Beach, International Surf Capitol of the World
Known as the International Surf Capital of the
World, Huntington Beach gained popularity in 1928
with its championship meets that drew surfers from
around the globe. Today, 'HB' is still a surfing
Mecca. With over 50 surf sporting events booked in
the City of Huntington Beach each year, there are
competitions for every age, category and style of
surfing. Special clubs for women and girls such as
HB Wahine All Girls Board
Club, old guys
on longboards, Hello Kitty fans and religious groups
invite the public and like-minded individuals to
join in and share the love of surfing.
Home to the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
(411 Olive Street, 714-960-3483) and the Surfing
Walk of Fame, at the intersection of Main and
Pacific Coast Highway.
In addition to good surf, HB offers plenty of white
sand, beautiful people and delicious restaurants,
including Duke's (714-374-6446), dedicated to the
King of Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku who surfed the
dangerous waves beneath the Huntington Beach Pier
(where the restaurant is located) during the 1920s.
Nature lovers enjoy the Bolsa Chica Ecological
Preserve, a wetland which boasts a huge number of
endangered and rare bird species as well as the archaeological remains of
Native American cogged stones, used between 6,000
and 3,500 B.C.
Even dogs are welcome in Huntington Beach with more
than 67 city parks,
Dog Beach near the bluffs on PCH,
or Doggie Park where dogs are free to run off-leash
in a fenced in enclosure off Edwards Avenue and
Central Park Drive. For lunch, head to the Park
Bench Caf'(714-842-0775), which offers both a human
and doggie menu.
Where to eat: The Huntington Beach Beer Company
(714-960-5343) offers traditional brewery fare like
salads, sandwiches, pizza and hamburgers, or dine at
the end of the salty-aired pier at