By Whit Honea
When people take a Southern California vacation there are usually two big stops on the itinerary: Disneyland and the beach. Huntington Beach is a favorite destination beacuse it combines the best of beach vacations with a convenient locale close to the Disney resort. Surrounded by a host of other popular coastal towns like Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach, the area is known for its eclectic shops and picturesque beach lifestyle. It also boasts an incredible surf, thanks to an effect caused by the nearby Catalina Island. Huntington Beach is also a quick drive to Knott’s Berry Farm and the assorted treasures of Long Beach: the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary.
So you’ve got a solid list of sites to see, but where should you rest your weary head at the end of the day? Consider these Huntington Beach hotels:
- Shorebreak Hotel: Located in the downtown area of Huntington Beach, it’s both modern and pure laid-back California with surf-culture ambience, a yoga studio, ocean views, and romantic fire pits. It features the Zimzala Restaurant and Bar, complimentary wine and juice hour, and evening story-telling.
- The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa has a variety of dining options, including the casual Pete’s Sunset Grille, The Californian, and Mankota’s Grill with its poolside dining, fire pit glow, and views of the Pacific Ocean. Travelers with kids will enjoy Slyders Water Playground, Sunset Beach Bonfires, surf lessons, and Orange County wildlife tours.
- The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, located on an 8.5 mile-stretch of the Pacific Ocean, has everything you’d want in a plush hotel. I’m inspired by “The Green Room,” an environmentally-friendly laundry facility free to all guests. The hotel is also pet-friendly: for a standard $75 non-refundable fee, their “Wag at the Waterfront” program offers pet guests a bed, bowl, and treats. Pet sitting, walking, and the “It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life Package“ are also available. Dog Beach is also less than two miles from the resort.
Whit Honea is a travel writer living in Seattle with his wife and two children. He packs light and travels often to far-away places, exotic lands and more than a few theme parks.