Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Bolsa Chica State Beach is a public ocean beach in Orange County, California, United States. It is located north of Huntington Beach and south of the community of Sunset Beach.

This beach is used for surf fishing, especially in the tidal inlet channel at the southern end. Fish include perch, croaker, cabezon, California corbina, and shovelnose guitarfish. At new and full moons during the summer, grunion emerge from the ocean to spawn on the beach. Under state law, these fish may be caught by hand with a fishing permit.

The beach extends 3 miles (5 km) from Warner Avenue in Sunset Beach south to Seapoint Avenue, where the Huntington City Beach begins. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located across the busy Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the beach and is a popular spot for birdwatching.

Lifeguards from the California State Parks Lifeguard Service patrol the beach year round and lifeguard towers are staffed during the summer.

Other recreational activities include surfing and camping. The Bolsa Chica bicycle path runs along the length of Bolsa Chica State Beach through Huntington City Beach. It is designed for leisurely cruises, and a speed limit of 5 mph (8 km/h) is enforced by lifeguards.
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  • Spent most of the day at this beach watching the surfers, and when they were gone we watched about 5 species of birds. A very relaxing enjoyable time watching the waves roll in and out. The food was.....  more »
  • Beautiful Beach...with plenty of space to spread out. We visited Bolsa Chica on a weekday in September. The weather was perfect. The state beach is very large and maintained well. Parking is...  more »
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  • It clean it's fun and the water is a perfect temperature. I went there in 2018 and definitely am going back 2019 this year.
  • Easy and accessible spot for day trips to the beach and local attractions. Always walk over to Sancho’s Tacos!

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