on August 9, 2006
I had an afternoon to spend at Huntington Beach after my flight from Auckland and before my flight back to Pittsburgh the next day. Naturally, I spent my time there doing what you're supposed to do at Huntington: SURF! Known as America's surf city, there truly is a surfing atmosphere at this beach. However, if you're not into surfing, it is also a great beach just to relax, body surf, or play volleyball.At 8.5 miles long, it is an enormous stretch of sandy beach, and although it can get quite crowded during summer weekends, there is always room to lay out! The famous pier is a good spot to walk out and look back at the beach or catch a meal at Ruby's. To the right of the pier, facing the ocean, there is Zach's rental shop. It's a convenient place to rent chairs, volleyballs and boards, but the surf lessons are way overpriced at $70.Across the road from the pier is Main Street, where you'll find many places to eat or buy souvenirs. There is also the Museum of Surfing located in downtown Huntington. Parking is also available right by the pier.Huntington Beach is the epitome of a So Cal beach, and should be a destination of any beach goer! If you're there on a Saturday during summer you might even be lucky enough to run into a surfing competition!
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