Welcome to Huntington Beach – known as ‘Surf City USA’ – where 15 kilometres of uninterrupted beach meets one sparkling blue ocean. This SoCal locale earned its reputation as a mecca for surfing more than a century ago, and its town serves as a laid-back base for those seeking exceptional sun, sand and surf.
Huntington Beach is situated along the same stretch of gorgeous coast as Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Long Beach. Safer and less crowded than many of Los Angeles’ rival hot spots, the city is a fantastic family-friendly choice for a California beach holiday. Even after sunset, its beachfront has plenty to offer; gather around a firepit to toast s'mores and trade stories late into the night.
One of the best times to visit Huntington Beach is between July and August, when the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the beaches are at their best. Towards the end of July, the town is buzzing as the annual US Open of Surfing brings competitors and spectators to the coast. If you’re inspired by these professionals carving up the Pacific, note that beginner surfers may be better served 30 kilometres away approx. at Laguna Beach. Experienced surfers, however, will fall head-over-heels for the superior waves here.
Ideal for couples, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel is a boutique oceanfront property, which reflects the easy-going attitude of Huntington Beach. After enjoying the sunshine, return to one of the hotel’s comfortable rooms, some boasting views of the town’s iconic pier. For families, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is an excellent alternative. It provides everything surf-related, so you can focus on the most important thing – having fun.