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Huntington Beach Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Huntington Beach

The best time to visit Huntington Beach is between September and November. Throughout these autumn months, you'll enjoy summer's warm weather without the peak season's thick crowds and high accommodation prices. Plus, some of the city's most popular events – including The Great Pacific Airshow and Surf City Surf Dog – occur during this time of year. However, you can't go wrong with a visit during other seasons. Excellent whale watching opportunities are available from December through April (winter and most of spring), while May (late spring) sees a return to highs in the 70s and a drop in rainfall, making it another great time to visit the beach. Once summer rolls around, you'll enjoy consistently superb beach weather (think: clear skies and pleasant temps), though you'll need to plan in advance to secure low room rates and a spot at the beach.

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Weather in Huntington Beach

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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September-November

As summer transitions into fall, average highs remain comfortable (expect daytime temps in the high 70s in September and October and in the low 70s in November) but the crowds at the beaches start to thin, so you can continue to surf, swim and play beach volleyball without rubbing elbows with hordes of tourists. This drop in visitors means you'll find lower prices at hotels, too, though rates occasionally climb when noteworthy events take place. If you don't mind paying a little more, time your visit around one of the city's can't-miss events. Dog lovers will have heaps of fun at the Surf City Surf Dog competition in September or the Fall So Cal Corgi Beach Day event in October, while oenophiles will enjoy sampling top California wines at the Huntington Beach edition of the California Wine Festival in November.

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December-February

The winter months of December, January and February are generally too chilly for swimming and sunbathing at the city's beaches (average temps hover between the low 40s and mid-60s). However, many surfers don't mind donning wetsuits to catch swells during these cooler months. December also marks the start of Huntington Beach's whale watching season, so visitors may spot migrating gray whales from the Huntington Beach Pier or during a boat tour out of nearby Newport Beach. Because winter is Huntington Beach's wettest season, travelers should pack umbrellas. To warm up on a particularly cool day, build a bonfire at one of the city's beaches. The season's lack of tourists means affordable accommodations are readily available, making it especially appealing to budget-conscious travelers.

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March-May

If you want to see migrating gray whales while enjoying slightly warmer weather, you're in luck: Huntington Beach's whale watching season continues into March and April. Daytime temps during these months generally sit in the mid- to high 60s. Plus, the chance for showers decreases as the season progresses, so you're less likely to get rained on during a whale watching excursion. For even more pleasant conditions (think: daytime highs in the low 70s and mostly clear skies), squeeze in a visit in May before the peak summer season begins. You'll typically see reasonable room rates throughout spring, but keep in mind that prices increase in May when the city hosts the AVP Huntington Beach Open, so make sure you reserve your room months in advance if you plan on attending.

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June-August

Huntington Beach's peak season is undoubtedly summer. In June, July and August, rain showers are rare and average highs rest in the 70s, providing ideal conditions for soaking up some sun at the city's beaches. But you won't be the only one enjoying the sand and surf: Visitors from across California and the country flock here in summer, meaning you'll have a harder time finding a parking spot at the beach and in areas like Downtown Huntington Beach. To minimize parking woes during your visit, skip central stretches of sand like Huntington City Beach and instead head to more removed spots, such as Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington Dog Beach. Since more travelers come to the area in summer, you'll want to reserve flights and accommodations well in advance to lock in lower rates.

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