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Huntington City Beach Photos and Information, Huntington Beach, California

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 pm. Curfew: 10:01 p.m. - 5:59 a.m. Tent Camping: NO.

Huntington City Beach stretches along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, California between Beach Boulevard to the south and Seapoint Street to the north for an approx. 3.5 mile span. Huntington City Beach is operated by the City of Huntington Beach - Beach Operations, which provides lifeguard services, regulates parking and maintains permits and policies for access, special events, concerts and maintenance.

The Huntington Beach Pier and beaches anchor downtown Main Street region with shops, restaurants, clubs and bars tie the region together to provide an integrated vacation experience. Those who visit Huntington Beach most often seek parking close to the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street so they can enjoy the beach, but also shop and eat without ever driving. Huntington City Beach is the heart of this experience, providing Fire Rings for beach bonfires and many events throughout the year.

In the summer, Huntington City Beach enjoys several major sporting events that include US Open of Surfing and Beach Games, and even a fireworks show on July 4 at the beach.  Huntington City Beach includes Pier Plaza, the location of a weekly Farmer's Market and Art Fair that has been voted the most scenic local market in Southern California.  Summers bring top performers to Pier Plaza for the Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the City of Huntington Beach. From jazz to rock, soul and mamba to swing and hip hop, the location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Huntington Beach not only features special concerts during this time but includes on most weekends, people bringing congas and drums to join in a tribal beat session at Pier Plaza.

Huntington City Beach includes some fire rings or bonfire pits on the south side of the beach near Beach Boulevard, offered on first come, first serve basis.   There are several privately operated concession shops along Huntington City Beach, the biggest being Zack's Beach Catering and Concessions.  The shop not only caters special events at the beach but also rents skates, bicycles, tandem bikes, surf boards, body boards, wetsuits, umbrellas and chairs, but also has volleyballs. Zack's and several other companies offer surfing lessons on an hourly basis for beginners.  For more information call 714.536.0215

There are approximately 20 sand volleyball courts in the area north and south of the pier and others near Beach Boulevard.

Huntington City Beach is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and experiences a beach curfew for seven hours each day.  During that time, guests are not allowed to go on the beach.  Huntington City Beach is part of an 9.2 mile paved beach path popular for walking, jogging, rollerblading and skateboarding.  At Huntington City Beach, tourists, local residents and vacationers love to swim, surf, sunbathe, kite surf, fly kites, play volleyball, smash ball, throw Frisbees, watch sunsets and look at and listen to the waves.  While pets are not allowed on most of the beaches, you can take your dog to one of the City Beach locations known as Dog Beach. It is located between Golden West Street and Seapoint Street. 

Huntington Beach pier map


Dining along Huntington City Beach includes the fabulous fish served at Duke's on top level at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier and barbeque and variety of dishes at Sandy's at the Beach below it overlooking the sand. On the pier, you can eat at Ruby's with its two-story dining and forever views of the Pacific Ocean. There is usually a wait at most of these restaurants because they are so ideally located.  They are worth it, however. A trip to Huntington Beach should include an ocean view seat, perhaps a cocktail and nice meal.

On the pier, you can fish for free, as is permitted on all California piers. A bait and tackle shop called Let's Go Fishin' rents fishing rods and reels for a low price. There are cleaning basins on the pier and public restrooms with handicap accessible facilities.  You cannot fish north or south of the pier at the beach and fishing beyond that point on the beach requires a license sold at places such as Walmart near Beach Boulevard and Talbert Ave. or Big Five Sporting Goods on Beach Boulevard near Ellis, across the street from 5 Points Plaza shopping mall. One day per year, the City of Huntington Beach sponsors a fun event for kids to age 15. The Huck Finn Fishing Derby invites children to dress in their favorite Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher outfit from the famous Tom Sawyer adventure books. Prizes are awarded for the largest fish caught and best costumes.  The event is usually held in early August.


Beach 101 - There is no tent camping anywhere in Huntington Beach but several hotels are located directly across the street from Huntington City Beach. Those hotels include Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Resort and Spa, featuring a public walking bridge to the beach, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Surf Inn, Huntington Beach Inn and Sun 'n Sands.

Parking fees at the City Beach parking lots is around $15/day or in the premium lots north and south of the pier in the summer $12. Parking meters on Pacific Coast Highway cost $0.25 per 10 minutes. Many tourists and locals get to the beach early during the summer months and park free on residential streets mostly north of the pier from 6th Street to 22nd Street.

Bonfires and fire rings: They're free, first come, first serve. Bring your own wood--no furniture or wood crates are permitted for burning. The bonfire rings are available during beach hours -- 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Food: Beach concessions are open all year long, and there are ample bathrooms at the beach. There are also restaurants along Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, ranging from affordable Wahoo Fish Tacos to wine bars and night clubs. Drinking (alcohol) age is 21, must have ID. Drinking is NOT permitted on the beach.

Special events: You may want to host a special event and if it's a small gathering, you can have your fun. With larger groups, you'll need a special permit issued by the City of Huntington Beach.

Dogs: Only permitted on beach paved path or at Dog Beach located at Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint & Goldenwest Streets.