California - Huntington Beach
Learning - Pro
Luxury Surf Trip
January, February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, May
Huntington Beach is at the heart of the quintessential surf scene of California, and there’s few better ways to enjoy it than by overlooking the Pacific from the waterfront vista of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Iconic attractions are within easy reach, making this the perfect destination for families or couples looking for a luxe getaway.
Beginner - Pro
Luxury Surf Trip
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
With 16 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline and consistent year-round waves, it’s easy to see why Huntington Beach, California is named Surf City USA. Home to the US Open of Surfing, which brings together some of the world’s best professional surfers, Huntington Beach remains one of the most popular surf tour spots in the world with its surf history and culture. No doubt, Huntington Beach is a surfer’s paradise because there are surf spots all along the coastline.
Huntington Beach and its Surf City USA connections go back over 100 years. In 1914 George Freeth of Hawaii brought surfing over to the famed California coastline, and with Duke Kahanamoku’s surfing the Huntington Beach waves in 1922, surfing has been a cornerstone to the city ever since. In 1957, one of the world’s first surf championships, the West Coast Surfing Championship, was created. Huntington Beach is host to numerous annual surfing competitions, including the prestigious US Open of Surfing and NSSA Championships. With so many different spots, Huntington Beach is a surfer’s playground, no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro.
HB is a beach break and, mid-spring to fall, HB gets a lot of SW or SSW swells from the hurricanes in Mexico. Generally, they have NW swells in the winter and fall.
The pier has a north and south side with a beach break. Generally the two best waves are right next to the pier; Southside Bowl is a left, and the Northside Bowl is a right. Just outside of the bowls is a peaky lineup, depending on the swell. On the Southside where the US Open takes place is a good spot for intermediate to professional surfers. It’s not uncommon to see pros surfing with you.
Depending on swell direction, it can be a crossed up peak, or a left or right. On a big hurricane swell, it can have big freight train lefts, and when it gets really big, there’s a spot off the Cliffs called Boxcars where you can do tow-ins. Good for intermediate to professional surfers.
Short for Magnolia, the street this break is located off, Mags is a fast, advanced surfer wave. This spot barrels with heavy lefts or heavy rights.
Unique to the Rivermouth, there’s water flowing in and out quickly depending on the time, creating sand bars, making a peaky, racy line up of lefts and rights. On a low tide when the water is coming out of the rivermouth really hard, waves suck up and are extremely hollow. Good for intermediate to professionals.
A user-friendly wave, Bolsa Chica is a great spot for longboarding or beginners. This spot has a soft, fun, playful peak.
Where to Stay
Huntington Beach has a variety of lodging options, from small inns to four diamond, full amenity resorts. The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, located right on Pacific Coast Highway, has its own connecting bridge over PCH that drops you right on the sand and has a full-service surf board rental and school on the property. The Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, located in downtown HB, is a boutique hotel inspired by the surf culture surrounding it- wetsuits line the entire wall in the lobby and there’s a surfboard rack to store/borrow boards. The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, offers something for the whole family, and all surfboard rentals and lessons can go through Waterfront Adventures, located right on the sand. The Huntington Surf Inn is a favorite choice of professional surfers and other athletes who participate in BMX, skateboarding, and more due to its prime location and contemporary rooms.
Surf City USA isn’t just surfing
Interested in something besides surfing? Huntington Beach has a thriving scene outside of the beach as well. Cruise up and down Main Street and stop in any of the numerous restaurants, bars, or shops. A local favorite is Sugar Shack for breakfast- run by a family of surfers. Craft brews more your style? Check out either Four Sons Brewery or Beach City Brewery- both breweries are guaranteed to satisfy any thirst. From spa treatments to horseback riding, Huntington Beach has something for everyone.