Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

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Bolsa Chica State Beach is a state beach in California in the United States. It is located south of the Huntington Beach community of Sunset Beach in Orange County.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 3mi 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 5mi/h is enforced by lifeguards.
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  • Walking through The Bolsa Chica State Beach is a free healthy environment. It never-fails to stress relieve me every time I go there.I love it.  more »
  • This beach is more savage than those we are used to seeing on the California coast. However, it is a nice place to visit. Trail for biking. Observation of the birds.
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  • Walk on the pier and enjoy a snack or meal, with an ocean view, at Ruby's. (Fun for all ages & great milkshakes.) Take a stroll, ride a bike, swim or watch surfers and kite flyers. Shop, eat drink and...  more »
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  • Very crowded parking lot which was not free. Mostly families and a few groups of teenagers celebrating a birthday. Everyone was having a great time. Water seemed cleaner and the beach wasn't too littered. Lifeguards were on duty in their stands as well as one on the sand.
  • I live in Paradise Valley AZ... I’m on vacation for 3 months. OMG! Bolsa Chica is sooo awesome a lot of bicycles and joggers. After I eat my breakfast I come here and jog 7 miles 4 times a week. I will never miss a day. The entrance staff they are super nice always smiling. What the heck, I bought the annual fee for 1 year parking cost me $195.00 even though I am only in California for 3 months but it’s worth it people. On the other side of the road there’s a trail very beautiful trail. If you jog or run it will be easier on your knees. I love ❤️ Bolsa Chica.
  • I have been to this beach only one time and it was an amazing place
  • Loved it. Would go back. Once you get used to PCH noise it's great. The beach side is the best
  • Went RV camping there. A few things....It's basically a parking lot. You are right on top of your neighbor....literally. Getting into the spots is near impossible. We own a 29ft RV trailer and had to get people to move their vehicles in order to just back it into the spot. The walking/riding path is only about 10ft from the front row where we were and from morning till night it's a constant flow of runners/riders and people walking past your rig looking in. The the actual water/beachfront is 100+ yards away from the front row. The only plus is it has water and electricity. Will not go back and didn't really enjoy it. Doheny is a much better place to camp.
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