Posted June 2, 2022

1 City, 3 Ways: Huntington Beach


With its stretches of pristine white-sand beaches, new boutiques and sublime eats, Huntington Beach, California has certainly come into its own. In recent decades, it’s evolved from a sleepy beach town into a final destination, all while retaining its sweet, laid-back charms. Kick off your shoes, take a stroll and see what unfolds.

Outdoor Oasis

Find inspiration in the world-class surfers dominating the swells, fly a kite, drop a fishing line off Huntington Pier or take a cruiser for a spin on the paved beach path. Or venture into these one-of-a-kind experiences:

  • Take an intimate tour of Huntington Harbour by gondola—Sunset Gondola supplies the blanket, wine glasses and ice bucket, so just bring the bubbly and your favorite treats
  • For a serious beach party complete with jaw-dropping feats, visit during the largest surfing competition in the world, the week-long US Open of Surfing Championship in late July or early August; or check out the quirkier Kite Party in March
Huntington Beach: US Open of Surfing

Snag a spot on the sand to watch the US Open of Surfing Championship

Shop, Stroll and Sample

  • On Fridays and some weekends, hunt for original artwork and unique handcrafts at the pop-up booths of Pier Plaza Art Afaire; the adjacent Friday Farmer’s Market offers further delights against the unbeatable ocean backdrop
  • For a midweek farmer’s market, funky street fair and food vendor mecca in one, check out Surf City Nights, which closes Main Street for pedestrian revelry every Tuesday 5-9 p.m.
Huntington Beach: Shorebreak Hotel

A Huntington Beach stroll is a perfect way to spend a sunny California afternoon

Friendly Fare Downtown

  • To experience a classic Huntington Beach surfer eatery, join the hordes of famished surfers breakfasting at the family-run Sugar Shack
  • To dine alongside ocean views in the heart of Huntington Beach, head for Hawaiian surf-themed Duke’s or Sandy’s, which offers beach-inspired beers on tap and tried-and-true California dishes
  • For a more polished take on coastal favorites, head to the new Pacific Hideaway, a modern American beach tavern whose dishes are inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Latin America; pair them with equally vibrant cocktails and local craft beers
Huntington Beach: Pacific Hideaway

Prepare for a coastal-inspired feast at Pacific Hideaway


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