Huntington Dog Beach#4 in Best Things To Do in Huntington Beach
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Spend a few hours at Huntington Dog Beach if you're traveling with your four-legged friend or enjoy watching pooches play. Considered one of America's top dog-friendly beaches, this stretch of sand welcomes dogs and their owners to run around and play with few restrictions. Plus, it hosts three of the area's most popular pet-friendly events: Surf City Surf Dog (a dog surfing competition) and the spring and fall editions of So Cal Corgi Beach Day (a corgi get-together featuring costume contests and fun photo-ops).
Recent visitors highly recommended checking out this beach, especially if you're looking for a fun event to attend. Because Surf City Surf Dog occurs annually in September and the spring and fall So Cal Corgi Beach Day events take place in April and October, respectively, you'll want to plan your trip accordingly. If a spring or fall vacation is out of the question, don't let that dissuade you from visiting. Past beachgoers said Huntington Dog Beach is excellent to visit year-round thanks to its clean sand, no leash policy and lack of crowds.
Huntington Dog Beach is located 2 miles northwest of the Huntington Beach Pier. You can access the beach by car via the Pacific Coast Highway or by bike via the Huntington Beach Bike Trail, both of which sit alongside it. Parking in one of the two on-site lots costs $2 per hour, per vehicle. Access to the beach and its other amenities – including restrooms, picnic tables and waste bags – is free. The beach is open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. To find out more, check out the Huntington Dog Beach page on Visit Huntington Beach's 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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