Huntington Beach is one of my favorite cities in Orange County, California. There are so many things to do in Huntington Beach. From the pier to the bike trail to the fire pits and more! Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA is worth the drive even if you’re coming from LA. I have enjoyed some of my favorite Southern California sunsets here.

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what to do at huntington beach

When I go to the beach in HB I love going to Huntington State Beach and/or Huntington City Beach which are right next to each other. Huntington State Beach goes from Newport Beach North to Beach Blvd where Huntington City Beach begins. Each of these beaches has fire pits but if you want to be near the Huntington Beach Pier or play on the volleyball courts you’ll want to be at the city beach.

The Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

huntington beach bike trail

I got my beach cruiser years ago but it wasn’t until recently that I was finally able to bike at the beach. I had so much fun riding on the bike trail while having a beautiful view of the beach. The trail as a whole is 8 miles long but of course, it is up to how you far you want to ride. The trail end points are Santa Ana River Trail at SR 1/Pacific Coast Hwy. and Warner Ave. and N. Pacific Ave.

Catch a Wave

huntington state beach

I love riding my boogie board at the beach and hope someday that I can learn to skimboard. A few years ago I did take a surfing lesson from the Clint Carroll surf school that I found on Groupon. For me, the waves were too big to navigate, and learning to surf here was incredibly rough. But, others in my lesson did better so if you’re interested in trying this is a great way to learn.

Enjoy a Fire Pit

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I love having a bonfire at the beach and the fire pits in HB are among my favorites. Even during COVID-19, you can still use the fire pits. There are so many to choose from that the odds that every single one will be taken are low.

huntington beach fire pits

Any day that ends with s’mores on the beach is a good day!

Enjoy a Sunset

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I don’t think I have ever seen a bad sunset here.

The Pier

I love walking on the pier for some great views of the water and surfing. Milkshakes from Ruby’s at the end of the pier is always a good idea. I also love taking photos under the pier.

Find the Surfing Walk of Fame

surfing walk of fame

Located on PCH right by the Huntington Pier is the Surfing Walk of Fame. This Walk of Fame is very different than the Walk of Fame in Hollywood but a perfect fit for Surf City. If you like finding things like this check out my post on Walks of Fame in Southern California.


ruby's shake shack

My favorite Ruby’s in the area is not the one on the pier. It is about a 25-30 minute drive south of Huntington in between Newport and Laguna. Ruby’s Shack Shake is great!

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Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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