September 15, 2005
Huntington-by-the-Sea is a privately-owned campground in Huntington Beach. Its rates, depending on the particular space, run from $40 to $60 in the off-season (approximately November to April) and $45 to $75 during the summer. Yes, that's expensive, but the nearby state beaches charge nearly as much and have fewer amenities. Huntington-by-the-Sea has an attractive club house with a pool table, TV, and dining tables (for the occasional get-together). There's a large swimming pool and hot-water spa. The large, clean bathrooms have toilets, sinks, and individual shower/dressing booth combos. There is an on-site laundry and pay phone. All sites have full hookups.
The downside--it's ugly. With beachfront property at a premium, they just paved over the whole campground and used every square inch for RV spaces. (No tents allowed!) You get your camper spot, one car-parking space, and a small patio--that's it. (If you like grassy plots, you'll have to head further inland, as all the beach camps are tightly spaced.) Plus, there's no camp store or markets close by.
More good points: across the street at the beach you'll find fire rings and equipment rentals (bikes, skates, and surf boards) and (seasonal) food concessions. Plus, you get the same close beach access and view that you'd pay $200+/night for at the nearby waterfront Hilton! The other beachfront camp in HB is at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Sites there cost $29 to $39 in off-season and $34 to $44 during the summer. You'll have direct beach access, restrooms, and food stands, but no other amenities. It, too, is basically just a concrete parking lot. During the off-season (November to March), Huntington City Beach opens a campground in one of its parking lots near the pier. The cost is $40/night, again, with no amenities except for the usual beach restrooms and concession stands. Still, it's by the beach!
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