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About Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California

Bolsa Chica State Beach is a three mile long wide sandy beach in Huntington Beach, CA. Due to its location and size this is a popular beach for sunbathing. With typical Huntington Beach waves, it’s a top local surf beach too. Early in the morning and around dusk, you might see folks casting into the surf as it’s a reliable fishing spot with corbina, perch, and more.

This state park has a campground for RV campers but it’s just a converted paved parking lot and they don’t allow tents (bummer). Still it’s popular and they only have about 50 camp spots so if you have a an RV book this one well in advance (through ReserveCalifornia).

If you like bonfires, Bolsa Chica has fire rings that are first come first served (hours are 6 am to 10 pm). Note that alcohol and enclosed tents are not allowed at this beach.

The paved Bolsa Chica Multi-Use Trail & Bike Path is behind the beach and connects to Huntington Beach Bike Trail south of here for a long bike route off the main streets.

This beach starts at Warner Avenue and extends south to Seapoint Avenue. North of Warner Ave is Sunset Beach and south of Seapoint Ave is Huntington Dog Beach and Huntington City Beach.

Across PCH is Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve with birding, wildlife watching, hiking, and biking opportunities. This beach and the reserve make up one of the top birding destinations in California.

Beach address: 18331 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, 92649

Activities: Surfing, Biking, Volleyball, Basketball, Fishing, Sunbathing, Swimming, Beach Walking, Birdwatching, Hiking, Running, Walking, Bonfires, Camping

Amenities: Campground, Lifeguard, Fire Pits, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Restrooms, Showers, Basketball Court, Paved Bike Path, Volleyball Courts, Accessible Features

Dog Rules: No dogs allowed on the beach. They are allowed on the paved path if on a leash.

Hours: Park hours are 6am to 10pm daily but the parking lot gates get locked at 9pm.

Parking: Bolsa Chica State Beach has an abundance of parking in huge lots that line all of Pacific Coast Highway behind the beach.


18331 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Park Name
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Other Names
Tin Can Beach
State Park
Fee for parking
Map of Bolsa Chica State Beach
Huntington Beach, US
10:10 am, June 17, 2024
temperature icon 69°F
L: 63° H: 69°
Feels like 68.68 °F haze
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 5.33
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:41 am
Sunset: 8:04 pm
Humidity 71 %
Pressure1007 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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