We invite you to ride your own wave! Visit Huntington Beach is committed to promoting an inclusive community where visitors of all backgrounds, race, identity, and abilities know and feel that they are welcome when they experience Surf City USA®.
Local hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail stores, and others throughout the tourism and hospitality industry value the importance of creating a respectful and welcoming atmosphere for all visitors and residents. The power of being connected to the global travel community is what makes Surf City USA one of the top quintessential California travel destinations welcoming more than 3.74 million annual visitors* from many countries around the world.
*Non-Orange County resident visitors
Places to Stay in Huntington Beach
Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
- The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort is a sponsor of the OC Pride Festival & Parade.
- As The Trevor Project's Premier National Hotel Partner, Kimpton is involved on local and national levels hosting fundraisers across America. Making a reservation through this link donates $10 per night to The Trevor Project, plus you'll get 15% off the Best Flexible Rate.
- Kimpton was the very first hotel company to score 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality index.
The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
- Diversity is at the core of Hilton's vision, mission, and values. They are committed to an inclusive workforce that fully represents many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Understanding their team members' unique perspectives, along with those of their guests, owners, suppliers, and partners, is essential to driving their competitive performance. The company will always strive to reflect the global communities where they live and work. Read more about their Diversity & Inclusion Statement here.
- In 2018 and 2019, Hilton was awarded Best Workplace for Diversity.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
- At Hyatt, you can confidently, comfortably, and proudly stay as you are. To learn more about their commitment to fostering a world of understanding and inclusion, click here.
- Hyatt was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation - the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization in the United States - as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality in 2022.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Huntington Beach
- Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to Marriott's core values and strategic business goals. Taking care of people and putting their wellbeing above all else is in the company's DNA. Read more about their Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement here.
- Marriott is partnered with HRC, IGLTA, PFLAG, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Best Western Surf City + Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites
- BWH Hotel Group acknowledges and respects the standards contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it endeavors to conduct its business in a manner that is consistent with fundamental human rights. BWH Hotel Group's core values, practices, culture, and history embody a commitment to ethical business practices and good corporate citizenship. Read BWH Hotel Group's full Human Rights Policy Statement here.
Comfort Inn & Suites Huntington Beach + Quality Inn & Suites Huntington Beach
- Choice Hotels is committed to creating an inclusive organization where diversity of thought and perspective contribute to a high performance culture and long-term, sustainable success.
- Choice Hotels embraces the diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures of their guests and they are committed to providing an exceptional guest experience that goes well beyond the hotel stay. Their diverse partnerships, community outreach programs, and relevant campaigns are developed to enrich the travel experience. Read more about Choice Hotels' inclusion and diversity policies here.
- Choice Hotels was recognized by the Human Right Campaign Foundation as a Best Place to Work LGBTQ Equality each year from 2017 to 2020.
- Choice Hotels was recognized by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
- Choice Hotels was recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Extended Stay America
- ESA Management, LLC exists to care for people who are building a better future for themselves and their families. They extend value and humanity to everyone they serve: their associates, their guests, and their communities. With down-to-earth people who go above and beyond, they're a place where genuine care is always given. And, as a hotel company with a heartbeat, their core values inspire everything that they do.
The Hotel Huntington Beach
- The Hotel Huntington Beach strives to make its property as accessible as possible to make each guest feel at home. To see their complete Accessibility Statement, click here.
Travelodge Ocean Front
- As the world's largest hotel franchising company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts respects differences in people, cultures, ideas, and experiences, and believes diversity enriches their organization.
- Throughout all parts of their business - from team members, franchisees, partners, suppliers, and guests - Wyndham believes that a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences helps drive the company's success. Travel enables people of varied nationalities and backgrounds to connect and learn from different cultures. In the same way, all of Wyndham's team members and other stakeholders can raise their collective understanding and appreciation for one another. To read Wyndham's complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, click here.
To see the complete list of Huntington Beach's welcoming resorts and hotels, click here.
Top Attractions & Things To Do
- The Brad Brafford LGBTQ Center on 4th – The social hub for the Orange County LGBTQ community located in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. The Center on 4th celebrates the culture, art, and lives of the LGBTQ community and offers an array of educational, engaging, and empowering courses, art exhibits, and events that connect individuals with common interests.
