Equidistant between Los Angeles and San Diego and filled with 10 miles of pristine coastline, Huntington Beach is well known for its endless summer weather and luxurious oceanfront resorts. Known to locals as Surf City USA, this Southern California haven, located along the Pacific Coast Highway, truly epitomizes the state’s surf culture.
Boasting some of California’s cleanest beaches, the unofficial dress code here is a mix of wetsuits, bikinis, and flip-flops. Voted the "Best City to Live in Orange County" by Orange County Register
readers, this charming community features a historic downtown that offers weekly farmers’ markets, outdoor shopping malls, and dining with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
Named for railroad magnate Henry Huntington, who orchestrated its development, the city is now an epicenter of activity and entertainment featuring a diversified economy, a wide variety of housing, and an excellent educational system.
People & Lifestyle
The surf culture is strong in Huntington Beach, and many of the residents here embrace it. The area is also home to many families, and young professionals favor this area because of the strong economy and job market.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
In the heart of Huntington Beach, you can stroll along the iconic Huntington Pier or choose from exciting dining and shopping options on Main Street. Here you’ll find plenty of gourmet burgers, and American-themed eats at popular eateries like Duke’s
, 2nd Floor
and 25 Degrees
, an open-air dining, shopping, and entertainment center, features stores like Kohl's, Burlington Coat Factory, Barnes & Noble, Cinemark Theaters, Whole Foods Market, and Costco Wholesale.
, an oceanfront dining, shopping, and entertainment center, includes Lot 579, a modern dining hall featuring 12 unique restaurants and eateries.
There’s also 10 miles of uninterrupted coastline here, and Huntington Harbour, a community of about 3,500 people across 680 acres, is home to five manufactured islands that feature more than 500 bayfront residences.
Thing to Do
A Tuesday night community street fair and farmers market
is hosted here weekly, closing off the first three blocks of Main Street to traffic and filling the area with local artisans, fresh produce, live music, kids' games, and more.
An annual Fourth of July parade
is also a community highlight. Launched in 1904, the yearly tradition attracts more than 500,000 attendees and is considered the largest Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi.
The US Open of Surfing
, an annual surfing, skating, and BMX competition, draws a large crowd to Huntington Beach each summer, and Taste of Huntington Beach
invites guests to feast on food from over 50 local eateries and sip on wine from premier California wineries while raising funds for the Friends of the Children’s Library.
There’s also a diverse amount of amenities and activities here — a variety of public parks, an equestrian and nature center, and a sports complex offer plenty of recreation opportunities. There’s also one of the largest recreational piers globally, plus a marina, wildlife preserve, and an eight-mile biking, inline skating, jogging, and walking trail along the Pacific Ocean; large crowds gather here regularly for special events.
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