were completed in 2010, and a raised observation deck now extends out over a tidal pond. Talbert Marsh offers the public a multipurpose trail on approximately 25 acres from Brookhurst Street to the Santa Ana River Trail. Around 90 species of birds have been observed at Talbert Marsh. In addition to year-round residents, thousands of birds use the Huntington wetlands as a rest stop during their long migrations along the Pacific Flyway from their nesting grounds in the Arctic to their wintering grounds in South America.

BOLSA CHICA BY THE NUMBERS

30,000 people visit each year

8,000 years ago, Native Americans first made the estuary their home

321 species of birds spotted in the past decade—a true birder’s paradise

100 or so plants and trees found in five ecological zones: salt marsh, coastal sand dunes, coastal sage scrub, freshwater wetlands, and riparian woodlands

18 rare species, including the California brown pelican, American bald eagle, and the appropriately named silvery legless lizard.

5 miles of public hiking trails with scenic overlooks

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A Great Catch: Q&A with Chef Andrew Gruel

THE FOUNDER OF SLAPFISH RESTAURANT GROUP REFLECTS ON TURNING HIS AWARD-WINNING FOOD TRUCK INTO AN INTERNATIONAL BRICK-AND-MORTAR RESTAURANT BRAND WITH MORE THAN 26 LOCATIONS BY MOLLY O’BRIEN

CHEF ANDREW GRUEL IS ALWAYS MOVING, like a hungry catfish circling our local waters. He’s mastered the food truck and is the king of a sustainable seafood empire. Gruel is also CEO and founder of American Gravy Restaurant Group, which includes Two Birds Chicken, Butterleaf, Lolo’s Tacos, Big Parm Pizza, 101 Burger, and his latest venture, Calico Fish House. As if that wasn’t enough, he also has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped Junior and Food Truck Face Off. Gruel stopped to talk with us about expanding his business empire and the inspiration for his dishes.

What initially motivated you to start cooking?

I fell in love with old-school cooking shows at a young age and was inspired to cook. I was fascinated by not just food but the kitchen culture as well, so I started working in restaurants and hotels at a young age—and the rest is history.

Where do you get the inspiration for your dishes?

I love American diner cuisine—well-known dishes that most Americans love. My “formula” has always been trying to redefine these well-known dishes with a new spin— think classic grilled cheese, salads, and childhood snacks. No reason to reinvent the wheel! Just add a few new ingredients and a seafood-like spin.

Can you tell us about your new restaurant, Calico Fish House, in Sunset Beach?

Calico Fish House was inspired by the beauty, deliciousness, and resilience of the calico bass that is native to Southern California waters. The restaurant is a seafood chophouse that represents the best of sustainable, economically viable, and clean dining. My wife, Lauren, and I wanted to offer diners the ultimate take on local and responsibly sourced seafood—so we work directly with fishermen and farmers to source the best possible products available, and we support local economies.

How is sustainability at the forefront of your current operation and future plans?

Sustainable seafood is a priority to me. For 15 years, I served as the director of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Seafood for the Future” program, where I worked with

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chefs and fishermen to educate consumers on sustainable seafood. Everything we do has a “why” behind it: “Why are we purchasing ‘X’ item?” and “How will that fit into our mission to provide healthy, properly curated food to our customers?”

This means taking into consideration the effect all of our purchases have on the local environment, the local economy, and the ecosystem, and how we can sustain small business owners. It’s why we always source from small independent operators when possible, even if that means spending a bit more.

What are your future plans for your restaurant groups?

We want to focus on building a few restaurants that can feed the community with sustainable, healthy, properlycurated (using seed oil and chemical-free) food while also building a restaurant family with strong team members whom we can pay well and support for many years to come.

Outside of the kitchen, what’s your favorite spot to spend time in Huntington Beach?

With four kids, we can be found at any park. We love the parks, the beach, Pacific City, and especially the wetlands!

SHUCKED N SEARED

From burgers, chops, and oysters to the perfect fish sandwich, the menu at Calico Fish House is a “best of” Chef Gruel’s two decades of American cooking.

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Perfect Pairings

IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS, IT OFTEN TAKES A DYNAMIC DUO (OR TRIO) TO MAKE IT BIG BY MOLLY O’BRIEN

Bella Sophia Chocolates

Naming the business after their daughter, Steph and JD Shafer combined their love of chocolate and art to create beautiful confections. Inspired by flavors and techniques from around the world, they import the best cacao from small family farms in the Caribbean and South America and use their own special recipe for vanilla extract. Crafted in small batches in their Orange County kitchen, the chocolates come in a wide variety of textures and flavors that are as visually enticing as they are tasty. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; 714-906-9011, bellasophiachocolates.com

Green Cheek Beer Company

A shared love of craft beer and community inspired two longtime friends, Brian Rauso and Evan Price, to found their brewery, proudly offering visitors a genuine, welcoming location where everyone is meant to feel at home. The business has grown from its original flagship location in Orange, moved into Costa Mesa, and now to its newest site in Sunset Beach. The brewery creates a wide range of styles throughout the year but is best known for its hoppy beers and lagers, stouts, and hard seltzers.16685 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 562-296-5435, greencheekbeer.com

Heirloom a Modern Farmhouse

Leo Clancy and decorated chef Brianne Clancy are an impressive mother-daughter team. The pair acted on a longstanding dream of opening their own restaurant, which feels like a homey, cheerful spot to dine; showcasing the talent, chemistry and care that the Clancys put into their menu. Heirloom’s quaint atmosphere feels like a family kitchen—serving hearty, fresh dishes combined with an impressive selection of libations—this is a spot that’s not to be missed. 18344 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-3756543, heirloomhb.com

Matter of Craft

Founders Jim Pilkington, Jim Perkins, and Tom Briggs are three self-proclaimed “soccer dads” who are passionate about craft beer and want to share their knowledge with the greater craft beer community. When they realized there wasn’t a local bottle shop where they could learn more about the industry and build on their friendships, they decided to create their own. Today, the shop is proud to assist in easing new beer enthusiasts into their world, as well as offer an impressive selection of wine and cocktails for those who aren’t into craft beer (yet!). 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-587-9002, matter-of-craft.com

Riip Beer Company

Two Ryans, Rasmussen and Hopkins, are brothers-inlaw who had been part of Huntington Beach for years. Originally just a fun hobby inside their garage, Riip became the smallest brewery to ever win a Great American Beer Festival award in the American IPA category. They gained notoriety when they started delivering their beer via a vintage truck to thirsty locals, and fans can now visit their brick-and-mortar, dog- and family-friendly establishment in Sunset Beach. 17214 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-248-6710, riip.beer

ZeroZero39 Pizzeria

Founded by Francesco and Carlotta Zaza nearly a decade ago, the family-owned and operated pizzeria has stood the test of time as a fan favorite for Italian cuisine in Orange County. The Zaza family is from Roma, Italy—and share their native flavors using only the freshest of ingredients. The restaurant’s “Roman” thin crust style pizzas are made with a unique kind of flour called “doppio zero flour,” which is considered the highest quality grade of flour milled in Italy. The restaurant’s name combines the flour style and Italy’s country code, 39. 221 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-2929, zerozero39pizza.com

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The Tastes of HB

SKIP THE UNINSPIRING FAST-FOOD JOINTS AND CHAIN RESTAURANTS, AND DELIGHT IN SOME OF HUNTINGTON BEACH’S UNIQUE CULINARY OFFERINGS. FROM BEACHSIDE EATS TO AUTHENTIC INTERNATIONAL DISHES TO FRESH SEAFOOD, WE HAVE EVERY PALATE COVERED

Sahara’s Sandbar & Pizza

Another casual option at Huntington State Beach, Sahara’s serves pizza, beer, and shaved ice. Part of Alicia Whitney’s Prjkt Restaurant Group that includes SeaLegs at the Beach, the beachside destination has a youthful Bohemian vibe. 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, saharasandbar.com

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BEACHSIDE FARE

Duke’s Huntington Beach

A classic hangout at Huntington Beach Pier, Duke’s invites you to enjoy a refreshing taste of the Pacific. Named after surfing and swimming icon Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Duke’s promises warm hospitality and the true spirit of aloha. Enjoy the Hawaiian beach house ambiance and the freshest premium seafood and prime steaks, uniquely prepared and thoughtfully served. Duke’s offers lunch and dinner in the main dining area, along with cocktails and more casual fare in the Barefoot Bar. 317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-374-6446, dukeshuntington.com

Sandy’s Beach Shack

Also at the Pier, this local favorite serves surf-inspired beers on tap, tiki cocktails, and

a tantalizing menu of small bites to California classics. Sandy’s hosts seaside soirees as well for groups of 20 or more, perfect for special events and celebrations. 315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-374-7273, sandysbeachshack.com

Huntington Beach House

A few miles south, this oceanside restaurant serves lunch and brunch options with live DJs for entertainment. The menu features locallysourced seafood, rotating California cuisine, such as avocado toast and poke, and hearty burritos for breakfast. Huntington Beach House also has a full bar, firepits, sand boxes, and a counter spanning 120 feet that looks over the boardwalk, perfect for sunset viewing.

21601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, thehbhouse.com

Located at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, the new Cabo Wabo Beach Club blends the easygoing vibes of beach life with elevated cuisine to create an unparalleled dining experience. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant presents unique signature dishes, as well as an elevated twist on classic Mexican fare, with the energy and creativity inspired by Sammy Hagar himself! 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, cabowabobeachclub.com

Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge

Guests at The Waterfront Beach Resort can take in stunning ocean views from the ninth floor while noshing on shareable bites. Start off with a charcuterie and cheese board, pork al pastor flatbread, or sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna, and imbibe with a hand-crafted specialty cocktail, select beer, wine, or champagne. And for dessert, why not indulge in a Mexican chocolate pot de cream or a New York cheesecake?