- The LGBTQ Center OC – The LGBTQ Center OC has been supporting, celebrating, and empowering the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County since 1971. Keep up with their upcoming events, including mixers, brunches, and hikes, on their Instagram.
- Gay Days Anaheim – September 22-24, 2023
- Based on Orlando’s Gay Day, this is a “mix in” event where members of the LGBTQ+ community wear red to Disneyland. The event attracts over 30,000 guests and includes a full weekend of parties, gatherings, a scavenger hunt, private meals, a massive group photo, and much more. *This event is not presented by Disneyland
- Tin Lizzie Saloon – Orange County’s longest standing gay bar
- With origins dating back to the 1950s, Tin Lizzie Saloon is Orange County’s premier gay bar. Located in Costa Mesa, the lively red-hued Victorian atmosphere attracts LGBTQ locals and out-of-towners to mingle and indulge in wine, spirits, and hand-crafted libations.
- Orange County LGBT Pride’s Mission is to strengthen the identity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community within Orange County. They unite LGBTQ+ people, empower them to live openly with pride, and promote respect for all. Part of that is celebrating their vibrant culture, traditions, and enduring spirit. They also help provide opportunities to foster tolerance, awareness, safety, and support in the LGBTQ+ community while forging alliances with the Orange County public at large. OC Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit LGBTQ+ Pride festival and parade. Committed to funding community projects, hosting events, raising awareness, and understanding in the incredible LGBTQ+ family.
- OC Pride Parade & Festival – June 24, 2023
- Keep up with all of their upcoming events on Facebook.
Cultural Events in Huntington Beach
Cultural Historic Sites in Huntington Beach
Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach is a National Treasure historic site representing over a century of Japanese immigrant and Japanese American history, representative of Japanese American settlement of the American West. The site provides a snapshot into Orange County's early agricultural history and the West Coast's immigration and civil liberties history.
The first-generation Japanese immigrants, known as Issei, arrived in Orange County in 1900. Just four years later, multiple religious leaders - including Episcopalians, Buddhists, Presbyterians, and Methodists - founded the Wintersburg Japanese Mission after a community meeting in the small farming village's armory. Today, six historic buildings remain on the property: the 1912 and 1947 homes of the Furuta family, the 1910 mission (the oldest Japanese mission in Orange County), the mission's 1910 manse, the 1934 Wintersburg Japanese Church buildings, and the last pioneer barn in Huntington Beach (c. 1908-1912).
Josef Bischof emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1952, and at the time, California's warm climate was drawing many Germans. After a visit to Solvang, California, a famous Danish village north of Santa Barbara, Josef wanted to do something similar for Germans.
In the 1970s, people were flocking to Orange County. Josef and his wife purchased 9 acres of land in Huntington Beach and set out to recreate the Bavarian village he remembered from home. By 1978, the complex was finished, and 53 shops lined the cobblestone paths, each with living spaces built above them.
Today, there are still plenty of shops selling delicious German treats and wonderful imported items for residents and visitors to enjoy. Old World Village is also home to California's "Original" Oktoberfest.
Visit Huntington Beach works with many partners within the destination and the region, including the City of Huntington Beach and Orange County. For your convenience, please see the City of Huntington Beach's resources below. For any questions or concerns regarding these resources, please email the Huntington Beach City Council at City.Council@surfcity-hb.org.
City of Huntington Beach Resource Links
The City of Huntington Beach strives to meet the highest standard when it comes to establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Huntington Beach community. The City continues to work towards policies and programs to meet this standard and create a welcoming environment where every resident, business owner, and visitor is valued and respected with a sense of belonging. Huntington Beach embraces diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, and ability.
- See the Huntington Beach City Council's 2021 Declaration of Policy on Human Dignity here. More information is available on the Human Relations Committee website.
- Orange County Human Relations is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster mutual understanding and eliminate prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination to make Orange County a better place for all people to live, work, and do business. You can also report a hate crime or hate incident at their confidential hotline at (714)480-6580 or online.
- The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council is a gathering of representatives of faith-based communities and individuals dedicated to understanding, respecting, promoting, and celebrating spiritual and cultural diversity.
- In keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the public, the City of Huntington Beach is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluation and transition plan. Learn more about these efforts here.
- Report an Emergency Hate Crime: Call 911
- Report a Non-Emergency Hate Crime to Huntington Beach Police: (714)960-8825
- To learn more about the City of HB's DEI efforts, click here.