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Park, Shopping & Beach Itinerary

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Huntington Beach

For the quintessential California beach experience, Huntington Beach is second to none. Miles of wide sandy beaches, an international surfing scene, the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, surf shops, arts & culture, restaurants and entertainment - it all adds up to fun in the sun in Surf City USA.

One-Day Itinerary

Start your day early with a trip to the largest city-owned park in Orange County, Huntington Beach Central Park. Located at 18100 Goldenwest Street, the park offers year-round activities, dog-friendly environment (leash rules apply), and so much more than your average park.

Late Morning/Lunch
Huntington Beach Central Park spans over 340 acres, and plenty of restaurants are located inside and around the park. The city website offers a list of restaurants and locations to help you navigate your way through breathtaking scenery and attractions, including playgrounds, an equestrian center, dog park, nature center, and more.

It’s time to head on down to the historic Huntington Beach Pier to take in the sights and spend time wandering the beautiful beach. Located just 10 minutes south of the park, Goldenwest Street will take you right to the coast, and a left turn onto Pacific Coast Highway and you can’t miss the pier.

Shopping & Dinner
Head toward Main Street, where downtown surf shops include Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Jack's Surfboards, Huntington Surf & Sport, Sakal Surfboards, and more. In Surf City USA, you'll find the latest trends in surf apparel, plus surfboards, accessories, footwear and even surfing lessons.

If you find a place to stay in downtown for dinner, be sure to head back to the coast for sunset. Ocean views prevail at Dukes (317 Pacific Coast Hwy.), located on the beach at the Huntington Beach Pier. Savor a sunset cocktail and dessert while watching day come to an end.

Check out the live music at Perqs Night Club and Sports Bar (117 Main St.), Orange County's oldest rock n' blues house. Or stake your claim at a fire ring on the beach (there are more than 600 of them in in Huntington Beach) and melt some s'mores under the stars.

Huntington Beach offers a vibrant arts and entertainment community. If you fall in love with the area, don’t hesitate to stay for one more day. Be sure to check in with the Orange County Film Commission for special events or projects in the area.

The Hyatt Regency at Huntington Beach is a popular destination for visitors who aren’t in any hurry to leave this charming town.