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Surf City USA
Huntington Beach High School
Pro Surfer // 2015 U.S. Open of
Pro Surfer // 2009 & 2010 U.S.
World Champion “Wavedancer”
(HBHS) Surf Team “Frosh”
Open of Surfing Champion
// Surfing Walk Of Fame Inductee
Birthday: February 26, 2001
Birthday: October 1, 1997
Birthday: January 5, 1985
Birthday: December 13, 1951
Why she loves HB: I’ve been
Why he loves HB: I love the
Why he loves HB: I’ve been
Why she loves HB: I’ve been
surfing in Huntington Beach
vibe and energy. It’s great to be
surfing in Huntington Beach
a local at the pier for more
since I was 4 years old! It’s
able to surf with your friends,
for 18 years! I love surfing here
than 50 years! Huntington
my home break, and I know
then walk up Main Street and
because there are tons of great
Beach offers the best and most
everyone out in the water. I
have a bite to eat—then rinse
surfers who push me to be
beautiful beachbreak waves in
love how beachy my hometown
and repeat all the way through
better—and there are always
Southern California, along with
is. There are so many friendly
dinner. I get into a nice routine
consistent waves. Home has
excellent weather and favorable
people everywhere you go.
when I’m home.
everything I need: waves, good
Favorite surf spot: The pier. I
Favorite surf spot: For sure the
like surfing northside during the
southside of the pier. All of my
summer and southside during
friends surf there—it’s the spot.
the winter because of the different seasonal swells.
Local tip: Go for a surf, and eat at Sugar Shack. I’ve probably
Local tip: Spend a day at
done it a million times. It’s a real
the beach, then shop Main
cultural thing here.
food, friends, family, Huntington Surf & Sport, Sugar Shack—just to name a few!
Favorite surf spot: It’ll always be the pier, as the pilings provide a unique sandbar and
Favorite surf spot: I prefer
current rotation back out into
wintertime southside of the pier.
the challenging lineup.
Fun left into the pier, and the right gets really fun.
Local tip: It’s all about the pier! Hit Duke’s at sunset, walk the
Street. There are so many cool
Local tip: Check out the
pier, and don’t miss the farmers
boutiques and tons of great
biggest surfboard ever at the
market there every Friday. I
food options. Definitely visit
Huntington Beach International
personally adore the old town
our most popular surf shop,
feeling on 5th Street, where
Huntington Surf & Sport!
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you’ll discover swanky shops.
INSET PHOTOS FROM LEFT: COURTESY CHIASA MARUYAMA; WAX SUZUKI; COURTESY BRETT SIMPSON; COURTESY JERICHO POPPLER
HEAR FROM FOUR GENERATIONS OF HUNTINGTON BEACH SURFERS ON WHAT MAKES SURF CITY USA THEIR HAPPY PLACE—AND WHY IT’LL QUICKLY BECOME YOURS TOO.
O C E A N F R O N T S H O P P I N G , D I N I N G & E N T E R TA I N M E N T
A style that's new...surrounded by blue Sand at your feet...cool places to eat Out 'til two...so much to do... take me to the city
Barnabas Clothing Co. H&M
Heirlooms & Hardware
Ocean Blue Art + Design Sephora
Ola Mexican Kitchen Smocking Birds
Old Crow Smokehouse
Ways & Means Oyster House
Crazy Shirts M.A.C.
Molly Brown’s Swimwear
Tankfarm & Co.
The Wearhouse Boutique
Free People The Nook
Saint Marc Pub-Cafe
Top Dog Barkery
West Of Camden
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Insider tips from notable locals.
Look for the photo op icon marking picture perfect spots throughout Huntington Beach. Be sure to share your experience using #SurfCityUSA.
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What to do, see, and eat in our seven distinctive neighborhoods.
48 BEACH TOWN BITES Sweet and savory guides to the best in local dining, and delicious dishes from notable local chefs.
36 NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
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IN THIS ISSUE 04 WELCOME
Hear from four generations of Huntington Beach surfers.
Where to get hitched in Huntington Beach.
Where to stay in Surf City USA.
14 BEACHES GUIDE
Explore our five distinct beaches.
Bring your four-legged children on vacation with you.
Family-friendly day trips from Huntington Beach.
18 LAIDBACK LUXURY
62 ADVENTURE TIME
Surfer cool meets coastal chic in Surf City USA.
Four unique and fun ways to break a sweat while you explore.
Indulge in luxurious spas, salons, and boutique fitness studios.
20 HISTORY LESSON
80 LAST WORD
A brief history of Huntington Beach, plus two historic walking tours.
Family-friendly food and fun around town.
66 TIME GUIDE
Closing remarks from Peter “PT” Townend, the first surfing world champion.
Notes from the pros and where to catch a lesson.
What to do with 24 hours in Huntington Beach.
54 CRAFT BEER & COCKTAILS
Guides to local microbreweries and seaside sips.
A brief history of the Woodie, plus your guide to local car events.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SURF CITY USA MAP
TRAVEL FACTS & TIPS
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VISIT HUNTINGTON BEACH 301 Main Street, Suite 212 Huntington Beach, CA 92648-5171 714.969.3492; 800.729.6232 SurfCityUSA.com President & CEO | Kelly Miller Executive Vice President, Sales and Administration | John Ehlenfeldt Chief Marketing Officer | Susan Thomas Director of Digital Marketing | Rich Alot Director of Information Technology and Visitor & Partner Services | Nicole Llido Director of National Sales | Elsie Jean Rodriguez Content & Creative Services Manager Rachel Volbert Film & Travel Trade Coordinator | Sophia Valdivia Communications Coordinator | Jennifer Tong Sales & Service Coordinator | Tonya Imada Office Manager | Steffany Sensenbach Surf City Ambassadors Kevin Keller, Denice Yeager, Terry O’Shea
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2 016 MAY 13-15 » 24TH ANNUAL DUCK-A-THON There’s nothing like seeing 4,000 yellow rubber ducks bobbing beneath the pier and racing to shore—all for charity.
JUNE 4-5 » 31ST ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CLASSIC CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW The ultimate expression of Huntington Beach’s car culture, in Huntington Central Park. 18 » 9TH ANNUAL CHILI AT THE BEACH A chili cook-off, salsa tasting, and so much more spice up downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JULY 4 » 112TH ANNUAL HUNTINGTON BEACH 4TH OF JULY PARADE The biggest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi River is a real slice of Americana, with marching bands, homemade floats, equestrian and military units, and special guests. The weekend also features a threeday festival at Pier Plaza, a pancake breakfast, and 5K run the morning of the parade, plus an epic fireworks show off the pier after dusk. 10 a.m., Main Street. 23-31 » VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING The premier national surfing event draws hundreds of pros and amateur surfers, skaters, and BMX riders from all over the world for a weeklong competition.
AUGUST 5-7 » RIBS, PIGS AND WATERMELON Beer festival and pro BBQ competition at Huntington State Beach. Starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 3-4 » CIVIL WAR DAYS The largest civil war reenactment in California features Union and Confederate camps, a town with vendors selling period clothing and other merchandise, displays and lectures, and two battles each day. Huntington Central Park. Starts at 10 a.m. each day. 10-11 » BB JAZZ FESTIVAL Featuring top jazz musicians for a weekend of music in Huntington Central Park. 11 » OKTOBERFEST AT OLD WORLD Dachshund races! Beer! Oompah-pah bands! Runs through October 30. 17-18 » SURF CITY DAYS A celebration of summer’s end in downtown, including surf demonstrations and a Surfin’ Sundays concert series.
29 » SO CAL CORGI NATION BEACH DAY More than 1,000 corgis and dog lovers take to Huntington Dog Beach for this fun-filled gathering.
31 » HALLOWEEN FEST Zombies, superheroes, and princesses meet and mingle in downtown. It’s spook-tacular!
DECEMBER 4 » 20TH ANNUAL LIGHT A LIGHT OF LOVE Featuring live music, classic cars, a children’s parade, Santa, and a snowflake lighting ceremony on the pier. 10-11 » HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BOAT PARADE Bedecked with lights and other holiday decorations, boats large and small make a beautiful procession around the Harbour. 16-19, 22-23 » HUNTINGTON HARBOUR CRUISE OF LIGHTS Guided boat tours of the illuminated homes on the waters of Huntington Harbour.
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23-25 » 8TH ANNUAL SURF CITY SURF DOG Dogs riding surfboards as part of a three-day canine celebration. Pawabunga!
1 » 17TH ANNUAL SURF CITY SPLASH Welcome the New Year with a chilly dip in the Pacific Ocean. It’s tradition!
22-23 » BREITLING HUNTINGTON BEACH AIR SHOW The sky over Huntington Beach will be rocked like never before by two jet teams: The United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team.
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5 » SURF CITY USA MARATHON A full and half marathon on an oceanfront course, plus music and vendor booths near the pier. Attracts thousands of runners from dozens of countries every year.
HUNTINGTON BEACHCRUISER MEET Nomads, Woodies, VW Vans, and so much more at Pier Plaza and along Main Street.
TASTE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH Sample delights from dozens of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
ONGOING SURF CITY NIGHTS Every Tuesday evening, the first three blocks of Main street are closed to traffic and taken over by a farmers market and street fair, featuring fresh local produce, local food vendors, local artisans, children’s entertainment, and live music. PIER PLAZA ART-A-FAIRE + FARMERS MARKET Every Friday and select weekends, Pier Plaza fills up with booths showcasing goods by local artisans and a farmers market full of fresh local produce. SURFIN’ SUNDAYS CONCERT SERIES Live surf music performed monthly from May through September at Pier Plaza.
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10 THINGS TO DO
AT THE BEACH
(BESIDES SURFING) With its 10 miles of uninterrupted coastline and consistent sunny skies, Huntington Beach is a beach lover’s paradise. As the offi cial Surf City USA, we pride ourselves on our vibrant deeprooted surf culture, but our beaches offer much more than epic surf.
1 » Embrace Your Inner Beach Lover There’s no shame in rolling out your towel, slipping on your shades, and soaking up some rays from dawn ’til dusk. Just don’t forget your sunscreen! Listen to the waves, inhale the salty sea, and feel the warm California sun kiss your skin. Go ahead and pinch yourself. Your daydream has come true.
2 » Make New Four-Legged Friends Dogs and dog-lovers alike flock to Huntington Dog Beach—the “pawfect”
3» Bonfire S’mores Just south of the pier in front of Pacific City, our coveted 500 concrete fire rings begin to dot the sand, beckoning beachgoers for a traditional sunset s’mores session. Grab a blanket, firewood, and your favorite fixin’s—like the traditional graham crackers and chocolate bars—and toast ooey-gooey marshmallows to your heart’s content. You can also beach barbecue at fire pits along Huntington State Beach to the south and Bolsa Chica State Beach to the north. If you prefer to skip all the prep and get right to roasting, beachside concessionaire Waterfront Adventures offers “beach butler” services that start and maintain your fire, and even provide blankets, chairs, and s’mores kits.
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place to people- and pup-watch. Start at the pier and stroll one mile north, and you’ll soon spot unleashed salty dogs racing across the sand and taking a quick dip.
Fly A Kite » Let’s go fly a kite! The Kite Connection on the pier has you covered with a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and skill levels. In fact, they’re so serious about kites, they even offer free setup and flying lessons with most models.
6 » Beach Yoga Stretch, breathe, and recenter with ocean waves as your playlist and the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. All-level donation classes take place throughout the week,
and some instructors will even bring you a mat if requested in advance. Schedule a class through Toes on the Nose or find the most up-to-date class listings on Meetup (www.meetup.com).
7 » Bump & Spike
DUKE’S HUNTINGTON BEACH, BAJA FRESH FISH TACOS, COURTESY DUKE’S
Actively enjoy the sand by partaking in one of Huntington Beach’s most popular
10 » Eat & Drink
sports: beach volleyball. Nearly two dozen
With so much beach action, you’ll surely
nets on either side of the pier await players
work up an appetite and thirst. Thankfully,
of all skill levels, with more at Huntington
Dwight’s, located just south of the pier,
State Beach to the south and Bolsa Chica
serves up Huntington Beach’s famous
State Beach to the north. Nets are free,
cheese strips: a heaping pile of thin hand-
and balls are available for rent at beach
cut tortilla strips topped with grated
cheese and their famous secret red sauce. Additional concessionaires like Jack’s and
8 » Groove To The Music
Zack’s offer burgers, fries, tacos, falafels,
On just about any given day, you’ll catch
and other beachside snacks. For a cool
a guitarist strumming away or a singer
treat visit Haole Boys Shave Ice. Both
belting out a tune near the pier. Sundays
ends of the pier feature must-try eateries,
see the drum circle at Pier Plaza, the
with Duke’s and Sandy’s at the start, and
outdoor amphitheater just north of
Ruby’s Diner at the tip. If you’re spending
the pier, from about 3 p.m. until dusk.
the day at Bolsa Chica State Beach, four
Throughout the summer, the Huntington
new modern concessions offer gourmet
Beach International Surfi ng Museum
bites, craft beer, and boutique California
hosts Surfin’ Sundays, free concerts at Pier
wines, brought to you by award-winning
Plaza on select Sundays.
local favorite SeaLegs Wine Bar.
photo op 5 » Stroll The Pier Measuring 1,850 feet in length, the iconic Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest piers on the West Coast.
Cruise The Beach Path »
Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the
Hugging the edge of the sand, a paved
intersection of Main Street and Pacific
boardwalk provides the perfect trail for
Coast Highway, the pier symbolizes the
exploring Huntington Beach’s bustling
heart of Huntington Beach and has been
coastline. Hit the pavement on foot,
photographed countless times. A leisurely
skateboard, or roller skates, or rent a
stroll offers stunning panoramic views
bicycle or surrey from a concessionaire on
of Catalina Island, Newport Beach to the
either side of the pier. For those seeking a
south, and Long Beach and San Pedro to
more relaxing experience, hail a pedicab
the north; aerial scenes of the surf action;
or go electric with a Surf City Segway or
and, of course, numerous selfie photo ops.
Pedego Electric Bikes rental.
Step into Surf City Store for souvenirs, The Kite Connection for colorful acrobatic silks and ribbons, or Let’s Go Fishing for a rod, reel, and bait to cast your line off the pier (no license required). Reward yourself for making it to the end with a classic milkshakes, and panoramic views from Ruby’s Diner.
all-American burger and fries, creamy
ALL 5 BEACHES BY L AU R E N L LOY D
Bolsa Chica State Beach Avenue to Seapoint Street, this 3-mile
10 uninterrupted miles of wide, sandy beach
stretch of beach attracts swimmers and
begging aquaphiles and sun worshippers
beginner surfers alike, given the shallow
to come play. There are five distinct public
water and smaller waves. At new and
beaches along the coast, each with its own
full moons during the summer, California
Huntington Dog Beach
amenities and charm.
grunion spawn along the shore (a fishing
Rundown: Every salty dog’s paradise, Dog
permit is required to catch them by hand).
Beach runs about 1.5 miles along the bluffs
It’s a popular spot for surf fishing, playing
north of Goldenwest Street and is the only
volleyball and basketball, and RV camping.
stretch of beach in Huntington Beach where
Wave to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands across
dogs are permitted, and allowed off-leash.
Rundown: Stretching just 1.5 miles from
Pacific Coast Highway.
Fire rings: None.
Anderson Street to Warner Avenue, Sunset
Fire rings: Yes. There are 200 fire rings
Beach features one of the widest beaches
along the beach and are first-come, first-
Public Restrooms: Yes.
in Southern California and a parallel
served, unless reserved with a picnic area.
Parking: 2 metered lots located between
pastoral 14-acre park, known as the green
Concessions: 4 new gourmet
Seapoint and Goldenwest streets.
belt, where residents of the quiet seaside
concessionaires by SeaLegs Wine Bar are
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
community walk their dogs and children
open between Memorial Day and Labor Day
enjoy the playground.
and include SeaLegs On The Beach (wine,
Fire rings: None.
Champagne Brunch, signature flatbreads,
Concessions: Go shopping and grab a bite
and more); SeaSalt Woodfire Burger
at one of many local shops and restaurants
(nostalgic California barbecue and sweet
along Pacific Coast Highway.
milkshakes); Beach City Provisions (comfort
Public Restrooms/Outdoor Showers: Yes.
food, local craft beer, and a small general
Parking: Score free parking in the lot at
store catering to RV campers); and Pacific
Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
Kitchen (sustainably sourced fish, acai
Public parking is also available along Pacific
bowls, coffee, and beer).
Public Restrooms/Outdoor Showers: Yes.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: Ample lot space. $15 per day.
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH:
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Crowned America’s Best Beach by Time Magazine in 2015 • USA Today’s Readers Choice “Best Beach in California” in 2015 • Voted “Best West Coast Beach” by Coastal Living Magazine in 2016
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SURF CITY SURF DOG BY FLY DOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Rundown: Spanning south from Warner
Huntington Beach’s shoreline stretches for
MAP TO THE
BEACHES SUNSET BEACH
Huntington State Beach Rundown: This long stretch from Beach Boulevard to the Santa Ana River jetty restricts surfing in select areas during
Huntington City Beach Rundown: Surrounding the pier and serving as downtown’s 3.5 mile backdrop, City Beach is where the action is, from beach concessionaires and concerts, to volleyball tournaments and surf contests. Not to mention the majestic pier. Fire rings: Yes. There are 100 fire rings beginning in front of Pacific City (located between First and Huntington streets) and more dotting the sand to the south. Concessions: Dwight’s, Jack’s, and Zack’s offer beach concessions, while Ruby’s Diner, Duke’s, and Sandy’s invite diners off the boardwalk and indoors—with killer views. Public Restrooms/Outdoor Showers: Yes. Parking: Metered parking along Pacific Coast Highway, and $15 per day lot parking on both sides of the pier. Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
high season, making it a popular spot
BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH
for swimmers, bodysurfers, and boogie boarders. Sprawling over 121 acres, State Beach offers volleyball courts, basketball courts, prime surf fishing (permit required), picnic ramadas, and barbecue grills. It’s
HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH
also a great spot for birdwatching, namely the California Least Terns, Snowy Plover, and California Brown Pelican. Wave to the
HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH
114-acre Huntington Beach Wetlands across Pacific Coast Highway. Fire rings: Yes. There are 200 fire rings along the beach and are first-come, firstserved, unless reserved with a picnic area.
HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH
Concessions: 3 snack shacks open daily during the summer, and on weekends during the off-season. Public Restrooms/Outdoor Showers: Yes.
Parking: Lot parking entrances at Beach
Boulevard, Newland Street, Magnolia Street, and Brookhurst Street. $15 per day. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SURFER COOL Mixed with the salty sea breeze,
the Huntington Beach Pier lands
through Huntington Beach,
visitors in a coastal cool, carefully
from its popular Main Street
curated world of outdoor hang
and beloved neighborhood
spaces, polished dining, swanky
gems, to its new restaurant
lounges, trendy boutiques,
and retail communal hub, to
and LOT 579, a California
a quad of upscale beachside
culinary experience and artisan
concessions. The best part: It
marketplace. It answers to the
all awaits opposite 10 miles of
name Pacific City, one of the
city of Huntington Beach’s
mix of mom-and-pop bistros,
BY LAUREN LLOYD
Just a short walk south of
an air of laidback luxury flows
Lined with a delicate
original titles. Traveling up the shore to
surf shops, sophisticated
the northern tip of town, Bolsa
palettes, and chic boutiques,
Chica State Beach welcomes
historic Main Street has
revamped concessions serving
shifted in accordance with the
gourmet bites and local craft
local renaissance, while still
beer—set to start rolling out
maintaining its seaside charm.
in summer 2016. Boasting
eateries are changing the
Live music drifts through the
miniature versions of award-
way Huntington Beach plays.
streets nearly every day of
winning SeaLegs Wine Bar
Champagne brunch by the sea?
the week, carrying the tune of
and freshly minted SeaSalt
Only if paired with Bananas
Woodfire Grill, the beachfront
Foster French Toast, of course.
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Sink your toes into the sand, slip into something so Southern California, sip your favorite libation, eye contemporary art, savor something sweet—like handcrafted gelato on a stick— sample fresh ceviche and West Coast oysters, grab your pup around a bonfire, and catch a movie under the stars. This is Huntington Beach.
HEIRLOOMS & HARDWARE, PACIFIC CITY
When night falls, retreat
a fresh baked treat, gather
to your home away from home at a serene oceanfront suite at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, or new Paséa Hotel & Spa.
a light jacket, the choices for
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Two Historic Walking Tours BY LAUREN LLOYD
History buffs rejoice! Fun-filled self-guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Huntington Beach and Sunset Beach guide you through more than a century of beach town nostalgia. Grab the handy foldable brochures—maps included—from the Visitors Information Kiosk at the foot of the pier, and immerse yourself in our fascinating local lore.
Walk Historic Downtown
Walk Sunset Beach
Thanks to the Huntington Beach
The newly minted historic walking tour brochure takes you through the history of Sunset Beach at
Historic Resources Board, Surf
Huntington Beach’s northern tip. It’s the California beach town most people still dream about, locals
City USA’s historic downtown
and tourists alike. On this stroll, you’ll happen upon:
walking tour comes complete with 35 stops on a 1.5-mile route, including: • Examples of California Bungalow architecture built in 1922 along 8th Street.
• Fourth Street Towers, a home built out of salvaged wood in 1912 that features a playful
mural by local artist Neill Ketchum. • King Neptune’s Restaurant, a mix of old military memorabilia and nautical antiques built in 1920. • Sunset Beach Water Tower, a water tower replica built in 1940 housing a 75,000-gallon redwood tank—the largest on the West Coast—and visitors who wish to rent the space during their stay.
• Pristine Motor Sports, built in the 1920s as a gas station and auto repair garage. • A stand-alone jail cell, built in 1916 as the original jail. • M.E. Helme Furnishing Co. building, the only unaltered pre-1910 commercial building in town. • Community Bible Church, one of the oldest standing churches in town. • Site of the old legendary Surf Theater. PACIFIC AVENUE 1966, ORANGE COUNTY ARCHIVES
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Surf City USA A Brief History Of Huntington Beach BY CHRIS EPTING
The birth of Huntington Beach
surfing and commissioned
head off on the surfing journey
Street—became the hangout
occurred more than 100 years
him to ride Huntington Beach.
of a lifetime, resulting in the
for surfers, both young and old.
ago. Originally a 30,000-acre
Freeth gave the first surfing
most iconic surf film of all time,
Spanish land grant, the Stearns
demonstration in town,
“The Endless Summer.”
Rancho Company ran cattle
appropriately on the same
and horses and raised barley
day the new concrete pier
rose out of Huntington Beach,
George Draper, to Courtney
on what is now Huntington
opened in 1914. Carrying a
one being Gordon “Gordie”
Conlogue, Brett Simpson,
Beach. Around 1890, the
heavy 8-foot surfboard made
Duane. His story recalls various
Kanoa Igarashi, and the
city was called Shell Beach,
of redwood, Freeth performed
“firsts” related to Huntington
legendary Aussie Peter “PT”
becoming Pacific City in 1901.
dazzling feats of balance and
Beach and surfing, including
Townend, who has lived in
In 1904, the town name was
dexterity that people had never
receiving the city’s first ticket
Huntington Beach for the
changed to Huntington Beach
seen before. His wave-riding
for surfing illegally. He opened
better part of 35 years, raising
in honor of oil tycoon Henry
earned him a brief mention in
the first surfboard shop at the
his three kids, coaching and
E. Huntington, who sponsored
the local paper, but that first
foot of the pier in 1956. It was
competing, and remaining an
the extension of the Pacific
demonstration made a lasting
so popular with the burgeoning
integral part of the community.
Electric Railway to the seaside
impression on the city.
surf community that kids would
village. Incorporated in 1909,
Many local surf legends
skip school to hang out at
During the 1960s,
The list goes on, from Bob “The Greek” Bolen, Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti and
Today, Huntington Beach still earns its name Surf City
Huntington Beach remained
Huntington Beach earned the
the shop. This prompted the
USA®, which became official
a quiet seaside town until
nickname “Surf City” when
city to ban surfing until after
in the early 2000s. It’s home
the famous oil boom in the
the popular duo Jan and Dean
10 a.m. and issue a statement
to the Huntington Beach
1920s. Almost every major oil
released their hit song of the
citing Gordie as the first official
International Surfing Museum,
company began producing oil
same name. All across the
scofflaw. He would go on to
the U.S. Open of Surfing,
from the rich field below. Wells
nation, the allure and carefree
become recognized as the
and some of the best year-
sprang up literally overnight,
spirit of the beach lifestyle took
biggest name in surfboards
round recreational surfing
and in less than a month,
root. In 1963, Robert August was
while Surf City became the
in the country. The famous
the town grew from 1,500 to
set to graduate from Huntington
board-making center of the
Huntington Beach Pier, first
5,000 people with many folks
Beach High School, where
built in 1904, rebuilt in 1914,
instantly making a profit.
he served as Student Body
Chuck Dent was not the
1940, 1988, and finally to its
President, and attend dental
best surfer in town, but he
current length in 1992, remains
Hawaii in 1907, Huntington
school. A call from friend and
knew how to attract attention.
the focal point of the city’s
witnessed native Hawaiian
filmmaker Bruce Brown would
Soon the tiny storefront he
Main Street pocket—a symbol
George Freeth, now known as
change his plans—and his life.
opened in 1964—which remains
of rejuvenated dreams, hope,
the Father of Modern Surfing,
The call was an invitation to
at the same spot on 5th
While vacationing in
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PRO TALK Courtney Conlogue is a top ranked contender on the on the World Surf League’s 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour. The Orange County resident and local surfer won the 2009 U.S. Open of Surfing—at age 16.
CONLOGUE ON SURFING: I love surfing Huntington Beach because it’s where I did, and still do, a lot of my
CONLOGUE ON SHAPING:
training. I like going out at the
Over the years, Huntington
pier and paddling through the
Beach surfboard shaper Tim
pylons, smelling Ruby’s Diner
Stamps has helped me fine-
cooking up their food and
tune my equipment, which has
seeing the locals that I don’t
translated to my performance
get to see when I’m out on
in the water. Every year since
tour. Every time I go out there
the beginning, we review my
I know I’m home.
equipment and how it’s been
Life as a pro surfer is
working at each different
traveling the world, having a
location. We make our
global family, competing, living
observations and decide how to
in the moment, and creating
move forward by either keeping
long-lasting friendships. It can
things similar or making
be challenging, but at the same
time is very fulfilling. In preparation for my
I met Tim through a mutual friend, my third grade
sixth Championship Tour, I’m
teacher, who I ran into at the
just taking everything that I’ve
beach after I’d just finished
learned years prior and using
surfing. I told him I was thinking
that knowledge to make this
about trying some different
season as strong as possible.
boards. He told me I needed to
I’ve worked a lot with Tim
meet Tim Stamps. I remember
during the offseason to get my
the first time I met him. He had
equipment to feel seamless and
me bring my favorite boards
make sure everything is dialed
into the shop. We reviewed
in and ready to go. I’m ready!
them together, and discussed where I wanted to go with my surfing. That’s when our friendship began. Tim’s shaping bay is in my backyard, and it’s allowed us to work closely on new concepts. It’s been great to drop in whenever I need to and have a chat. Whether we have a conversation about equipment or just catching up, it’s wonderful to have him so close. Tim has always been so supportive of everything I do and invests so much time in his blue room to ensure that every board is calibrated and ready.
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MEET TIM STAMPS
4) Surfing tips?
my designs for myself, my
SURFBOARD SHAPER TO THE PROS
For a beginner I’d recommend
customers and team riders, and
a lesson to learn the basics and
the waves around the world.
Local surfboard shaper Tim
more advanced surfers, I’d just
Stamps has certainly put
say have fun and respect the
his stamp on Surf City USA,
shaping boards for local
the rules of the water. For the
7) Tell us about shaping for the pros. For a number of years now, I’ve been shaping for local pros
5) Has HB earned its official
Brett Simpson and Courtney
U.S. Open of Surfing champions
title of Surf City USA?
Conlogue, as well as a few
Courtney Conlogue and Brett
It’s called Surf City for a reason.
upcoming pros including Derek
Simpson. We let the dust settle,
We are Surf City and will always
Peters and Matty P. They’re
then caught up with Stamps on
be that way. HB lives and
all very demanding with their
what it’s like to shape for the
equipment, and I have to
pros, and what he loves most
6) Does shaping strengthen
about Huntington Beach.
your surfing, and vice versa?
professional surfers including
For me, shaping and surfing go 1) Your life story in 3 lines.
hand in hand. They both inspire
I surf. I make surfboards. I
me to be better and influence
keep them dialed in to what they’re feeling with the boards for the local waves as well as international locations. It’s a very tough, but rewarding job!
repeat it every day. 2) Why surf HB? There are waves daily, and it’s a meeting place for many friends. After a surf there are tons of great places to grab food, cruise around, check out shops, and maybe even grab a drink (depending on the time of day, of course). TIM STAMPS BY DAVID MCCABE
3) Favorite HB surf spots? I really like the pier because it’s the center of it all and where the best surfing is taking place on a day-to-day basis. There are a couple other nooks and crannies I escape to as well, but I’ll keep those a little secret.
TALK LIKE A PRO BARREL: When a wave breaks so as to form a hollow or tube in which a surfer can ride with water on both sides and overhead – a peak surfing experience.
DROP IN: When a surfer catches a wave by cutting off another surfer who is already riding it. Often done by kooks, it is considered a serious breach of etiquette.
BOTTOM TURN: Throughout a ride, a surfer will go down the wave face to get up speed, then turn off the bottom and travel along the wave face or back up to the lip.
DUCK DIVE: Pushing the nose of the board underwater and diving under a breaking wave while paddling out through the impact zone.
SET: A grouping of larger-thanaverage waves. Sets arrive at irregular intervals throughout the day.
FACE: The shore-facing slope of a wave – where surfers ride.
SWELL: A period of big waves generated by a storm offshore.
GROM: A young surfer – early teens or younger.
WIPEOUT: Falling off the board (especially in spectacular fashion) while trying to catch a wave or in mid-ride.
CARVE: Ride the face of the wave. CAUGHT INSIDE: When a surfer is paddling out through the impact zone.
COURTNEY CONLOGUE COURTESY BILLABONG
KOOK: A person who doesn’t know or disregards basic ocean safety and surfing etiquette. Usually, an inexperienced surfer.
LINEUP: The group of surfers hanging out just beyond the waveline, waiting for a good set. LIP: The upper edge of a wave that comes forward over the top when it breaks.
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SURF LESSONS HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH Clint Carroll Surf School In front of Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort & Hyatt Regency between Lifeguard Towers 11 & 15 949-355-7285 clintcarrollsurf.com HB Surf School Community Services Building, just south of the pier behind Duke’s and Sandy’s 714-658-6873 hbsurfschool.com Jack’s Beach Concessions In front of Waterfront Beach Resort 714-536-8328 Toes On The Nose Offices are located inside the Hyatt Regency; lessons are right out front between Lifeguard Towers 13 & 15 714-845-4638 toesonthenose.com Zack’s Pier Plaza Huntington City Beach 714-536-0215 zackshb.com
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Surfline, at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, tracks all things surf so you know exactly when and where to go. Head to surfline.com to view the surf cams and check the latest wave, tide, and wind conditions.
Banzai Surf School Pacific Coast Highway & Brookhurst Street 714-499-3315 banzaisurfschool.com
BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH Corky Carroll’s Surf School Lifeguard Tower 18 714-969-3959 surfschool.net Salty Grom Surf Camp Near Lifeguard Tower 22, just north of main entrance 714-330-3350 saltygrom.com
SURFBOARD RENTALS BY THE PIER
WHERE CONDITIONS ARE BEST 17th Street Board Shop 714-536-6200 17thstreetboardshop.com McKinnon Surf & SUP Lessons 714-377-6101 mckinnonsurfboards.com
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Dwight’s Beach Concession 714-536-8083 dwightsbeachconcession.com Huntington Surf & Sport 714-374-6266 hsssurf.com Jack’s Surfboards 714-536-4516 jackssurfboards.com Zack’s Pier Plaza 714-536-0215 zackshb.com
Zack’s Two 714-536-2696 zackshb.com
BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH Huntington Surf & Sport Soft tops only, located near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway 714-846-0181 hsssurf.com
SURF CITY ADVENTURE TOURS
17th Street Board Shop 714-536-6200 17thstreetboardshop.com
Surf Lessons; Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Tours Private & Semi-Private WHY THEY’RE SO ADVENTUROUS: Fully licensed, SCAT picks you up at your hotel and drops you off for your lesson or tour. They also put you in the water wherever conditions are best that day, from Huntington State Beach all the way up to Bolsa Chica State Beach. SUP tours launch from a calm sandy beach in Huntington Harbour. 714-960-6790 surfcityadventuretours.com
Jack’s Beach Concessions 714-536-8328 Quivers Advanced surfers hunting specific surfboards love this “Netflix for boards” experience. 714-594-3727 surfboardquivers.com Huntington Beach Surfboard & Bike Rentals 714-794-4940 surfboardandbikerentals.com
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Pete Hamborg HAMBOARDS SKATEBOARD COMPANY OWNER
“My favorite place to Hamboard is on the boardwalk in Huntington Beach. When I’m out for a cruise my sense of it is that I’m having more fun than anybody else. The ocean, the sunsets, and the authentic lifestyle here allows for a special creative connection. The convenience of the wide, beautiful beaches and amazing weather is simply amazing. It’s just such a blast.” @hamboards Learn how Hamboards got their start on ABC’s hit reality show, Shark Tank, at MySurfCityUSA.com
Shelby Barone OC MOM MEDIA FOUNDER
“Growing up in Orange County, Huntington Beach has always been one of my favorite places to go with my family. From beaches and parks to restaurants and amazing weather, there is something for everybody to enjoy. It is the perfect place to create unforgettable memories with your family.” @GlitterfulFelt and @OCMomBlog Find more kid-friendly recommendations from Shelby at MySurfCityUSA.com
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Casey Patterson PROFESSIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL PLAYER
“There’s a different feeling playing volleyball in Huntington Beach. It’s a very special place and you can’t beat it. No matter what time of the year, there’s something going on that your family can enjoy and you don’t get that anywhere else. Just knowing you’re in a place where you can do anything. It’s magical.” @caseypatt Watch Casey serve up the competition by the Huntington Beach Pier at MySurfCityUSA.com
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Jon Olazabal DIRTY HEADS LEAD PERCUSSIONIST
“We spent a lot of time at the beach as kids and we still do to this day. The beach always inspired the reggae feel of our music and we’ve always been moved by that vibe. We’re lucky to tour the world, but coming home, there’s nothing like Huntington Beach. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” @jonjondh See where Jon hangs out when he’s home in Huntington Beach at MySurfCityUSA.com
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Jamie Heraver LOCAL HUNTINGTON BEACH SURFER
“One of the best things about being a surfer in Huntington Beach is that you can surf year round. It’s Surf City USA! The weather and waves are always amazing. There’s nothing like feeling the sand on your toes and getting salty to start the day. It doesn’t get much better than that.” @singdivesurf Discover Jamie’s favorite surf spots and more at MySurfCityUSA.com
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HUNTINGTON BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
1 MAIN STREET & DOWNTOWN Main Street and the pier are the heart of Huntington Beach, with surrounding streets connecting local-run businesses and our spirited surf culture. Although it has grown, this once sleepy beach town has managed to keep its friendly and authentic vibe. In a span of just a few short blocks, downtown Huntington Beach has something for everyone, from casual to fine dining, to shopping, surfing, biking, and unique art (just to name a few!). Of course, there is always the simplicity of enjoying the fresh ocean air, taking in the view, and lounging in the sun. » BY LISA MARTINEZ Parking: The downtown area has several paid lots, parking structures, and meter-lined streets.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Huntington Beach Pier » Go for a stroll on the 1,850-foot public pier. Here you’re offered a glimpse of amateur and professional surfers, volleyball players, bikers, skaters, drum circles, kite enthusiasts, lifeguards, boaters, and a variety of sea life. Surfing Walk Of Fame » Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame—but better—the Surfing Walk of Fame immortalizes surf legends, like
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Eddie Aikau and Andy Irons, via “stars” along the sidewalk next to Jack’s Surfboards on Main Street. Surfers’ Hall of Fame » Take note of the cement stones displaying handprints, footprints, and signatures on the sidewalk where Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway intersect in front of Huntington Surf & Sport. These TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood-style squares pay homage to legends who have surfed before you, such as Kelly Slater and Rob Machado.