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Watertable

For another fine dining option, consider Watertable at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Its seasonal menus feature locally sourced fare for breakfast and dinner. The dining space is rustic and charming with handpainted tiles and a communal farmhouse feel while the drink menu boasts world-class vintage wines and artisanal cocktails. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-4776, watertablehb.com

Treehouse by Tanner’s

Need an Instagram-worthy shot? Capture a sunset view at this chic rooftop patio bar at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. Get panoramic views of the ocean and chill on cabanas, swinging chairs, and lush sofas while enjoying a seasonal craft cocktail menu. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-698-6130, tannershb.com

Pacific Hideaway

This inviting gem at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort makes its presence known with a striking

design. Part sophisticated SoCal restaurant, part international beach shack, Pacific Hideaway’s dishes are inspired by cuisine from Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, and South America, and use local ingredients for maximum flavor. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-965-4448, pacifichideawayhb.com

GO-TO BREAKFAST

Bo’s Bagels & Coffee

The family-run, small business was started by Huntington Beach locals, the Bowmans—they’re all Bos here! Their New York-style, kettle-boiled bagels pair perfectly with a La Columbe coffee drink. If you aren’t a bread eater, Bo’s also offers healthier options like fresh smoothies and green salads. 9891 Hamilton Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-587-9171, bosbagelsandcoffee.com

Donuttery

The infamous, 24-hour donut shop has been producing the finest donuts in Surf City USA® since 1970. Donuttery serves traditional yeast donuts like glazed and chocolate, as well as creative flavors like salted caramel and red velvet cream cheese donuts. The menu even has vegan, gluten-free, and keto donuts! 17420 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-847-7000, thedonutteryhb.com

Mama’s on 39

A meal at Mama’s on 39 is like a taste of home. Inspired by a very real Mama Mary, you’ll inhale

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HQ Gastropub is a fresh twist to the traditional restaurant, bar, or tavern, offering a global pop culture menu with meals of high quality—hence the name HQ.

We serve everything from sushi to chicken pot pie creating something delicious for every appetite. We also broadcast music videos and major sporting events while accommodating small and large parties within a clean and comfortable environment. The vibe is infectious.

Be the first to tell a friend about Graceland Speakeasy, our secret hideaway nestled within HQ Gastropub offering comfortable lounge seating with exclusivity, incredible craft cocktails, and gourmet global cuisine—all against the backdrop of the Huntington Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean. Simply walk up to the host and ask to accommodate your party. Come dressed up though, as board shorts and ball caps are not permitted.

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the aroma of homemade biscuits and hear bacon sizzling on the stovetop as soon as you walk through the door. The menu is plentiful: breakfast anytime, bottomless “mamosas” at brunch, four different varieties of tater tots for starters, and healthier options. 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-374-1166, mamason39.com

Sugar Shack Café

Make like the locals and grab a hearty breakfast or lunch at the iconic family-owned restaurant in downtown Huntington Beach. Started in 1967, the café has served up burritos, omelets, sandwiches, and other breakfast staples that fuel many hungry surfers. Don’t leave before gazing at the amazing gallery of surfer photos through the years hanging on the wall. 213 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-0355, hbsugarshack.com

COFFEE ROASTERS

Sur Coffee

Located in downtown Huntington Beach, Sur Coffee features coffee roasted in its sister shop in San Clemente. The café uses beans sourced from farmers around the world, and the small but mighty menu shines with each offering, from a smooth cortado to a matcha latte. Baristas have a steady hand for latte art as well. 214 5th St., Huntington Beach, 810-772-3863, surcoffee.com

Succulent Coffee Roasters

Brewing in Sunset Beach, the popular Orange County coffeemaker serves blends and singleorigin coffees from beans that are consciously

soured and seasonally roasted. The café is a small, vibrant spot for enjoying your morning ritual. In addition to pour-over and cold brew coffees, there’s a range of espresso-based drinks like flat whites and cortados. 17196 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, 562-357-4170, succulentcoffeeroasters.com

LOCAL FAVES

Heirloom a Modern Farmhouse is a rusticchic restaurant with globally-inspired dishes and an open kitchen. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you’ll immediately feel the cozy atmosphere and sense the warmth of the staff. The dynamic chemistry of the dishes paired with a carefully-curated wine list and local beers on tap will have you craving more. 18344 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach; 714-375-6543

Grinderz

For a mouthwatering burger and beer, head to this neighborhood spot in the historic Old World Village. Order your burger with beef, turkey, veggie, or chicken along with beer-battered fries or onion rings. Better yet, pig out with the “Pigsty Fries,” topped with American cheese, grilled onion, chopped bacon, avocado, and Thousand Island dressing. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-895-800, grinderzhb.com

Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs

Think you know corn dogs? Guess again. The Korean-style corn dog franchise recently opened near the Pier and has become a local favorite, thanks to its unique, indescribably

delicious menu. The Crispy Rice Dog, Potato Dog, Spicy Dog, and Injeolmi Dog are just a few of the specialty corn dogs you can enjoy. 401 Main St., Huntington Beach, twohandsus.com

FEELING HEALTHY

Jan’s Health Bar

Keeping things simple and satisfying without weighing you down, Jan’s Health Bar serves smoothies, fresh juice, acai bowls, salads, protein bowls, and more. In 2010, Huntington Beach resident Poppy Holguin purchased the bar from Jan Gaffney and kept the name out of respect for the community. 501 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-4856, janshealthbar.com

Good Vibes Plant-Based Bar + Kitchen

Looking for an amazing vegan restaurant close to the Pier? Here, you can dine on an extensive menu of starters, rice bowls, power bowls, hot sandwiches, salads, baked goods, smoothies, and coffee. Plus, the restaurant sources its fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets. 501 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-0210, goodvibeshb.com

LUV Nutrition

The health food restaurant combines energy and love into playful drinks with a wide selection of unique tea flavors, iced coffees, smoothies, and more. For a high-protein, low-sugar treat, indulge in a smoothie like the Cinn Toast Crunch with a “dirty” shot of protein coffee—you’ll LUV it! 19034 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, 714-465-2262, luvnutrition333.com

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Main Street Wine Company is the premier wine bar destination in downtown Huntington Beach specializing in boutique wines, handcrafted brews, artisan cheese and meats. Shop from our retail section, which focuses on North American wines. Join our quarterly “Wine Club” for special “Members Only” discounts. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering, or a large event consider Main Street Wine Company. Come by and relax with a glass of wine, a wine flight or take a couple of bottles with you. Beer lovers, we have 5 rotating taps & beer flights, as well! Enjoy the “Wine Country” atmosphere in our bar or do some “people watching” on our quaint outdoor patio. Open seven days a week. Main Street Wine Company always welcomes you!

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SURF CITY FISH GRILL

Oak View Neighborhood Favorite

Established in 2016 in HB’s Oak View neighborhood, Surf City Fish Grill offers a healthy alternative to fast casual food, bringing fresh and sustainable dining options with locally-sourced ingredients. The concept came from owner Alex Vaz’s experience adjusting his own diet for optimizing his performance.

Vaz designed the menu with the flexibility for customers to order based on their dietary needs, providing

gluten-free, ketogenic, paleo, low-carb options, and more. He also understands that everyone may not want fish, so patrons can also enjoy delicious chicken options. Meal prep packs are also available, or you can order from a menu that includes tacos, burritos, and grilled skewers. Interested in catering? Surf City Fish Grill can provide that as well. 17965 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-375-4861, surfcityfishgrill.com

MEXICAN FLAVORS

Don José

A Huntington Beach landmark and Mexican experience since 1966, this legendary familyowned restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine and its famous margaritas, tempting locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss the karaoke party every Friday and Saturday night, where you can sing the night away. 9093 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-962-7911, don-jose.com

Mario’s Mexican Food & Cantina

Ask a local for the best Mexican food in Huntington Beach and many will send you to Mario’s at 5 Points Plaza. For over three generations, its authentic Mexican cuisine has tantalized the palates of visitors and locals alike with a menu of contemporary and traditional favorites including award-winning margaritas, seafood specialties, the flavors of “Old Mexico” dishes, sizzling fajitas, and more. 18603 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-842-5811, 5pointsplaza.com

Ola Mexican Kitchen

Located at Pacific City, the kitchen wows with authentic Mexican comfort food and elevated influences from south of the border. Enjoy a meal in this warm, rustic, and modern ambiance while you overlook the stunning Huntington Beach coastline. 21040 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-969-7300, olamexicankitchen.com

Qué Vida Tacos

Started by restaurateurs Bryan and Nichole Bradford, each taco here is made from an authentic recipe of a specific region in Mexico. Menu selections include Sonora street dogs, grande nachos, Tijuana-style mulitas, protein bowls, breakfast burritos, and more. For cocktails, the taco shop serves specialty margaritas and housemade micheladas—there’s even a non-alcoholic, churro milkshake to

devour. 19684 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714-274-9955, quevidatacos.com

Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

From the cuisine to the ambiance, Sandbar's will transport you to the beautiful coasts of Mexico. Just blocks from the ocean, the restaurant’s design blends laid SoCal beach vibes and modern Mexican cool. The menu offers contemporary interpretations of classic dishes with some nostalgic recipes, while the bar program features handcrafted margaritas, an extensive tequila and mezcal list, and many Mexican, domestic, and craft beer selections. 221 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-460-5423, sandbar.net

