Huntington Beach Pier in background with lifeguard tower on sandy shore in foreground. Bright blue sky and wispy cloud overhead

Huntington State Beach

Updated by Pat Dorri on February 14 2024

At Huntington State Beach, also known as "Surf City USA", you can relax on the golden sands, surf the world-famous waves, or enjoy fun-filled entertainment at lively Huntington Beach Pier. The perfect blend of natural beauty and local entertainment, this popular stop has something for everyone.

A quick overview of Huntington State Beach, California
Street Address📍Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach 92648
Facilities at this beach

🕒 Opening hours (5am-10pm)

🚗 Parking ($3-$5/per hour, $10-$15/per day)

🛟 Lifeguard station

🚻 Public restrooms

Where can I find the Huntington State Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway?

As you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and get closer to Orange County, you'll spot signs leading to Huntington State Beach. This beach stretches along the coast between Beach Boulevard and the Santa Ana River, and is a popular beach for those travelling the coastal route of California.

There are numerous parking lots at Huntington State Beach. Watch for signs directing you to public parking lots, which also indicate if a lot is full. There are some free parking options and street parking, however most areas have hourly or daily rates varying by month and events.

Huntington Beach is in Orange County, which is around 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, a journey of 35 miles. You can also reach Long Beach in around 25 minutes.

Why we love visiting Huntington State Beach

There are many reasons why you should add a stop at Huntington State Beach to your list of things-to-do as you travel Pacific Coast Highway.

If you are a surfing fan then a visit to "Surf City USA" is a must, where you can expect some of the best surfing experiences on the West Coast. If you are looking for something less energetic, then the golden sands and vibrant beach atmosphere is sure to keep you entertained.

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Huntington State Beach is known for its surf culture and excellent waves. Surfers are attracted from all over the world, so either take part or just sit back and admire the skills.

There is a relaxed beach atmosphere, with miles of wide sandy beaches. The large shoreline gives plenty of room to rest and play throughout the year.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the illuminated Huntington Beach Pier. You can enjoy live music and entertainment once the sun goes down.

Taking a dog? Then designated Huntington Dog Beach allows dogs to play freely. With their own area of the beach, this is an ideal place to head for pet owners and their furry companions.

Sunrise at Huntington Beach, California with white sands and a clear blue sky
With miles of golden sands there is plenty of space to rest and play along the jaw-dropping shoreline.

What else is there to do near Huntington State Beach?

There is plenty to keep you busy at Huntington State Beach, however here are some of our other favorite local sites for shopping, dining and entertainment, to enjoy during your visit.

  1. Huntington Beach Pier - Stretching into the Pacific Ocean, here you can enjoy stunning views plus it is the ideal spot for fishing, dining, and watching surfers catch waves below.
  2. Downtown Huntington Beach - Serving as the city's vibrant heart, this area is a lively mix of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, with a laid-back surfer vibe throughout.
  3. Pacific City - An upscale shopping and dining complex right by the ocean, this area blends boutique shopping with oceanfront dining.
  4. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve - This wetland reserve is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers, with hundreds of species of birds and miles of walking trails to enjoy.
  5. The International Surfing Museum - Dedicated to preserving the rich history of surfing, you can enjoy a range of surf-related memorabilia.

Huntington Beach is one of the most popular overnight stops along Pacific Coast Highway. Make sure to read our dedicated list of the best places to stop, including Huntington Beach, and where to stop and explore along the way.

Common questions about visiting Huntington State Beach

Huntington State Beach is best known as "Surf City USA,", with sandy shores, bustling pier, and lots of local culture hot spots. This beachfront has everything you could need for a great beach visit, with excellent access and facilities during your stay.

Is Huntington State Beach accessible and open year-round?

⭕ Yes, Huntington State Beach is accessible and open year-round.

Can I enjoy water sports at Huntington State Beach?

⭕ Yes, you can enjoy water sports at Huntington State Beach. Swimming and surfing are particularly popular.

Is Huntington State Beach easily accessible for those using wheelchairs or strollers?

⭕ Yes, Huntington State Beach is easily accessible for those using wheelchairs and strollers. Limited beach wheelchairs are also available.

❗ The wide sandy shoreline and paved path known as the “Ocean Strand” provides ample space for walking along the beach.

Is there anywhere to buy refreshments at Huntington State Beach?

⭕ Yes, you can buy refreshments at Huntington State Beach. Food stands are along the beach, pier and in Downtown Huntington Beach

Are dogs allowed on Huntington State Beach?

⭕ Yes, you can find Dog Beach at Huntington State Beach. Located north of the pier, this dedicated area allows dogs off-leash too.

Are there any changing facilities at Huntington State Beach?

⭕ Yes there are changing facilities and outdoor showers at Huntington State Beach.

Are there any beach chairs or umbrellas to hire at Huntington State Beach?

⭕ Yes, there are beach chairs and umbrellas to hire at Huntington State Beach during peak season.

Is there anything else to watch out for when I visit Huntington State Beach?

Huntington Beach has fire rings available for beach bonfires, a popular evening activity. They're available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The city takes pride in keeping its beaches clean, so make sure when you visit you help support this cleanliness drive.

Incredible colors of sunset by Huntington Beach Pier, in the famous surf city in California
The breath-taking sunset behind Huntington Beach Pier is a stunning way to end the day.