If you're looking for a place that captures the spirit of Surf City USA, head to the Huntington Beach Pier. The city's most famous landmark, the pier dates back to 1904 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The pier was rebuilt after a pair of storms in the 1980's and now stretches 1,850 feet into the Pacific - making it one of the longest piers on the West Coast. Fishermen (no license required) line the rails, locals come to catch sunsets, and visitors watch wide-eyed as surfers work their magic on the waves below.
The pier is also home to the Surf City Store, Kite Connection, and Let's Go Fishing. What looks like an air traffic control tower is actually Lifeguard Tower Zero, manned 365 days a year by an internationally respected group of marine safety professionals.
At the base of the pier are Duke's and Sandy's Beach Shack, restaurants that offer upscale atmospheres, beautiful views and delicious dishes. In addition, there are more than a dozen beach volleyball courts nearby. Free weekend summer concerts, a weekly arts & crafts fair and other special events are held at the Pier Plaza Amphitheater.
The pier area is also where international sporting competitions that draw thousands of spectators and national television coverage are held, the most famous of which is the US Open of Surfing. You can also find several unique Signature Events at the pier.
The Huntington Beach Pier is open daily from 5 am - Midnight.