ITALIAN DELICACIES Nardò

Now open at Pacific City, Nardò serves up bold, fragrant flavors from Italy’s southern region. Wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas are a must with their airy, chewy crusts, and the pastas are made fresh daily. The colorful bar area adjacent to the dining room offers a lively spot to sip Italian wines and classic cocktails, or you can enjoy a meal out on the patio. 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 657-204-9830, nardoitalian.com

Cucina Alessá

Homemade pasta and local, organic ingredients are just part of what makes Cucina Alessá one of HB’s most popular dining spots. Chef

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and owner Alessandro Pirozzi is a certified Italian chef whose culinary education began at home in the kitchen with his grandmother. From homemade lasagnas, fresh fish, and famous tiramisu, you’ll be transported to Italy. 520 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-2148, cucinaalessarestaurants.com

Romano Cucina Sunset Beach

Authentic Italian food from a family-run restaurant, it isn’t fancy—the low-key and comfortable atmosphere just makes you feel right at home. Try “pasta our way” (simply one meatball, one sausage, and red sauce) or a fiery piccante pizza. There’s a nice selection of martinis, specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass or bottle to complete the meal. 16595 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, 562-592-5552, romanocucina.com

The Ria

A taste of Detroit comes to HB’s Main Street here, where rectangular-shaped pizzas are adorned with a light and airy crust. Savor signature combos like the Queen B, which pairs goat cheese with prosciutto, fig, and a honey drizzle. Order any pie “grandma-style” for a thinner crust, or take your slice to go. Treat yourself to Becky’s Bodacious Banana Puddin’ for an extra indulgence. 401 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-465-9829; the-ria.com

SWEET TOOTH

Bella

Sophia Chocolates

Since 2016, the chocolatier has done more than refine an old tradition: it has started a new one. Guided by an international palate, Bella Sophia Chocolates creates award-winning flavors and textures by sourcing from local and regional farmers, using only the finest ingredients and, when available, organic items. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-906-9011, bellasophiachocolates.com

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

The iconic franchise from Youngstown, Ohio serves local ice cream flavors made fresh daily, like black cherry with whole black cherries or peanut butter with fudge ripple and buckeye candy pieces. Grab your favorite scoop, take a walk down to the nearby Pier, and recreate a classic childhood memory. 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-1005, handelsicecream.com

Friday and Saturday night. And don’t miss out on

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Toast the Nightlife

WHAT’S BETTER THAN A COCKTAIL BY THE SEA? ONLY HAVING A MYRIAD OF PLACES TO ENJOY THEM

WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE MOOD for a romantic oceanfront lounge in the heart of downtown or an out-of-the-way speakeasy, Surf City USA® has it all with countless breweries, distilleries, and wine bars to imbibe in style.

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400 Club

Situated in a Huntington Beach warehouse, 400 Club is a cozy take on a traditional cocktail bar. Its menu is a mix of seasonal cocktails and core drinks like barrel-aged Manhattans, crafting a unique experience for all guests. The bar is reservation only, which you can make through the website. Bottles of vodka, gin, and whiskey are also available for purchase. 18421 Gothard St., Huntington Beach, 714-584-7501, 400clubhb.com

Graceland Speakeasy

HQ Gastropub’s newest addition is a fully furnished hideaway with comfortable lounge seating, nostalgic music, custom craft cocktails, and gourmet cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown, Graceland features spectacular views of the ocean and Pier, and it is within walking distance to other restaurants, bars, and hotels. 155 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714-951-9215, hqgastropub.com

LSXO

This intimate 28-seat restaurant is hidden within another restaurant, Bluegold— behind an unmarked door adjacent to the wine room, guests are transported to District 5 (China Town) in Saigon. Recognized on the Michelin Guide California list, LSXO is a love letter to the culture, heritage, and lineage of Vietnam. 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-974-0083; dinebluegold.com/lsxo

The Whiskey Lounge

Tucked behind a discreet bookshelf inside Kai Modern Japanese Bistro, the exclusive lounge seats only 10 people at a time. Whether you’re in the mood for Japaneseinspired cocktails, sakes, wine, or beer, you won’t be at a loss for options. The space also doubles as a private, 18-course omakase-style dining experience; just call ahead for reservations. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 657-259-0010, kailounge.com

THE BEER SCENE

Beachwood Pizza & Beer

A nice addition to HB’s growing brewery population, Beachwood takes pride in creating rare and unique first-rate beers, and the beer menu is constantly being refreshed. 5205 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 657-301-2063, beachwoodbrewing.com

Green Cheek Beer Co.

The small, independent brewery in Sunset Beach is passionate about craft brews. There are so many signature IPA offerings to choose from—nearly 24 taps pour a rotating selection of beers, plus food is served in the tasting room. 16685 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, 562-2965435, greencheekbeer.com

Flashpoint Brewing Company

A return to classic brewing and timeless beers, Flashpoint’s mission is to produce delicious beer using only the best ingredients and serve customers with excellent service. With a spacious outside patio, the taproom is open seven days a week. 7302 Autopark Dr., Huntington Beach, 714-4652088, flashpointbrewingco.com

Four Sons Brewing

Founded in 2014, this brewery is truly a family-run business. With a laid back, welcoming vibe, everyone that visits will feel like family, including dogs. The brand has extended to nearby locales, featuring a taproom and hot chicken joint. 401 Main St., Huntington Beach; 7821 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-902-1721; 18421 Gothard St., Huntington Beach, 714-584-7501, foursonsbrewing.com

Golden Road Brewing

Located in Peter’s Landing, the L.A.-based brewery

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showcases brews inspired by sunny California. Along with the core beers, its brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal, and limited-edition selections. Golden Road also has a full menu of food including burgers to go with gorgeous views overlooking Huntington Harbour. 16390 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 562-588-3880, goldenroad.la

Riip Beer Co.

From a small home operation in Sunset Beach to an awardwinning nano brewery, Riip Beer Co. continues to make waves—it won at the Great American Beer Festival and the San Diego International Beer Festival. You’ll want to stop in for its impressive selection of brews, including IPAs, DIPAs, Belgian saisons, American red ales, and more. You can also enjoy Riip Beer at its new pizzaria. 17214 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-248-6710; 19171 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach, 714-660-7447, riip.beer

DON’T STOP WINING

Black Trumpet Bistro Tapas & Wine Bar

For a low-key night in an intimate, jazz-inspired atmosphere, this wine bar specializes in Mediterraneanstyle tapas from Spain, Greece, Morocco, Italy, and France. Full-size entrees include a Mediterranean-style fish stew and a pan-roasted duck breast. Remember to order the homemade sangria and desserts.

7041 Yorktown Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-842-1122, theblacktrumpetbistro.com

Brightwaters Wine Bar & Restaurant

Come for a glass of wine and you’ll end up finishing the whole bottle as you linger over a charcuterie plate or flatbread pizza. This charming downtown eatery provides

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a welcoming spot to uncork a bottle from an expansive wine list or sip a classic cocktail. Brightwaters also hosts special pop-up tastings and a monthly pub run. 180 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714-465-9803, brightwaterswinebar.com

Main Street Wine Company

As the only premier retail wine store and bar in the downtown district, one can relax with a glass of wine or flight, as well as take a couple of bottles home. Beer lovers can choose from five rotating taps or craft beer flights while doing some serious people-watching on the outdoor patio. 301 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-7400, mainstreetwinecompany.com

STILL MIXING Surf City Still Works

Founded in 2017 by a small team of locals, the distillery has a clear purpose in mind: to bring craft distilling to Huntington Beach, celebrate the art of mixology, and support local artists. When visiting, you’ll find a tasting room flanked by an entire wall of aging whiskey barrels and a view of the distillery equipment. Enjoy a nice selection of spirits, canned cocktails, and seltzers while gazing at the artistry on the labels. Surf City Still Works also hosts private events, tours, and cocktail classes. 16561 Gemini Ln., Huntington Beach, 714-369-2348, surfcitystillworks.com

LOUNGE AROUND

Henry’s Coastal Cuisine

Keep it classy at Henry’s in The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, where drinks are best savored out on the open-air patio with a stunning coastal view. Enjoy a high-end wine by the glass, bottle, or flight—or your favorite craft cocktail—paired with an elegant culinary dish; Henry’s also has cigars, kept fresh in a humidor, for puffing away on a nearby patio. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-8000, waterfrontresort.com

Offshore 9

Located at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, Offshore 9 offers stunning panoramic views from Orange County’s highest coastal rooftop lounge. Enjoy a unique menu of small plates, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, and a

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selection of high-end wines and champagne by the glass. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-8460, waterfrontresort.com

Pacific Hideaway

Located inside Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, the scenic restaurant serves up flavorful dishes inspired by surf cultures around the Pacific coastal region, along with a menu of inventive and creative cocktails. Enjoy live acoustic guitar on the terrace overlooking the beach every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; 714-965-4448; pacifichideawayhb.com

Watertable

The signature restaurant at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa unites rustic and refined, appealing to guests’ evolving palates. The menu features innovative contemporary American fare paired with a distinguished selection of vintage world-class wines, artisanal cocktails, and local brews.

