An iconic landmark. the Huntington Beach Pier is the crown jewel of downtown. Symbolic of surfing culture in Southern California, it dates back to the founding of the city. It has survived numerous storms causing damage five times spanning decades. At 1,855 feet, it's the longest pier in Orange County, California and the 5th longest on the west coast. In in 1989, it was listed on the California Register of Historic Preservation.
Visiting encapsulates simplicity. Watch surfers, pelicans, skateboarders, or volleyball. Stay for the sunset. The Huntington Beach Pier hours are 5:00 am with curfew at 12:00 am. From Los Angeles, it's 40 miles south and about one hour without traffic.
If you're planning to visit, here are some tips.
Fridays and Saturday nights have a big bar crowd. Tuesday nights are crowded due to the street fair Surf City Nights (5 to 9 pm). The best time to visit the Huntington Beach Pier in California is weekday afternoons.
- Bring jacket for night-time even during summer
- The souvenir shops on the pier are less expensive
- Check Weather: On a clear day, you can view all
The Huntington Beach Pier was built in 1904 by the Huntington Beach Company. It was originally constructed of pine at 1,000 feet.
By 1910, barnacles weakened the structure and with a winter storm in 1912, a large portion collapsed into the Pacific Ocean.
In 1914, a concrete pier took its place and the length was increased to 1,350 feet. The cost of construction was $100,000. Calculated for inflation, in 2018 terms, the cost would now be $2,465,240.00!
Fast forward to 1930, an 8-foot extension was added with a cafe at the end. In 1939, a Chubasco with 23 feet waves took out 300 feet. In the year 1940, repairs were made yet again increasing the length to 1,832 feet. By 1983, yet another storm destroyed 30 pilings and 500 feet of deck.
In 1985, the pier reopens with a restaurant called the End Cafe. By 1988, 250 feet of the end is taken out from storm surf and the pier closes. Finally, in 1992, it reopens with completely new construction. In 1996, Ruby's Diner opens.
Navigate to the HB pier with the following address:
Address: 60 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hours: 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Use Google Maps.
Cross street is Main Street.
Directions: From Los Angeles, take exit 18.
See parking options below.
HB Pier Parking: Lots, Strand, Promenade
- Metered Parking. Cost is $1.50 an hour, 2 Hour Maximum. Enforcement hours are 6:00 am to Midnight.
- Pier Plaza Parking Lots consists of (2). Rates per day are $15 or $1.50 an hour.
- Main Promenade. Enter at Walnut/3rd or on Olive.
- Strand. 146 6th St. Enter on 6th. Hours 9:00 am to midnight.
Lot 1. 315 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lot 2. 6th Street/PCH
**NOTE: Parking may be restricted due to events.
First 30 minutes are free
Park up to 2 hours for $1 an hour, 2 hour max.
Max Daily, Non-Peak $15
$27 for 4th of July
Flate rate of $5 after 9 pm. The day ends at 3:00 am.
Daily max is $18
First 2 hours is $2, $2 each 20 min after
Consistent surfing conditions are year round. Santa Catalina Island produces ocean swells by an effect called edge diffraction. Diffraction occurs when a wave is obstructed which causes it to change direction and wrap around.
Due to the beach facing south-west, it benefits from the storms off the Mexican coast. Although quality is not high, the quantity and consistency make it appealing.
The best time to go surfing is during the week as weekends are very crowded. The winter time has the best waves and consistency. Surfing board rentals line PCH. For those who want to learn surfing, there are a number of options.
Beginners are better off going to Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Surfing in Huntington Beach has a long history.
During the 1920s, Bill Higgins, a former Lifeguard captain, built boards out of solid redwood. Weighing around 135 pounds, they sometimes caused head injuries when lost by surfers. Today's boards weigh 6 to 7 pounds. Surfing history in Huntington Beach accelerated with the arrival of Duke Kahanamoku.
Credited as the father of modern surfing, he rode the waves frequently next to the HB pier in the early 1930s. A gold medal swimmer in the 1912 Olympics, he relocated to Hollywood in the 1920s. Befriending locals, they copied his surfboard design which left a lasting impact.
During the 1950's surfboard maker Gordie Duane played a prominent role in turning the city into what is now known as Surf City USA. Duane opened the first retail store selling his own boards.
According to the Los Angeles Times, his shop became a hangout spot for kids who played hooky and then went surfing. As a result, the city made surfing illegal after 10 am. Duane received a ticket.
1. Professional Volleyball. AVP takes place in May north and south side. Generral admission is free. Visit avp.com for dates.
2. US Open of Surfing in late July and stretches into August. A week-long competition, this event brings the best surfers in the world to HB. Although it's the largest event, there are many others. vansusopenofsurfing.com
3. Kite Party in Mid March. A kiting event open to the public. Held two days, participants must be experienced and register. There are professional demonstrations and lessons. The event is sponsored by The Kite Connection with a store on the pier. Tel: (714) 536-3630. kiteparty.com
4. Surf City Splash on January 1st. These brave souls take the polar plunge at high noon. Pancake breakfast starts at 9:30. This event benefits the surfing museum. Registration is $20. 411 Olive Ave. Tel: 714-698-9837.
5. Huck Finn Fishing Derby for Kids in mid-August. A free event for Ages 4 to 15. Prizes provided for the largest fish caught in each bracket as well as best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher. Tel: (714) 960-8870
6. Pier Swim in mid-June. A race that features 16 age division even one for 65 and over. Serious business. Approximately 300 people participate. Awards are given to the top three finishers in each bracket. $25 to enter. No guts, no glory. The event starts at 7:00 am. (714) 536-5486.
- What Time Does the Huntington Beach Pier Open and Close?
It opens at 5:00 am with closing time at 12:00 midnight.
- What are The Huntington Beach Pier Fishing Hours?
5:00 am to 12:00 am.
- Do You Need A Fishing License?
No. You don't need a fishing license from a pier in California so long as it's not for commercial purposes.
a. No more than two rods, two lines or two nets.
b. Say you hooked a fish on the pier. You can't come onto the beach to secure it without a license or you risk a citation.
For Full Rules: Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing
What's not allowed on the HB Pier?
a. No Smoking
b. No skateboards, roller skates, or bikes
c. No Jumping Off!
d. Dogs are not allowed
4. How does the Huntington Beach pier compare to others in length?
There are 5 active piers in Orange County, California of various constructions. The HB Pier is 1,855 feet long and is the longest.
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NOTE: Originally published on April 23, 2016. Updated July, 2018