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Huntington Beach, California

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With its laid back-feel and surfer culture, it's no wonder that Huntington Beach, California's nickname is Surf City, USA. The city is known for its excellent beaches, perfect surfing conditions, and all of the international surfing tournaments that come to the city. In recent years, the downtown area has experienced a significant rebirth with buildings being rehabilitated and new hotels rising out of the ground. Many of the businesses in the area reflect that beachside feel with plenty of bar and grills, surf shops, and swim shops.

Huntington Beach is located in Orange County, California, which is part of the Los Angeles Metro Area. The city is about 37 miles south of Los Angeles and 95 miles north of San Diego. The heart of downtown Huntington Beach is located at the intersection of Main Street and the Pacific Coast Highway (known as PCH by the locals). Other excellent Main Street communities along Orange County's coast worth checking out include Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Balboa Island on Newport Beach. Further inland you have Old Towne in the City of Orange.

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The intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway at the Huntington Beach Pier form the heart of downtown.
The intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway at the Huntington Beach Pier form the heart of downtown.
Sidewalk cafes are plentiful along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
Sidewalk cafes are plentiful along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
The Shorebreak Hotel is one of the newer developments in Huntington Beach that can be found on Fifth Street, also known as The Strand.
The Shorebreak Hotel is one of the newer developments in Huntington Beach that can be found on Fifth Street, also known as The Strand.
The sidewalks and landscaping are well-maintained even on the older blocks further away from the beach.
The sidewalks and landscaping are well-maintained even on the older blocks further away from the beach.
This newer development along Main Street in Huntington Beach contains shops, restaurants, and wide sidewalks.
This newer development along Main Street in Huntington Beach contains shops, restaurants, and wide sidewalks.
The wide sidewalks along the newer parts of Main Street provide ample room for sidewalk cafes and kiosks selling merchandise.
The wide sidewalks along the newer parts of Main Street provide ample room for sidewalk cafes and kiosks selling merchandise.
This newer development at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue features Mediterranean architecture, palm trees, and brick sidewalks.
This newer development at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue features Mediterranean architecture, palm trees, and brick sidewalks.
Modern architecture and a place to grab some coffee at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue.
Modern architecture and a place to grab some coffee at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue.
More Mediterranean architecture and sidewalk cafes at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue.
More Mediterranean architecture and sidewalk cafes at the intersection of Main Street and Olive Avenue.
Brick sidewalks and fountains are excellent public spaces along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
Brick sidewalks and fountains are excellent public spaces along Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
People watchers and window shoppers on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
People watchers and window shoppers on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach.
Newer buildings with shopping on the ground floor and dining on the second floor at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Avenue.
Newer buildings with shopping on the ground floor and dining on the second floor at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Avenue.
A two-story chain restaurant at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Avenue.  Notice the well-landscaped sidewalks.
A two-story chain restaurant at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Avenue. Notice the well-landscaped sidewalks.
Shopping on Main Street with the Huntington Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean off in the distance.
Shopping on Main Street with the Huntington Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean off in the distance.
Shops line the Oceanview Promenade a major redevelopment project on Main Street in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.
Shops line the Oceanview Promenade a major redevelopment project on Main Street in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.
A well-preserved block of Main Street historic buildings that were renovated rather than torn down for newer development.
A well-preserved block of Main Street historic buildings that were renovated rather than torn down for newer development.
Shops and restaurants at Pierside Pavilion at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of downtown.
Shops and restaurants at Pierside Pavilion at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of downtown.
A Forever 21 at the intersection of Fifth Street and Walnut Avenue marks the northern end of The Strand.
A Forever 21 at the intersection of Fifth Street and Walnut Avenue marks the northern end of The Strand.
Shops, cafes, and even elevated pedestrian walkways mark the renovation of Fifth Street now known as The Strand.
Shops, cafes, and even elevated pedestrian walkways mark the renovation of Fifth Street now known as The Strand.
Shops line the ground floor of The Shorebreak Hotel on Fifth Street in Huntington Beach.  The Pacific Ocean is in the distance.
Shops line the ground floor of The Shorebreak Hotel on Fifth Street in Huntington Beach. The Pacific Ocean is in the distance.
Shops, cafes, offices, and wide sidewalks that include kiosks can all be found on Fifth Street.  Notice the elevated pedestrian walkway on the left side of the picture.
Shops, cafes, offices, and wide sidewalks that include kiosks can all be found on Fifth Street. Notice the elevated pedestrian walkway on the left side of the picture.
The Strand is a major redevelopment district on Fifth Street in Huntington Beach.  Although it has plenty of shops and cafes, it's still quieter than nearby Main Street.
The Strand is a major redevelopment district on Fifth Street in Huntington Beach. Although it has plenty of shops and cafes, it's still quieter than nearby Main Street.
The corner of Fifth Street and Pacific Coast Highway.  Tents in the distance are for another major sporting event being held in Huntington Beach.
The corner of Fifth Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Tents in the distance are for another major sporting event being held in Huntington Beach.
Shops line one side of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.  The beach is just across the street.
Shops line one side of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The beach is just across the street.
An older building now serves as a restaurant while narrow, newer pricey homes sit behind it just on the outskirts of downtown.
An older building now serves as a restaurant while narrow, newer pricey homes sit behind it just on the outskirts of downtown.
The Strand as seen from the beach-side of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.
The Strand as seen from the beach-side of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.
The Oceanview Promenade and Pierside Pavilion on Pacific Coast Highway are major mixed-use projects and form the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.
The Oceanview Promenade and Pierside Pavilion on Pacific Coast Highway are major mixed-use projects and form the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.
The Huntington Beach Pier in the background with the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza in the foreground, which is an excellent space for events or just hanging around.
The Huntington Beach Pier in the background with the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza in the foreground, which is an excellent space for events or just hanging around.
The Huntington Beach Pier extends 1,850 feet into the Pacific Ocean.
The Huntington Beach Pier extends 1,850 feet into the Pacific Ocean.
Shops are located along the Huntington Beach Pier and a Ruby's Diner is located at the end.
Shops are located along the Huntington Beach Pier and a Ruby's Diner is located at the end.
This wide promenade is part of the Huntington Beach Bike Trail and also serves as the area's boardwalk.
This wide promenade is part of the Huntington Beach Bike Trail and also serves as the area's boardwalk.
The lawn is a great place to hang out and catch some rays.  The tents in the background are for another major sporting event being held in Huntington Beach.
The lawn is a great place to hang out and catch some rays. The tents in the background are for another major sporting event being held in Huntington Beach.
The Oceanview Promenade at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway is an example of the mixed-use developments that took the place of older, rundown buildings.
The Oceanview Promenade at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway is an example of the mixed-use developments that took the place of older, rundown buildings.
Shops and restaurants line the ground floor of the Pierside Pavilion, along Pacific Coast Highway and facing the Pacific Ocean.
Shops and restaurants line the ground floor of the Pierside Pavilion, along Pacific Coast Highway and facing the Pacific Ocean.
A statue commemorates Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a famous Hawaiian surfer who brought surfing to Huntington Beach.
A statue commemorates Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, a famous Hawaiian surfer who brought surfing to Huntington Beach.

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