21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-4776, watertablehb.com

KEEP IT CASUAL

Aloha Grill

A favorite for visitors and locals alike, Aloha Grill’s island menu includes pupus (Hawaiian appetizers), fresh fish, fantastic island-style sandwiches, and lots of Hawaiian specialties. Cool off with its world-famous rainbow frozen cocktail out on the second-story patio. 221 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-916-0454, alohagrillhb.com

The Bungalow Huntington Beach

Drawing inspiration from the local, laid-back style of the California beach and surf culture, The Bungalow is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends while enjoying a majestic view of the ocean and nearby Pier. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-374-0399, thebungalow.com

Captain Jack’s

Opened in 1965 in Sunset Beach, the legendary family-owned business is famous for its Alaskan king crab legs, prime rib, and seafood, paired with every possible cocktail. 16812 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, 562-592-2514, captainjackssunsetbeach.com

Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill

The go-to sports bar in downtown HB, Cruisers is known for handmade craft cocktails in huge schooners, ice-cold beers, traditional Chicago stuffed pizza, and more. Choose from a couple dozen big-screen TVs and three different viewing areas to watch your favorite sports teams, while sipping on delicious drinks and food. 210 5th St., Huntington Beach, 657-301-2200, cruiserspizzabargrill.com

Triple Crown Tavern

Nearby downtown HB, the tavern serves local craft beer and wine with delicious fresh food options including flatbreads, salads, and appetizers. All meats and cheeses are sliced in-house, dips and pesto are made fresh daily, and fresh ceviche is served on weekends. 714 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-465-9041, triplecrowntavern.com

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A Touch of Design: Q&A with Jasmine Roth

WITH HER HIT HGTV SHOW, HELP! I WRECKED MY HOUSE , THE HUNTINGTON BEACH DESIGNER IS INSPIRING HOMEOWNERS AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BY BARBARA NEAL

How’d you get your start with HGTV?

That’s an interesting story. When my husband and I moved to Orange County and were building our first home, I

started posting pictures online. We later bought a place in Park City, Utah, and ended up renovating during a blizzard! I was still posting pictures to social media and I’d use the #beachbuild. HGTV saw it and ended up emailing me. They said they’d seen my stuff and asked if I would like to have a show. I remember calling my mother-in-law and saying, “This can’t be real, right?” That was the start of the show Hidden Potential. We did over 30 houses, all in Huntington Beach.

And now you’ve got a new show, Help! I Wrecked My House.

Yes, because we were hearing from a lot of folks trying to renovate on their own, only to reach out and say, literally, “Help, I wrecked my house!” Unfortunately, there are so many ways that things can go wrong. We’ve seen contractors that people hired who ended up ghosting them, or there are major electrical or plumbing problems. HGTV thought it’d be a good topic for a show and asked me if I’d like to do it. I said, “Yeah, absolutely, let’s help people.”

What drew you to Huntington Beach?

I grew up on the East Coast, in Virginia, but I’ve always loved Southern California. My husband is from Brea, and his family is still there so it was an easy decision to build our first home here. We love the active lifestyle, especially now that we have a toddler. There’s so much to do. My whole family moved out here as well. It’s been wonderful to become Californians.

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Where can folks shop your designs and bring them into their homes?

We have a place in Long Beach. It’s called The Shop by Jasmine Roth. We first opened there as a holiday pop-up, and we’re still there. I have an online store, too [jasmine-roth.com] that allows me to connect with people from all over the world, but having a space for people to come in and feel products before they buy them has been

great. They often show me pictures of their latest projects. I like talking with them and hearing their stories.

What’s a little known fun fact about you?

If I could live on the beach, on the sand, I would. I’m someone who’s in constant motion. I always have to be doing something. But there I can go and relax, and take a break. The beach is my calm and happy place.

BACK HOME

You can find Roth and her design ideas on Season 4 of HGTV’s Help! I Wrecked My House in fall 2023 and by visiting jasmine-roth.com.

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Retail Playground

FROM GENUINE CALIFORNIA SURF SHOPS AND CHARMING NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES TO MAJOR OUTDOOR SHOPPING CENTERS, YOU’LL FIND PLENTY OF FASHION STATEMENTS, VINTAGE FINDS, AND UNIQUE SOUVENIRS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH TO TAKE HOME

5 POINTS PLAZA

A favorite since 1961, the vibe here is old school HB—a classic mix of retail and dining, 40 establishments in all. Shop at this insider’s locale, featuring both independently owned stores along with big-name shops and restaurants. Generations of families have been coming to the oldest and most trusted shopping center for decades, and it’s a great way to experience local flavor too. 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, 858-255-4914, 5pointsplaza.com

BELLA TERRA

A major outdoor retail and entertainment center with a coastal-casual style, Bella Terra features more than 75 retail stores and restaurants, plus a state-of-the-art, stadium-style movie theater. A staple in Huntington Beach for many years, Bella Terra only recently evolved into the beautiful complex that it is today. Whether you are looking for unique gift shops, surf and sports apparel, or something for the great outdoors, you’ll find it here. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-897-2534, bellaterra-hb.com

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MAIN STREET IN DOWNTOWN HB

Since the city was officially incorporated way back in 1909, Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway has been the historic heart of Huntington Beach and a go-to place for local shopping. Over the years, it has evolved from functional outlets like hardware stores and radio repair shops to now must-see surf shops, local boutiques, and cutting-edge modern surf wear. Main Street has always been the place to be, and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. 714-536-8300, hbdowntown.com

PACIFIC CITY

Just wait until you see the views while you shop and eat at this modern gem of a place. Pacific City is a relatively new addition to Surf City USA®, offering a mix of local retail and entertainment centers. Bursting with cutting-edge stores and fine dining overlooking the ocean, you can easily spend an entire day here and shop to your heart’s delight. There are also a variety of health and beauty spots to

help you look and feel your best. A callback to Huntington Beach’s original name prior to 1909, Pacific City represents a beautiful and bustling coastal experience that attracts visitors from Orange County and beyond. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-930-2345, gopacificcity.com

THE STRAND

Just steps away from the Pier, The Strand in Huntington Beach is at the center of all the action. Formerly called 5th & PCH, the reimagined destination features an eclectic mix of shops and eateries that embody the authentic surfing lifestyle and culture. Look for swimwear at Merilee’s or Rip Curl, and spoil your pup at the upscale doggie boutique Top Dog Barkery. Grab a casual bite at Chicken in a Barrel or Grater Grilled Cheese, and enjoy the oceanfront nightlife at Brightwaters Wine Bar or HQ Gastropub. 120-180 5th St., Huntington Beach, 949-698-1542, boardwalkinvest.com/the-strand

SHOPS WITH A VIEW

Huntington Beach has numerous oceanfront shopping experiences such as the posh mall Pacific City, where visitors will find high-end boutiques, weekly live entertainment, and children’s events.

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ECO-FRIENDLY & SPLURGE-WORTHY

Where beauty and protecting the environment are business as usual

THE BELLA MOON

Formerly Meleesa

the Salon, this reborn space, now run by Melissa Atchison as The Bella Moon, continues its mission to create beauty without waste.

Some of the salon’s green practices include donating hair clippings for oil spill cleanups, recycling/ repurposing hair foils and plastics, and diverting unused dyes away from its waterways.

21501 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-7199, thebellamoon salon.com

INIS ENERGY BY THE SEA

Named after the Irish word for island, Inis’s flagship store in downtown Huntington Beach offers shoppers premium fragrances, body moisturizers, gifts, and travel size items. Featuring products with ingredients harvested from the cold, pristine waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, the company is most notably dedicated to ocean conservation and protecting the world’s dolphins and whales. 300 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-969-0090, inis.com

PRIMAL ELEMENTS

Based in Huntington Beach, Primal Elements has evolved from one kitchen into a 25,000-square-foot facility that produces handmade glycerin soaps, candles, and personal care items. Founded in 1993 by Faith and Scott Freeman, the international brand is committed to creating eco-friendly products that use renewable resources, are not tested on animals, and contain no animal ingredients.

18062 Redondo Circle, Huntington Beach, 800-434-8277, primalelements.com

SUNSET BEACH

Sunset Beach is still one of the best-kept secrets in Southern California. It’s officially part of Huntington Beach now, and it’s a wonderful place to wander and soak up some vintage beach vibes. Positioned along Pacific Coast Highway south of Seal Beach, you’ll find antique stores with nautical themes, great local establishments that have been popular for decades, and interesting shops that reflect the neighborhood’s folksy, small-town personality. Make some time, at least half a day, to explore this wonderful little stretch of classic California.

NEARBY LUXURY

Venture down Pacific Coast Highway, about 10 miles south from Huntington Beach, to Fashion Island (fashionisland.com), one of the largest open-air centers in the U.S. Boasting nearly 200 exquisite stores and restaurants and perched on a hill overlooking the ocean, the views are as amazing as the shopping.

Head inland, about 10 miles east, to South Coast Plaza (southcoastplaza.com), and you’ll hit the largest shopping center on the West Coast. Most of its 275 retailers, from charming boutiques to major department stores, specialize in luxury offers such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Buccellati, and Audemars Piguet. (And you never know what celebrity you might see here!)

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Rest and Recharge

WHETHER YOU ARE ON A LEISURE VACATION OR BUSINESS TRIP, TAKE A MOMENT TO PRACTICE SERIOUS SELF-CARE AT ONE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH’S LUXURIOUS HAVENS OF RELAXATION.

Aarna Spa

Located inside the Paséa Hotel & Spa, this Balinese-inspired spa has eight indoor treatment rooms that were named after flowers found in the Balinese countryside, plus a private spa garden with cabanas and fire pits. Both the men’s and women’s facilities have a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and saltwater pool. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-698-6110, meritagecollection.com/pasea-hotel/spa

CloudMover Day Spa

Open since 2006, this favorite among locals provides quality spa services including massage, skin care, pro-waxing, body treatments, organic airbrush tanning, lash extensions, and more.

Located in 5 Points Plaza, CloudMover Day Spa promises relaxation, renewal, and refreshment.

