Huntington State Beach is very popular with families. During the summer months, there is no surfing allowed in order to make it safer and more enjoyable for swimmers, bodysurfers and bodyboarders. A nature preserve is located at the southern end of the beach. This is where the California Least Tern, a rare and endangered species of bird, makes its nesting grounds. Although a fence separates the sanctuary from the beach, you can still sneak a peak at these rare birds during the nesting season.