Huntington Beach Pier
Enjoy The Memories Of The Huntington Beach Pier
The Huntington Beach Pier is an iconic local landmark, originally designated as a fire station by the city of Huntington Beach. Since its designation, this pier has served as the site for several events, including football games, parades, concerts, fairs, and numerous boat launches. Today it serves as a major tourist attraction. In addition to providing a gathering place for visitors, the pier serves as a commercial fishing harbor, a popular boating destination, and offers a home base for the exclusive All-inea yacht club.
The Huntington Beach Pier, located on the ocean side of Main Beach, is a long asphalt strip along the southern end of Main Street. At one end, it serves as a pedestrian walkway, while the other end is a concrete pedestrian tunnel. At one end, the trail leads directly to the Surfside Restaurant, while at the other end it leads to a concession stand and the Surfside Park Restaurant. At one end of the pier, the path crosses a small footbridge that crosses the live-work space of The Lighthouse, a 19th century brick building that overlooks the Santa Barbara Channel. Just before entering the pedestrian tunnel, a stone path leads to a shaded picnic area with pavilion and benches just off the pier.
Dotted along the northern end of the pilings are two granite countertops with underwater lights. At the far end of the pier, a bench near the pilings leads to the Boardwalk at Main Beach Park. At this point, the path travels under a overpass and then travels south along the overpass into the 'Green Stadium' that is used by local surfers to launch their boards into the water.
To the immediate east are the pedestrian overpasses, and to the immediate west are the railroad tracks that connect the Pacific Ocean to the mainland. Just north of Huntington Beach Pier, the path makes an easy turn and then goes left along the beach to cross another bridge that crosses over to the western end of the pacific coast. Once you reach the Pacific Ocean, you then make another hard turn going down a slight slope towards the Santa Barbara Channel. The path then turns right where you will find the Lifeguard Tower, a great spot for watching lifeguard activity during the summer months. To the immediate south, the path continues onto a boardwalk with restrooms, benches, and concessions.
After traveling quite a distance in this section of the Pacific Coast Highway, the path again makes a turn going south on a well graded portion of Pacific Coast Highway and proceeds to make an easy downhill trek that will take you under the overpasses to the southern end of the shopping center at Huntington Beach Pier. From here, the path curves left onto a sandy path that will lead you to the parking lot of the Pacific Beach Resort Shopping Center. This is where you will find many great shops, restaurants, and activities that you can enjoy during your stay at the facility. This is also where the path meets its last obstacle, the boardwalk, which has steps, rails, and trash receptacles. At this point, you will be well on your way to enjoying your stay at the world-class Huntington Beach Pier and its nearby attractions.
You may be wondering why the two major streets, Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, are called "Beach" and "Costa." Although both refer to the adjacent public thoroughfares, they are referring to entirely different parts of the Pacific Ocean. The Huntington Beach Pier was designed by the famous landscape architect Louis Sullivan, who is responsible for designing some of the most impressive public structures in Southern California. Because the original pier was opened in 1931, it offers a glimpse back into the history of this popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
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