18685 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-842-3600, cloudmover.com

Drift a Waterfront Spa

Elevate your senses and experience the essence of Southern California with a unique blend of relaxation and serenity at Drift a Waterfront Spa. Located inside The Waterfront Beach Resort, this full-service day spa offers guests a next-level sensory experience, blending all-natural elements designed to leave you feeling calm and carefree. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714845-8465, waterfrontresort.com/spa

Facialworks

Situated at Pacific City, Facialworks takes the best of skincare and makes it affordable, accessible, and fun. The spa offers a full bar of six reclinable chairs that face movie screens so you can indulge in a romantic comedy while you relax. There are also two rooms available to book for individual treatments. 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-374-4233, thefacialworks.com

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Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Find tranquility at this indulge-worthy spot, where you’ll be greeted by soothing sounds and aromas. Offering full-body massages to relieve tension, facials to heighten your natural glow, couples’ massages and more, Hand and Stone can help to relieve any stresses you may have. See what a difference an hour can make in your life.

19732 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 657-215-6621, handandstonehuntingtonbeach.com

HavenMD

Located in downtown HB, HavenMD is a tranquil getaway that will help relax your mind, body, and soul through a variety of pampering services including facials, massages, and waxing. The new medical spa also provides facial enhancement and rejuvenation, plus body sculpting services. Be sure to ask about its monthly specials. 315 3rd St., Huntington Beach, 714-374-9597, havenmdoc.com

Main Street Day Spa

This full-service day spa delivers luxurious treatments to both visitors and residents. Located in downtown HB, whether you’d like a full spa day or a regular mani-pedi, Main Street Day Spa’s services are at an affordable price point. Massage options include reflexology, deep tissue, Swedish, and Thai massage. 301 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-9968, mainstdayspa.com

Pacific Waters Spa

Encompassing 20,000 square-feet inside the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, this spa is reminiscent of a warm, elegant, Spanish-style estate. A fusion of Mediterranean culture with inspirations from the Southern California ocean, Pacific Waters Spa is the ultimate place to experience a blissful massage, facial, body, or salon treatment. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-8454772, hyatt.com/en-us/spas/pacific-waters-spa

Sunset Skin Boutique

A wellness oasis located in Peter’s Landing, the skin care clinic offers a private waterfront view of Huntington Harbour. The treatments are a mix of the most innovative technologies and timeless techniques, and include LED, ultrasound, microcurrents, and manual massage. Each treatment is tailored to the individual client and is based on the condition of the skin, rather than skin type. 16360 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 661-3014835, sunsetskinboutique.com

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INSPIRATION

Good Vibes All Around: Q&A with Justin Ratowsky

THE HB-BASED MUSICIAN AND HIS BAND, CALI CONSCIOUS, INSPIRE OTHERS THROUGH THEIR UPLIFTING GROOVES BY BETH FHANER

JUSTIN RATOWSKY, FOUNDER and lead singer of the Huntington Beach-based surf reggae rock band Cali Conscious, is all about spreading good vibes through his feel-good music and positive, environmentally-conscious lyrics. We recently asked Justin about what inspires him to make music, his plans for the band, and what he loves about performing in HB.

What is your background in music and how did you start Cali Conscious?

I grew up in Huntington Beach, where I started playing guitar and writing songs in high school. While attending UC Santa Barbara, I started riding my bike while simultaneously playing the guitar and riding all around campus and Isla Vista. I would also perform at the farmers markets and local restaurants on a weekly basis.

I returned to HB in 2010 and was invited to perform at the Huntington Beach High School Surf team banquet at the Quiksilver headquarters, and that’s really when things started to take off for us. That turned into a bi-weekly residency at Sandy’s Beach Grill, which gave us the confidence to seek out other venues, and we’ve been performing ever since.

What inspires you to create music?

Creating music is a way for me to express myself and connect with others. I’m inspired by the natural beauty of California and the ocean, as well as by bands like Steel Pulse and Jack Johnson. I love writing songs with positive themes and conscious messages that encourage people to come together and make a difference in the world.

We’re a reggae fusion band with a full three-piece horn section, and we love incorporating positive, conscious themes into our music. We’ve played as a full band at weddings, community events, corporate events, and music festivals, and we’re proud to be a part of the local music scene in Southern California.

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What are your current and future plans for Cali Conscious?

We’re focusing on writing and recording new music and expanding our reach through social media. We’re also working on new merchandise designs for our online store at caliconscious.com. In the future, we hope to continue spreading our message of love and unity and touring more extensively in support of new music.

Do you have any favorite local spots?

We love performing at Duke’s Restaurant at the Huntington Beach Pier, Sandbar Reggae Wednesdays, and Sealegs at the Beach for Reggae Sundays. We also enjoy surfing and spending time at the beach with our family and friends.

What do you love about performing in Huntington Beach?

Performing in Huntington Beach is special to us because it’s our hometown and the community is so supportive of local artists. The reggae community in HB is also a one-

of-a-kind, close-knit group, and we’ve made many friends through our music. We love performing with the ocean as our backdrop and the beach vibes all around us.

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Ideal Itineraries

WHETHER YOU’RE IN TOWN OVERNIGHT or have more time to spare, seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure or wanting something more laidback, use these itineraries as inspiration for planning your trip.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAY 1

Start the day off right with breakfast at Sugar Shack Café (hbsugarshack.com), which serves traditional American favorites like pancakes and omelets. Known among locals as a surfer hangout, the café offers great food at affordable prices. In the afternoon, explore downtown by taking a self-guided tour of Historic Downtown Huntington Beach, or let Visit Huntington Beach (surfcityusa.com) be your expert guide, available twice per month. Don’t forget to check out the city’s newest shopping and dining destination, Pacific City (gopacificcity.com), which often hosts outdoor movie nights and live music. Enjoy the sunset with a bonfire and delicious s’mores by the Huntington Beach Pier. The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel (waterfrontresort.com) offers beachgoers butler service with its Waterfront Adventures amenities, or you can bring your own firewood and skewers.

DAY 2

After a light breakfast at Banzai Bowls (banzaibowls.com), take a surf lesson at one of the many accredited surfing schools, like McKinnon Surf & SUP Lessons (mckinnonsurfandsuplessons.com), or spend the day at Huntington Beach State Park, which has a wide beach and plenty of activities for families, including swimming, surfing, volleyball, and hiking. In the afternoon, rent stand-up paddleboards and explore Huntington Harbour, a scenic and peaceful waterway, or visit the Huntington Beach Art Center (huntingtonbeachartcenter.org), which showcases the work of local and regional artists and offers classes and workshops for all ages. For dinner, enjoy contemporary American cuisine at Watertable (watertablehb.com), the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant. Afterwards, sneak in a dip in the hotel’s pool or jacuzzi before bedtime.

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DAY 1

Visit the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, a protected wetland area that is home to many species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. You can take a guided tour or explore on your own. In the afternoon, rent bikes and ride south along Huntington Beach Bike Trail, which runs along the beach for more than eight miles and offers a scenic, breezy ride. Have dinner at Sandy’s Beach Shack (sandysbeachshack.com), which is located directly on the Huntington Beach boardwalk and offers a variety of seafood dishes. Then enjoy live music at SeaLegs at the Beach (sealegsatthebeach.com), a beachfront restaurant and wine bar that offers great atmosphere and entertainment.

DAY 2

Spend the morning at the beach, where you can swim, surf, sunbathe, or play volleyball. Take a whale watching cruise with Davey’s Locker (daveyslocker.com) in nearby Newport Beach, which offers daily excursions to see gray whales, blue whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Dine at Pacific Kitchen (prjktgroup.com) at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, which has an outdoor patio that is a great place to enjoy the sunset while savoring your meal. Pacific Kitchen features a variety of dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood and organic produce.

KEEPING COUNT

In 2022, Davey’s Locker reported seeing more than 2,100 whales including humpbacks, gray whales, and orcas during its popular fishing trips and whale watching cruises.

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STAYCATION DAY 1

Grab a coffee and pastry from Philz Coffee (philzcoffee. com), and then head to one of HB’s resort pools, such as the Paséa Hotel & Spa (paseahotel.com)....In the afternoon, see what the town is all about by taking a bike out for a spin. Pedego Electric Bikes (pedegoelectricbikes. com) are the perfect way to get around by using the built-in electric motor or pedal assist. Cruise along the beach’s paved bike path stopping at Dog Beach to meet a friendly pup or two….End your day at BLK Earth Sea Spirits (blkearthseaspiritshb.com), which is situated above Pacific Coast Highway close to the Pier, and indulge in kobe style beef hand-cut steaks and seafood.

DAY 2

Have a light and healthy breakfast at Pacific Hideaway (pacifichideawayhb.com) within the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort. Its flavorful small plates and family-style platters will fuel the body, and everything tastes better on the oceanview patio with killer views of the Pier. In the afternoon, stop by Golden Road Brewing for a beer tasting and lunch at the recently-renovated Peter’s Landing (peterslandinghb.com), a retail and dining development in Sunset Beach. End the day in an indulgent way by private cruise through the picturesque Huntington Harbour with Prince Charters (princechartersllc.com). With your own private, fully-restored vintage yacht or classic wood boat with a licensed captain, you’ll cruise the waters while enjoying wine, craft beer, and bites on board.

24 HOURS TO GO

Rent a bike or electric scooter in the morning, and explore the city’s landmarks and attractions, including the Pier and Huntington Central Park. In the afternoon, visit the International Surfing Museum (huntingtonbeachsurfingmuseum.org), which showcases the history of surfing and has exhibits on famous surfers around the world. Afterwards, have lunch at Duke’s Huntington Beach (dukeshuntington.com), which is named after famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku and offers a Hawaiian-inspired menu.

