Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is in Orange County in Southern California. Once known as Pacific City, it started as the southern terminus of the Golden West railroad line.

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Bella Terra

The newest mall in town, this upscale transformation of what once was the Huntington Mall has turned a small, unpopular shadow of a mall into a vibrant city center. Located just off the 405 at the Edinger exit it is a treasure trove of restaurants, shops and areas to socialize. The Cinemark movie theater opens up to a courtyard that regularly plays host to musical performances, dance shows, and other fun activities. Second only to downtown in the number of restaurants there is no shortage of choices for food. From sushi at Kabuki to burgers at Johnny Rockets, to the eponymous dessert at The Cheesecake Factory Bella Terra is the locals' favorite for a fun night out.

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Running/Walking/biking/rollerblading

There is a wide boardwalk right by the pier. It is part of the Huntington Beach Bike Path. The Bike Path runs for about eight miles along the beach. Heading south along the boardwalk is likely your best scenic scenario. Walking, riding a bike, running are all very safe. Many very good runners first thing in the morning - often as soon as the sun comes up.

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Surfing

You can try your hand at surfing. There is a surf rental shop right at the boardwalk. Start with a boogie board for the day circa $15 US. There are many good surfers so they may get annoyed if you stand in the waves too long. Keep moving; this is your best bet. If you get tired get out (of their way) by heading to the hot sandy beach to rest up for more.

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Chronic Tacos

Located a few blocks from downtown, this place offers a full menu of extremely tasty tacos, burritos, and other Mexican cuisine served from behind a counter. Prices for a giant burrito are around $5.50 (includes guacamole, cheese, meat, and a choice of other fillings). Two pool tables are also available for $0.75 per game.

EAT   —  +1 714 960-0339 —  328 11th St


Matsu Japanese Restaurant

Japanese restaurant with nice atmosphere and a red-lit sushi bar. The prices are good for quality sushi. Try the lunch time menu offered during the weekdays which includes bento-box meals that are enormous for about $10, and the sushi and sashimi lunch specials are half the price of the dinner versions.


Ruby's

Huntington Beach Pier. A great place for family with 50s diner feeling and great hamburgers, hotdogs and milkshakes. It's located at the end of the pier, so it offers lovely views of the Pacific, the Huntington Beach coastline, and (on less smoggy days) Catalina Island.

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Pete's Sunset Grille

Located inside the Hyatt, Vacationers and locals take advantage of nightly happy hour, 4 - 7PM in the Pete's Bar. Complimentary valet parking available for up to three hours, with a minimum purchase of $25 and proper validation. Enjoy a sunset cocktail!


Hurricanes Bar & Grill

Delicious drink options include blended drinks such as their Rum Runners, and the food menu has Caribbean cuisine. It's a cool place to be with great "scenery" for the guys, but the service isn't always nice to people in large groups so be aware.



Partying

There are so many bars on Main St. that you can meet with friends at any of them and have a great time drinking, dining, or dancing. During the winter, you can organize a "pub crawl" and have your group stop for a drink at every bar.

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Huntington Beach

has some of the largest stretches of open-sand beaches in all of California, as well the Huntington Beach Pier (one of the longest concrete piers in the world), site of world-class surfing and volleyball events yearly.

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Aloha Grill

This upstairs bar and grill has a luau vibe and friendly staff. This may be the only place you can go where you would be gay ''not'' to ask for a rainbow (Rainbow is the name of their world-famous tropical drink).

DRINK   —  +1 714 374-4427 —  221 Main St

Fred's Mexican Cafe

Ph (714)374-TACO. Great Mexican food & the best Margaritas north of Tijuana. There is no better view of the Huntington Beach pier than Fred's patio. Good prices and a favorite of the locals!


Hangout Too Southern Bar & Grill

Casual Restaurant near Bella Terra & Huntington Harbour Serving New American Food. Craft Beers, Burgers, Seafood, BBQ. Outside patio that's dog friendly with free parking.


Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

A luxurious Spanish-inspired hotel with views of the Pacific. Includes a heated pool, direct access to the beach, surf pros, tennis, biking and Camp Hyatt.


The Waterfront Beach Resort

Recently remodeled rooms 7 suites. Pet friendly, Shades Restaurant & Bar, Tennis court, Fitness center, volleyball court, laundry facility, and more.


Slater's 50/50 Burgers by Design

Burgers, beer and lots of bacon. Select from menu or design your own burgers, but you have to like bacon to eat here. Good selection of beers too.


Main Street

is a shopping and gathering place for residents and tourists alike, with sidewalk cafes, surf shops and live music all vying for attention.

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Nickel Nickel

On weekend nights, the Huntington Beach video game arcade where everything costs only nickels to play is packed with teenagers.

DO   —  7454 Edinger Ave

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Huntington Beach boasts the largest unspoiled coastal wetlands in California where many migratory birds stop and nest.

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Killarney's Irish Pub

Whether you want a Guinness on tap or delicious Irish cuisine, Killarney's is well-suited to fit your needs.

DRINK   —  +1 714 536-7887 —  209 Main St

Sugar Shack Cafe

213. A favorite cafe for locals, famous in Huntington Beach for great breakfasts and amazingly low prices.


Islands

A Californian chain, this is a great place for family, serving hamburgers, salads, and hotdogs.


Mama's on 39

Family Style dining in a casual atmosphere. "Great vibe...great food...great place."

DRINK   —  +1 714 374-1166 —  21022 Beach Blvd

Relaxing

Take a walk up the Main street. There are a number of restaurants and a Starbucks.

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Longboard Restaurant & Pub

Good, cold beer and a delicious menu. Their appetizers are tough to beat.

DRINK   —  +1 714 960-1896 —  217 Main St

Jan's Health Bar

Fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and fruit drinks.

DRINK   —  +1 714 536-4856 —  501 Main St

Comfort Suites Hungtington Beach

Great Hotel Suites for Economical Prices and breakfast in the morning!!


Mangia Mangia

Basic strip mall restaurant with excellent authentic Italian food


Huntington Beach Pier

the second most popular sight here, after the beach itself.

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House of Brews

Great place for beers and a game of pool with friends.


Huntington Beach Brewing Company

Ste E, Great Micro Brews, Food and Girls.

DRINK   —  +1 714 960-5343 —  201 Main St

Huntington Surf and Sport

Surf accessories and apparel.


About Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is world-famous as "Surf City", from the 1960s Jan and Dean surf rock song of the same name, and much of surfing culture started and continues to evolve there, from surfing styles to surfing apparel companies that started there. Huntington Beach is also mentioned by name in the Beach Boys song "Surfin' Safari", where "at Huntington and Malibu they're shooting the pier".

The year-round temperature averages 67 degrees F, and good weather can be every month. However, the months of January to March can be rainy.


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