The city's moniker, Surf City USA®, pretty much says it all. From surfwear shops and local wave-rider hangouts to suntanned surfers in search of that perfect wave, you can't help but dive into this beach town's infectious surf culture.
The local waves make Huntington Beach a hub of surf activity in Orange County. In fact, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is held here each summer, making it the center of the surfing universe for several days every summer. Jump in on the action with a surf lesson or watch locals from the safety of the sand or the pier.
If you can tear yourself away from the warm sand, head up Main Street, the city's downtown, featuring the Surfing Walk of Fame, the International Surfing Museum, the Surfers' Hall of Fame, beachwear shops, casual dining and nightlife hotspots. Where Pacific Coast Highway meets Main Street, head downstairs to the bustling boardwalk. Enjoy delicious pier-side dining or watch skateboarders tearing up the boardwalk.
Did you know...
- The Huntington Beach Pier is the longest concrete municipal pier in California, reaching 1,853 feet into the Pacific Ocean.
- The camera used to film The Endless Summer (1960s film that launched the surf movie genre) can be viewed at the International Surfing Museum.