Huntington Beach, a Perfect Beach Getaway


Huntington Beach (HB) is a seaside city in Orange county in Southern California, and offers an uninterrupted 10 miles of coastline making it very popular  among surfers, and often called the surf city.

An uninterrupted 10 mile coastline  of Huntington Beach

An uninterrupted 10 mile coastline of Huntington Beach

Shark or no shark, HB here we come. The day before we checked-in at our hotel for an overnight stay, the city closed the waters of HB to the public due to reports of  a surfer encounter with a baby shark. Luckily, to surfers and swimmers delight, the waters opened to the public the next morning.

We however, came to HB to check out Hyatt Huntington Resort & Spa. We are sort of doing Hyatt-hopping, and had stayed at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, Hyatt in Palm Springs, and next month is going to Hyatt Indian Wells Resort & Spa with my RN group (“Retired Na”, retired already)  consist of me, my husband, two sisters and brother-in-law who plans on retiring next year. BTW, we normally make award booking when we stay at Hyatt properties using award certificates, Hyatt points or Points and Cash.

Review of Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

Hyatt HB is a category 5 property, and requires 20,000 Hyatt points or 10,000 plus $125 on Points & Cash per night which is how I booked our two rooms. Otherwise, a standard room will cost almost $400 per night inclusive of taxes and resort fees ($25); and a suite over $500 per night. Parking only by valet is extra and cost $35.00.

Welcome to Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

Welcome to Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

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With my Hyatt Gold Passport (HGP) Diamond status, one of our rooms was upgraded to a suite using a suite certificate and the 2nd room received free upgrade to a deluxe room. Our rooms are on the top floor overlooking the pool and with partial view of the ocean. Our suite (4366) has a living room with a desk, the bedroom area, and has two bathrooms….one with a deep tub and a separate one with a shower. It also has an expanded balcony big enough for lounge chairs.

Our suite, the living room area.

Our suite, the living room area.

Our suite, the bedroom area.

Our suite, the bedroom area.

View of the pool from the  of our room. Being a weekend, the hotel was fully booked.

View of the pool from the of our room. Being a weekend, the hotel was fully booked.

Love all the perks that go with my elite status. For my welcome amenity, we chose a bottle of Merlot wine with cheese, crackers and 1,000 Hyatt points for the other room.

Our welcome gift.

Our welcome gift.

Another perk resulting in big savings for meals is the free access to Club Lounge for daily breakfast, snacks & beverage (11:00am -5:00pm); appetizers (5:00pm -7:00pm) and desserts (8:00- 9:00pm). The rosemary roasted almonds are so good, as well as the different flavored macaroons, and two kinds of cookies to tide your hunger over until dinner time. To quench your thirst there are waters, sodas, bottled juice, yogurt; for caffeine-seekers there’s coffee and cappuccino.

The Club Lounge which serves daily breakfast, snacks, beverage, appetizers and desserts.

The Club Lounge which serves daily breakfast, snacks, beverage, appetizers and desserts.

The property is right on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Blvd, occupying the entire block. It is huge, sprawling and consist of over 500 rooms, housed on two main buildings. There is a main pool for adults with cabana, equipped with TV and mini-fridge; a kid pool with sliders, and three jacuzzi pools.

The pool with cabana equipped with TV and mini-fridge

So disappointed, but still managed to smile when slider pool already closed.

So disappointed, but still managed to smile when slider pool already closed.

The grounds are well-spread, and simply but beautifully landscaped. I can’t help and kept comparing it to Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad (another Category 5) which I initially liked better being nicer, more luxurious, and very colorful landscaping. But HB Hyatt grew on me, that in the end like it more for being on the beach and convenience to  But honestly, I won’t mind going back to either one as long as I have points to cut down the cost.

A big fountain located on the main building, and the 1st view you'll see from the lobby.

A big fountain right outside the main building, and the 1st view you’ll see from the lobby.

The ground landscaping, simply beautiful and elegant

A panoramic shot of the main ground

A panoramic shot of the main ground

The 3 Sisters (Lena, Linda & Belle)

The 3 Sisters (Lena, Linda & Belle)

Grounds at Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

Oh, this place is so beautiful.

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Main plaza where shops, restaurants, general stop and rental shop are located.

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There is a bridge from the hotel that leads directly to the beach. The staff will set up chairs & umbrella for you on the beach, for free. Awesome!

The landscape by the spa has a tropical feel, and with a pond filled with koi fish.

The landscape by the spa has a tropical feel, and with a pond filled with koi fish.

Not to be outdone, the boys want to pose too.

Not to be outdone, the boys want to pose too.

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It is a fully equipped or contained resort, with a small general store, a small shop, 4 or 5 options for dining from casual to fine dining. There are fire pits scattered around, perfect to gather round on chilly nights and for making s’mores. The store sells the kit with everything you need to make a gooey & delicious s’mores.

A very enjoyable getaway

A short stay it was, but we managed to experience and do lots of activities. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that  made this getaway enjoyable and lots of fun. Would have been perfect, if we got to the Spa earlier to use the sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi; we missed the pool sliders which closed at 7:00PM, and my brother-in-law got to swim in the ocean.

