"Huntington Beach, California" Top 5 Page for this destination Huntington Beach by DaveRowley

Huntington Beach Travel Guide: 128 reviews and 233 photos

And I Left Rainy,Snowy,Freezin Stoke For This..:-)

This is how I ended up in HB...
I'd been to Lac D'Annecy in France (1976) & Moscow in what was the old Soviet Union (1978) as a schoolboy, plus the annual family holiday to either Newquay (Cornwall), Abersoch (North Wales) or one of the many Butlins Camps.
My elder brother then went to Crete twice in 1984 & on his third trip there that year I went with him (my first trip away on my own without Mum & Dad).....
I fell in love with Greece & more importantly, the people!
Since then, I've done the usual European visits to Greece, Spain, the Canaries & Central / Eastern Europe.
I've worked since 17 & never been allowed more than 2 weeks off in 1 spell...
I'm soon 41 and last September after spending a 2 week holiday bored at home, made my mind up that I needed to get moving..
After checking out the England Team itinerary for the 2004 winter tour I saw the Barmy Army wanted £1600 for 2 weeks in Durban & Cape Town.
How would I get that time off...
I got myself another job, that's how..after 17 years with the same company I walked...and it felt good..
Oh my goodness,what had I done :-)
The next step was to see what I could sort for £1600 and the rest as they say is history...
For £1700 (not inc. spending money) I came to HB for a week, 2.5 weeks in Oz (many places) & still saw the Test Match in Durban,South Africa.
In summary, I may never again have more than 2 weeks off work until I retire, however, this trip was my key to the door...and the door is now well and truly smashed off its hinges :-)
Huntington Beach is fantastic..a clean place, safer than I expected for a 1st timer to the US..friendly people, plenty to see, value for money and more than anything the first place I visited in a new Chapter of my Life!!!
Thank you HB & I will see you again on the 19th May, 2005 with 3 of my mates :-)

Nightlife is mint.....

I wasn't in HB during the Peak Season, but I can imagine it's absolutely brilliant....
It's the sort of place you can surf, swim and laze under the sun during the day..
and party, dance and listen to live music at night....
For all the bigger clubs, gigs, etc you would have to venture further towards Los Angeles City, but HB offers more than enough for a week's relaxation by the Pacific.

2nd Visit to see my mates...May 19th to 27th 2005

This time I didn't go alone...my mate Rob from Bradwell and Barny from Chesterfield went to......

we never stopped laughing from the day we went to the night we arrived home....even in our sleep i'm sure.....absolute screamer :-) :-)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:MINT....
  • Cons:None...
  • In a nutshell:even better the 2nd time round...going again...
  • Last visit to Huntington Beach: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dec 3, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Daryl Smith is my brother so here's your answer. He started as a trash collector in 1959 and by 1990 helped design the pier/pier plaza. Retired in 2000 as Acting Deputy Director of Public Works. Very impressive career and very proud to be his sister.

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    Oct 31, 2005 at 7:30 AM

    Everybody ought to act like a fool on the beach at least once!

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    Jun 17, 2005 at 1:22 AM

    Man oh man you bring back a lot of memories for me. I have had many an enjoyable day just riding my bicycle down the path at HB and checking out the local "scenery."

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    Mar 20, 2005 at 10:06 AM

    Looks like a fun visit. I'm glad you found the US safe! :-)

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2005 at 4:09 AM

    Thanks for the b-day greetings! Glad you had fun in HB. I grew up not far from there and used to go a lot as a kid! It was quite different then.

  • Mar 9, 2005 at 4:03 PM

    Very impressive pages Dave. Keep up the fantastic work.....Cant wait to see the rest of the pages :D Behhhhhhave!!!

  • gabriellefox's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2005 at 3:57 AM

    It is a prerequisite that a truly rounded man or woman know his way around the shops as well as around the kitchen or at least be able to find good restaurants. Nice page :)

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 2:52 AM

    We've been here as it was one of the US beaches I read a lot about as a young grommet (surfer). Frankly I was a bit disappointed with the L.A. beaches, but this one was O.K. What's this Dave a couple of shopping tips? lol!


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