WHAT TO DO, SEE, AND EAT IN OUR SEVEN DISTINCTIVE NEIGHBORHOODS
Duke Kahanamoku Statue » This life-size bronze statue, created by Edmund Shumpert and erected in front of Huntington Surf & Sport, commemorates the impact Duke had on modern day surfing. He is said to have popularized the sport here in Huntington Beach as well as internationally. Learn more at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum » This surfcentric museum, on the corner of Olive Avenue and 5th Street, captures the vast history and culture of surfing with rotating exhibits and events. Be sure to check out the “World’s Largest Surfboard.” HB Surfboard and Bike Rentals » Experience Huntington Beach by wave or land at this surfboard and bike rental shop located on 5th Street. Surf lessons and packages for couples and families also available. Huntington Beach Art Center » Rotating exhibitions and
art classes. Catch the annual Centered On The Center collection featuring local artists, displaying January through March. Next door you’ll find Rainwater Gallery. This new gallery and event space curates contemporary art exhibits, often focused on the community. Surf City Nights » Weekly Tuesday night street fair and farmers market featuring local artisans, food purveyors, and fresh produce from certified farmers. Look for the “Apple Guy,” or Phillip Shin of Ha’s Apple Farm, who carves apple creations for you to eye, and eat.
CUISINE, COCKTAILS & COFFEE Duke’s Huntington Beach » A local favorite, this restaurant evokes flavors of the Hawaiian islands with a relaxing yet elegant vibe. The main room offers fine dining (reservations recommended) while the Barefoot Bar takes a more casual approach and offers a variety of Hawaiian-inspired bites and drinks, like mai tais,
Sandy’s » Located directly below Duke’s, this casual eatery serves fresh Californian fare and puts you right on the “sand.” Enjoy the view! Great for families with brunch service on the weekends. Fred’s Mexican Cafe » A colorful and energetic atmosphere, think more Mexico than California. Pool tables, fire pits, and gorgeous tableside views of the ocean. Large overfilled plates and a full service bar are sure to satisfy. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse » Who doesn’t like Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza coupled with craft beer? This restaurant, always hopping, is one of the most popular on the block for families and groups. Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking » Their delicious southern spices greet you at the door from bowls of jambalaya and gumbo to plates of po’ boys and fresh oysters. Bruxie » A bright open-air eatery featuring sweet and savory Belgium waffle sandwiches stuffed with a variety of fillings. Good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Offerings satisfy both your picky and adventurous eaters of all ages. 25 Degrees » This hip burger joint packs a punch. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves with a craft-your-own-burger. Full bar with innovative drinks and adult milkshakes keeps it interesting. Sugar Shack Cafe » Cherished
by the locals, this decades-old family-owned breakfast spot appears to have been here since the beginning of time—prices included. Opens extra early to accommodate your sunrise surf session. Bomburger » A youthful burger joint that’s fun for kids and hip enough for adults. Offers the typical satisfying combos of burger, fries, and drinks. Open late. Longboard Restaurant & Pub » This beer and grub bar is best described as something straight out of “Cheers,” with a jukebox inside and great patio in the back. Offers organized events such as pub crawls and wine tastings. Dos Toros Mexican Grill » This upscale Mexican restaurant is swanky and hip. Offering amazing gourmet tacos, burritos, and more, along with a full bar and entertainment on weekends. Doppio Zero Pizzeria » A small Italian family business concept that fast-food can be made with love. Grab-and-go gourmet pizza by the slice. Open ‘til the wee hours. Say hello to Francesco for us! Sushi On Fire » Locals love the sushi variety, complimentary sake and miso soup, and animated owner. Sharpen your chopsticks for a range of specialty rolls and other Japanese fusion bites. Head next door to Shabu on Fire for a fun create your own dish experience by boiling your choice of protein and vegetables in water.
poke tacos, and generous slices of Hula Pie.
Milk & Honey » Organic coffee, tea, and small delights offered in this cozy and artsy environment. It’s so warm and welcoming, we could camp out all day. Aloha Grill » Enjoy the island vibe, world-famous Rainbow frozen cocktail, and second-story outdoor patio. Legendary surfers have flocked here over the years during the U.S. Open of Surfing. Zimzala » Nestled inside the surf-inspired Shorebreak Hotel, this ultra sophisticated yet casual restaurant invites you to relax and spend some time in their colorful well-styled space— or on the outdoor patio. G’s Boathouse » A local favorite, this “boathouse” serves up fresh oysters, seafood, and, of course, heaping nacho plates. Family-friendly and great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mangiamo Gelato Caffe » Cool down with a scoop of authentic Italian gelato or sorbetto, made fresh daily. Choose from more than two dozen flavors.
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Avila’s El Ranchito » This familyowned Mexican restaurant has several locations, each slightly tailored to its surroundings. In Huntington Beach, dining tables and the bar line the street for excellent people watching with a fire pit in the back for a more intimate experience.
SHOPPING Huntington Surf & Sport » HSS offers swim, surf, and skate apparel for all ages. Around since 1979, they provide surf lessons and board rentals too. Stop by its resident cafe, Java Point, for a hot chocolate or bagel sandwich. Jack’s Surfboards » Surf apparel, surfboards, skateboards—basically skatesurf everything. Surf lessons and board rentals available. A staple to Huntington Beach, they have been in the ‘hood since 1972. Diane’s Beachwear » This trendy boutique featuring designer swimwear is a great place to pick up a beachy dress and sandals. Mainly catering to women, they also have some items for tweens and young men. 1 Look Vintage » This unassuming vintage boutique shines as a diamond in the rough. Acquires and offers a great selection of clothing, accessories, and vinyl. Stop by on Wednesdays for 20 percent off storewide. Model Citizen » Find your perfect outfit for any occasion at Model Citizen, a unique women’s fashion boutique featuring the newest fashions and signature styles—including on-trend clothing and shoe designers.
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2 PACIFIC CITY With its sleek and polished feel, this coastal cool restaurant-retail hub caters to visitors seeking a sophisticated and relaxing beach lifestyle experience, just a short block south of the Huntington Beach Pier. Here are the highlights. » BY LISA MARTINEZ Parking: Parking structure validated for 2 hours with Pacific City purchase and metered spots available.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Chillax » The gorgeous wood slats on the building’s side and underfoot create a boardwalk appeal, while elegant landscaping keeps things fresh along with the natural ocean breeze. Elevated from the ground and looking to the horizon, outdoor lounges encourage guests to congregate and take in spectacular views of palm trees, shoreline, and sunsets. Refresh » Equinox offers a sporty retail shop, health bar, and spa (rose hip facial, anyone?), and when you book a spa session, you gain complimentary access to the facility. Also indulge in makeup services at M.A.C, Sephora, and Lush. Play Foosball + Ping Pong » Take a break from window shopping and gather ‘round the community foosball and ping pong tables, located on the ground floor near the outdoor lounge.
Ocean Blue Art + Design » Rotating exhibitions feature fine art and design, including contemporary paintings, photography, prints, mixed media, and sculpture by internationally renowned, Southern California, and Huntington Beach artists. Events » Scheduled throughout the year, visit gopacificcity.com/ calendar for event listings. Don’t miss Santa and his Airstream as the holiday season’s best photo op!
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The Wearhouse Boutique » All the way from the Lone Star State, this sweet fashion boutique has a broad offering considering its small intimate space. Well-styled and inspirational—you’re sure to find something special.
LOT 579 One of the most anticipated artisan concepts at Pacific City, LOT 579 houses multiple food purveyors delivering elevated beach fare across all categories. From Bear Flag Fish Co. fish tacos and gourmet sandwiches at Burnt Crumbs, to Pie-Not meat pies and gelato on a stick at PopBar. Refreshing and inspirational, here you’re bound to “discover” new tastes and favorites. Wash them down with the perfect cup of coffee at Portola Coffee Lab, or a cold pint of beer at American Dream. Bonus: Its only non-foodie feature is Petals and Pop, a flower shop/champagne bar.
The Nook » Offering the latest in women’s fashion jewelry with a curated selection of on-trend stackable rings, tassels, layering bracelets, and more.
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Smocking Birds » Evolving from making lovely baby smocks, this local family-owned wee ones boutique (0-6 years) will delight all ages with their adorable clothing and gifts. Heirlooms & Hardware » Featuring custom furniture handmade in Huntington Beach from repurposed barn wood, this shop can create just about anything. Check out the boat shelf inside Smocking Birds! The Plantation » Ocean-inspired home goods and accessories are found here, including sea glass chandeliers, gorgeous wallpaper, and accent furniture. They also carry gift items, greeting cards, and gift-wrap.
CUISINE & COCKTAILS Simmzy’s » The Simms brothers have created a vibrant and inviting local’s pub, serving artisan food, seasonal craft beer, and small production
Ola Mexican Kitchen » Stylish with a somewhat swanky vibe, Ola offers coastal-inspired Mexican cuisine and cocktails, like the Lobster Enchilada smothered in tomatillo cream sauce and Abreojos Margarita (cucumber-jalapeño). Low lighting and a gorgeous ocean view make you and your date feel quite special. Two bar areas spice up the singles scene. Saint Marc » This new pubcafe, bakery, and cheese affinage breaks from traditional restaurant hierarchy, where all staff members don the chef coat and gourmet food is offered in small, affordable portions. Bring your kids (ahem, tech advisors), as orders are placed on iPads. Did we mention the bacon bar?
Kin Los Angeles » Stop here for the most sought-after handbags, shoes, accessories, and clothing from top brands. T by Alexander Wang? Yes, it’s all here.
wine. Order their off-the-menu caramelized Brussels sprouts.
The Bungalow » Sister to the Santa Monica original, this sophisticated lounge seats you inside or outside. A Baja-style beach cottage, complete with surf music, games, signature cocktails, and bites from Bear Flag Fish Company, an Orange County favorite. Backhouse Yakitori + Sushi » Featuring an open kitchen design, this Japanese restaurant specializes in fresh sushi and sashimi, including an extensive sushi menu and their famous Uni sushi. Also acclaimed for their authentic robata-style Yakitori.
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Tankfarm & Co. » A stylish general store for gentlemen of sport and leisure, Tankfarm stocks the best in manly goods, from mustache brushes and sunglasses to graphic tees and classic boots.
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Huntington Harbour was formed in the 1960s as a series of harbors, peninsulas, and five man-made islands. Dating back to 1905, Sunset Beach became part of Huntington Beach in 2011. Together, these two areas combine to form a unique escape, where kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating are enjoyed by just as many who prowl the Sunset Beach shops, bars, and restaurants. The region is a relaxing, picturesque place that still
represents one of the better “secrets” in Southern California. It’s also a rewarding spot to ride bikes, thanks to the Sunset Beach back alleys by the water and the safe, serene Harbour neighborhoods that gently wrap around the many waterways and channels.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Hit The Beach » Come here for the 1.5-mile stretch of quiet, notably wide beach, and stay for the dining, drinks, and window shopping. Starting at DON THE BEACHCOMBER
Warner Avenue to the south and stretching to Anderson Street at the north. Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding » The most conveniently located, reasonably priced, and highly recommended kayak and paddle board rental place in town is OEX Sunset Beach, right on the water’s edge of Huntington Harbour. Grab a single kayak for $15 for two hours, or make it a double for $25. For SUP, it’s $15 for the first hour, and $5 per hour thereafter. Half-day and full-day rates also available.
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Romantic Gondola Rides » Be transported to the charming canals of Venice, Italy, from the Huntington Harbour with an amorous evening gondola ride through one of Huntington Beach’s most affluent and attractive neighborhoods. Bring a bottle of bubbly and a cheese plate (there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby), and Sunset Gondola will do the rest, like supplying ice buckets, glasses, and blankets. Couples packages start at $60 for 40 minutes and peak at $170 for two hours. Extras, like flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries, are also available.
CUISINE, COCKTAILS & COFFEE Red Table » Inventive, inspiring, and one of the must-consider restaurants in Orange County
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offering one of the most eclectic and interesting menus. Pair the Bollywood Fries with the Puerco Pibil Tacos, plus whatever seafare and local draft beer are on special. Call ahead to reserve the red table for special occasions. Located at the Huntington Harbour Mall. AoSA Coffee » The name stands for Art of Sustainable Action, and this uber-cool coffee house walks it like it talks it. Organic, authentic, eco-friendly, and dog-friendly, it’s a mustvisit. Highlights include local art for sale, acai bowls, and one of the few Southern California cafes pouring Stumptown Cold Brew. Located at the Huntington Harbour Mall in front of AoSA Image, its mother print and fabrication company. Captain Jack’s » For more than 50 years they’ve been part of the fabric of Sunset Beach. Jack and Jeanette Haley opened Captain Jack’s in 1965, and ever DON THE BEACHCOMBER, BEACHCOMBER’S GOLD
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Mother’s Tavern » As this Sunset Beach watering hole describes itself: “Home to beer slingers, motorcycle riders, and just plain old honky tonk.” An old-school tavern by the sea; what could be better? Fish Camp » These “producers of great seafood” do just that. Choose from their rotating menu of fresh fish, featuring “Catch Of The Day” and “Just Landed” options, then customize your meal from preparation to presentation, including sandwiches, salads, plates, and
Don The Beachcomber » The tiki tradition continues at this venerable landmark along Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach, where the classic brand still thrives. Live music, Polynesian food, and, of course, the most glorious island libations are served here.
SHOPPING Antiques Of The Sea » For window shoppers, maritime novelty hunters, and the vintage-obsessed alike, this quaint Sunset Beach shop along Pacific Coast Highway dazzles visitors with its authentic nautical and marine antiques and collectibles. Just look for the swashbuckling pirate on the roof. Yar!
Harbour House Cafe » Since 1939, they have been delighting coastal patrons in Sunset Beach with their exhaustive menu, from dozens of omelettes to garden fresh salads and their Guacamole Burger. And the best part, they NEVER close.
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Cleobella » Shop handcrafted bohemian fashion, from clothing and handbags to jewelry and accessories at this chic Bali-originated boutique
Katin Surf Shop » Born in 1954 as a small canvas boat cover business, Nancy and Walter Katin’s small business took an unexpected turn in 1957 when Walter custom-made a pair of surf trunks for a teenage surfer by the name of Corky Carroll, who strolled into the shop one day complaining of a lack of durable shorts. Those trunks are one of the, if not the, first surf trunks made in California, and the teen went on to become one of the first professional surfers. Today, the low-key shop houses a collection of Katin’s high-quality surf trunks, apparel, and accessories.
since have served up worldfamous crab legs, prime rib, and seafood. Listen for live music every evening Thursday through Saturday.
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OLD SCHOOL MEETS LUXURY Look for the iconic Sunset Beach Water Tower, a replica of a historic Huntington Beach water tower that’s been towering over Sunset Beach since the 1960s. Charming, tucked away, and locked in another era, Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour are throwbacks and a riddle of sorts. A place at the north end of town where old-school beach culture co-mingles with the mystique of waterfront estates and luxurious yachts. Secluded and seductive with both a slightly European flavor and a full dose of classic Southern California magic, a day or two spent in Huntington Harbour and Sunset Beach will no doubt slow the clock down and make for many postcard moments. Between both salty-aired universes, there is something for everyone.
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tables, outdoor showers, and restrooms for campers. RV sites measure 20 feet wide and 3040 feet long. Fees range from $65 (front row, beachfront) to $50 (back row) per night, year round, with senior discount available. For reservations call Reserve America at 800-444-PARK. SEASALT WOODFIRE BURGER, TRADITIONAL SANTA MARIA SMOKED TRI-TIP SANDWICH
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Day Trips » Open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with ample parking next to the sand. Gates to beach access close at 9 p.m. Beach fees are $15 per day for standard vehicles and $30 per day for oversize vehicles. Discounts available for seniors and disabled. Beach RV Camping » A total of 50 campsites (with electric and water hookups for selfcontained RVs), as well as picnic
Surfing » Check out Surfline. com to view the surf cam and latest wave, tide, and wind conditions. With a fairly flat, shallow bottom, this is an ideal spot for beginning surfers. The legendary Corky Carroll of “Endless Summer” fame offers a surf school for beginners of all ages, as well as beach adventure classes for children ages 4-12. Salty Grom Surf Camp also meets here, just north of the main entrance. Their five-day surf camps for kids run all summer, with small classes designed especially for groms (young surfers). Both surf schools offer private lessons for children and adults.
If you want to experience a quieter, wide-open Southern California beach, then Bolsa Chica State Beach is for you. Its 3 miles of white sand along the Pacific Ocean makes it a postcard-perfect beach unlike anywhere else along the coast. » BY MARY URASHIMA
Fire Ring » A total of 200 fire rings at Bolsa Chica State Beach are perfect for campfires, hot dogs, and s’mores! Fire rings are on a first-come, firstserved basis unless reserved with a picnic area. No grills here, but you are welcome to bring your own propane grill (must be 18" off the ground) or put coals and wood inside the fire pit (you can bring a grate top to grill on the fire pit, 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep).
or high tide. Visitors are asked to leave living sea creatures at their home on the beach, but are welcome to gather shells.
Shelling » Pioneer nickname for Bolsa Chica is “shell beach.” Mounds of discarded shells known as “middens” were left behind by the first Californians, who enjoyed an abundant source of shellfish. Sea glass, sea shells, and, on occasion, star fish are found along the shore, particularly after a storm
SeaLegs On The Beach features a wine bar with California’s finest, “VIP fire rings” that bring your dream Southern California beach experience to life, s’mores and all, and a champagne brunch with dishes like Bananas Foster French Toast. SeaSalt Woodfire Burger offers craft beers, charbroiled burgers, tri tip and brisket, with treats perfect for a hot day, like caramel sea salt shakes.