SHOPPING

Location of our hotel is perfect, right on the beach and convenient. It is walking distance to the Main street where many restaurants and small shops are located. It took us less than an hour to drive to HB, and since it was too early to check in to our hotel we drove around to kill some time. We spotted a bunch of tents set up by the beach so we parked our car to do some shopping. Us, three sisters are thrilled to find some good buys…bangles, sunglasses and cover-ups.

The Tres Hermanas, happy with their good buys.

The Tres Hermanas, happy with their good buys.

BEACH TIME

A short walk across the bridge, we’re on the beach! Mr G wanted so much to swim on the ocean, but did not have the time. Instead, we walked barefooted, rubbing the sand between our feet, heels & toes (to exfoliate), got wet with strong rush of water from big waves.

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JACUZZI TIME

The hotel was fully booked, and all the pools were so crowded earlier in the day. But in the early evening hours, the crowd dissipated and we found one of the 3 jacuzzi pools empty. Aahh, felt so good and relaxing.

GORGEOUS SUNSET

Nothing more spectacular and romantic than watching sunset on the beach.

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WALK TO THE PIER

Next day, after a good breakfast at the Club Lounge, a walk to the pier sounds perfect. A great way to exercise while enjoying the beautiful view of the beach which looks amazing now empty (the weekenders have gone home, and it’s still quite early in the morning). There is a paved pathway from the hotel all the way to the pier (about a ¾ mile), so there are many joggers, and bikers; as well as interesting sightings.

Ready for our morning exercise.

Ready for our morning exercise.

The Pier which is less than a mile away from the hotel.

The Pier which is less than a mile away from the hotel.

Interesting Sights on the way to the Pier

Lifeguards on training

Lifeguards on training

Lifeguards on training

Lifeguards on training

Family bicycling

Family bicycling

The Pier

Welcome to Huntington Beach Pier

Welcome to Huntington Beach Pier

With my sisters

With my sisters

One for all, all for one

The pier is a place for all to enjoy. To go fishing, for friends to catch up & chat, for old folks to relax & enjoy. For surfers & learners, to play volleyball….

Designated area for playing volleyball.

Designated area for playing volleyball.

For seniors to enjoy the view.

For seniors to enjoy the view.

To go fishing

To go fishing

Take your date out

Take your date out

To exercise while enjoying a great view.

To exercise while enjoying a great view.

Especially for sea gulls

Especially for sea gulls

GOOD EATS

Normita Surf City Tacos: We stopped here for lunch before checking in at Hyatt. It’s a tiny place with only four small tables outside, and no more than 10 seats for eating at the counter. Their taco is the best, with a good size crunchy & moist fillet of Mahi served with a special sauce and definitely worth $4.40 each. A better deal is the Taco plate for $9.50 that comes with 2 tacos, rice, beans and chips. We came back here the next day, only to find out it’s closed on Mondays.

The famous fish tacos at Normita's

The famous fish tacos at Normita’s

Hyatt Club Lounge: The buffet breakfast is awesome, with variety of food: sliced fresh fruits, prosciutto & salami, eggs, smoked salmon, bagel, cream cheese & capers. There are healthy options such as hot oatmeal, cereals, milk & yogurt.

Breakfast at the Club Lounge

Breakfast at the Club Lounge

Pete’s Sunset Grill: One of the restaurants at Hyatt, and ate here for dinner. We had the best poke I’ve ever eaten (better than Maui). The bowl consists of green rice, big chunks of ahi tuna, seaweeds and topped with tiny salmon eggs….delish! The price is very reasonable at $14.00 and comes in big portion.

Dinner at Pete's Grill at Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

Dinner at Pete’s Grill at Hyatt HB Resort & Spa

Mo Ran Ghak: Searched for this place based on good reviews on Yelp to have lunch before we head home. With a big crowd waiting in front of the restaurant, we knew we made the right choice. We ordered bibimbap ( a typical Korean rice dish mixed with meat, vegetables, chili paste topped with egg) served on a very hot plate that resulted in crunchy bottom layer of rice “tutung”. Really good.

THE SURF CITY

And rightfully so, just see for yourself why many flock here; the learners, beginners, intermediate and the experts. And why US Open Surf Tournament will be held here in a week.

The Learners & Beginners

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Only an hour drive from home. Comfortable and nice accommodation. Good eats and good view. Relaxing, combined with some exercise and some shopping. Truly, a perfect beach get away.

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6 thoughts on “Huntington Beach, a Perfect Beach Getaway

  1. Hi Ade,
    Thanks again for sharing this wonderful experience . Great ideas for a perfect weekend get away. Your pics are beautiful ! What kind of camera do you have? Looking forward to reading your next adventure!
    Claire

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  2. Hi Claire, glad you enjoy my blog and get ideas for a getaway. I just use an automatic Canon camera, and have always used same for all our trips….small and handy. Enjoy your summer.

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  3. Hi Ade,

    Very nice pictures and short journal of a perfect weekend get away. Enjoyed browsing all your shots and realized how lucky we are to have those beautiful beaches in CA to enjoy and not to far away from us. The 3-Hermanas look gorgeous and bonding pretty well not to forget the two gentlemen there too. Good job Ade for right framing and focusing.

    Mila PI

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    • Hi Mila,
      Thank you for your comments. We are indeed fortunate to have beaches and mountains all around us that can be reached in less than an hour or so. Hope you are enjoying your summer.
      Take care

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