Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, USA

When you think California surfing, you probably imagine a place just like Huntington Beach, California, USA.  Big, crowded, wide open beach with a pier.  It can get crowded by the pier, but if it is just walk down the beach a little.


Break Type:  Beach

Gear: Wetsuit

Ambience:  Gets crowded but a friendly crowd for the most part.  There is a town with food and drink just 1 block from the beach.  This is a good beach with kids - lots of places to run and throw sand at each other.

Main Surf Spot:  Huntington Beach Pier

Link to current conditions: Surfline


Public Parking:  Yes.  Park here.  There is a parking fee.  Or you can find street parking.

Public Showers:  Yes.  Showers here.

Public Restrooms:  Yes.  Same location as showers.

Transportation:  Need a car.

Nearest Airport:  Nearest Airport:  Los Angeles (LAX) or Orange County (SNA) - fly into SNA if you can much easier airport then LAX.

Alternative Surf Spots

Down the beach or up the beach....



There are many hotels on the main strip - I usually just due AirBnB here though.


Sanchos Tacos.

Things To Do With Your Non-surfing Companions

Rent Bikes and Ride the Coastal Trail for Miles:  Rent a bike and ride the Huntington Beach Bike Trail.

Go shopping at Balboa Island:  Cute little boutique shops and eats.

Visit Seal Beach:  Another nice little town with shops and food.

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