BEACHSIDE BISTROS By mid-year 2016, the place for a romantic meal or provisions for a beach picnic will be right on the sand. The Huntington Beach restaurateur who brought local favorite SeaLegs Wine Bar to town is opening four new concessions, giving beach-goers a place for true California cuisine with
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Beach Cleanups » Surfrider Foundation organizes sponsored beach cleanups throughout the year and provides bags, hand sanitizer, and a gorgeous view. Details and schedule at hsbsurfrider.org.
Day trippers and campers can stock up at Beach City Provisions and Pacific Kitchen. The staples will be on hand— firewood for your beach fire pit—along with beer, wine, and portable foods. These beach markets also will keep everyone happy with sustainably sourced seafood, such as shrimp po’ boys, poke, and fish and chips. Bolsa Chica State Beach is the place to come for a full day of fun, and it’s now a destination for barefoot gourmets!
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest saltwater marsh along coastal California between the Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. It covers almost 1,500 acres of fresh and saltwater wetlands habitat, a boardwalk over the marsh, and five miles of trails through the lowlands and mesas. » BY MARY URASHIMA
HISTORY With over 8,000 years of human history in Bolsa Chica, visitors to the wetlands are on the original land of the Tongva, some of the first Californians. What Does The Name Mean? » Bolsa Chica got its name during California’s Spanish and Mexican Rancho period (18th century to mid-19th century). The name Bolsa Chica, or “little pocket” or “little bag” in Spanish, refers to the little pockets of land throughout the wetlands on which the early ranchers would graze cattle. Playground Of California Tycoons » By 1904, railroad baron Henry E. Huntington brought his “Red Car”—the Pacific Electric Railway—to the coast, with a stop near the famous Bolsa Chica Gun Club, a weekend duck-hunting lodge for the wealthiest of California tycoons at the dawn of the 20th century. Hollywood stars, Babe Ruth, and the Prince of Wales, later to be known as King Edward VIII of Great Britain, came to the Bolsa Chica Gun Club. Once A Military Defense Site » World War II brought the U.S. Army to downtown Huntington Beach and to Bolsa Chica. Underground bunkers
constructed during that time— now closed to access—lie hidden within the wetlands. Hikers with a keen eye will spot the remnants of gun emplacements installed on the bluffs. Today, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the result of decades of effort by conservation groups to save one of the largest wetland areas on the Pacific Flyway, allowing visitors a chance to step back in time and enjoy the serenity of a pristine coastal environment.
SIGHTS, SOUNDS & SNACKING Parking » Both the north parking lot (3842 Warner Avenue) and south parking lot (18000 Pacific Coast Highway) can fill quickly on the weekends. Additional public parking can be found across from the north parking lot on Warner Avenue, near the Huntington Beach Fire Station. Walk The Boardwalk » Park at the “south lot,” on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway across from the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. This is the starting point for a 1.5mile loop trail, complete with a wooden boardwalk over the wetlands, places to stop and view the wetlands wildlife, and a return along the sand dune
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next to Pacific Coast Highway. Before you head out on the trail, take a look at the informational signage describing the wildlife you’re likely to see on the walk. Learn More At The Interpretive Center » Park at the “north lot,” just east of Pacific Coast Highway off Warner Avenue. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits on marine and coastal wildlife are educational for everyone, but especially fun for the kids! Birding » Over 300 bird species have been recorded at Bolsa Chica, a favorite place for birders from around the world and a major stop on the Pacific Flyway. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers a bird checklist and a seasonal viewing guide at bolsachica. org. The site of migratory geese setting down at dusk to rest for the night is not to be missed. Visitors are reminded to stay on the paths to protect sensitive nesting areas.
TOURS Free public tours are offered each month by three non-profit organizations. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy tour is the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m., starting at the north parking lot off Warner Avenue. bolsachica.org. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica tour is the first Saturday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m., starting from the south parking lot off Pacific Coast
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Highway. The Amigos also offer a special bird talk and nature walk the last Saturday of the month, beginning at 9 a.m. and starting from the south parking lot. Longer, private tours can be scheduled at amigosdebolsachica.org. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust offers a tour on the third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m., starting from the south parking lot off Pacific Coast Highway. More information about the Land Trust at bclandtrust.org. Bring Your Camera » A walk in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve brings the unexpected. You might see manta rays or halibut swimming underneath the boardwalk, egrets fishing in the marsh, bunny rabbits darting through the brush, or wildflowers blooming on the mesa. Almost everyone you’ll see walking Bolsa Chica has a camera in hand.
DINING There are no picnic sites in the reserve, but there are great places to dine—casual and upscale—just north and south of Bolsa Chica on Pacific Coast Highway and inland. Local favorites include Bolsa Chica State Beach’s new concessionaires, offering bistrostyle menus and libations; and Secret Spot, tucked inside a row of eateries near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway and serving up a diverse, mouthwatering menu of burritos, tacos, wraps, soups, salads, bowls, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and fresh juices—vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.
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5 BELLA TERRA & OLD WORLD Just off the 405 and less than eight miles from the Huntington Beach Pier sit two distinct and popular neighboring pockets: Bella Terra, a shopper’s paradise, and Old World, a charming Bavarian utopia. They also boast a very radical neighbor: Vans Off The Wall Skatepark. Here are the highlights. » BY LAUREN LLOYD
SIGHTS & SOUNDS If you’re visiting Bella Terra, you’re here for one of three things: eating, shopping, or catching a flick at Century Huntington Beach & XD. Take note of the in-theatre bar and lobby café. The coastal-casual outdoor mall also features serene fountains and hosts numerous events throughout the year. Check the events schedule at www.bellaterra-hb.com. Break A Sweat » CorePower Yoga welcomes newbies with a free week of unlimited yoga. Full Psycle, Orange County’s first and only full-body indoor cycling studio, offers two weeks for $39 or $17 per class.
Books & Vinyl » Cozy up with a new book or peruse the expanded vinyl section at Barnes & Noble, and even grab a treat at the adjoining Starbucks. This location hosts various celebrity author events, so check their online calendar to see who’s reading while you’re in town.
SHOPPING Bella Terra houses various shops, including local favorite Huntington Surf & Sport, brimming with surf and skate gear. Also in the lineup are REI, Cost Plus World Market, Lorna Jane, Angl, Justice for Girls, Carter’s, Motherhood Maternity, No Rest for Bridget, Princess Bride Diamonds, Old Navy, Bed, Bath & Beyond,
Kohl’s, newly minted Paper Source, and more.
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solita » Little sister to SOL in Newport Beach, Solita is relatively new to the Mexican culinary scene in Huntington Beach, and we can’t get enough of the Baja-inspired bites. Snack on the grilled corn elote and queso al forno before digging in to one of more than a dozen taco plates. Don’t neglect your urge to try one of the fruitinfused margaritas, poured with housemade mix. Great for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant » This beautifully designed sushi spot serves up traditional Japanese fare and a must-try happy hour Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Cheese Addiction » Say cheese and feed your addiction to fine cheeses, charcuterie, and worldly wines at this Bella Terra newbie. The shop offers dozens of collections curated by price, style, country, and wine pairing, as well as cheese classes.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS In addition to its distinctive European shopping and dining experiences, there are a few adventures unique to this ‘hood. Vans Off The Wall Skatepark » Free and open to the public, the epic skatepark features ramps, bowls, and rails and is open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. BMX riders are welcome every Wednesday. More info on Vans Off The Wall Skatepark on p. 62 & 64. Oktoberfest » Touted as “Orange County’s biggest party since 1977,” the annual eight-week ode to Deutschland pours imported German beers, serves up authentic German bites, features the alluring Shot Girls, and flies in bands all the way from Germany. Don your lederhosen and dirndls
DINING, COCKTAILS & COFFEE Grinderz » This skate-themed burger joint, owned and beloved by locals, serves up the three essentials—burgers, fries, and beers—every day of the week. Grab a Double Cheeseburger or Veggie Burger, paired with beer battered fries, sweet potato fries, and/or onion rings. The 50/50 Basket lets you have the best of all fried sides. The Speakeasy » A village date night favorite, this restaurant and bar transports visitors back to prohibition 1920s. Nosh on tapas-style bites, like Garlic Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Bacon Wrapped Organic Dates, and BBQ Carrot & Kale Chopped Salad (menu changes occasionally), and sip classic cocktails, craft beer, and California wines. Tap Tuesdays pours $4 draught beers all night, and Wine Wednesdays presents $20 bottles all night. Password not required for entry. The Coffee Tale » Inside this cozy cafe you’ll find yourself transported to Istanbul with a choice of organic coffees, more than a dozen loose leaf teas, and housemade sweets. Cold brew enthusiasts need come here for a cup made via their unique Japanese drip tower method.
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Euro Caffe » Self-described as “Europe in a cup,” this new cafe serves up coffee, tea, handmade crêpes, grilled panini, and European pastries. A crème brûlée latte paired with green tea matcha tiramisu? Yes, please. It’s a three-time nominee for “Best Coffee” by OC Weekly.
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Eureka! » Gourmet burgers, craft beers, and bourbon own the menu here, from the heavy Jalapeño Egg Burger to the lighter Veggie Beet Burger. Head there on a Wednesday at 6 p.m. for their famous Steal The Glass night.
SHOPPING Jack’s Garage » Head over to Vans Off The Wall Skatepark for comprehensive skate gear and rentals at this one-stop-shop. More info on p. 62. Wiener Dog Store » Home to fun, quirky, everything Dachshund items for both
your four-legged and twolegged friends. They even stock Bavarian nutcrackers. The Living Temple » This shop not only sells products that promote healthy living, they teach it too! Inside find essential oils, salt lamps, edible beauty products, books, and more.
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6 BEACH BOULEVARD If you’re on Beach Boulevard, chances are you’re heading west toward the beach. Unless you’re in search of food. Dotting Route 39 are some of Huntington Beach’s best restaurants, a famous rock ’n’ roll whiskey bar, and one of the city’s most iconic historic structures. Here are a few of the drag’s most delicious gems. » BY LAUREN LLOYD
SeaLegs Wine Bar » This award-winning restaurant boasts a Hamptons-style ambiance and sophisticated shared-plate menu of fresh California fare, paired with boutique wine and craft beer. Great for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Mama’s on 39 » Mama serves up classic comfort food for every meal of the day, from Mama’s Famous Chicken ‘n Waffle and Patsy’s Pulled Pork Pan Nachos, to the Brie & Bacon Burger and Mama’s Killer Street Tacos. Breakfast is served all day, the bar menu covers all poisons, and daily specials beckon, including “Kids Eat Free Thursdays.”
Johnny’s Saloon » If Johnny Cash and whiskey sing to your heartstrings, swing by this local dive bar for your choice from roughly 200 brands, a game of pool, and non-stop shenanigans.
The Black Trumpet Bistro » Sound your horn for this Mediterranean bistro plating tapas like Bruschetta Three Ways, Lamp Lollipop, Tuna Tartar, and Salmon Your Way.
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The Corner » Right around the corner from Beach Boulevard on Adams Avenue, American food and cocktails do the twist at this chef-owned and operated restaurant and bar. Wash Tempura Squash Blossoms and Mashed Potato Tacos down with a Buffalo Trace Old Fashion. Bangkok Avenue » Cooking up both traditional and modern Thai cuisine, Bangkok Avenue prepares its authentic and fusion dishes with fresh, high quality ingredients. Be extra excited for their Kao Soi, a northern Thailand red curry noodle dish that’s rarely found on local menus. The sleek interior mixes glass, wood, and metal, and the outdoor patio invites diners to cozy up next to the fireplace. Slapfish » It’s the best place in Orange County to score a Lobster Roll and other sustainably caught seafood. Bring your pup and grab a seat outside.
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Newland House Museum » Standing proudly as Huntington Beach’s oldest and best-preserved residence, this National Register of Historic Places landmark, built in 1898, opens its doors for tours to the public every first and third Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The entrance fee is a modest $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
SEASALT WOODFIRE GRILL Sister restaurant of neighboring SeaLegs Wine Bar, this newly minted farm-to-fire eatery serves up smoky Santa Maria-style live-fire barbecued meats, seafood, and veggies, seasoned with housemade sea salts.
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SHOPPING 5 Points Plaza » Defined as “the lifestyle center of Huntington Beach,” this dining and casualto-chic shopping strip at Beach and Main Street has been a neighborhood fixture since 1961 and covers all bases, from wellness to apparel to sushi to froyo. Lie back for a Diamond Peel at CloudMover Day Spa, grab an acai bowl at Bowl of Heaven, then get outfitted for Southern California “cool” at Vans. A favorite among locals, Mario’s Mexican Food & Cantina serves up authentic plates in epic portions, all washed down with “create your own” margaritas. If you’ve got your pup in tow, score a ready-made bite from Trader Joe’s and head to the “Barking Lot,” a specially designed outdoor space to dine alfresco and relax with your pooch.
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7 HUNTINGTON BEACH CENTRAL PARK While we’re all about the beach here in Surf City USA, the city is also home to about 70 parks—the largest (in all of Orange County) and most lush being Huntington Beach Central Park. Want to reconnect with nature? Here’s how. » BY LAUREN LLOYD
Sprawling across 350 acres just five miles from the Huntington Beach Pier, Central Park is home to open fields, trees, flowers, birds, two lakes, a “Secret Garden” filled with fluttering butterflies, and a whole slew of amenities. A nature lover’s paradise, the dog-friendly park is perfect for a jog or bike ride along the paved path—dotted with exercise stations—a picnic, or a long scenic stroll throughout its meandering trails. Events are held here yearround, including the Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring and BB Jazz Festival in the fall. Parking lots are located on Edwards Street and Inlet Drive, Goldenwest Street and Slater Avenue, and Goldenwest Street and Talbert Avenue.
HIGHLIGHTS • Amphitheater + Bandstand • Central Library + Cultural Center • Central Park Equestrian Center • Dog Park • Outdoor Restaurants • Picnic Shelter • Playhouse • Sports Complex Adventure Playground » A perfect spot for kids (5-12) featuring a small rafting pond, mudslide area, rope-climbing, and fort-building. Open during the summer from late June through late August. Disc Golf Course » The only disc golf course in Orange County and the second disc golf course ever built, the course stretches across 15 acres. Look for Huntington Beach native
and four-time Pro Disc Golf Association World Champion Paul McBeth. Shipley Nature Center » An oasis within an oasis, this ecological sanctuary in Central Park along Goldenwest Street features 18 acres of California native habitat, a monarch butterfly waystation, educational center, and charming gift shop. Self-guided trails weave throughout all eight habitats, offering bountiful birding and educational opportunities. “Parent & Me Time” every Wednesday at 11 a.m. invites families to themed discovery experiences. More events held year-round.
DINING Park Bench Cafe » This family-owned, dog-friendly
Kathy May’s Lakeview Cafe » Grab a seat inside or out for homestyle American food with a stellar view of Lake Huntington in Central Park. This dog-friendly eatery is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “Wave hello to the ducks, but please refrain from feeding them.”
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outdoor cafe along Goldenwest Street has been serving up scrumptious breakfast and lunch fare since 1988. After a stroll around the park, take a seat at an outdoor table, take in the picturesque view of Talbert Lake, and order the Huevos Benedictos with soy chorizo, Zebra Mocha, and a homemade cinnamon roll to start. Don’t forget to scan the “Canine Cuisine” menu for a treat for your pup. Great for breakfast and lunch.
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1 » Ways & Means Oyster House With fresh seafood, a casual seaside ambiance celebrating world-class oyster bars, and daily “Sunset Social” specials, this family-friendly and datefriendly restaurant at Pacific City is a must-try. Who can pass up $9.99 Maine Lobster every Monday? Dress up yourself and your oysters; pair with a glass of bubbly, and be the judge of the oysters’ infamous aphrodisiac properties. 2 » SeaSalt Woodfire Grill Inspired by 19th century Santa Maria-style live-fire barbecue, SeaSalt is the sister restaurant to award-winning SeaLegs Wine Bar. The menu features smoky, hearty cuts of meat, thick bone-in ribeye steak, traditional tri-tip, lamb chops, and linguiça sausages, seafood, and vegetables—all cooked over red oak coals on an open woodfire grill and sprinkled with housemade sea salts. 3 » Lemonade Offering signature seasonal comfort food, a colorful bounty of freshmade salads, and a creative menu of handmade lemonades, this cafeteria-style eatery at Pacific City exudes COURTESY WAYS & MEANS
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Leaf Steamed Island Fish &
the restaurant at Pacific City,
across Edinger Avenue from
Mac N Cheese), and Sunday
Shrimp paired with a mai tai.
guests enjoy authentic Mexican
Brunch. If you prefer lighter
Eye the walls for tributes to
food elevated beyond your
fare, several crunchy salads will
the Father of Modern Surfing,
typical cantina. We love Chef
keep you light on your feet.
Duke Kahanamoku. Looking for
Amado’s Guacamole and the
Californian coastal cuisine with
Chile Relleno. Score a spot on the covered outdoor patio.
5 » Backhouse Yakitori + Sushi Sushi lovers must dine at this
SEASALT WOODFIRE GRILL
newly minted Pacific City
2 » Duke’s
a similar view? Head downstairs
Japanese restaurant for the
At the foot of the pier, Duke’s
fresh sushi and sashimi—
restaurant and Barefoot Bar
especially the famous Uni
invite you to enjoy their superior
3 » Ola Mexican Kitchen
Describing themselves as a
sushi— lavish menu, and house
view of the sea, Hawaiian
There’s more to Ola Mexican
local’s pub serving artisan
specialty: authentic robata-style
beach house ambiance, and
Kitchen than Taco Tuesday!
foods, craft beers, and small
Yakitori (grilled skewers).
trademark Pacific Rim cuisine
With panoramic ocean views
production wines, Simmzy’s
4 » Simmzy’s
at Pacific City is being humble BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS, CRAB LEGS
when you consider the milliondollar view this beachside gastropub possesses. Bites range from housemade sweet & spicy wings and jalapeño poppers, to SoCal favorites like fish tacos and tuna poke. 5 » Shades Shades at the Waterfront Beach Resort boasts intoxicating ocean views, a bonfire patio, live entertainment on
COURTESY BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS
weekends, and market-fresh fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cozy up to cheese and charcuterie plates, 6-Hour Braised Short Rib, and BBQ Rub Salmon.
