It's hard to imagine Surf City USA without the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. Maybe that's because the pier and the city came into existence together all the way back in 1904.
Thanks to historic surf-riding demonstrations in the waves alongside the pier by legendary Hawaiian watermen George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku, this landmark is an integral part of Huntington Beach surfing lore.
Rebuilt after two storms in the 1980s, today's pier stretches 1,850 feet into the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the longest piers on the West Coast. It's the symbolic heart of Huntington Beach, a place where locals and visitors come out to watch surfers and savor the splendor of the coast - especially at sunset.
The pier is about simple pleasures. Take to the air with a colorful, acrobatic kite from Kite Connection; enjoy the ocean panoramas and delicious burgers at Ruby's Surf City Diner out on the far tip of the pier; try your hand at fishing halibut and sea bass (you don't need a license to fish off the pier); or rent a rod-and-reel from Let's Go Fishing, the pier's bait-and-tackle shop. You can even shop for official Surf City USA souvenirs at the Surf City Store.
The Huntington Beach Pier is located at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach. It is free and open to the public daily from 5 am to midnight. Please note dogs, bicycles, skateboards, and smoking are not allowed on the pier.