It can be tempting to just sit back and relax on the beach when you choose to stay in one of the Huntington State Beach hotels - and you definitely should. But you should also check out some of the surrounding scenery and enjoy local hiking routes both along the coast and inland.
A paved promenade running the length of Huntington State Beach, this is perfect for a pleasant stroll for walkers of all abilities. Take in the scenery, stop for a picnic, and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
Take this trail that runs inland from the southern end of Huntington State Beach, and follow the course of the Santa Ana River. Walk as far inland as you want, before turning back. Alternatively, cross the river via one of the bridges and walk back to the coast along the Alton Avenue Bike Trail on the other bank of the Santa Ana.
From the northern end of Huntington State Beach, head into town to Huntington Central Park. Here you'll find the well-marked Shipley Nature Trail, a haven for nature and wildlife lovers.
Kids of all ages will love the outdoor activities on offer at Huntington State Beach. What's more, with one of the Huntington State Beach cabins as vacation HQ, the whole family can enjoy having the Pacific Ocean right on your doorstep.
The area around Huntington State Beach is famous for its excellent surfing conditions - so much so that the area has even been nicknamed "Surf City USA". Older teens will love trying out surfing for themselves, while you can also visit the nearby Surfer’s Hall of Fame and International Surfing Museum.
Huntington State Beach is also known for its wild bird populations, and the beach and surrounding area is a great spot for some birdwatching. Pick up some information from the Huntington Beach visitor information center so you know which birds you have seen.
The beach itself is a great area for kids of all ages, but the sea in this area is only suitable for strong swimmers, and you should only go in the water when a lifeguard is on duty. Nevertheless, there is nothing like a lazy day on the sand. Recharge your batteries with spectacular ocean views as the backdrop.