This laidback, city meets- the-sea destination in Orange County is an ideal stop on any Pacific Coast itinerary. TTG offers advice on how to maximise 24 hours in Huntington Beach.
Starting the day at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, your clients can grab a healthy breakfast (or a sinful Mexican one) at Watertable before heading straight for those famous sands. Surf-wear store Toes on the Nose offers a complimentary yoga session on the beach every Saturday morning for Hyatt Regency guests. Striking a “warrior pose” or rocking the “happy baby” position to the sound of the ocean is a very Californian way to start the day.
Come lunchtime, Pete’s Sunset Grille, located on the former site of the famous Mallory Surf Board Factory, is a casual, colourful restaurant stuffed with surfing memorabilia. It makes a delicious prelude to a visit to the International Surfing Museum, where guests can gawp at the world’s largest surfboard. Wildlife enthusiasts can stroll through the coastal Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, an urban oasis offering bird-watching.
By now your clients should have all the inspiration they need to take to the waves. Hyatt Regency’s Toes on the Nose store offers surf lessons to intermediates and beginners, with equipment, included. Beach bums can get a sea-themed treatment from one of the many spas that line the sands, like newly opened Dri at Waterfront Beach Resort, which uses seaweed-infused serums.
For quintessential Orange County vibes, suggest Huntington Harbor – a network of waterways lined by millionaires’ mansions. Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals offers canopy-covered electric boats you can skipper yourself for fun, but if your clients fancy trying the A-list lifestyle, Prince Charters LLC arranges private cruises. Sipping wine on the deck of a vintage yacht at sunset is so very OC.
Located within the Shorebreak Resort, Pacific Hideaway’s decor takes inspiration from global surf destinations like Bali. After a day on the waves, your clients will have earned a flavour-packed feast paired with a local craft beer or a glass of coastal Californian wine on their oceanfront patio. Perched above street level, clients can dine backed by stunning views of Huntington Beach Pier.
Suggest clients finish the night riding down Pacific Coast Highway in an all-American muscle car beside a coastline lit by bonfires. Hertz’s newly launched American Collection offers iconic US automobiles that are perfect for coastal cruising and are sold as part of packages by USAirtours. Clients can then head for one of the 500 free-to-use fire rings, where locals come to socialise and roast s’mores.