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Huntington Beach, or Surf City as it is known around the world because of its great surf breaks, has about 8.5 miles of accessible coastline, most of it being beautiful sandy beaches. This seaside community is bordered to the north by Seal Beach and Westminster, by Fountain Valley to the east, Newport beach and Costa Mesa to the south, and, of course, the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Every summer on the 4th of July, the city hosts a 5K run and the oldest Independence Day Parade in the western United States. Both the run and the parade take a route down Main Street to the front of the Huntington Beach pier, reported to be the largest public pier on the west coast.
Some of the special events you might enjoy throughout the year in Huntington Beach include: the annual Kite Festival, the Annual Cruise of Lights Boat Tour, MEGA- A biathlon hosted by Bolsa Chica & Huntington State Beach Lifeguards, US Open of Surfing, and the USLA Lifeguard Nationals. One of the things Huntington Beach is best known for is its very popular Junior Guards summer program.
Horse lovers also enjoy some great facilities in Huntington Beach at the beautiful Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center. Here you can find top quality boarding facilities that also offer horse rentals to the public. There are guided trail rides through the park, where you can also enjoy the Shipley Nature Center, disc golfing, two dining areas, and a new modern sports complex.
Other beautiful and unique areas of Huntington beach include the wetlands which contain numerous trails and scenic routes. Just south along the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway are The Cliffs, or Dog Beach, a one of a kind spot where you can surf and hang out with your favorite canine.
If you are looking to settle down in a beautiful beach community, Huntington Beach should definitely be on your short list of possibilities.