"Atalaya" Huntington Beach State Park Things to Do Tip by PA2AKgirl


I've mentioned quite a few things to see or do that all have to do with nature but the reason the park is named Huntington Beach is because of a "castle" that's located on the grounds. It's name is Atalaya and certainly does look like a castle and it's called that but really, it's just someone's wish of having a large estate on the beach. It's not ALL that old--built in the 1930s for a sculptor named Ana Hyatt Huntington who wanted a "Moorish" style house. It's not furnished or anything like that--basically, you can wander through many of the rooms, out to the arched walk and enjoy the property. I know there are tours given of Atalaya, but you'll have to look at the website to see when those are. It's on the National Register of Historic places and the grounds, architecture and style are beautiful. Being able to wander through the narrow halls and into some of the rooms is pretty fun. They had the perfect property too--it's protected by the dunes and set well off the beach but towers (I imagine) provided a breathtaking view.

Address: Huntington Beach State Park
Directions: coming into the park, follow the signs for beach access and Atalaya. It's at the end of the one side of the park road.

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  • Written Oct 10, 2006
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