Huntington Beach

Once a sleepy residential town with little more than a string of rugged surf shops, Huntington Beach has transformed itself into a resort destination. The town’s appeal is its broad white-sand beaches with often-towering waves, complemented by a lively pier, shops and restaurants on Main Street, and a growing collection of resort hotels.

A draw for sports fans and partiers of all stripes is the U.S. Open professional surf competition, which brings a festive atmosphere to town annually in late July. There’s even a Surfing Walk of Fame, with plaques set in the sidewalk around the intersection of PCH and Main Street.

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