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4 WHERE TO NOSH BEFORE/AFTER A SURF 1 » TK Burgers TK’s charbroiled burgers, voted the best burger in LA and OC in 2011, has been serving up fresh, never frozen burgers in a fun “backyard barbecue” atmosphere for 25 years. A simple menu in a SoCal surf shack along Pacific Coast Highway is what’s made them the local burger standard. 2 » Sessions West Coast Deli From their made-to-order breakfast gourmet toasts, burritos, and
SUGAR SHACK CAFE
sandwiches, to their mile-high deli sandwiches, Sessions near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway uses fresh, local, mostly madefrom-scratch ingredients. Perk up with a cup of locally roasted Kéan Coffee with a view of the pier.
WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST 1 » Sugar Shack Cafe
4 » The Bread Crumb Ohana
One place has remained a
constant for more than 40 years:
Eat your way to the islands at
The Sugar Shack. The most
this small family-run Hawaiian
popular dish on the bountiful
cafe near Beach Boulevard and
breakfast menu is the Keppler’s
Garfield Avenue. An extensive
Special, a breakfast dish of
breakfast menu features
scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato,
authentic favorites like Loco
avocado, and hollandaise on an
Moco, Hawaiian Bread French
English muffin. Opens at 6 a.m.
Toast, and Maui coffee. Opens at 7 a.m.
2 » Primo’s Coffee, Acai King, & Sancho’s Tacos
5 » Mama’s On 39
A longtime local favorite,
Mama knows best when it
Sancho’s offers two of
comes to breakfast, which is
Huntington Beach’s favorite
served all day at this casual
things: a view of the surf and
family-friendly eatery near
breakfast burritos (or order
Beach Boulevard and Atlanta
them as breakfast tacos). Grab
Avenue. Choose from classic
a coffee at Primo’s next door,
comfort food favorites and
which also serves donuts and
healthy plates, to southern
homestyle platters and daily
the “Cron Don” cronut sammy.
bottomless mimosas. Opens at
Step up to the adjoining Acai
3 » Banzai Bowls Whether you’re heading to the beach or fresh off it, hit this local onthe-go favorite for a cold and healthy treat. Choose from a variety of acai and pitaya bowls with all the fixin’s. Call in your order during the summer months, as this small shop proves quite popular. 4 » North Shore Poke Co. A family-run business on 5th Street offering customizable Hawaiian poke bowls and tacos. Create your own bowl with your choice of veggie or fish (ahi tuna, salmon, or mixed), and sauce such as Waimea (spicy mayo). Add crispy garlic for a bonus crunch. 5 » Wahoo’s Fish Taco Born in Orange County in 1988 by three surfers, Wahoo’s along Main Street offers casual Mexican fare with Asian and Brazilian influences. Try the fish tacos or one of many bowls. Kids menu available. SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI, AVOCADO TOAST
that’s been declared the best in
SUNDAY BRUNCH BONUS:
Orange County. Primo’s opens
at 7 a.m. Acai King and Sancho’s
This new restaurant and lounge
open at 8 a.m.
near Warner Avenue and Magnolia Street brings in a DJ
3 » Bruxie
on the weekends for Sunday
Waffle lovers rejoice! Bruxie
Brunch. Offerings include their
on 5th Street serves up its
seafood tower, Benedicts,
breakfast waffle sandwiches
Bloody Mary bar with corn dog
all day long, including a Bacon
and grilled cheese garnishes,
Egg & Cheddar, and Green Eggs
and Hello Kitty pancakes. Opens
& Ham. Pair with their mind-
at 10 a.m.
blowing deep roast proprietary blend coffee. Opens at 9 a.m.
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COURTESY SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI
King counter for an acai bowl
JAN’S HEALTHY TUNA SANDWICH
IT’S DATE NIGHT 1 » SeaLegs Wine Bar handcrafted cocktails, and let the lively soundtrack set the mood while you decide which of the tempting small plates to savor first. Most romantic spot? The banquettes and low tables in the lounge area are perfect for a more intimate one-on-one. Located near Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.
5 THE BEST IN VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, & GLUTEN-FREE
2 » Watertable With the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop, you’ll be dining in style at the Hyatt Regency’s sophisticated Watertable restaurant. Enjoy an international wine list, craft beers, artisan cocktails, and selections “Deep Sea Meditation” (fried
from a mélange of modern comfort food with attitude. Or dine at
vegan shrimp), “Divine Eternity”
the gorgeous dark wood bar where a variety of Spanish-inspired
(vegan chicken lettuce cups),
small plates and “Bar Jars” filled with housemade pates, cheeses,
and a salad called “Garden of
and other delights are served.
Eden” with “Almighty Dressing,” 1 » Jan’s Health Bar
ordering seems like a spiritual
3 » Old Crow Smokehouse
Since 1972, Jan’s has served
awakening. Your body will love
Get down and go country with your favorite cowboy or cowgirl
healthy fare to Huntington
you for it. The “Ocean of Love”
at Old Crow Smokehouse! This Midwest (Chicago) import serves
Beach, including fresh juices and
fish tacos and “BLT Awakening”
up the best barbecue styles from the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas
smoothies, sandwiches, soups,
City, and Texas, along with Southern cocktails and live country/rock music on Friday and Saturday nights. Yep, right here in Huntington
salads, vegetarian and vegan
Beach at Pacific City.
options, and an assortment of
4 » Secret Spot
vegan and gluten-free baked
Along Pacific Coast Highway
goods. Options like Vegenaise,
near Bolsa Chica State Beach
4 » Mona Lisa Cucina
soy bacon bits, soy turkey, and
sits a tiny juice bar and cafe
Reenact that iconic scene from “Lady & The Tramp” at this small,
loads of vegetables and fruits
called Secret Spot. Their menu
romantic Italian bistro near Adams Avenue and Magnolia Street, and
leave any kind of eater satisfied.
offers a wide assortment of fresh
watch Chef Dino prepare your meal. The Ravioli Arragosta (lobster-
Most items can be modified for
juices and smoothies with soy
filled raviolis with lemon, capers, and cream sauce) followed by
vegetarians—just ask! Located on
milk options, breakfast burritos,
tiramisu—now that’s amore.
Main Street between 5th and 6th.
and chocolate chip pancakes, along with hummus, salads,
5 » Sushi On Fire & Shabu On Fire
2 » Bodhi Tree Vegan Cafe
bowls, sandwiches, and tacos
Turn up the heat at Sushi on Fire on Main Street with their authentic
Inviting and calm in
for later in the day. Most menu
Japanese fare and extensive menu, including a “Sexy” specialty roll.
atmosphere, Bodhi Tree has
items are easily made vegan,
Keep the temperature cranking next door at sister restaurant Shabu
been in the vegetarian business
and vegan baked goods grace
on Fire, serving up a fun, interactive dining experience that invites
for over 20 years, with their
the menu as well. Favorites are
you to boil your own meats and veggies to create your custom
special ingredients and secret
the Breakfast Burritos and HB
savory noodle soup.
recipes passed on through
Surround Sound. Call ahead for
three generations of cooks. All
SERVING UP AN ARRAY OF DELIGHTS AT SUSHI ON FIRE
entrees are vegan, and include a delicious pho to a unique
5 » Mother’s Market & Kitchen
jackfruit salad, topped with the
Mother’s Market is a natural
perfect sesame sauce—a local
foods grocer stocking everything
favorite. Find them on Main
from organic fruits and veggies
Street between 5th and 6th.
to vitamins and supplements. Choose from an array of to-go
3 » Vegan Nirvana
salads and sandwiches from
Fresh, casual vegan fare in a
the deli, and fresh juices and
smoothies at the juice bar. The
space is what you’ll find at
adjoining cafe serves breakfast
Vegan Nirvana, located at the
(all day!), lunch, and dinner from
corner of Beach Boulevard and
an extensive vegan, vegetarian,
Warner Avenue. With names like
gluten-free, and dairy-free menu.
COURTESY JAN’S HEALTH BAR
Chill out with a glass of wine, craft beer, or one of SeaLeg’s
CHEF’S CORNER Compliments to and counsel from the chef. We asked four notable Huntington Beach chefs which dish they love preparing in their own kitchen, and where they go for a bite once they hang up their apron.
FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE:
FAVORITE DISH TO EAT:
Our Ancho Chile Coffee
I love the breakfast burritos
Braised Short Ribs with
and fish tacos at Normita’s
roasted poblano corn. I just
Surf City Taco. I live just down
love all of the flavors. The
the street, so I drop in there
way they combine creates the
all the time for a bite.
ultimate comfort food.
C H E F A LE X A N D E R D A LE | SeaLegs Wine Bar » FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE: Our
FAVORITE DISH TO EAT:
Queso Al Forno topped with
I love the Lobster Roll at
our Wood-Grilled Corn Esquites.
Slapfish (who doesn’t?). Chef
I can eat it with a spoon. I
Andrew Gruel’s commitment
strongly suggest ordering these
to sustainability is something
two antojitos and combining
I share. His food is not only
them to create something
delicious, but responsible and
serves to educate the public on sustainability. And, after all, everyone loves a great lobster roll, but sustainable tastes better!
« C H E F D E B O R A H S C H N E I D E R | Solita Tacos & Margaritas
C H E F JAY B O G S I N S K E | Saint Marc » FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE:
Its light, flakey texture is very
European Seabass aka Branzino
appealing, and very versatile
(pan-seared fish filled with
in its preparation. It’s prepared
shaved fennel, thyme, and
grilled, roasted, poached,
sliced organic lemon; served
steamed, or braised whole.
FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE:
FAVORITE DISH TO EAT: Even
Surprisingly, my favorite dish to
more, my favorite dish to eat
make is the easiest to prepare,
is only available at Surf City
but also the most balanced
Nights, the Tuesday night farmers
and sophisticated—Saint Marc
market and street fair. Pupusas
Cheese Boards with all the sweet
Salvadoreñas has a tent on Main
and savory accompaniments,
Street and Walnut Avenue where
especially paired with any of our
for weeks I have religiously stood
32 premium wines on draught.
in line for three Loca Pupusas
With five rotating signature
(pork, jalapeño, bean, and cheese
boards and more than 100 other
stuffed masa) with pickled
cheeses, the combinations are
cabbage, hot sauce, horchata,
and a strawberry lemonade.
atop a spring vegetable sauté of fava beans, white asparagus,
FAVORITE DISH TO EAT:
young leek, and bacon lardon;
In-N-Out. For two reasons: They
garnished with shaved radish,
have no freezers, so their meat
crispy garlic, and braised fennel
and fries are fresh, as are their
jus). This prized table fish has
produce, potatoes, lettuce, and
become a signature menu
feature for several reasons.
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« C H E F M A N F R E D LASSAHN | Watertable
AT AVILA’S YOU’RE SURE TO FEEL LIKE FAMILY! Award-winning family-run Mexican restaurant and cantina since 1966 offering an extensive menu of family recipes including Mama’s Chicken Soup. Located in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach, Avila’s El Ranchito offers a variety of take-out, catering and banquet options. Please visit our website for more information. Avila’s with 10 Orange County locations to serve you.
318 MAIN STREET • HUNTINGTON BEACH • 714-960-9696 WWW.AVILASELRANCHITO.COM
Huntington Beach Market Broiler 20111 Brookhurst Street (Brookhurst & Adams) Huntington Beach, CA 94538 714.963.7796
SNAPPER VERACRUZ AND SHRIMP
Fresh Seafood - Authentic Sushi Premium Steaks - Fresh Fish Market Daily Chef Creations - Happy Hour
Serving ﬁne Mexican dishes with homestyle ﬂavor, all of Don Ramon’s recipes are prepared from scratch and made fresh daily. Fine authentic Mexican food with homestyle ﬂavor. Full-service bar with big screen TVs for your sporting events. Banquet facilities available for business meetings and receptions for up to 100 guests. Call for details. Southern California Restaurant Writers Award Winner 16961 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach www.DonRamonsHB.com | 714.847.4767
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SERIOUS SUDS Orange County is serious about craft beer. So serious, in fact, brew
TO LOCAL CRAFT BEERS
hounds launched the Orange County Brewers Guild in late 2015, uniting
BY LAUREN LLOYD
an unwavering love Huntington Beach’s craft beer scene flows
for hops. Featured in
strong, with four notable breweries pouring
the brewery lineup are
inventive brews every day of the week.
Huntington Beach’s own Four Sons Brewing and Riip Beer Company. RIIP BEER COMPANY
award-winning Nightmare on
Fun Fact: BrewBakers welcomes
Gothard St. (Chocolate Coffee
brew hounds to brew their own
Stout), O’Sonset (Irish Red),
batches of beer—and soda for
The Coco (Amber Ale), and
The Great One (Double IPA).
The youngest son’s culinary
neighborhood bar with warm
background inspires inventive,
natural lighting and views of
experimental flavors, like
the small-batch production
habanero pineapple IPA and
vanilla bean hefeweizen.
Brews: Rotating taps by
Food: Food trucks daily.
resident and guest brewers.
Entertainment: Four flatscreen
Food: A carb lover’s dream,
TVs, cornhole, giant Jenga, and
BrewBakers serves up fresh-
baked goods, including rolls,
Insider Pour: A newly expanded
sweet and savory breads,
tasting room in early summer
cookies, and their famous
2016 nearly double their space
chewy pretzels. Pizza, cheese
and provides room for indoor
plates, bratwurst, and other
games and special events.
RIIP BEER COMPANY
bites are also available. Entertainment: $4 bombers
Entertainment: Flatscreen TVs.
Chocolate Stout, Honey
(22-ounce bottles) every Tuesday,
Insider Pour: Breakfast is served
Badger, and award-winning
$3 pints every Wednesday at 6
BEER COMPANY »
with zero judgment of early
Dan K IPA.
p.m., flatscreen TVs, boardgames,
Fun Fact: Orange County’s
Food: If available, score
and intermittent disc golf
oldest brewpub since 1992.
Vibe: Rustic local brewpub with
Insider Pour: Hop over to
an incredible second-story patio
RIIP BEER COMPANY »
neighboring eateries, including
neighboring Gallo Wines to
view of Main Street.
Fun Fact: Riip got its start in
Super Mex, Tsunami Sushi,
taste the grapes.
Brews: Three flagship brews—
Huntington Beach delivering beer
Golden Olive, and local favorite
HB Blonde, Pier Pale Ale, and
from its production space via a
Brickshot Red—and other select
hand-me-down 1931 Helms truck.
Entertainment: Flatscreen TV
FOUR SONS BREWING »
Vibe: Chill skate-themed
Fun Fact: Family-owned and
Food: Full pub menu plating
rustic-industrial tasting room
Insider Pour: Look for the home
operated by “The Ds,” all die-
nachos, sliders, pizza, fish tacos,
with warm natural lighting.
brew supplies shoppe inside the
hard LA Kings hockey fans.
Brews: Xoconela Mex
free fresh-baked bread from BrewBakers, or order in from
Vibe: Casual refined-industrial with warm natural lighting and a full view of the towering
stainless steel production space.
open its fourth location at the former Beach City Brewery
Brews: Specialty releases and
space in late spring 2016. Ready your pint glasses!
eight core brews, including the
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FOUR SONS BREWING
Southern California favorite Beachwood Brewing will
Ola Mexican Kitchen is a new concept from the owners of Mahé in Seal Beach and Dana Point. Inspired by their many surf trips and family vacations to Mexico, Ola boasts authentic Mexican cuisine with unique twists. Ola’s signature cocktails are handcrafted using fresh fruit and juices, and the finest spirits. Ola has made a commitment to it’s guests to provide quality food, with exceptional service. Expect to enjoy the unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and the Huntington Beach shoreline with it’s iconic pier. Located in Huntington Beach’s newest development, “Pacific City”, Ola is bringing an upscale Mexican restaurant to the locals and visitors of HB. Hours: Mon- Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-10pm Ola Mexican Kitchen • 21040 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite F200 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 • 714.969 7300 • olamexicankitchen.com
Oysters Shrimp King Crab Legs Steaks Specialty Hours Mon - Fri 4pm - 6pm 1/2 off selected apps Sloppy Sundays $2 Sloppy Joes 11am - 5 pm G’s Boat House is a locals’ spot that is filled with a fun, laid-back atmosphere and great food! Whether you are looking for a hip spot to enjoy the sun on our sidewalk patio, or enjoy catching the latest Surfing contest or Sport events on our internet T.V.’s, G’s Boat House has the easygoing lifestyle and Caribbean flavor that brings Key West charm to Surf City. 200 Main Street Ste. 101A * 714.969.3100 * gsboathousehb.com .
Main Street Wine Company is the only Downtown premier wine bar desitnation specializing in boutique wines, handcrafted brews, artisan cheese and meats. Shop from our retail section, which focuses on North American wines and gifts right in the heart of Surf City. Experience sophistication in a beautiful wine country atmosphere, just steps from the beach, while enjoying a glass, a ﬂight or a bottle. The Main Street Wine Company always welcomes you. Cheers!
301 Main Street, Suite 105 | 714.969.7400 MainStreetWineCompany.com SURFCIT YUSA .COM • 55
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO UNWIND IS WITH A COCKTAIL BY THE SEA. HERE ARE 10 OF THE BEST PLACES FOR OCEANFRONT SIPS.
THE BUNGALOW » Seaside
SHADES RESTAURANT » Pull
lounge with patio view pouring
up to the poolside patio for
their specialty Bungalow
wine, beer, and spirits, or their
Margaritas at Pacific City.
Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Waterfront Beach Resort,
SIMMZY’S » Roughly two dozen
a Hilton Hotel. Happy hour
taps—some local—and White
Sunday-Wednesday. 5-7 p.m.
Peach Sangria, just across Pacific Coast Highway from the
BOLSA CHICA CONCESSIONS
sand at Pacific City.
» These four revamped concessions, rolling out come
WATERTABLE » Gather around
summer 2016, will pour local craft
the fire pit with handcrafted
beer and boutique wine right
cocktails, their signature $5 Bar
along the sunny beach path.
