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!
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! I 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.
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! And 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?! 😉
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 “Surf City” 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.
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 😉
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!