Pacific Coast Hwy. at Magnolia Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA
$15 per vehicle
Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM (entrance gate closes at 9 PM)
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Huntington City Beach's 3½ miles of beach is home to the popular Huntington Beach Pier and the site of numerous international surfing competitions. Known to many as Surf City, Huntington Beach attracts visitors from near and far. Facilities at the beach include restrooms, outdoor showers, food concessions, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and fire rings. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours year-round. Beach hours are 5 AM to 10 PM. The pier closes at midnight.
Four main parking areas provide a generous number of spaces for the heavy summer traffic that converges on the beach. Along the beachfront alone there are 2,400 parking spots.
A pair of lots on either side of the pier are self-service parking. Pay at the parking machine and display your receipt on your dashboard. During special events parking here may not be available.
Rates: $1.50 per hour or $15 maximum for a full day
The large municipal parking lot at the southern end of the beach has entrance stations at either end.
There is no hourly rate.
Rates: $15 maximum for the full day
On Main Street between Walnut and Olive, the Main Promenade Parking Structure provides additional parking spaces.
Rates: $15 - $20 daily rate. For hourly and other rates, see City of Huntington Beach - Parking
Enter the Strand Parking Structure off 6th Street. They are open from 9 AM to 12 AM.
Rates: $18 - $20 daily rate. For hourly and other rates, see The Strand - Parking
More parking is found Well north of the pier in lots adjacent to the highway between Goldenwest Street and Seapoint Street.
The 1,850-foot long Huntington Pier serves as a focal point for the beach scene. The original pier was erected in 1903 and gradually extended over the years, but storms caused repeated damage to it. After many repairs the original pier was declared unsafe and a new one was completed in 1992.
Ruby's Diner is situated at the end of the pier. About half way out the pier is the Surf City Store, selling clothing and novelties. At the foot of the pier is a Visitor Information Kiosk, open from 10 AM on weekends and 10:30 on weekdays during peak season.
An area of beach between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street has been designated as Dog Beach. Its hours are the same as for the rest of the beach, 5 AM to 10 PM.
Huntington Dog Beach
Together Huntington City Beach and Huntington State Beach form a 6-mile stretch of sand along the coast of the City of Huntington Beach. The pair of beaches are favorites for surfing, fishing, swimming, sun bathing, volleyball, and socializing. During the summer and early fall the Huntington Beach area is crowded with visitors drawn by the sand, the surf, and Huntington Beach's genial ambiance. For 11 million visitors every year, this is the place to be.
Services are interspersed with the string of parking lots. These services include restrooms, showers, concession stands, and shade ramadas. On the beach, lifeguard towers are situated at regular intervals. The Lifeguard Headquarters building is at the Magnolia Street entrance.
Paved ramps are located along the beach, leading out to the high tide mark. These allow those with disabilities to reach the edge of the ocean. Beach wheelchairs are available at the Lifeguard Headquarters. Fire rings on the sand are available on a first-come, first served basis.
The multi-use Huntington Beach Trail runs along the edge of the sand from the southern end of Huntington State Beach, north along Huntington City Beach, and on to the north end of Bolsa Chica State Beach. The entire path is about 7 miles long. It is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and inline skaters. Some people enjoy walking north to Bolsa Chica Beach and then catching the local bus south for the return trip. A spur from the bike path leads up the bank of the Santa Ana River.
Day-use admission for Huntington State Beach is $15 per vehicle. Like most other state beaches in southern California, Huntington Beach parking lots are arranged in a series of lots that stretch nearly the full length of the beach. There are four entry and exit points.
Huntington State Beach serves as a sanctuary for the rare least tern, an endangered bird, and to the threatened snowy plover. An area next to the Santa Ana River at the southern end of the beach has been designated as a least tern preserve. Volunteers from the Sea & Sage Audubon Society are often on hand to keep an eye on the preserve and answer questions about the birds.
Sea & Sage Audubon Society - The Huntington Beach Least Tern Project
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety