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Popular amenities for Huntington Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Huntington Beach's top sights

Huntington State Beach29 locals recommend
Dog Beach26 locals recommend
Mile Square Regional Park81 locals recommend
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve83 locals recommend
The Reptile Zoo3 locals recommend
Fairview Park20 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Huntington Beach

  • Total rentals

    1.5K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    900 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    290 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    420 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    840 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    54K reviews

Your guide to Huntington Beach

Introduction

Huntington Beach has gone by a few names over the years, including Shell Beach, Pacific City, and even the nickname Gospel Swamp for a period in the 1900s when it was home to rollicking tent revivals. But the name that stuck was Surf City USA. (And that’s official — the Huntington Beach visitors bureau owns the trademark.) Home to some of the best surf breaks in California, Huntington Beach’s reputation was cemented in 1925 when a Hawaiian surf legend first dipped his board in the waters there. Today Huntington Beach is home to the US Open of Surfing, the largest surfing competition in the world, and the International Surfing Museum. Resorts and upscale dining have sprung up here, but Surf City USA remains unpretentious and is still best enjoyed sans shoes.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach enjoys warm days in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit year-round, which means there’s hardly a bad time to stay in one of the area’s vacation rentals. November through February can bring cooler temperatures in the 50s, and July and August can occasionally spike into the 90s, but generally you will be greeted by weather befitting the city’s beachy reputation. Pack layers anyway, as nights can be cooler, and you may want a cozy wrap for those evening bonfires.


Top things to do in Huntington Beach

Huntington City Beach

The city’s five beaches spread along 10 miles of uninterrupted Pacific coast shoreline. At Huntington City Beach — where it's not uncommon to see professional surfers showing off their chops in the waves — there’s something for everybody. The beach is loaded with such amenities as public volleyball courts, outdoor showers, and restrooms, making it easy to camp out all day. You can break up an afternoon of lounging and swimming with a walk along the historic 1,850-foot-long pier (which boasts a combo burger joint and tiki bar at its tip). In the evening, cozy up around one of the first-come-first-serve bonfire pits.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Over 200 species of bird call this 1,300-acre coastal estuary home, including peregrine falcons, burrowing owls, and white-faced ibis, wading birds with a dramatic, sword-like beak perfect for probing salty marshlands for prey. Even American bald eagles put in guest appearances here. There are four miles of hiking trails in the park, punctuated by scenic outlooks. A small interpretive center hosts exhibits on the ecology of the park.

International Surfing Museum

Run by an enthusiastic volunteer team, this museum chronicling surf culture has a funky, homegrown feel. The museum’s holdings include a surfboard that belonged to a famous Hawaiian surfer, the world’s longest surfboard (according to the Guinness World Records), and a surf-rock legend’s guitar — which was stolen and then returned in 1989. The museum also hosts classic surf movie nights.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Huntington Beach?

    Huntington Beach has a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers averaging 79°F (26°C) and cooler, wet winters with temperatures around 64°F (18°C). The city is known for its consistent, mild weather year-round, making it a great place to explore any time of the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Huntington Beach?

    Visitors often enjoy surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier, exploring the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, or strolling around the Huntington Central Park. The International Surfing Museum is also a popular attraction, showcasing the rich surfing history of the area.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Huntington Beach?

    The most popular time to visit Huntington Beach is during the summer months, from June to August, when the city hosts the annual US Open of Surfing. The cooler months are also busy, with the Surf City Marathon taking place in February, and the festive Huntington Harbour Boat Parade in December.

  • What are the best places to stay in Huntington Beach?

    Some frequently suggested areas to stay in Huntington Beach are Downtown Huntington Beach, known for its close proximity to the beach and shopping areas, Huntington Harbour for its peaceful, scenic neighborhood, and Sunset Beach, loved for its laid back beach town vibe.

  • What are the best places to visit in Huntington Beach?

    Some of the most popular places to visit in Huntington Beach are the Huntington Beach Pier, the Huntington Dog Beach for dog lovers, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for wildlife enthusiasts. The Downtown Main Street is also often recommended for its local restaurants and shops.

  • What are some hiking trails in Huntington Beach?

    Hiking enthusiasts often explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve which has an easy, flat trail perfect for birdwatching. Another popular spot is the Shipley Nature Center with its 2-mile (3.2 km) loop trail that meanders through several native habitats.

  • What are some family activities to do in Huntington Beach?

    Families frequently visit the Huntington Beach Adventure Playground, a fun outdoor space for kids, or explore the Shipley Nature Center with its nature trails and wildlife. The Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center, known for its children's theater, is also a popular destination.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Huntington Beach?

    From Huntington Beach, visitors often take day trips to nearby attractions like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim, Newport Beach for a boat ride, or the artsy town of Laguna Beach. The bustling city of Los Angeles is also just a short drive away.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Huntington Beach?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Huntington Beach. From over 920 house rentals to over 80 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Huntington Beach?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 900 vacation rentals in Huntington Beach featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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