SoCal’s Endless Summer

Pack your surfboards and bring your beach cruisers to Huntington Beach, Calif. With a bustling Main Street, the sparkling ocean and a happening waterfront, its easy to find activities for every generation. Known as Surf City USA, the active nature of this California beach town lends itself to a family getaway.

By: Janeen Christoff

The Details

Getting There: Huntington Beach is less than an hour’s drive south of Los Angeles and easily reachable by car. The closest airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA), but you can also fly into Long Beach, Calif., and LAX.

What to Do: Huntington Beach has it all. From surfing to disc golf to fishing and beach volleyball, kids and families will find plenty to keep them busy.

FISHING
Huntington Beach Pier
400 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-536-5281

DISC GOLF
Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course
18281 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-425-9931

SURFING LESSONS
Toes on the Nose Adventure Hyatt
21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-845-4638
www.toesonthenose.com

SURFING MUSEUM
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
411 Olive Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-960-3483
www.surfingmuseum.org

Where to Eat:
Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-374-6446

Ruby’s Diner
1 Main St. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-969-7829

Sugar Shack Cafe
213 Main St. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-536-0355

Where to Stay:
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-845-8000

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-698-1234

When to Go:
With an average temperature of 65 degrees in December, it’s summer year-round in Huntington Beach, but May through October are ideal months to visit.

For more info:
www.surfcityusa.com

Skimboarding and surfing are populuar beach activities.
Skimboarding and surfing are populuar beach activities.

Pack your surfboards and bring your beach cruisers to Huntington Beach, Calif. With a bustling Main Street, the sparkling ocean and a happening waterfront, its easy to find activities for every generation. Known as Surf City USA, the active nature of this California beach town lends itself to a family getaway.

First and foremost, accommodation is a number-one priority, and two waterfront hotels offer luxury and convenience within walking distance of HB’s action-packed epicenter.

While the adults may be content to watch the waves roll in from an oceanfront balcony, at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, kids can play by the pool, rent bikes and coast along the water or simply head to the beach — located right across the street.

Rooms at the Hilton are decked out with 32-inch, flat-screen televisions, an alarm-clock radio with an MP3 connection, a minibar and wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. And if you have a chatty teen on your hands, the room’s two-line phones free up a phone line for emergencies.

The neighboring Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa offers families another option along the stunning Pacific Ocean. The Andalusian-inspired hotel offers a rich decor, natural stone baths and pillow-top mattresses in its rooms. Many rooms offer a private balcony or patio with an ocean view, and rooms include a large work area, high-speed wireless Internet, plush robes and Portico bath products.

When parents want some alone time, send the kids off to Camp Hyatt. Designed for guests ages 3 to 12, kids participate in supervised recreation programs and spend the day on the beach, in the pool and exploring the resort.

Surf enthusiasts will find plenty to keep occupied. If you have a budding surfer in your midst, sign them up for surf lessons through Toes on the Nose, located within the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The surf shop offers surf lessons, as well as board rentals, wet suits and more. Surfers of any age will appreciate the Huntington Beach International Surf Museum, which showcases exhibits on surfing legends like Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards and even a section devoted to the first "Endless Summer" movie.

Although Huntington Beach may be well-known as a surfer’s paradise, it’s also a playground for families. If your heading to the beach without a surfboard, Tose on the Nose also rents sand toys, beach cruisers, bodyboards, beach chairs and other beach essentials.

Beyond the sun and sand, visiting families can take in a round of disc golf, a mix between Frisbee and golf, at the nearby Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course. And don’t forget the rods and reels. Dads (and moms) can impart their fishing wisdom upon sons and daughters at the Huntington Beach Pier. Also popular is kite flying and beach volleyball. Kites can be purchased just about anywhere along Main Street as well as on the pier, and sand volleyball courts are available on both sides of the pier — you may want to get a court early, however, especially in the summer.

In the evenings, don’t miss out on some true family bonding time with a beach bonfire. Huntington Beach has more than 600 fire rings along the beach, perfect for beach barbecues and s’mores around the fire in the cool evening air. The fire rings are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis — and in the summer, locals and visitors often hit the beach when it opens to stake one out, so arrive early, if you want to guarantee a spot for your family. The Hilton Waterfront can also arrange beach bonfire’s for guests. The hours of operation are between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., and fire rings are located on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Brookhurst Street behind parking areas.

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