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Key Info

17851 Pacific Coast Highway

Price & Hours

6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily


Beaches, Natural Wonders, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Head to Bolsa Chica State Beach if you want to reconnect with nature while at the beach. This 3-mile stretch of sand, which sits 4 miles northwest of Downtown Huntington Beach, generally sees fewer visitors than other beaches like Huntington City Beach and Huntington State Beach, so you'll enjoy more elbow room when surf fishing, bird-watching and sunbathing, among other activities. What's more, the beach boasts proximity to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and features a popular recreational vehicle campground.

Many reviewers suggested coming to Bolsa Chica State Beach to hike or bike its paved beachside trail. Several people also said the beach is a terrific place for beach bonfires (you'll have access to 200 fire rings here) and highly recommended camping overnight. If you plan on staying the night, be sure to reserve your space months in advance, especially during the summer months, to ensure availability.

Bolsa Chica State Beach is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The beach is free to visit; however, fees apply for parking and camping. Parking costs $15 per vehicle, per day, while campsites range from $50 to $65 per RV, per night (depending on the site's location). On-site amenities include restrooms with outdoor showers, beach volleyball courts and barbecue grills. To learn more about the beach, visit the California State Parks website. And to reserve a beach campsite, visit the ReserveCalifornia website.

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#1 Huntington City Beach and the Huntington Beach Pier

If you've seen a photo of Huntington Beach, chances are it's of its main beach and famous pier. The beach's 3 ½ miles of gorgeous sands is a haven for professional surfers and volleyball players, and draws locals and tourists eager to learn how to surf and stroll the 1,850-foot-long pier. The impressive pier, which is one of the longest on the West Coast, is an excellent place to fish and catch a sunset. Meanwhile, the beach itself features all kinds of amenities, including fire rings for beach bonfires, restrooms with outdoor showers, an information kiosk, water sports equipment rentals and beach volleyball courts. When you need a break from the sand and sea, cycle along the Huntington Beach Bike Trail or explore Downtown Huntington Beach. Both sit within walking distance of the beach and pier.

According to previous visitors, the city's main beach and pier are two of its can't-miss attractions. Not only will you enjoy incredible ocean views (especially at sunset), but you'll also discover a laid-back ambiance ideal for relaxing outside. In fact, many highly recommend coming here to simply watch the surfers and walk up and down the pier. If you're hoping to avoid large crowds, past beachgoers recommended visiting on a weekday and outside the busy summer season. The beach also tends to get crowded during its annual events, so consider planning around popular events like the AVP Huntington Beach Open (in May), the Vans US Open of Surfing (in August) and The Great Pacific Airshow (in September).

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