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Dog-Friendly Places

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THE BIG 4 HOTELS

Huntington Beach’s four oceanfront hotels all have a reputation for pampering their guests, even the furry ones. The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel offers pet beds, feeding bowls, and a selection of treats for pets under 75 pounds. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa has many dog amenities as well, including a dogfriendly map of the property, yet limits dogs to 50 pounds or under (service dogs excluded). The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort partnered with Wag!, giving guests access to its premium pet services (including pet walking) during their stay. Paséa Hotel & Spa offers a “Very Important Pet Package” that includes a waived pet fee, a keepsake dog collar, leash, and toy, and the keys to its 1,100-square-foot dog park.

BARK CITY

At this dog daycare and boarding facility, your pup will be loved and socialized. Bark City boasts a unique indoor and outdoor environment with a splash pool and more than 5,000 square feet of outdoor play space. 8541 Edison Dr., Huntington Beach, 714-536-6191, barkcityhb.com

BEST FRIEND DOG PARK

A safe place for your furry friend to romp off-leash, the dog park in Huntington Beach Central Park has separate areas for pups of all sizes and drinking stations supplied with fresh water. 18200 Edwards St., Huntington Beach, hbdogpark.com

DIRTY DOG WASH

If your pupster needs a quick touch up, you can wash the dog yourself (shampoo and conditioner provided) or let professionals do it. 504 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-960-7002, dirtydogwash.com

DOG BEACH

Discover 1.5 miles of heavenly shoreline here, where dogs can frolic off leash in the sand and surf, and might even make some new doggie friends. Pacific Coast Hwy. between Goldenwest St. and Seapoint St., dogbeach.org

PARK BENCH CAFE

Tucked inside Huntington Central Park, the dog-friendly

cafe caters to the canine crowd (and their owners) with such tongue-wagging favorites as Peanut Butter Bone. 7732 Goldenwest St., 714- 842-0775, parkbenchcafe.com

PAWS CHATEAU

Give your dog a taste of the good life at this cage-free doggie day camp, featuring shuttle service, penthouse suites for overnight stays, and a complete spa for pampered pooches. 7680 Talbert Ave., pawschateau.com

TOP DOG BARKERY, BATH, AND BOUTIQUE

Who doesn’t love a good pun? The “barkery” at Pacific City serves tasty homemade dog cupcakes and cookies, and offers “barkday” parties, “muttrimonial” ceremonies, doggy daycare, and a self-dog wash. 180 5th St., 714-960-3647, barkerytopdogbarkery.net

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Canines with Superpowers

THE UNSTOPPABLES DOG TEAM OF HUNTINGTON BEACH IS PROVING THAT A DISABILITY DOES NOT DEFINE US BY DANIELLE BAUTER

SPEEDY, ZEEK, EDDIE, POP, ELLIOTT, AND BUNNY POP. Masters of putting a smile on your face. Able to break down barriers with a single bound. Dubbed The Unstoppables, this crew of determined pups are inspiring superheroes— despite each one’s traumatic origin story, their sunny disposition and contagious zest for life never waiver.

The Unstoppables are part of Dream Fetchers, a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Debbie Pearl of Huntington Beach. Pearl has dedicated her life to rescuing dogs from abuse, particularly those with physical and mental limitations. Many of her dogs have physical issues that require prosthetics and wheelchairs, but that never stops them.

Once the animals are rescued, Dream Fetchers provides

training and tender loving care. Caring for older dogs with physical challenges can be expensive, and the organization relies entirely on donations. To support the mission, Pearl takes The Unstoppables team to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools, where they are so eager to spread their unbridled joy to similarly-challenged humans.

The Unstoppables are making a big impact too— they lead multiple fundraisers a year, stay active on social media, and have an illustrated book series to inspire kids, written by Lauren Kramer-Theurkauf. To track the many adventures of The Unstoppables and help their cause, follow them @theunstoppabledogs and visit dreamfetchers.org.

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Classic Cars USA

THANKS TO ANNUAL CAR SHOWS AND PASSIONATE CAR ENTHUSIASTS, HUNTINGTON BEACH HAS COME TO ATTRACT BOTH OLD-TIMERS AND YOUNG COLLECTORS ALIKE

WHETHER YOU PREFER WOODIES CARRYING vintage surfboards and suitcases, restored muscle cars and hot rods, or exotic cars, everyone will find a vehicle to admire in Surf City USA®.

ANNUAL CAR SHOWS

Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance

JUNE 3-4, 2023

First staged in 1986, the car and motorcycle show had grown to be one of the most outstanding automotive events in Southern California. Parked on the picturesque lawns of Huntington Beach Central Park, the field of entrants includes the best domestic, British, European, and Asian automobiles and motorcycles, ranging from vintage to current models. hbconcours.org

Cars ‘N Copters on the Coast

OCTOBER 2023

A family-friendly fundraiser that benefits the Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation, the car show attracts both residents and tourists from all over the world. Featuring hypercars such as Koenigsegg, Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin, for many spectators this is a rare opportunity to see these beautiful automobiles up close. carscopterscoast.org

Kowabunga Van Klan of Huntington Beach

MAY 2024

Walk down the iconic Huntington Beach Pier and view more than 100 vintage Volkswagen Buses, while immersing yourself in the Surf City USA® culture and checking out vintage rides. Free admission to the public.

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CAR CLUBS

Peek under the hood of these local car groups for pop-up car shows, meetings, and other events year-round.

CARS & COFFEE

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Day Trippin’

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ONE OF THE MOST APPEALING THINGS

about Huntington Beach is its close proximity to many other classic Southern California locations. Whether it's beach hopping, amusement parks, or Hollywood glamour that you seek, follow our lead for finding nearby adventure.

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Seal Beach

Take a simple drive over to Seal Beach, where an old-fashioned wooden pier awaits along with a charming Main Street featuring dozens of shops and eateries. You’ll also find the Red Car Museum, an old Pacific Electric tower car built in 1925, and the type of quaint train that once motored through Huntington Beach. sealbeachca.gov

Costa Mesa

A trip to the City of the Arts® is rich with year-round activities: a free public art walk, fantastic parks and biking routes, plus Broadway productions and concerts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the world-class performing arts center. travelcostamesa.com

Newport Beach

With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, Newport Beach is a great place for

aquatic adventures like sunset cruises, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. The Balboa Fun Zone is also a well-known attraction featuring a Ferris wheel, arcade games, and plenty of family fun to fill your day. visitnewportbeach.com

Long Beach

There's lots to do in this nearby waterfront playground: a deep-sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific, whale watching on the water, shopping in one of the city’s many unique districts, a tour of coastal breweries, a vibrant foodie scene, and so much more. visitlongbeach.com

25 MILES OR LESS

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is undoubtedly one of California’s most beautiful coastal towns, filled with great places to eat, art galleries, amazing beaches, and many eclectic shops. The arts community defines this seaside gem, which you’ll notice as you eye the art galleries lining Pacific Coast Highway. visitlagunabeach.com

Anaheim

Since 1955, Disneyland® Resort has been Southern California’s premier attraction, delighting bright-eyed kids and well-traveled

adults from all over the world. New happenings at Disneyland® Park and Disney California

Adventure® Park provide an incredible experience for first timers and a sentimental place for repeat visitors. Anaheim is also a superb destination for craft beer connoisseurs, where you can find local favorites like Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Brewheim, Golden Road Brewery, and Brewery X. visitanaheim.org

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Los Angeles

Widely considered the entertainment capital of the world, L.A. offers endless attractions and activities depending on your mood. Explore thrilling theme park rides and a movie studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, landmark museums like the Broad Museum and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, music concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and numerous sporting events depending on the season.

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San Diego

Whether you’re into hiking along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, walking through the gorgeous surf of Coronado Beach, or admiring the breathtaking scenery at La Jolla Cove, San Diego makes for an awesome day trip. Spend a day at 1200-acre Balboa Park among the many museums, theaters, and gardens; catch a Padres game at Petco Park; wander the lively downtown historic neighborhood called the Gaslamp Quarter, and experience dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars. sandiego.org

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The Big Four in Coastal Luxury Resorts

PERCHED ALONG PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, HUNTINGTON BEACH IS HOME TO FOUR LUXURIOUS RESORTS, EACH SHOWCASING THE BEST OF WORLD-FAMOUS SURF CITY USA® AND ITS OWN VERSION OF PARADISE ON THE WATER

HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT AND SPA

Soak in ocean views and Andalusian-inspired architecture while enjoying full-service resort amenities, including cabanas and beach activities. The beachfront resort is close to shopping and dining at Pacific City, the Pier, and includes a pedestrian bridge to take directly to the beach. Featuring a coastal chic aesthetic, each accommodation offers balconies overlooking Huntington Beach, and petfriendly rooms are also available. Enjoy a relaxing getaway with plenty of amenities: five restaurants on property including the signature Watertable, world-class Pacific Waters Spa, the new beachfront concessions stand SHOR, a fitness center, a heated outdoor lagoon-style pool, and an activity pool with three water slides. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-698-1234, hyatt.com

THE WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT, A HILTON HOTEL

Experience oceanfront luxury with an easy Southern California vibe at this stunning seaside resort. Feed your sense of adventure at the Waterfront Adventures Kiosk, which offers everything from bike rentals to beach gear and supplies, even bonfire butler service with s’mores. Indulge in a treatment at Drift, a Waterfront Spa, or explore the pool and water slides at Driftwood Beach Club. Culinary options on property include fine dining flavors at Henry’s Coastal Cuisine, specialty cocktails at Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge, and cozy hospitality at Sammy Hagar’s new Cabo Wabo Beach Club. All rooms and suites offer a range of amenities and gorgeous ocean views. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-845-8000, hilton.com

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For more details on all of Huntington Beach’s numerous amenities, including laid-back luxury and value hotels, visit: surfcityusa.com/places-to-stay

KIMPTON SHOREBREAK HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT

Your surfer-stylish, beachfront base camp awaits at this boutique hotel, situated just steps from the epicenter of the Main Street scene, right in the middle of downtown HB and the hip area at 5th and PCH. Inside the property, a relaxed, coastal vibe is created through spirited interior design, an open-air patio with cozy firepits, and spacious, airy accommodations with surf-inspired décor.