Jars, and catch the sunset at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. Happy hour Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 8-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday 5-8 p.m. ZIMZALA » Take a break at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel on Zimzala’s chic outdoor patio, with beach views and a Draft Spiced Mule in hand. Happy hour Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
WINE ABOUT IT If it’s wine you want, the best spots are SeaLegs Wine Bar at Atlanta Avenue and Beach Boulevard and Main Street Wine Company on Main between Olive and Orange avenues. Both pour boutique California wines and plate gourmet bites. SEALEGS WINE BAR
OLA MEXICAN KITCHEN »
BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS »
(cucumber-jalapeno) along with vistas of the Pacific Ocean at Pacific City. Taco Tuesday specials every week in the lounge.
Enjoy an Abreojos Margarita
Down a local beer on the terrace while watching the sunset at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Happy hour on weekdays, 3-6 p.m., plus Weekend Wind Down specials every Sunday, 4-7 p.m. SANDY’S » Sip a Watermelon Martini, California draft beer, or Boardwalk Bloody Mary— practically on the sand. Beside 5:30 p.m. everywhere, every day; 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the bar Tuesday-Friday; and all night long at the bar on Mondays.
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the pier. Happy hour from 3:30-
The LONGBOARD Restaurant & Pub
217 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 960-1896
Located in downtown Huntington Beach, just a block from the pier. The Longboard is a locals’ favorite. The menu brings a taste of the East Coast to Surf City. Main lobsters, corned beef and New England steamers are flown in from Maine. The grill serves eight kinds of burgers, hot grilled sandwiches, wings, fresh fish, steaks and salads. There are 19 beers on tap, great specialty drinks, 24 TVs and two newly designed outdoor patios. Open for lunch at 11 a.m. on weekdays and breakfast Friday-Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
217 Main St., Huntington Beach • 714-960-1896 www.longboardpub.com
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WHERE TO GET HITCHED IN HUNTINGTON BEACH: BEACHES, BARNS, & BEACHSIDE RESORTS Spectacular views, friendly weather, easy access, and ready amenities make for a dream wedding in Huntington Beach. Here are a few prominent nuptial venues.
BY LAUREN LLOYD
IT’S IN THE DETAILS:
Hyatt’s 100,000 square feet of indoor
For both Huntington State Beach and Bolsa
and outdoor space features Andalusian
If sinking your toes into the sand while
Chica State Beach, no weddings allowed
architecture, fountains, warm wood
saying “I do” sounds like your dream
between Memorial Day and Labor Day due
furnishings, along with three ocean view
wedding, take your pick of three beaches in
to busy season. Cost varies depending on
ballrooms and ocean-facing courtyards.
Surf City USA.
size of wedding, alcohol consumption, and
Plus, they come equipped with their own
contracted services. Contact a California
roster of wedding services, down to the
HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH »
State Beach Special Events Coordinator at
Stretching 3.5 miles from Seapoint Street
down to Beach Boulevard, Huntington City Beach typically hosts small weddings
WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT, A HILTON HOTEL » Panoramic views of the Pacific, two
lasting 15-30 minutes. Couples have free range on where to tie the knot in the sand.
HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA »
ocean view ballrooms, and an outdoor
IT’S IN THE DETAILS:
Opening its doors to any style wedding,
popular wedding retreat. With more than
Cost ranges from $225 to $550 depending
from sweet simplistic to lovely lavish, the
21,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor
courtyard make the Waterfront a very
on size of party. Alcohol, sound, fencing, and open flame are not permitted. Contact the city’s Beach Operations at 714-536-5281.
HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH » The 121-acre Huntington State Beach meets Huntington City Beach at Beach Boulevard, then runs two miles south to the Santa Ana River. Reservable ramadas dot the sand and
BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH » Located across Pacific Coast Highway from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Bolsa Chica State Beach spans three miles and offers a variety of reservable picnic areas and fire pits. A new upscale concession, modeled after award-winning local favorite SeaLegs Wine Bar—welcomes sunset wedding receptions.
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WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT, POOL DECK CEREMONY
COURTESY WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT
come with a picnic table and fire ring.
event space, wedding specialists, and the in-house culinary team at your disposal, the Mediterranean-style venue promises to make your day “unforgettable.” Plus, the new nine-story resort tower will add more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and an event lawn (slated to open in spring 2017).
KIMPTON SHOREBREAK HOTEL » Lovebirds in search of a surf-centric venue along Pacific Coast Highway need look no further than this boutique Kimpton hotel at the corner of 5th Street. A robust wedding package covers every detail, from ceremony all the way through the last dance.
PASÉA HOTEL & SPA » Huntington Beach’s newest luxury hotel, Paséa, exudes oceanfront opulence. Wedding spaces include an 8,400-squarefoot oceanfront Ballroom and oceanfront “Blue Room” with a built-in bar, as well as a 14,600-square-foot event lawn. They are “dedicated to ensuring your complete satisfaction from the moment you arrive until your departure.”
Surfboards • Bikes • Bodyboards Wetsuits • Chairs • Umbrellas
Surf Lessons Group • Private • CPR Certified Instructors
Zacks Pier Plaza 405 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Beach Catering • Parties Full Menu
21579 Pacific Coast Hwy.
BARNS Newland Barn » Located behind the Newland House Museum near Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue, the very affordable Newland Barn is perfect for couples seeking a casual outdoor ambiance for their special day. Perched atop a hill, the burnt red barn sits near a rose garden and gazebo and overlooks Bartlett Park. Ceremony space includes the barn, lawn, and
patio, and accommodates roughly
Vintage/costume & fine jewelry
200 guests. Owned by the city, the rustic venue uses a lottery system for Saturday events.
Red Horse Barn » Seated on a hill at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, the Red Horse Barn offers a rustic
Southwestern items Collectibles
Glassware, china & silver
Salt & pepper shakers Lamps
Clocks Many items too numerous to mention
yet elegant space for weddings, with a spacious outdoor lawn accommodating up to 250 guests for both the ceremony and reception. The romantic gazebo, beautifully landscaped grounds, and preferred vendors list are major pluses.
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ALL DOGS GO TO HUNTINGTON BEACH Voted as one of California’s dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels, along its paved beach path, and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups. We don’t want you to leave your best friend at home any more than you do. » By Lauren Lloyd HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH
FUN WITH FIDO HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH A sandy pooch’s paradise, Huntington Dog Beach spans 1.5 miles along Huntington City Beach between Seapoint and Goldenwest streets. Canines gallop freely along the water’s edge, fetching frisbees and giving chase to new friends. Waterdogs paddle out with swimmers and surfers. Convenient dog waste bag dispensers promote a tidy play area and are made available by the Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach, a nonprofit organization that maintains the area and relies on private donations and sales from their adorable merchandise—often for sale on the cliffs on weekends (look for the tents). www.dogbeach.org
TO NAME A FEW OF HUNTINGTON B E A C H ’S D O G G I E A C C O L A D E S : • Named “DogTown USA” by Dog Fancy magazine • Deemed one of the country’s “Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches” by FIDO Friendly Magazine • Awarded Best Dog Park/Beach by the Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON CENTRAL PARK DOG PARK Take a break from the sand and hit the dirt at Dog Park, situated on the edge of Huntington Beach Central Park at Edwards Street and Talbert Avenue. With separate dog runs for large and small
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SURF CITY SURF DOG Here in Surf City USA, even dogs hang ten. Visit in late September, and you’ll catch the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition, which pits dozens of furry shredders against each other, all sharing in a love for the water. Sponsored by Unleashed by Petco, the “pawsome” event draws an enthusiastic crowd and benefits local animal groups. A three-day celebration kicks off with a red carpet fashion show—complete with “puparazzi”—and costume contest, features inductions into the International Surf Dog Walk of Fame, and ends with an awards ceremony on the sand. Pawabunga!
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pups, the fenced-in space offers something for every wagging tail, including donated balls, water stations, agility obstacles, artfully painted benches, and plenty of space to run wild. Before or after, leash your canine companion and stroll the various trails weaving through the rest of the picturesque park. More on Huntington Beach Central Park on p. 47. RUNNING OF THE WIENERS Traditionally held every second or third Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at Old World, and every Sunday during Oktoberfest, the popular wiener dog race places ambitious Dachshunds into four weight classes and sends them through an entertaining 22-yard dash. Watch from the beer garden. More on Old World on p. 45. SO CAL CORGI NATION BEACH DAY More than 1,000 corgis and dog lovers take to Huntington Dog Beach for this fun-filled “pawty” every spring and fall.
DOG-FRIENDLY DINING Main Street itself is lined with dog-friendly restaurant patios, including Baja Sharkeez, a lively mesquite Mex broiler, No Ka Oi, a casual Hawaiian-Asian fusion eatery, and Pizza Lounge, an upscale artisan pizzeria. Here are five local favorites: PARK BENCH CAFE Nestled inside Huntington Beach Central Park along Goldenwest Street, Park Bench Cafe reigns supreme as the best dog-friendly restaurant in town. It not only features abundant outdoor seating and complimentary water bowls, it also serves up an entire “Canine Cuisine” menu of sweet and savory treats. After a long stroll around the dog-friendly park, order up the Hound Dog Heaven (juicy ground beef) or the Wrangler Roundup (lean ground turkey) for that doggy on a diet, plus a Peanut Butter Puppy for good measure.
ZIMZALA The Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel’s mellow restaurant and bar welcomes pups on its patio and comes complete with a dedicated “Four Legged Children” menu. Treat your best friend to nutritious dishes by JustFoodForDogs, including Beef and Russet Potatoes with carrots, green beans, and green peas; Chicken and White Rice with spinach, carrots, and apples; and Fish and Sweet Potatoes with Pacific cod, green beans, and broccoli. TOP DOG BARKERY Pamper your pup at Pacific City’s dog “barkery,” offering treats like personalized cakes, pastries, healthy chew sticks, and packaged “Made in America” bites. Accessories, toys, grooming supplies and services, and doggie daycare spoil pups on every level. Visiting on your fur baby’s birthday? They’ll host the party for free, complete with sample treats and take-home doggie goodie bags.
THE “DOG HOUSE” SHOREBREAK HOTEL Pets of all types and sizes are honored at this boutique Kimpton hotel. Their promise: “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” They’ll spoil your pup with outstanding amenities like front desk treats, plush pet beds, water bowls, cleanup bags, a dog-friendly restaurant and menu, and a nightly wine reception from 5-6 p.m. for guests and their pets who love to party—all at no extra cost. WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT Thanks to the Hilton’s pet-friendly program, “Wag It At The Waterfront” provides care packages, recognition by name on their “Doggie Reader Board,” pet beds, feeding bowls, treats, cleanup bags, petsitting services, and even a pet room service menu. HYATT REGENCY RESORT & SPA Dogs weighing 50 pounds or less are welcome in designated pet-friendly rooms at the Hyatt Regency. Amenities include food and water bowls, a pet pillow, and dog treats available for purchase. PASÉA HOTEL & SPA New in town, Paséa knew best to cater to pups, which is why the pet-friendly hotel also offers amenities for pooches, including treats, beds, feeding bowls, and more.
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RUNNING OF THE WIENERS, OLD WORLD
WAG IT AT THE WATERFRONT
SIT STAY CAFE If the name doesn’t say it all, rest assured that this downtown Huntington Beach cafe loves canines and coffee alike. Conveniently located about one mile from Dog Beach at 11th and Orange streets, the cozy cafe invites dogs and their owners to refuel on the front patio. Sip a hot cup o’ joe and fill up on a breakfast sandwich while your pup sips from complimentary water bowls and nibbles on courtesy treats. If you’re visiting around the holidays, “Santa Paws” traditionally makes an appearance in early December. FRED’S MEXICAN CAFE Perched at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Fred’s hosts “Doggie Date Night” every Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight on the patio—with a stunning view of the pier and Pacific Ocean. With your purchase of an entree, your pup scores a complimentary dinner, including generous bowls of kibble and water.
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ADVENTURE TIME In addition to surf and sand, Huntington Beach encourages you to get physical all over town via bicycle, skateboard, Hamboard, or downward dog on a paddle board. Here are four unique and fun
VANS OFF THE
Beach near downtown. Get
Rent a bike, tandem bike, or
What’s a Hamboard? It’s a
acquainted with the family
surrey at one of many beach
Off the wall since 1966, Vans
long skateboard that offers
at hamboards.com, or stop
concessionaires north and
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by the shop to demo a board
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surfing when ridden. The local
(714-374-2200). Rent your own
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and always barefoot Hamborg
Hamboard at Jack’s Beach
beach path for some energetic
near Old World and Bella
family rolled out their first
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fun in the sun. Or, go the
Terra, a 42,500-square-foot
boards a few years back, starred
front of the Waterfront Beach
distance with Pedego Electric
paved paradise welcome
on “Shark Tank,” and operates
Resort, a Hilton Hotel.
Bikes, reaching speeds of up to
riders to its playful terrain for
their business out of Huntington
20 mph. Tag-along bikes, child
free 7 days a week. Features:
seats, tandems, and trailers, as
ramps, rails, rollers, bowls,
well as a self-guided three-pier
gaps, stairs, kickers, planters,
tour of Orange County are all
a 40-foot kinked handrail, and
options through Pedego.
volcano component. Helmets
mandatory, and skaters under
age 18 must also wear knee and
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elbow pads. Luckily, adjoining Jack’s Garage rents affordable boards and gear, including a complete package for just $7. BMX riders welcome on Wednesdays. What’s new? Lights on until 7 p.m. 714-379-6666 vans.com/skateparks-hb.html PEDAL PERK: Take advantage
Paddle out in the calm Huntington Harbour and be present.
lot, located on 5th Street avenues, and open to the public.
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YOUR GUIDE TO FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN
Coastal Playground BY MARCIE TAYLOR
Sunny weather makes Huntington Beach a wonderful, playful
VANS OFF THE WALL SKATEPARK
place to visit for the young—and the young at heart. Here you’ll find endless kid-friendly activities and destinations all year round. Explore our coastal playground with the entire family at these top places to play, and discover some local favorites while you’re at it.
SPEND A DAY AT THE BEACH Our miles of sandy beach offer a spot for everyone, whether your family prefers to play in the water, on the sand, or both. Spend a day by the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier building sandcastles, learning to surf, riding bicycles, and cooling off in the waves. On another day, head south toward Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street to Huntington State Beach, which offers a relaxing vibe. Stay ‘til sunset and gather ‘round a fire ring for a quintessential Southern California beach bonfire experience. Local Secret Spot Mother’s Beach, aka Davenport Beach, is a small beach tucked inside a quiet neighborhood in Huntington Harbour. Its calm waters COURTESY VANS
make for an ideal spot for very young children.
GO SKATE Kickflip and grind at Vans Off The Wall Skatepark near Old World, featuring a large street course with two bowls—a flow bowl and a clover bowl. It’s free and open to the public, 7 days a week, weather permitting. Skateboarding is allowed every day, and BMX bikes are welcome on Wednesdays. The helmet rule is strictly enforced, and skaters under age 18 are required to wear knee and elbow pads.
MORE OUTDOOR FUN Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP) at one of the shops on Pacific Coast Highway and cruise down the smooth waters of Huntington Harbour. Purchase a kite from Kite Connection on the pier and fly it on the beach. Or try disc golf at Huntington Central Park’s disc golf course on Goldenwest Street. If real golf is more your speed, hit a few balls at the driving range at Meadowlark Golf Club, at Graham Street and Warner Avenue.
A LITTLE INDOOR FUN
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Looking for some indoor activities? Head to Fuzion at Edinger Avenue and Gothard Street for laser tag and arcade games. Jump around at Get Air Surf City indoor trampoline park near Bolsa Chica Road and Bolsa Avenue.
GO FOR A NATURE WALK With the sun always shining, it’s easy to have fun outdoors. Here in Huntington Beach, you can enjoy wildlife viewing and hiking at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Encompassing approximately 1,400 acres of coastal estuary and housing more than 300 identified bird species, the wetlands are a popular destination for birders and photographers. Sunsets here are especially breathtaking. Incorporate an educational component by visiting the Interpretive Center just up Warner Avenue from Pacific Coast Highway. Visit bolsachica.org for a calendar of events. Another spot for nature tripping is Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Beach Central Park. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Stop by the Interpretive Center to prepare for the family’s self-guided trail hike, which steers through several California native habitats. Children’s programs are frequently offered. Visit shipleynature.org for a calendar of events. Local Secret Spot The Urban Forest, north of Ellis Avenue between Goldenwest and Edwards streets, is a passive park featuring California native plants, trees, and flora. This “secret” trail is great for hikers and off-road bicyclists, and even those on horseback from the nearby equestrian center.
PLAY AT THE PARK
FA M I LY- F R I E N D LY D I N I N G Finding a restaurant that caters to all family members and your budget can be quite challenging. Luckily, Huntington Beach offers diverse options ranging from cheap eats to fine dining. Here are three of our go-to delicious destinations that won’t
When you’ve got young children bursting with energy, parks and
break the bank and will satisfy even the youngest members of
playgrounds are definite sanity-savers. Thankfully, Huntington
Beach has more than 70 parks. Our favorites boast well-maintained grounds and playground equipment, and are also located close to
Walk down the pier until you reach the end. There. That’s
Adventure Playground: Open every summer at Huntington Beach
Ruby’s Diner, a 1940s-inspired family restaurant that’s open for
Central Park, this fun-filled spot features a rafting pond, mudslide,
breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The retro décor includes red vinyl
rope-climbing, and fort-building. $3 per child.
booths, white Formica tables, and colorful period posters. On
Lake Park: On the corner of Lake and 11th streets, just a minute’s
the menu you’ll find salads, burgers, sandwiches, and heavenly
drive from downtown. Features: children’s play area, picnic facilities,
milkshakes. Kids keep busy with a folding cutout paper car,
barbecues, an open play area, and restrooms.
begging for assembly. The exterior pickup window offers shakes
Peter Green Park: Near Main and Garfield streets. Features: colorful
and snacks for a quick and easy bite while at the beach.
playground with play structures for toddlers and bigger kids, sand volleyball court, basketball court, swings, and a covered area with
Kids reign supreme here on Tuesday nights, when they eat free (with every adult entree), enjoy arts and crafts, have their faces
Local Secret Spot
painted, and rock out to live music. Plus, there’s something
Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park: Unique park with a spectacular
for every kiddo’s palette, from nachos and mac & cheese, to
view, located off Seapoint Street near Pacific Coast Highway.
burgers and pizza.
