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A Local’s Guide to Huntington Beach, California

It was a little difficult to think of what to do in Huntington Beach because I don’t see it as a vacation spot, I see it as home! I would suggest coming off season to avoid the crowds! If you still want to come in summer, I would suggest coming for 4th of July. Huntington Beach is a great place to celebrate Independence day! We have a huge parade usually with a celebrity appearance and everyone rides bikes around town and celebrates. It’s so much fun!huntington_beach_4th_july_parade_ciaofelicia

While you’re in Huntington Beach, here are some things I would recommend!

Where to Stay

  • Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel– With balconies that have the best view of Huntington Beach, complimentary wine and s’mores hours, pets welcome, and incredible service, there is nothing better than the Shorebreak! shorebreak_hotel_wine_huntington_beach_ciaofeliciaI love this hotel so much, that even if I’m not staying there on a staycation, we go hang out at the bar and take in the amazing views.ย shorebreak_hotel_huntington_beach_pier_balcony_ciaofelicia

If I am lucky enough to be spending a weekend there, it’s always a hard decision to go to the beach, or just spend the day at the hotel! They have an incredibly friendly staff, and relaxing atmosphere. I love that I can bring my dogs for no extra charge too! dog_hotel_shorebreak_huntington_beach_ciaofeliciaAnd I couldn’t talk about this hotel without mentioning their awesome gym! Who says I can’t sip my wine (…barefoot… in a dress…) and workout at the same time?! ๐Ÿ˜‰shorebreak_huntington_beach_gym_rock_wall_ciaofelicia

 

Activities

  • Go to the beach! (should I have even included that one?) I love to walk around, tan, and look at the beautiful ocean. Honestly I don’t usually go in because the water is kinda cold and the waves are usually pretty big, but you still need to go experience it for yourself! If you’re brave, rent a surfboard or take surfing lessons! We are โ€œSurf Cityโ€ for a reason!

  • Dog Beach– We have a portion of the beach where dogs are welcome! No, it’s not weird to go and play with all of the dogs even if you don’t have one of your own! Dog beach is off of PCH and Golden West.dog_beach_huntington_ciaofelicia

  • Spinny Park– It probably has a real name (Harriett M. Weider Regional Park… I had to do some research), but to everyone I know, it’s called spinny park. It’s very unique and fun for more than just kids! Maybe just don’t go after you ate a big meal ๐Ÿ˜‰spinny_park_huntington_beach_ciaofelicia

  • Watch the sunset– I may be biased but Huntington Beach has some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. I love going down to the beach and taking a walk on the boardwalk right in time for the sunset!huntington_beach_pier_ciaofelicia

  • Paddle Boarding– Get on Groupon and check for paddle boarding deals at Huntington Harbor! There are always a few options! I love spending a few hours getting some sun and a little workout in!paddle_boarding_huntington_beach_ciaofelicia

Shopping

  • Main Street– Main street has some of my favorite places to shop! There are great food options, bars, touristy places, and cute boutiques! Some of my favorite shops are Merilee’s, Diane’s, and Model Citizen.

  • Street Fair– Every Tuesday evening from about 4-9 there is a street fair on Main Street! They have awesome food, fresh produce, desserts, musicians, bounce houses, a petting zoo, and other unique booths! As a local, the street fair is still one of my favorite places.huntington_beach_street_fair_main_street_ciaofelicia

  • Pacific City– Pacific City is a brand new shopping area with a gorgeous view of the beach! I’ve only been to one restaurant there, but I really enjoyed it. It is a higher scale shopping center, and has higher end places. Pacific City is a beautiful place and is fun to just walk around and hang out!

Dining

  • In-N-Out– I mean this one is obvious. If you’re not from a place that has In-N-Out, please try it!! It’s cheap, fresh, and oh so delicious. Look up the secret menu before you go! I love my burgers protein style and my fries well done!

  • Sugar Shack– This is a local’s favorite breakfast spot… and you’ll know you’ve found it because of the line of people! It’s a small place with great food. I love the sausage omelette and the Keppler’s special. Local’s tip: walk through the restaurant to the back patio, there’s more seating and a separate wait list that is always shorter!sugar_shack_restaurant_huntington_beach_ciaofelicia

  • Secret Spot– This is another great place for breakfast or lunch. They are a health conscious restaurant with vegan and gluten free options. I love their smoothies and breakfast burritos. Your best is to take your food to go because seating is very limited!huntington_beach_secret_spot_restuarant_ciaofelicia

Pin me to remind yourself how awesome Huntington Beach is!! (…or don’t, we like it less crowded here :p )a locals guide to huntington beach california ciaofelicia

Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! Iโ€™m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I donโ€™t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

15 thoughts on “A Local’s Guide to Huntington Beach, California

  1. The picture of you climbing the rock wall with a glass of wine in your hand is epic!!! Haha We love going to the beach, but haven’t made it to Huntington yet. I have also heard nothing but great things about Kimpton Hotels – I love that it is pet friendly.

  2. Hi! Thank you so much for the information and I just loved the pictures, especially the food, jeje. Also, the climbing activity looks like a lot of fun but is it difficult to climb it?

  3. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Huntington Beach before but I want to do a USA West Coast road trip next year so I have bookmarked this for later. I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, is it freezing when you fall in (which I am bound to do). Why is it called spinny park?

  4. Ohh I absolutely adore Huntington Beach – it’s a great holiday spot!! I visited in September and it was a great time of year – perfectly clear days! Would love to paddle board in the harbour. I loved surfing at Huntington!
    you.theworld.wandering

  5. I’ve been to Huntington Beach several times growing up, but your blog post makes it look so different and exciting. This was a great and nostalgic read. Also, I love that rock climbing gym in the hotel! AMAZING

  6. All those sunsets just look gorgeous! Huntington Beach is definitely worth a visit. I was there as a kid but haven’t been back. Looks like a great place to call home and to visit!

  7. I love Huntington Beach! Whenever I go back home to Long Beach, it’s a tradition to drive down to Huntington Beach to eat at Zubie’s lol

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