To set a healthy tone during your stay, there’s a state-ofthe-art fitness center that is open 24 hours, a rock-climbing wall, complimentary beach cruisers, and yoga mats. There’s also a hosted wine hour and nightly fireside s’mores if you’re feeling social, as well as complimentary morning coffee and tea service. Dine at Pacific Hideaway, a familiar après-surf hangout with coastal cuisine influenced by Latin American and Asian flavors. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-861-4470, shorebreakhotel.com

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PASÉA HOTEL & SPA

This modern oceanfront oasis has an unrivaled sense of clean, coastal style and comfort that guests can experience with the sand between their toes. Featuring 250 spacious guest rooms and suites, almost all with ocean views, you can enjoy beach butler service with pedicab rides to the beach and luxurious pools with ocean views, cabanas, and an outdoor bar.

From outdoor dining inspired by the diversity

of Southern California to a chic rooftop lounge and a buzzing cafe, Paséa Hotel & Spa offers multiple distinct restaurant experiences. If you’re in the mood to be pampered, visit Aarna Spa, a Balinese-inspired journey of rejuvenation that features both indoor and outdoor treatment areas. Don’t forget Paw-séa dog park if you’re traveling with a pet, and a fitness center is also available. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-698-6100, paseahotel.com

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HOTEL INFO

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 517 * 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.698.1234 • 800.233.1234 HuntingtonBeach.Hyatt.com uuuu

The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel 437 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.845.8000 • 800.822.7873 WaterfrontResort.com uuuu

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21080 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.698.6115 • 855.622.2472 MeritageCollection.com/PaseaHotel uuuu

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

500 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.861.4470 • 877.212.8597 ShorebreakHotel.com uuu

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517 elegant guestrooms include 57 suites. Ocean views and a pedestrian bridge 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.

A modern four-star oceanfront oasis. Resort amenities include an award-winning restaurant, deli, heated pool and whirlpool spa. Dogs up to 75 IBs. are allowed (additional fee). Activities include beach bonfires, beach cabanas, surf lessons, board rentals and kayak tours.

This luxury oceanfront hotel offers 250 spacious guest rooms and suites, almost all with ocean views. Relax at the Balinese inspired spa, or have a great meal at their signature restaurant, Tanner’s, with exhibition cooking and communal dining.

Steps from Main Street and the Huntington Beach Pier, this boutique hotel is your coastal crash pad. Shake off the sand, enjoy the scene, and raise a glass on the lively patio at Pacific Hideaway, which features coastal cuisine and craft cocktails. Then retreat to your surf-inspiration guestroom.

The Hotel Huntington Beach

224 7667 Center Ave. • 714.891.0123

HotelHB.com HHH

Next to shopping at Bella Terra, Hotel Huntington Beach offers an indoor pool, fitness area, nightly happy hours and private events at the Bar Rouge. They cater to fit any need in eight flexible event spaces. Free amenities include parking, Wi-Fi, morning coffee, and shuttle service upon availability.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

127 787 2 Edinger Ave. • 657.200.7500 Marriott.com/snahu uuu

Beach Blvd. • 714.841.1812 • 877.424.6423 ComfortInnHuntingtonBeach.com uuu

Experience SpringHill Suites located within walking distance to the Bella Terra shopping center. Infused with a stylish design, the studio suites offer comfortable living and sleeping area. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet, lobby bar, and 2nd Floor Terrace.

Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, just minutes from the beach, the Comfort Inn & Suites offers elegantly decorated suites. All suites include hot breakfast daily, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, free parking, fitness room, heated pool and spa.

Extended Stay America

104 5050 Skylab Rd. • 714.799.4887 • 800.804.3724

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Extended Stay America’s 104 comfortable efficiency suites are designed for leisurely stays and offer studios with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of workspace. Your pet is welcome. Prior to visit, call hotel for specific pet regulations.

Huntington Suites

66 7971 Yorktown Ave. • 714.969.0450 TheHuntingtonSuites.com

Best Western Surf City

19360 Beach Blvd. • 714.962.4244 • 800.780.7234 uu BestWesternCalifornia.com/Hotels/Best-Western-Surf-City

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. Huntington Beach Inn

50 800 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.536.7500

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

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

Travelodge Ocean Front

50 17205 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.421.4451 • 800.525.4055

WyndhamHotels.com/Travelodge HH

Oceanview

• 714.846.5561

Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites uu 25 16912 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4770 • 800.780.7234

BestWesternCalifornia.com/Hotels/Best-Western-Harbour-Inn-and-Suites

Ocean

• 562.592.1993

Pacific Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4959 • 800.726.8586

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.

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. Beach Inn Motel 38 18112 Beach Blvd. • 714.841.6606 BeachInnMotelHuntingtonBeach.US

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.

A 10-minute walk from Sunset Beach, host of amenities, and great service. Fee 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.

Huntington Surf Inn

9 7 20 Pacific Coast Hwy. • 714.536.2444

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Hotel Europa

7561 Center Ave • 714.903.8898

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.

Hotel Europa is located at Old World Village, perfect for enjoying Old World’s Oktoberfest celebration or shopping at the international merchants.

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Surf Inn & Suites 30 16555 Pacific Coast Hwy.
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 20 nicely appointed rooms, some of which offer whirlpools as well as ocean or harbor views. OceanSurfInn.comHH
777 Motor Inn 35 16240 Pacific Coast Hwy.
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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. They provide comfortable and spacious accommodations with all the amenities you need.
Motel 29 16196 Pacific Coast Hwy.
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On the north end of Huntington Beach, this inn features affordable accommodations and free parking. Beach access just a block away, along with a variety of restaurants and shopping nearby.
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Affordable and convenient, the Oceanview Motel is located just two blocks from the beach. You’ll find a variety of room choices and amenities, including whirlpool spas, free on-demand movies, Internet, coffee and parking.

RV Camping with an Ocean View

RESERVE YOUR COASTAL SPOT NOW, SO YOU CAN WAKE UP TO STUNNING SUNRISES AND WIND DOWN WITH TRANQUIL SUNSETS

HUNTINGTON BEACH IS ONE OF THE rare tourist destinations that offers recreational vehicle (RV) camping right along the sand. Check out these three campgrounds that offer utility hookups and other amenities to make your camp life simple and fun.

Bolsa Chica State Beach RV Camping

The state campground has over 50 campsites that stay filled year-round, and you often need to reserve space months in advance to get in. A high percentage of campers bring surfboards, as well as bikes to ride the popular multipurpose trail that runs from Seal Beach to Newport Beach. 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-846-3460, parks.ca.gov/bolsachica

Huntington Beach RV Campground

The city’s RV park, with 46 available spots, is positioned just south of the Pier and allows for a unique visitor experience. Just as appealing, your backyard is downtown HB, where you can walk to bars, restaurants, surf stores, and boutique shops. Directly behind the RVers is Pacific City, loaded with shopping and family dining. Open from October to May. 20903 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714-536-5281, hbrv.org

Waterfront RV Park

If the beach sites are filled, yet you still want a beach vacation, try this RV park. With 90 spots, it’s only minutes away from a day at the beach and offers 30-day stays, plus a pool, clubhouse, and laundry facilities. 21871 Newland St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-8316, waterfrontrvpark.com

SHORT-TERM RENTAL (STR)

An STR is another popular way for travelers to experience Huntington Beach, as there are currently more than 200 locations registered with the city. For a full STR directory, visit bit.ly/ HBSTVRs

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Meet Differently

WHETHER IT’S TEAM BUILDING, A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN, SURF CITY USA FEATURES A VARIETY OF UNIQUE OFFSITE VENUES TO MAKE YOUR EVENT OR GATHERING EXTRA SPECIAL

MORE VENUES TO MEET

A world-class meetings and events destination, Huntington Beach is home to a truly unique set of four oceanfront resorts, boasting a collective 1,400 guest rooms and 185,000 square feet of event space. Referred to as The HB Collection, this signature offering is contained within a one-mile walkable footprint with convenient access to shopping, dining, outdoor and indoor activities, and, of course, the beaches.