Features: play surface made of recycled rubber, futuristic play equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, and a dirt hiking trail with a
view of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
Located on Edinger Avenue near Bella Terra, Stacked is a family-friendly restaurant like no other. What makes it so special
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are the customizable menu and innovative ordering via iPad. Offering American cuisine, like burgers, pizza, salads, gourmet mac ’n’ cheese, and breakfast burritos, Stacked is perfect for both daring foodies and picky eaters. You literally custom-make everything. Kids love using the iPads, and will probably have to coach their parents and elders on how it’s done. Local Secret Spot: Las Barcas Craving Mexican Food? Try Las Barcas on Atlanta Avenue and Beach Boulevard, a local favorite since 1987. Kids choose from
quesadillas, tacos, burritos, nachos, or a la carte options if they’re feeling adventurous. Say hello to the parrot for us.
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24 HOUR GUIDE
Time Guide 24 HOURS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH BY LISA MARTINEZ
P.M. LUNCH You’ve earned it. Downtown? Pop into TK Burgers for their famous charbroiled TK Cheeseburger, George’s Grill for dollar tacos or a chili dog, or Bruxie for savory and sweet Belgium waffle sandwiches. Near the Harbour? Brix Sunset Beach or Harbor House Café always hit the spot. At Central Park? Park Bench Cafe or Kathy
VISITING FOR 24 HOURS? HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO MAKE
May’s Lakeview Cafe all the way.
THE MOST OF YOUR STAY IN SURF CITY USA. SHOP
Hit the downtown surf shops: Huntington Surf & Sport, Jack’s Surfboards, Rip Curl Surf Center, Chuck Dent Surf Center, Rockin’ Fig Surf Headquarters, Sakal Surfboards, and 17th Street Board Shop; American Vintage and One Look Vintage for local indie fashion; and Main Street Wine Company for a bottle of California
wine. Walk over to Pacific City for ocean-inspired shops like
Take an awakening walk along the water’s edge and Huntington
Tommy Bahama and The Plantation.
Beach Pier, or treat yourself at Pacific Waters Spa. photo op
Grab a coffee and fresh baked good from Java Point or Primo’s
Visit the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and
Coffee, or a gourmet breakfast sandwich from Sessions West Coast
take a selfie with the World’s Largest Surfboard. Peruse local art
Deli. For a more substantial meal, head to longtime favorite Sugar
at Rainwater Gallery and Huntington Beach Art Center.
Shack Cafe. Or, dine in at your seaside hotel. DUKE’S AHI TUNA
WANDER Take a gander at the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and life-size statue of Duke Kahanamoku in front of Huntington Surf & Sport. Next, get a glimpse of street artist MADSTEEZ’s colorful large-scale mural situated in the alley between Perqs and Jack’s Girls. Don’t forget to look down at the Surfing Walk of Fame stars on your way. MOVE Go for a dip in the Pacific, then cruise the paved boardwalk on foot, via bicycle rented from one of many beach concessionnaires or a Surf City Segway. Rather surf the waves? Schedule a private, semiprivate, or group lesson (see list on p. 26). Challenge yourself at SoCal Kite Surfing, or go traditional at The Kite Connection. Want to branch out from downtown? Rent a stand up paddle board (SUP) in Huntington Harbour or be one with nature on the walking paths of Huntington Beach Central Park.
DINNER Stay downtown with Cucina Alessa for gourmet Italian, Ritter’s Steam Kettle Kitchen for Southern-style linguini and clams, Thai Wave for drunken noodles, Duke’s for classic Hawaiian, Imola for live music and pizza, or Ways & Means Oyster House for a fresh oyster trio. Feel like a short drive? Bring the kids to Mama’s on 39 or eat your meat—and have your pudding—at SeaSalt Woodfire Grill. NIGHTCAP Cap off your evening with a beach bonfire, glass of wine at SeaLegs TAYLOR COLE
Wine Bar, or lounge cocktail at The Bungalow.
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Load Up The Woodie
BY LAUREN LLOYD AND MIKE “MICKEY RAT” ESTER
CAR CALENDAR HUNTINGTON BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE This annual car show held every June in Huntington Beach Central Park features the best in vintage and modern American, British, European, and Asian autos and motorcycles. COURTESY MICKEY RAT
DONUT DERELICTS Every Saturday morning since the mid-1980s, the devoted MICKEY RAT’S 1947 FORD WOODIE
Donut Derelicts cruise to the corner of Adams Avenue and
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WOODIE IS THE OFFICIAL CAR OF SURF CITY USA?
Magnolia Street and park their
Born in 1929, the wooden wagons gained popularity in the 1960s among California surfers.
rides in front of Adams Avenue
The appeal? Spacious interiors welcoming a large number of passengers—and surfboards.
Donuts. The free sunrise car
The Beach Boys along with Jan and Dean only fueled the Woodie craze with lines like,
show is “the largest and most
“We’re loadin’ up our Woodie with our boards inside, and headin’ out singin’ our song” and
well-known casual hot rod
“I bought a ’30 Ford wagon, and we call it a Woodie. Surf City, here we come.” In spring 2006,
gathering in the world.”
we made it official.
Rolling through Huntington Beach over the decades, Woodies are symbolic of our rich surf heritage and lifestyle. You might spot one parked proudly outside a local event, or entire rows of these iconic beauties lined up at one of our traditional annual car shows.
HUNTINGTON BEACHCRUISER MEET Taking place every March, this car show features hundreds
HUNTINGTON BEACH NATIVE
pre-teenage years, we’d throw our boards in
of cruisers manufactured
Mike “Mickey Rat” Ester has surfed the pier
or on top of an older brother’s or a buddy’s
through 1972, including
for 60 years and still competes today. Here he
Woodie, and still have room for everyone. Gas
Nomads, Woodies, VW Vans,
shares what the Woodie means to him.
was so cheap back then that if we each pitched
convertibles, wagons, and more.
Traveling the coast in search of surf during the
in about 25 cents, the owner could fill up the car
A weekend-long event, it’s been
and away we’d go.
an annual tradition for more
When my brother and I reached the teenage years, we’d save up our paper route
than 15 years. hbcruisers.com
money and buy an old Woodie for $50-$75. It’d run for awhile, at least long enough to make a bunch of trips to the pier. I’m so blessed to be from that era, surfing
FACTORY FIVE CRUISE-IN
Huntington Beach in the late 50s and 60s and
One weekend day every April,
watching the surfing culture grow, not realizing
Main Street’s first three blocks
what it would become.
are closed off exclusively for
I bought my 1947 Ford Woodie back
MICKEY RAT COURTESY MARGIE DIAMOND/JAY STEPHENS.
more than 100 Factory Five
in 1987 in Laguna Canyon. It means a lot to
replica hot rods, roadsters,
Huntington Beach’s surf culture. It’s often used
coupes, and other models.
for local events and can be seen every week
cruising Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
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Stay A While BY LAUREN LLOYD
Finding your perfect home away from home in Huntington Beach is easy like Sunday morning. With four-star luxury resorts, surfer-chic boutique hotels, charming oceanfront inns, and RV campgrounds—there’s a sanctuary for everyone, and every adventure. Here are a few lodgings offering the best in creature comforts.
HYATT REGENCY COURTESY HYATT REGENCY
RENDERING OF ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND VIEW OF PASÉA HOTEL & SPA COURTESY PASÉA
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WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT, RENDERING OF INCOMING DOCK BAR COURTESY WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT
SHOREBREAK HOTEL COURTESY SHOREBREAK HOTEL
HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA
boogie board rentals and beach equipment;
designed PUBLIC street cruiser bikes;
and Waterfront Adventures is conveniently
complimentary yoga mat in every room;
Location: Pacific Coast Highway & Beach
located right across the street offering
24-hour fitness center; life-size chess; and
beach cabana rentals with and without
relaxing courtyard with firepits.
Ambiance: Mediterranean-style high-end
butler service, surf lessons and board
Dog-Friendly? Woof! See dog guide on p. 60.
rentals, bike and surrey rentals, kayak tours,
What’s New: On the heels of Kimpton’s
Comforts: Pacific Waters Spa; 5 restaurants
and beach bonfire service—complete with a
takeover, Shorebreak has shifted to offer
(including Watertable and Pete’s Sunset
more family-friendly frills, including bike
Grille); Cosmic Sliding at Slyders Water
Dog-Friendly? Woof! See dog guide on p. 60.
rentals, beach towels and toys, Zimzala
Playground; Camp Hyatt (robust summer
What’s New: A nine-story, 152-room,
kids menu, complimentary s’mores kits
recreation program); surf lessons, board and
$140-million “all-suites” resort tower and
for courtyard fire pits use; and wireless
bike rentals, and yoga on the beach through
meeting facility featuring restaurant, pool
Bluetooth speakers for beach use.
Toes On The Nose; Pete’s Sunset Concert
deck, and exclusive ocean-view rooftop
Series on Friday and Saturday summer
lounge. Slated opening date: spring 2017.
nights; dive-in movies; and a footbridge
Additionally, the lobby/check-in, fitness
PASÉA HOTEL & SPA
over Pacific Coast Highway providing
center, and all public spaces are scoring
Location: Pacific Coast Highway & First
guests convenient and direct beach access.
makeovers; the existing pool and pool deck
Street, just a stone’s throw south of Pacific
Dog-Friendly? Woof! See dog guide on p. 60.
will receive a complete redesign and rebuild;
City’s restaurants, shops, and public market.
What’s New: Fresh conveniences include
a grab-and-go market will be added; and
Ambiance: Modern four-star oceanfront
curated bonfires on the beach and sand
the current Shades Restaurant & Bar will
oasis, a Meritage Collection hotel.
service featuring beach chairs, towels,
undergo a full revamp.
Comforts: Balinese-inspired spa; expansive custom designed outdoor courtyard with
umbrellas, and food and beverage delivery.
wood decks, cabanas, two pools, and a
KIMPTON SHOREBREAK HOTEL
jacuzzi; signature gourmet restaurant,
WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT, A HILTON HOTEL
Location: Pacific Coast Highway & 5th
Tanner’s; rooftop deck and bar; spacious
outdoor dining patio; and Blend Café,
Location: Pacific Coast Highway &
Ambiance: Surfer-chic oceanfront boutique
serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and
wine by the glass.
Ambiance: Luxury oceanfront resort.
Comforts: complimentary tea/coffee every
Dog-Friendly? Woof! See dog guide on p. 60.
Comforts: Shades Restaurant & Bar;
AM; hosted wine hour every PM; Zimzala
What’s New: Everything! Paséa opens in
poolside cabana rentals; complimentary
Restaurant & Bar; complimentary custom
summer 2016. (Continued on p. 71.) SURFCIT YUSA .COM • 69
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
21500 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.698.1234 • 800.233.1234 HuntingtonBeach.Hyatt.com
21080 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 844-814-2483 WaterfrontResort.com
Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel
500 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.861.4470 • 877.744.1117 ShorebreakHotel.com
The Hotel Huntington Beach
Pool or Hot Tub
Based on AAA “Diamond” (u) & Mobil Guide “Star” (H) ratings as of 4.1.16
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. The Waterfront Beach Resort is rated AAA-four diamond. Resort amenities include an award-winning restaurant, deli, heated pool and whirlpool spa. Dogs up to 75 lbs. are allowed (additional fee). Activities include beach bonfires, beach cabanas, surf lessons, board rentals and kayak tours.
21100 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.845.8000 • 800.822.7873 WaterfrontResort.com
Paséa Hotel & Spa
Ocean View Location
Laundry Facilities *Dry Cleaning
Number of Rooms
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This new 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, the Kimpton Shorebreak is your coastal crash pad. Shake off the sand, enjoy the scene, and raise a glass on the lively patio at Zimzala, which features American fare. Retreat to your surf-inspired guestroom at this Huntington Beach boutique hotel.
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.
Recently remodeled and just steps from the sand, Sunset Suites exudes a rare ambiance of comfortable sophistication, surrounded by renowned California sites, world-class restaurants, spas and shopping destinations.
Located in the heart of Huntington Beach, just minutes from the beach, the Comfort 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
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.
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.
7667 Center Ave. • 714.891.0123 • 877.891.0123 HotelHB.com
Opening November 2016 SpringhillSuites.Marriott.com
Comfort Suites Huntington Beach
16301 Beach Blvd. • 714.841.1812 • 800.714.4040 ComfortSuitesHuntingtonBeach.com 5050 Skylab Rd. • 714.799.4887 • 800.804.3724 ExtendedStayHotels.com 7971 Yorktown Ave. • 714.969.0450 TheHuntingtonSuites.com
Quality Inn & Suites Huntington Beach
With 65 rooms and 20 suites, this inn offers excellent value. Located just minutes from the freeway, it features a large outdoor whirlpool, complimentary continental breakfast, wirelesss Internet, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms.
Best Western Surf City
This charming, Tudor-style hotel has 62 rooms, complimentary HBO®, local telephone calls, deluxe continental breakfast and a large outdoor pool and spa. A luxurious private spa is available upon request.
Huntington Beach Inn
The Huntington Beach Inn is within easy walking distance of most Surf City USA® attractions. Newly renovated rooms and suites feature private balconies with some offering in-room spas and fireplaces. Amenities include an ocean-view rooftop spa and sundeck.
Travelodge Ocean Front
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
This 38-room inn is the ideal place for those who like to shop. Nearby is the popular 5 Points Plaza with its collection of retailers and restaurants.
Located near 5 Points Plaza, Rodeway Inn is known for its clean, comfortable accommodations. Multi-channel TVs. Microwave ovens available upon request. Refrigerators in all rooms.
777 Motor Inn
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.
Affordable, convenient, and newly-remodeled, the Oceanview Motel is located just two blocks from the beach. You’ll find a variety of room choices and amenities, including whirlpool spas, complimentary HBO®, Internet, coffee and parking.
A 10-minute walk from Sunset Beach, Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites combines a host of amenities with great service. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, a fitness center, microwave and fridge in every room, Huntington Harbour views, business services, and meeting facilities for up to 20 guests. Pet friendly up to 10 lbs.
Ocean Surf Inn & Suites
Conveniently located on Pacific Coast Highway, just steps from Sunset Beach. Close to Huntington Beach Pier, downtown Huntington Beach and within minutes of all Orange County attractions. We provide comfortable and spacious accommodations with all of the amenities you’ll need.
Pacific View Inn and Suites
Pacific View Inn and Suites is situated near Huntington Harbour at the northern end of Surf City USA® and one block from Sunset Beach. It offers 18 nicely appointed rooms, some of which offer whirlpools as well as ocean or harbor views.
Sun ’n Sands Motel
An oceanview property just seconds to the sand, the Sun ‘n Sands is located four blocks from the Huntington Beach Pier and Main St. Amenities include in-room refrigerators, microwaves, and cable TV with HBO®. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and morning coffee with pastries. Extended stay rates available.
Hotel Europa is located at Old World Village, perfect for enjoying Old World’s Oktoberfest celebration or shopping at the international merchants.
Huntington Surf Inn
Facing the Pacific Ocean, the Huntington Surf Inn is a favorite with local and international surfing celebrities. Amenities include ocean views, sun deck, HDTV, microwaves, refrigerators, and free Wi-Fi. Its location is just steps to the ocean, pier and downtown.
17251 S. Beach Blvd. • 714.375.0250 • 800.446.4656 QualityInn.com/hotel/cae33 19360 Beach Blvd. • 714.962.4244 • 888.962.4244 BestWesternCalifornia.com/Hotels/Best-Western-Regency-Inn 800 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.536.7500 HuntingtonBeachInn.com 17205 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.840.2431 Travelodge.com 18112 Beach Blvd. • 714.841.6606
18382 Beach Blvd. • 714.848.8422
16240 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.846.5561
16196 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 562.592.2700 OceanviewMotel-HB.com
Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites
16912 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4770 • 800.546.4770 BestWesternCalifornia.com/Hotels/Best-WesternHarbour-Inn-and-Suites 16555 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 562.592.1993 ext. 112 OceanSurfInn.com 16220 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 562.592.4959 • 800.726.8586 PacificViewInnandSuites.com 1102 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.536.2543 SunNSands.com 7561 Center Ave • 714.895.5860 VisitOldWorld.com 720 Paciﬁc Coast Hwy. • 714.536.2444 HuntingtonSurfInn.com
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Huntington Beach! HOTEL HB
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THE HOTEL HUNTINGTON BEACH Location: Situated just off the 405 Freeway at Center Avenue and Huntington Village Lane, overlooking Bella Terra, Old World,
and Vans Off The Wall Skatepark. Ambiance: Modern luxury boutique hotel.
Dog-Friendly? Woof! See dog guide on p. 60.
wake up to the sound of waves. Bolsa Chica State Beach RV Camping
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hour at Bar Rouge.
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Muelle Peruvian Cuisine; and nightly happy
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Picnic tables. Dump Station. Pet-friendly. No tent camping. Reservations available year-round online. reserveamerica.com or 800-444-7275. Huntington By The Sea RV Resort Situated across Pacific Coast Highway from
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the beach, at Newland Avenue. Water, sewer, electric, basic cable, Wi-Fi, heated pool, and spa. Clubhouse featuring TV and pool table. Games. Pet-friendly. No tent camping. hbbythesea.com or 800-439-3486. Sunset Vista RV Campground Beachside campground just south of the pier. Open in the off-season, October 1-May 31. Electrical and water hookups. Outside showers and two restroom facilities. Pet-friendly.
• Only 5 blocks to pier and Main St. • Oceanview rooms • Air conditioning • Free coffee and rolls 7am-10am • Cable with HBO • FREE parking & WiFi
Just steps to the sand...
No tent camping. sunsetvistacamping.huntingtonbeachca.gov or 714-536-5286.
