All aboard! The Surf City USA Shuttle has started its engine for the summer season, chauffeuring locals and tourists around town via two distinctive loops—for free. Now in its third year, the complimentary shuttle service operated by Visit Huntington Beach through an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) grant has revamped its weekend Coastal Loop to focus on Pacific Coast Highway, and will launch a brand new daily City Loop in late June.
Running Saturday, May 27, through Sunday, Sept. 3, the Coastal Loop hits five stops from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. As an added convenience for riders, the shuttle is tracked via live GPS, viewable at surfcityusashuttle.com.
Coastal Loop Stops
Downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment; the iconic Huntington Beach Pier and Huntington City Beach; and the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel and adjoining Pacific Hideaway restaurant.
Where’s the stop?
On 5th Street near the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel.
2) SUNSET BEACH
3) BOLSA CHICA
Bolsa Chica State Beach and concessions, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Sunset Beach South, and Huntington Harbour shopping, dining, and activities.
Where’s the stop?
At the circle on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway at Warner Avenue.
4) PACIFIC CITY
Pacific City shopping, dining, and entertainment; LOT 579 modern food hall; Paséa Hotel & Spa and adjoining Tanner’s restaurant; Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, and adjoining Shades Restaurant & Bar; and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and adjoining Watertable restaurant.
Where’s the stop?
In the Pacific City parking lot directly behind LOT 579.
5) BEACH PROMENADE
For more stop highlights, visit surfcityusashuttle.com.
Two prime times to ride the Coastal Loop this summer are on July 4 during Huntington Beach’s ever-popular Fourth of July Celebration and during the US Open of Surfing in late July/early August. During these dates, special event shuttle services will run between Downtown and select stops.
Ride the Shuttle on the Fourth of July
On July 4, complimentary park and ride shuttle service to First Street and Pacific View Avenue will run every half hour from the following two locations:
OCTA Golden West Transportation Center
(7301 Center Avenue)
8 a.m.- 12 a.m.
Huntington Beach Civic Center
(2000 Main Street)
1 p.m.- 12 a.m.
The last shuttle leaves Downtown at 11:30 p.m.
Ride the Shuttle during the US Open of Surfing
On July 29 - 30 and August 5 - 6 during the US Open of Surfing, complimentary park and ride shuttle service to Main and Orange streets will run every half hour from the following two locations:
Huntington Beach High School
(1905 Main Street, enter off Utica Avenue)
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Edison High School
(21400 Magnolia Street)
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The last shuttle leaves Downtown at 9:30 p.m.
An additional stop on August 5 - 6 is the Huntington Beach Civic Center (2000 Main Street), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The last shuttle leaves Downtown at 6:30 p.m. Regular weekend shuttle service will also run on these dates.
A Local Perspective
Lori Price, 26-year Huntington Beach resident, recently rode the Coastal Loop to start her day at SeaLegs Wine Bar for brunch, followed by live music at SeaLegs at the Beach, a new modern beachfront bar, eatery, and concert venue at Bolsa Chica State Beach. We caught up with Lori after her lift to get the scoop.
What inspired you to ride the Surf City USA Shuttle?
"I rode the shuttle for convenience, due to limited parking where we were going, and because it was free!"
Where did you go?
"I rode with one of my dear friends, Jacqueline, to SeaLegs at the Beach [Stop #3 Bolsa Chica]."
"I loved the convenience of being picked up outside of SeaLegs Wine Bar [Stop #5 Beach Promenade], where we ate brunch. Then we boarded the shuttle at the bus stop outside on Atlanta and were dropped off right near SeaLegs at the Beach. This allowed us to check out the live music and enjoy some fun in the sun without getting in our cars to drive and figure out parking. Also, our driver was the best."
Why do you think the shuttle is a great service for both locals and tourists alike?
"It allows locals and tourists to enjoy a drink or two without the worry of having to drive to another destination. It also takes the worry out of trying to find a parking spot and paying for parking. Also, tourists may not know the hot spots to hit during their stay, and the shuttle allows riders to hop on and off at some super cool places."
Any other perks from your experience?
"Our driver was super friendly. We missed the shuttle by a couple of minutes, and she turned around to pick us up when she saw us running toward the pick-up spot. We didn't have to pay for parking or gas, and we got to sit down, relax, and chat while riding."
Advice for future riders?
"Check out the live GPS tracking at surfcityusashuttle.com. It always tells you where the shuttle is when it's in operation. That way you can gauge when you should be at the pick-up location waiting for the shuttle's arrival. Take the shuttle. It's well worth it!"
Coming Soon: City Loop
Stay tuned for updates on the daily City Loop service between Downtown and Bella Terra, launching in late June and running through Oct. 1!
Photos by Joe Nickerson