SeaLegs at the Beach

Huntington Beach’s iconic waterfront music destination is located at Bolsa Chica State Beach. This beachside oasis has a large stage, tons of space for tables and chairs, fire pits, plus some of the best food and drink you can find near the beach. 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, sealegsatthebeach.com

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Stumpy’s Hatchet House

This is nothing like meeting in a conference room. Axe throwing is all the rage at Stumpy’s, the top facility of its kind in Southern California. The 2022 Titan Award winner for Company & Organization in Entertainment, your team will bond while discovering their inner lumberjack. 7225 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-980-1402, stumpyshh.com

Off the Wall Social

A dynamic, entertaining meeting space, this venue offers adult fun with arcade games, ping pong tables, bowling, and bocce ball. Enjoy classic comfort food and specialty cocktails in a colorful and vibrant setting. 7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-316-0775; otwusa.com/ huntington-beach

Huntington Beach House

The restaurant embodies the vibe of a Southern California beach house, highlighted by a large outdoor space for event planners looking to create a unique oceanfront atmosphere. The menu features locally sourced seafood, brunch items, and rotating fresh California eats, making the venue a perfect setting for corporate and personal events alike. 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; thehbhouse.com

Venue by Three Petals

Meeting planners will find here a beautiful, beachside setting and first-rate event space for corporate meetings, weddings, and special occasions. The 11,000-square-foot modern space is operated by a floral and event design firm founded by Catherine Chu. With customizable food menus and modern decor that can go untouched or get enhanced by one’s personalized design elements, Venue proclaims “ambiance sets the mood, but details bring the vision to life.” 18582 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 877-850-1103, venuehb.com

Biergarten at Old World HB

The home of Orange County’s Original Oktoberfest, this restaurant and bar has over 10,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, perfect for large group dining with beautiful greenery, umbrellas, benches, and live music. Indulge in authentic, award-winning German cuisine including smoked IPA bratwurst, smoked arrogant beer brat with cheese, chili cayenne sausage, Swiss bockwurst, freshbaked German breads, and a full lineup of imported German beers on tap. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-895-8020, oldworld.ws

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The Idyllic Place to Get Married

SPECTACULAR VIEWS, RELIABLE WEATHER, GORGEOUS OCEANFRONT SETTINGS, AND A VARIETY OF AMENITIES MAKE FOR A DREAM WEDDING IN HUNTINGTON BEACH

LET’S START WITH SURF CITY USA®’s four oceanfront resorts, each pairing a picturesque locale with the ultimate wedding package. Imagine saying “I do” on a sandy beach, overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, with your happy family and friends there to support you.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa offers three ocean-view venues for various-sized weddings, and

its six ballrooms can accommodate any reception, from 60 to 1,200 guests.

The beach-facing Courtyard Deck is a popular choice at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, along with the aptly named Epic Ballroom. For more intimate affairs, check out the Bungalow Room.

The Ocean Lawn at Paséa Hotel & Spa provides sweeping views of the Pacific, the Sapphire Ballroom is known for elegant weddings, and the Blue Room takes advantage of its location with an indoor-outdoor design and open-air, oceanfront fire pits and seating.

At The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, choose between three unique ballrooms: the Pacific Ballroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows highlight views of the Pacific, as does the attached terrace. Ocean views can also be found through the arched windows at the romantic Tides Ballroom. For larger weddings, the Grand Ballroom with its vaulted ceilings and classic framed mirrors can accommodate up to 400 guests.

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BEACHES TO BARNS: More Wedding Venues in HB

Looking for something different? From relaxed beaches to rustic farmhouses, Huntington Beach has even more wedding venues for your special day

If you want an affordable wedding but still have sand between your toes during the nuptials, Surf City USA® has three options for you: Bolsa Chica State Beach, a laid back setting; Huntington City Beach, where the iconic Pier serves as the backdrop; and Huntington State Beach, which allows DJ and alcohol services.

For a wedding at a private country club surrounded by a picturesque golf course, check out The Huntington Club. At Meadowlark Golf Club, you can get married in a beautifully appointed ballroom or outside—literally on the green. The Huntington Club’s Oval Terrace overlooks a lake and the greens, and the high-end club also has elegant wedding halls.

Another blissful idea: the 18-acre Shipley Nature Center offers a rustic amphitheater and nearby stream. Venue by Three Petals is set up as a versatile wedding space for up to 750 guests. For a classic barn wedding, you have two choices: the Newland Barn behind the historic Newland House Museum and the charming Red Horse Barn in Huntington Beach Central Park. Or, for a venue on the water, Prince Charters offers weddings at sea.

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Where is Huntington Beach?

Huntington Beach is in Orange County, California, right between Los Angeles (36 miles/57 km) and San Diego (93 miles/149 km). Named one of the top five most beautiful beaches in the U.S. by Travel Awaits , Surf City USA® is also the closest beach to top attractions like Disneyland ® Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Made up of 10 miles/16 km of uninterrupted beaches, Huntington Beach offers luxurious oceanfront resorts along Pacific Coast Highway with relaxation amenities, outdoor activities, culinary experiences, and almost everything in between.

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Planning Your Visit

DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION AND PREFERRED MEANS FOR TRAVELING, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO REACH SURF CITY USA® PUBLIC TRANSIT, CAR RENTALS, TAXIS, RIDESHARING, SHUTTLES, AND LUXURY TRANSPORTATION ARE ALL AT YOUR SERVICE

OCTA

BY AIR

There are five major airports that are near Huntington Beach. John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) (ocair.com) is the closest at 10 miles away, followed by Long Beach Airport (LGB) (longbeach.gov/lgb), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (flylax. com), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) (hollywoodburbankairport.com) and Ontario

International Airport (ONT) (flyontario.com)

From the airport, you can take a car or shuttle service such as Best VIP Chauffeured Worldwide (714-375-9128, best-vip.com), ExecuCar (800-410-4444, execucar.com), or Super Shuttle (800-BLUE-VAN, supershuttle. com). Visitors to John Wayne Airport can also take an OCTA bus.

Orange County Transportation Authority (octa.net) is the county’s planning commission that offers convenient transportation services to keep travelers moving safely including bus and rail transit, environmental programs, humanpowered mobility, express lanes, and freeways.

Amtrak (800-872-7245, amtrak.com) and Metrolink (800-371-5465, metrolinktrains.com) are the region’s convenient rail options, making stops at the nearby Anaheim and Santa Ana train depots.

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Greyhound (800-231-2222, greyhound.com) and OCTA buses are also available at the Anaheim and Santa Ana stations.

BY CAR

Visitors can access Huntington Beach via PCH (California 1) and the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405). Need to pay a toll? The Toll Roads of Orange County (thetollroads. com) includes California 73, 133, 241, and 261 highways. Go online to access news and alerts, maps, and payment options.

GO ELECTRIC

Getting around Huntington Beach is easy and affordable with Circuit (ridecircuit.com), which offers eco-friendly electric shuttles. Download the app to view schedules, drop-off points, and payment options.

MORE VISITOR INFO

Visit Huntington Beach

Visit Huntington Beach (surfcityusa.com) is a great resource for coupons, maps, dining guides, activity guides, happy hour lists, event

calendars, and all your visitor-related questions. Stop by to speak with one of our friendly and informative staff members.

Visitor Center: Open Monday to Thursday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Closed Saturday and Sunday. 155 5th St., Ste. 111, Huntington Beach, 800-729-6232 or 714-969-3492

Information Kiosk: Open year round and every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 325 Pacific Coast Hwy. (at the foot of the Pier), Huntington Beach, surfcityusa.com

Chamber of Commerce

15744 Goldenwest St., Bldg. 22, Huntington Beach, 714-536-8888, hbchamber.org

City Hall

2000 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-536-5511, huntington-beachca.gov

Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District

315 3rd St., Ste. E, Huntington Beach, 714-536-8300, hbdowntown.com

TRAVEL TIPS

CURRENCY

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 US Bank (19900 Beach Blvd., 714-500-4220) and Wells Fargo Bank (19840 Beach Blvd., 714-962-9327 or 19081 Goldenwest St., 714-536-9101).

DRESS

Casual, comfortable clothing is standard year-round. Hawaiian shirts and flip flops are never out of place in Huntington Beach. Jackets and ties are optional, even in the most elegant of restaurants. Evenings and winter afternoons may require a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt. Dressing in layers is recommended to help stay comfortable from morning until night. Don’t forget sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen.

EMERGENCIES

In the event of an emergency, dial 911 from any phone for immediate assistance. For nonemergency matters requiring the police, call 714.960.8811. An emergency room is located at Huntington Beach Hospital (17772 Beach Blvd., near Talbert Ave.,714-843-5000, hbhospital.org). Another local hospital is Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (18111 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714-378-7000, memorialcare.org/orangecoast)

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BOLSA CHICA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

From sunrise to sunset, visitors can hike five miles of trails to find scenic overlooks and plenty of animal life. For a pic that truly showcases Bolsa Chica’s natural beauty, head to the pedestrian bridge located on the trail that’s directly accessible from the parking lot. bolsachica.org

HUNTINGTON CENTRAL PARK

Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, Central Park’s 350 sprawling acres provide plenty of photo ops. We like Huntington Lake, which features an elevated wooden walkway with fantastic views. huntingtonbeachca.gov

PETER’S LANDING

Come here for waterfront dining, quaint shops, and gorgeous views of Huntington Harbour. For a stunning pic, take a shot overlooking the marina from the boardwalk.

peterslandinghb.com

SHIPLEY NATURE CENTER

Photo ops abound here at this restored native habitat within Central Park, featuring two miles of walking trails through nature. You can’t go wrong snapping a pic in the Coastal Redwood Forest or at the picturesque Blackbird Pond. shipleynature.org

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Planning Your Visit

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The Idyllic Place to Get Married

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Meet Differently

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RV Camping with an Ocean View

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The Big Four in Coastal Luxury Resorts

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Day Trippin’

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Classic Cars USA

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Canines with Superpowers

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Dog-Friendly Places

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Ideal Itineraries

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INSPIRATION Good Vibes All Around: Q&A with Justin Ratowsky

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Rest and Recharge

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Retail Playground

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A Touch of Design: Q&A with Jasmine Roth

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Toast the Nightlife

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EPICUREAN

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The Tastes of HB

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Perfect Pairings

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A Great Catch: Q&A with Chef Andrew Gruel

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Places to Play and Wander

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Accessible Travel

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Get in Touch with Your Inner Beach

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Revel in Exercise

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Hit the Harbour

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ON THE MOVE Take a Lesson

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Keep it Simpo: Q&A with Brett Simpson

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A Captivating Timeline

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Save the Date(s)!

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New and Cool Things to Uncover

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WELCOME TO SURF CITY USA®

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