Are you over the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles? Bored with the beaches in San Diego? Head to Huntington Beach, California, which is 10 miles of pristine coastline and uninterrupted beaches right between the two Southern California metropolises. Huntington Beach has perfect weather all year round with warm temperatures that rarely over 85 degrees so that you can get your dose of California sunshine. Here are the top five places you should visit in Huntington Beach:
Huntington Beach Pier
Whether you want to take a long walk, dine by the ocean, or gaze at the throngs of surfers trying to catch some waves, the Huntington Beach Pier is perfect for people watching, exercising, or just soaking in the sunshine.
Head to downtown Huntington Beach to Pacific City, which is full of oceanfront shopping, dining and entertainment. Filled with 11 acres of beachfront shops and eateries overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pacific City captures the area’s surf culture through shops like Billabong, Quicksilver, Hurley, and Rip Curl. Listen to life music, or go bar hopping in Pacific City.
Vans Off the Wall Skatepark
Skateboarding was born in Southern California, and what better way to partake in the sport’s heritage than to visit a skatepark there? Grab your board and head to the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark where you can do kick flips or take a dip in the bowl.
7471 Center Avenue
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
If nature and wildlife is what you like, visit the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. There you’ll find a 1,300-acre wildlife estuary. Open waters, mudflats, salt marshes, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands, riparian and freshwater marshes make up the reserve, where more than 200 avian species call the place home.
International Surfing Museum
So you’ve caught waves all day, want to know all about the history of surfing? Go to the International Surfing Museum, where you’ll find surf ephemera, from old competition posters to surfboards to rash guards.
411 Olive Avenue