Huntington Beach has a huge concentration of outdoor restaurants near the beach in Downtown Huntington Beach are a variety of hip, happening places that are mostly affordable. If you try to find a stuffy, upscale place to dine in Huntington Beach, you may not find one. Favorite restaurants tourists choose include Duke's Huntington Beach, named for the famous father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku. You'll find Duke immortalized inside the restaurant and in two additional statues in Surf City. One is directly across the street at Huntington Surf & Sport store and the other is a bust of Duke inside the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum located near the corner of 5th and Olive Streets.
Popular hotels for conventions and weddings include Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Affordable hotels are extremely popular choices to the upscale resort options that begin around $250/night. Top choices include several Best Western Hotels such as Best Western Huntington Beach Inn at the Beach and Best Western Regency Inn on Beach Boulevard near the 5 Points Shopping Center where you'll find Gap, Ann Taylor outlet, Aeosole, Old Navy and many more. Howard Johnson Express Inn is affordable, convenient and clean. It is also located on Beach Boulevard a few miles from the beach and not far from the San Diego Freeway.
If you're in the mood for a movie, play or you just want to play, there's a new 20-screen theater, Century Theatre, at Bella Terra Mall or the local beach favorite, Mann Pierside at the beach near the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Plays are offered by the local Huntington Beach Playhouse, a nonprofit performance group with a schedule that goes throughout the year. The plays are usually held in the beautiful Huntington Beach Central Library Theater. It is located in a fantastic library and Central Park complex and features waterfalls and architecture from world class designer, Dion Neutra.
Within the same Central Park complex are horse riding rentals, Frisbee Disc Golf, batting cages, Huntington Beach Dog Park, Lake Huntington with Alices Breakfast in the Park overlooking the scenic lake, walking paths, an exercise par course, playgrounds and picnic facility rentals. Many a company picnic, family gathering and wedding has been held on the green lawns of the city's 350-acre park complex.
Long recognized as a fantastic bedroom community for commuters who work in Los Angeles or Orange County, 200,000 residents enjoy easy access to beaches, freeways, three airports and numerous amenities such as great shopping at one of the nation's largest shopping malls, South Coast Plaza, just minutes from Huntington Beach.
Conveniently located just 15 miles from Disneyland, 15 minutes from Newport Beach and Long Beach, Huntington Beach makes a great family vacation destination for an overnight stay or weekend getaway. While the majority of visitors do not surf and not all even tread into the water, you can watch surfing all year long in the Pacific Ocean waters offshore. There are bicycles you can rent, a jog path to stroll on and some special events in the summer that draw large crowds to the beach to see free sports entertainment. Every Friday, there's a craft fair and farmer's market (weather permitting).
For great hotels, check out the Hilton, Hyatt or Best Western Huntington Beach Inn at the beach. Affordable properties include Howard Johnson, Comfort Suites and Best Western Regency Inn.
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