Main Street Huntington Beach

221 Main St
Huntington Beach CA 92648
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  • Mon: 11am-1:30am
  • Tue: 11am-1:30am
  • Wed: 11am-1:30am
  • Thu: 11am-1:30am
  • Fri: 11am-1:30am
  • Sat: 9am-1:30am
  • Sun: 9am-1:30am


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Huntington Beach, California, beacons surfers and sunset lovers. This oceanside town combines tourism with a local feel, and nestled in the middle of suburban homes is a special byway that has become the heartbeat of the city: Main Street. The street is lined with charming eateries, drinking establishments and beach-themed retail stores.

Parking and public transportation at Main Street, Huntington Beach
You can find on-street metered parking on Main and adjacent streets. Three city-run parking garages are in the area, and many of the local establishments validate. The Main Promenade is located on the east side of Main Street between Walnut and Olive Streets, rates are about $1/hour.

Best and worst time go Main Street, Huntington Beach
Mornings in Huntington are spectacular, and breakfast eaters can enjoy a scenic walk on the beach. Then nosh on the standard fare at Starbucks or IHOP, or choose from the local restaurants' specialties at Sugar Shack or the Longboard. Sit inside or park yourselves at the outdoor tables right on the sidewalk. The food is great, and so is the people-watching. Many a meal has stretched for hours when visitors are caught up watching surfers and swimmers strut down to the famous Surf City beach, where the sand begins just across PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) at the end of the street.

Most of the action for families finishes at 10 p.m. Adults can continue to enjoy the nightlife.

Admission to Main Street, Huntington Beach
There is no charge to stroll the street and window shop, but if you're in the market for a new swim suit, surfboard, or skateboard, bring your wallet. The restaurants and night clubs are hard to pass up, and the area offers two great choices of ice cream. Dining could be a delicious fish taco at Wahoo's, pizza at BJ's or upscale seafood. Depending on your mood (and your budget) you will be happy on Main Street.

Must see/do at Main Street, Huntington Beach
A contemporary art museum sits on Main Street, and the Surfers' Hall of Fame is just around the corner. This is the place locals go to hang, or to watch sports in one of the bars. The local law enforcement constantly patrols the area, keeping it safe and citing those who forget about proper conduct.

Other places to visit near Main Street, Huntington Beach
A stroll down the pier, passing fishermen with their rods cast off the side, lands visitors at Ruby's Diner, a great place for a burger and a shake. Pelicans and seagulls are likely to welcome visitors here.

Insider tip for visitors to Main Street, Huntington Beach
Like every small town, U.S.A., Main Street's sidewalks are lined with good citizens on the Fourth of July. The parade that passes through includes local civic groups, school bands and politicians. The line-up usually features horse groups, clowns on tiny, tiny vehicles and a celebrity or two. But Main Street thrives throughout the year as the hub of social activity in the local area. Souvenir seekers should visit Beach Island, just a block from the beach.

Connie Jankowski is an award-winning writer and a seasoned traveler. She has lived in Orange County, California for about 30 years.