12 micro-itineraries for Coastal Orange County
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Huntington Beach Pier( Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / January 21, 2013 )
12. Huntington Beach. If Newport and Laguna are the rich distant relations who might not remember you in their wills, Huntington Beach is the wild cousin who owes you money. Its downtown is all about scruffy surf culture, and the Main Street bars and restaurants stay lively late, with the usual attendant troubles.
For a historical look at surf culture, spend a few minutes in the free International Surfing Museum (411 Olive Ave.). From the pier, you get a great view of surfers at play, and you may bump into Lucky John, a street performer whose act relies heavily on (spoiler alert!) a hammer, a long nail and his own nose.
Pictured: A surfer leaves the water at the Huntington Beach Pier. For a historical look at surf culture, wander over to the nearby International Surfing Museum.