Friday, July 5, 2013

Visiting my home town---Huntington Beach!

Happy 5th! Did you have a nice holiday? I thought I would share a little about the city I live in. Huntington Beach is a great place to live. The weather is wonderful in this Southern California region and we have about 10 miles of coastline. Summer brings thousands of tourists to this city every day. The downtown is right by the beach with a long pier, shops, restaurants, bars and surf stores. The beach is a world class surfing destination, home to frequent surf contests and sand volleyball is big too. Besides the beach, there are homes of all kinds since this city was started in the early 1900s. Oil is still found here as well. Big hotels have come up along the beach  which include a Hilton and Hyatt hotels. Pacific Coast Highway is jammed all summer and frankly, I avoid the most crowded parts.
 But I decided to take a little visit to Huntington Beach, California Main Street, the beach and pier.. just to share! As you can see, the pier is decked out for the 4th of July Holiday.
  I took these photos on July 3rd, right before the big holiday. The city was packed with beach go-ers and those who come to see the Fourth of July parade. Typical of early July, the sky was overcast but cleared in the afternoon.
 Beach volleyball on the sand next to the pier. Professional competitions take place here too. In the background are stands set up for a surf contest taking place in the ocean beyond.
Huntington Beach is also know as Surf City. Lifeguards here have to be among the best and busiest!

 This is Main Street. It starts right at the pier. Lots of traffic and the surf shops had their wares out on the sidewalks for the big weekend of tourists.
The restaurants and cafes spilled out onto the sidewalks giving diners a view of the world passing by.
I peeked into this huge swimwear shop just because of the fabulous chandeliers of orchids and tropical flowers. 

Main Street turns into a tree lined boulevard with homes of every type. Craftsman, Victorian, Modern, Mid Century, and Spanish homes are just a few of the types of architecture on this street and in the downtown area. Many of the houses were decorated for the 4th. The parade runs right along this street and many parties are held over the holiday.

Well, that's my little trip to Downtown Huntington Beach! This city has over 200,000 people now and there are lots of parks, beaches, colleges and schools and other  interesting sites . Thanks for visiting a little corner of the Sunset Coast today!

Have an Paradise day!

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