1102 Paciﬁc Coast Highway • 714.536.2543 • SunnSands.com
SURF CITY USA LEGEND Walk/Jog/Bike Trail Shopping Area
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1 Beach Inn Motel
2 Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites 3 Best Western Surf City 4 Comfort Suites Huntington Beach 5 Extended Stay America 6 Hotel Europa 7 Hotel Huntington Beach 8 Huntington Beach Inn 9 Huntington Suites 10 Huntington Surf Inn 11 Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 12 Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel 13 Ocean Surf Inn and Suites 14 Oceanview Motel 15 Pacific View Inn and Suites 16 Paséa Hotel & Spa 17 Quality Inn + Suites Huntington Beach 18 Rodeway Inn 19 Springhill Suites 20 Sun ’n Sands Motel 21 The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel 22 Travelodge Ocean Front 23 777 Motor Inn
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Vans Skate Park
Huntington Beach Wetlands and Wildlife Care and Education Center Pacific City
DOWNTOWN HUNTINGTON BEACH
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Day Trips LET’S MAKE SOME
BY MARCIE TAYLOR
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, FLIGHT OF THE HIPPOGRIFF
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Punch, since after all, Knott’s
HEAD NORTH TO
Buena Park, CA
is known for its boysenberries,
Distance: 15 miles
and dine at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken
DISNEYLAND & CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Head out for a day of family
in Buena Park, a 160-acre
easily accessible larks. Keep in
Distance: 20 miles
amusement park featuring rides
Santa Ana, CA
mind that with traffic, travel to
“The Happiest Place On Earth”
like Xcelerator and Silver Bullet
Distance: 17 miles
these destinations can range
is only about a 30-minute drive
roller coasters, as well as family
Give kids a fun and educational
from 30-90 minutes.
from Huntington Beach. The
rides like Timber Mountain Log
hands-on science experience
Disneyland Resort Diamond
Ride and Interactive 4-D Voyage
and head to Discovery Cube
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
to the Iron Reef—among many
(formerly Discovery Science
Long Beach, CA
“60 delightful years of Disney
others. In summer 2016, Knott’s
Museum). Driving along I-5
Distance: 15 miles
magic” and continues through
Ghost Town will celebrate
North, it’s easy to spot the
Consider a visit to Southern
September 5, 2016. Attractions
its 75th anniversary with an
giant roadside cube. Discovery
California’s largest aquarium,
include the colorful “Paint the
Cube aims to inspire and
Aquarium of the Pacific,
Night” parade and dazzling
experience dubbed “Ghost
educate young minds with
displaying more than 11,000
“Disneyland Forever” fireworks.
Town Alive!”—a western come
hundreds of interactive science
animals in more than 50
Not to be missed are the
to life. Ride the newly restored
activities, rotating exhibits, and
exhibits—all representing the
rides and Disney characters,
Ghostrider, the longest, fastest,
hands-on fun. Two must-try
diversity of the Pacific Ocean.
of course. Also, make time to
and tallest wooden rollercoaster
adventures: Boeing Rocket Lab
Seize opportunities for close-
visit neighboring California
on the West Coast. Remember
and Dino Quest.
up encounters with touchable
Adventure to brave rides like
to try a refreshing Boysenberry
creatures including sharks and
Beyond Orange County await a multitude of family-friendly,
fun at Knott’s Berry Farm
the always fun Radiator Springs
stingrays, and lorikeets drinking
Racers and the classic Twilight
F U N FA C T : Did you know that Knott’s Berry Farm opened in
nectar right from your hand.
Zone Tower of Terror.
1920 and served as an actual working farm owned by Walter
You can easily spend the day
and Cordelia Knott? A visit is not only an adventure, but a
exploring exhibits and visiting
history lesson too. knotts.com
with animals like seals, otters, and jellyfish. Up your fun by
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rides and attractions, a personal
arthropods, as well as the zoo
anticipated themed area is The
host to escort you around the
gardens. Young ones enjoy
Wizarding World of Harry Potter,
park for the day, and more.
play areas, shows, 4-D theaters,
inspired by J.K. Rowling’s stories,
and the always fun Skyfari
COURTESY OF THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
Perhaps the most
Aerial Tram, transporting you
characters, and of course, the beloved film series. Marvel
SAN DIEGO ZOO
from one side of the zoo to
at Hogwarts Castle and enter
San Diego, CA
the other. Throughout 2016,
the world of Harry Potter with
Distance: 100 miles
the zoo commemorates 100
rides like Harry Potter and the
Prepare to spend a wonderful
years of amazing animals in a
Forbidden Journey and Flight
day at San Diego’s Balboa Park!
yearlong celebration featuring
of the Hippogriff, the park’s first
Considered one of the best
new displays, two new films, a
outdoor roller coaster.
zoos in the world, the 100-acre
new show at Wegeforth Bowl,
San Diego Zoo inside the park
and more. Post-zoo, stroll around
is home to more than 3,500 HEAD SOUTH TO
rare and endangered animals
Balboa Park, America’s
representing more than 650
largest urban cultural park.
species and subspecies. Start
For a different kind of animal
taking a Harbor Breeze Cruise from the aquarium, which,
the day off by planning your
encounter, make room for the
depending on the season, may
must-see creatures, including
San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
afford you the chance to enjoy
Distance: 60 miles
mammals, reptiles, birds, and
Prepare to be impressed by all
that is made with the humble Lego brick! Everything is
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
TO P 5 DAY T R I PS
awesome at Legoland California Resort. Geared toward kids
Tom Domizi of Surf City Adventure Tours lists these as the five most popular day trip destinations through his agency:
Los Angeles, CA
ages 2 through 12, Legoland
Distance: 50 miles
1 » Disneyland Resort
boasts more than 60 Lego-
2 » Hollywood/Sunset Strip/Beverly Hills
Score a taste of Hollywood
themed rides, shows, and
3 » Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Studios
glamour with a visit to Universal
attractions, including Legoland
4 » Santa Monica and Venice beachfront
Studios Hollywood! Take a
California, Sea Life Aquarium,
5 » The Getty Center/Museum/Villa
Legoland Water Park, and
Tour to see how television and
Legoland Hotel. Navigation is
movie magic are made, and
a breeze, and dining options
be sure to hit King Kong 360
are aplenty. Try the VIP
3-D, Despicable Me Minion
experience, which includes
Mayhem and Super Silly Fun
perks like one-day admission
Land, and Fast and the Furious:
to Legoland California and Sea
Life Aquarium, priority access to
Destination: Surf City USA From: ANYWHERE Miles of sunny shoreline is closer than you think. Huntington Beach is located within a short drive from three major airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. SNA 13 miles from Huntington Beach Serving 25 nonstop destinations LGB 18 miles from Huntington Beach Serving 12 domestic destinations LAX 40 miles from Huntington Beach 692 daily flights to 85 domestic cities 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 59 passenger air carriers
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DIRECT FLIGHTS Seattle
NYC/JFK Sacramento Santa Rosa Oakland
Salt Lake City
San Francisco San Jose
Las Vegas Long Beach/LGB Orange County/SNA Phoenix Atlanta Dallas
Austin Houston Anchorage
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COURTESY MYSTICAL REALMS
Treat Yourself BY SARAH STEVENSON Looking to relax, workout, and look great on your vacation? Look no further because Huntington Beach has you covered. Indulge in luxurious spas, salons, and boutique fitness studios while you’re visiting.
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Harmony HB Arts & Wellness Center
Hey Saylor & Style
CloudMover Day Spa
This stunning studio specializes in yoga and
A hip, vintage, full-service salon located at
Located in 5 Points Plaza on Main Street,
is the creation of local Jan Palmer. Schedule
5 Points Plaza on Main Street. Come in for a
this full-service spa is an absolute treasure
a massage pre- or post-Downward Dog. Up
color, cut, and complete makeover—includ-
and has been touted as “where the locals
front, peruse Palmer’s unique “jewelry for
ing an eyebrow threading.
go” and voted #1 in the Orange County Hot List for the last several years. Well-known
life,” including yoga-centric pieces and a lava jewelry collection. Harmony offers sev-
MELEESA THE SALON
for their oxygen facials, diamond peels,
eral $10 drop-in yoga, barre, and mediation
massage, and skincare, they also offer wax-
classes every week.
ing, lash extensions, airbrush tanning, plus
Mystical Realms Crystals & Books An ambrosial spot near Olive Avenue and 3rd Street in Downtown offering everything from yoga, tarot card readings, meditation, sound bowl classes, reiki and so much more. Each class is open to the public, 7 days a week.
COURTESY MELEESA THE SALON
COURTESY MYSTICAL REALMS
SERENITY & SWEAT
jewelry and local artwork for sale. The nine massage and facial rooms, shower, infrared sauna, and tranquility make this spot ideal for groups and parties. Equinox A truly opulent experience, the day spa at Equinox, perched along Pacific Coast Highway at Pacific City, features a wide array
Meleesa The Salon
of services, such as massage, facials, body
This incredibly adorable salon along Main
wraps, laser hair removal, and much more.
Street offers amazing services, including
Perhaps the Caviar Indulgence Signature
an ultra chic, uber fun braid bar. Choose
Facial sounds fitting for you? Score compli-
from facials, cut and color, styling, lash
mentary use of the state-of-the-art fitness
treatments, and more. Offering several
facility and classes with your spa service.
levels of experienced stylists, Meleesa lets you choose according to your budget and
Main St. Day Spa
frequently offers promotions. It’s the per-
Conveniently located on Main Street, this
fect place to get dolled up before painting
spa promises high-class, affordable services.
They offer massage, facials, waxing, nail care, eyelash extensions, permanent make-
Porcelain Hair Studio
up, and great package deals that pamper
An intimate studio conveniently located on
Just a short walk from Main Street, this
from head to toe.
Main Street offering sessions for every level
beautiful salon on 6th Street houses highly
of practice. Each instructor is 500-hour
experienced stylists offering color, cut, ex-
Pacific Waters Spa
trained and certified, and classes are sched-
tensions, keratin smoothing, and blowouts.
The stunning, tranquil, Spanish-style ambi-
uled for morning, noon, and night, 7 days a
Get Porcelain pampered with spa services,
ance relaxes you into immediate bliss at the
week. Score a free week during your visit by
like mani-pedis, facials, tanning, waxing,
Hyatt Regency’s resident full-service spa.
simply dropping in and filling out a form.
Amenities include waterfall showers, private
whirlpools, and a sauna and steam room.
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TRAVEL TIPS GETTING TO HUNTINGTON BEACH By Air Huntington Beach is only 10 miles from John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), 16 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 35 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 45 miles from Bob Hope Airport (BUR), and 49 miles from the Ontario International Airport (ONT). Airport Transportation Services Best Chauffeured Worldwide 714.375.9128; 866.323.2378, bestchauffeured.com ExecuCar 800.410.4444, ExecuCar.com Super Shuttle 800.BlueVan (800.258.3826), SuperShuttle.com By Automobile Pacific Coast Highway (PCH/California Hwy 1), and the San Diego Freeway (I–405) offer access to the city. By Train The closest train depots are located in nearby Anaheim and Santa Ana. Taxis and OCTA buses are available from these depots: 800.872.7245, AMTRAK.com 800.371.5465, MetrolinkTrains.com
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By Bus The closest stations with Greyhound Lines service are located nearby in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Taxis and OCTA buses are available from these stations. 800.231.2222, Greyhound.com Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Convenient local service and connections to bus and rail lines serving the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas as well as bus service from John Wayne/Orange County Airport. Bus schedules are available online. 714.636.7433, OCTA.net
TRAVEL BASICS Currency & Banking If you have a bankcard from a participating banking network or credit card company, you can withdraw U.S. currency from automated teller machines (ATMs), banks, and other businesses. Foreign currency can be exchanged at: US Bank 19900 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 714.500.4220
Wells Fargo Bank 19840 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 714.962.9327 Wells Fargo Bank 19081 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 714.536.9101 Dress Casual, comfortable clothing is standard year-round. Hawaiian shirts 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. Parking Meters Most meters take quarters, and some in downtown Huntington Beach accept credit cards.
GENERAL INFORMATION Visit Huntington Beach Office (Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) 301 Main St., Suite 212 800.729.6232; 714.969.3492, SurfCityUSA.com
Visitor Information Kiosk at Pier Plaza Peak season hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Winters: Mon-Fri Noon-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) 325 Pacific Coast Highway Chamber of Commerce 2134 Main St., Suite 100 714.536.8888, HBChamber.org City Hall 2000 Main St. 714.536.5511, HuntingtonBeachCA.gov Emergencies In case of an emergency, dial 911 from any phone for immediate assistance. For non-emergency matters requiring the police, call 714.960.8811. An emergency room is located at Huntington Beach Hospital. Huntington Beach Hospital 17772 Beach Blvd. (near Talbert Ave.) 714.843.5000, HBHospital.com Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center 9920 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley 714.378.7000, MemorialCare.org/orangecoast Ocean Conditions: Daily updates for surfing conditions are available. 714.536.9303, Surfline.com
BEACH BASICS BEACH SAFETY TIPS The Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division’s lifeguards are dedicated to ensuring that Surf City’s beaches remain accident-free. Here are safety tips developed by the lifeguards in conjunction with the US Lifesaving Association. For more information, visit USLA.org. Check on Conditions. Before entering the water, ask lifeguards about conditions. Never Swim Alone. Use the buddy system so someone will always know where you are. Swim Sober! Alcohol increases the potential for drowning by lowering body temperature, encouraging risky behavior, and impairing physical ability. Know Your Skill Level. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability, especially on rough days. And stay ashore if you’re a nonswimmer. Don’t Panic in Rip Currents. Don’t try to swim directly back to shore. Calm yourself, then swim parallel to shore until the current eases and you can return to the beach. Swim Near Staffed Lifeguard Towers. Our lifeguards are the best. You’ll be much safer if they know where you are. Stay in Designated Areas. Portions of the beach are set aside for swimming or surfing. Keep a safe distance from jetties and piers too. Do the Stingray Shuffle. Shuffle your feet to scare away the occasional stingray.
SURF CITY USA SHUTTLE » Operating mid-June through Labor Day Weekend, this complimentary weekend shuttle program offers 5 stops throughout Huntington Beach. Check SurfCityUSAShuttle.com for the schedule and route map plus additional service dates such as during the Fourth of July and US Open of Surfing events. Friday and Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 10am – 8pm Extend a Hand Out in front of you in shallow breaking water when diving, body surfing, or wiping out on a surfboard. Don’t Dig Deep Holes. Deep holes can cave in and create hazards for small children, so refill any holes you dig. Do Not Bring Glass to the Beach. Remember, there are all sorts of bare feet. BEACH CONCESSIONAIRES Count on these spots for all of your beach needs. Dwight’s One block south of the Pier. 714.536.8083 Jack’s In front of the Waterfront Beach Resort. 714.536.8328 Kokomo’s Surfside Grill At PCH and 1st Street, under Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters. 714.374.5600 Waterfront Adventures At PCH and Twin Dolphin, across from The Waterfront Beach Resort. 657-201-7675 Zack’s Pier Plaza Just north of the pier at PCH and Main Street. 714.536.0215, ZacksHB.com Zack’s Too At PCH and Beach Boulevard. 714.536.2696, ZacksHB.com GENERAL BEACH RULES BBQ Grills 18 inches off sand and within 6 feet of fire rings only. Glass Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on beaches. Surfing For swimmer safety, surfing is not permitted in areas where a blackball flag is on display. Dogs Other than at Dog Beach, dogs are not permitted on the pier, Pier Plaza, or other beaches. RV Camping Only allowed at designated areas at Bolsa Chica and Huntington City beaches. Tent Camping Local ordinances prohibit overnight tent camping on the beach. Bikes Riding bikes or skateboards is prohibited on the pier. Smoking Prohibited on beaches and pier.
BEACH HOURS & INFORMATION HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH Location 1 Main St. Along PCH between Seapoint Ave. and Beach Blvd. Accessible to foot traffic, by car, and by public transportation. Hours 5a.m.–10p.m.; the pier is open 5 a.m.–Midnight
Surfing On crowded summer days, beach north of the pier may be blackballed– check with lifeguards. Parking Metered parking spaces are available along PCH from Goldenwest St. to Beach Blvd. Parking lots are located all along the beach with entrances at Beach Blvd. and Huntington St. Pier parking is at 2nd and 6th Streets. Information 714.536.5281, SurfCity-HB.org/Visitors/Beach_Info HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH Location Along PCH between Beach Blvd. and the Santa Ana River at the Newport Beach border. Main entrance is at Magnolia St. and PCH with additional access at Beach Blvd., Newland St., and Brookhurst St. Hours Open year-round 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily; parking lot closes at 9 p.m. Information 714.536.1454, Parks.CA.Gov/?page_id=643 BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH Location Between Warner and Seapoint Avenues along PCH. Foot traffic can enter at Warner Ave. Car and RV entry only available at stoplight one mile south of Warner Ave. across from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve entrance. Hours Open year-round 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily; parking lot closes at 9 p.m. Information 714.846.3460, Parks.CA.gov/?page_id=642 DOG BEACH Location 2100 Pacific Coast Highway between 21st Street and Seapoint Avenue Information DogBeach.org HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER 1 Main St. in Huntington City Beach Open 5 a.m.- Midnight
BEACH FEATURES All Huntington Beach beaches have the following features: • Restrooms and wheelchair accessible restrooms • Access ramps and beach wheelchairs • Beach volleyball courts • Fire rings • Cold water showers • Seasonal food concessions and beach rentals
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EPIC BIG BOARD RIDE
PRAISING THE PIER & BREAKING RECORDS BY PETER “PT” TOWNEND // FIRST SURFING WORLD CHAMPION When the first Huntington Beach Pier was
Entering the 21st Century, in the true
made out of wood back in 1904, who would
spirit of Surf City USA, our community
have thought it would have such an impact
worked together to build the world’s
on the culture of Huntington Beach.
largest surfboard. The “Big Board”
Ten years later in 1914, George Freeth
project garnered Huntington Beach
rode the first waves at the newly rebuilt
two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ on
concrete pier, which broke records as
International Surfing Day in 2015, when 66
the longest and highest pier of its kind in
surfers caught a wave on the 42-foot long
America. Our famous beach and surf culture
surfboard and rode it for 12 seconds to the
developed around the Huntington Beach
beach, which was packed with cheering
Pier, and earned us the official title of Surf
spectators from end to end.
City USA in the early 2000s. Decades later in 1959, the inaugural
After you’ve taken a stroll on the pier, go take a selfie with the World’s
West Coast Surfing Championship took
Largest Surfboard located downtown at
place in Huntington Beach—an annual event
the Huntington Beach International Surfing
that has grown into the Vans U.S. Open of
Museum, a true souvenir that you were in
Surfing, hosted at the pier every year.
Surf City USA.