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Huntington Beach, California

Huntington beach is a less touristy vacation destination than neighboring Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.  While neighboring towns have gone upscale, Huntington Beach has managed to keep some of the original low-key surfer charm that made this area famous.  Huntington Beach is surfer central, and you'll also see bodybuilders, roller-bladers, and bikers walking down the promenade and in local restaurants and shops. All of this makes Huntington Beach the perfect destination for someone hoping to experience the California lifestyle on their vacation.

Favorite Hotels

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
This new 17 acre hotel is just across the street from Huntington's most popular public beach via a convenient walkway.  The hotel also features a 20,000 square foot spa and a pool.  Rooms are tastefully appointed with furnished patios or balconies and high speed internet access (fee)

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
This beautiful hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean and features indoor fountains, waterfalls, and of course breathtaking views.  Across the street from the beach.

Favorite Restaurants

Wahoo's Fish Tacos (multiple locations)
This casual restaurant caters to surfers who want simple tacos made with the freshest ingredients.  Their fish tacos are always made with fresh grilled fish - when Wahoo is available, it is a special treat. Wahoo's also has a wide variety of other Mexican dishes

Aubergine in nearby Newport Beach
Aubergine is a fine dining experience you'll probably want to enjoy without the kids. The wine list is wonderful, and this place is a find in Orange County which is generally not known for it's refined dining. The five and nine course tasting menus are unforgettable

Lee's Sandwiches (multiple locations)
Looking for something out of the ordinary but don't want to spend a ton of money? You might not know that Orange County has a huge Vietnamese populations.  Lee's sandwiches caters to that population with delicious Vietnamese sandwiches. Expect to have sandwich meat or pate with fresh herbs and sauce on a freshly made baguette.  The restaurant also has a wide variety of very sweet Vietnamese desserts.

La Vie en Rose in nearby Brea
La Vie on Rose serves stylishly presented traditional French Cuisine.  Save room for the Grand Marnier souffle.

Kitma Thai Cuisine
Kitma Thai Cuisine is hidden away in an office park in Irvine - but don't be fooled - it serves Orange County's best Thai cuisine with delicate sauces that are not over-sugary like many Thai fast food places.

Activities and Things to Do

Questions and Answers

What is the one thing I should not miss on my visit to Orange County?

You should go to Laguna Beach
Don\'t go on 405 freeway
Laguna Beach
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