Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, is a seaside city in Orange County. It was incorporated in 1909. Westminster is to the north, Seal Beach is to the northwest, Fountain Valley is to the northeast, Costa Mesa is to the east, and Newport Beach is to the southeast. The Pacific Ocean is to the southwest. The population is estimated at 204,000 making Huntington Beach the most populous beach city in Orange County. Huntington Beach is best known for its 9.5 mile sandy beach and excellent surfing.
Residential communities in Huntington Beach include:
Huntington Harbor is a small, affluent, residential community at the northern end of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. The 680 acre planned community, developed in the 1960s, includes five islands named: Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert, Humboldt, and Trinidad. Admiralty Island contains 90 waterfront homes; Davenport Island contains 227 waterfront and non-waterfront homes; Gilbert Island contains 100 waterfront and non-waterfront homes; Humboldt Island contains 335 waterfront and non-waterfront homes; and Trinidad Island contains more than 100 of the most luxurious homes in Huntington Harbor. The Huntington Harbor Property Owners Association is an all-volunteer property owners association that acts as a master association for the more than 3,500 homes in Huntington Harbor.
Huntington Harbor Yacht Club
The Huntington Harbor Yacht Club (HHYC), located in Huntington Beach, was founded in 1965. The club provides a true yacht club experience, a venue for many local philanthropic groups, organized cruises, sailing lessons, social events and much more. The Huntington Harbor Yacht Club clubhouse is beautiful, offers dining facilities, and a great view of Catalina Island. Memberships are available.
Huntington Beach Central Park
Huntington Beach Central Park, dedicated in 1974, is a 350 acre community park in Huntington Beach, California. Amenities include the largest children’s library west of the Mississippi River, equestrian trails, 6 miles of hiking and bike trails, an exercise course, four restaurants, lots of picnic facilities, campgrounds, four children’s play areas, fire rings, an amphitheater, a nature center, and extensive green open space with lots of mature shade trees. Huntington Beach Central Park is also the location of Lake Huntington.
Santa Ana River
The Santa Ana River is the largest river in Southern California originating rising in the Santa Ana Canyon in the southern San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County at an elevation of 6,991 feet. It then flows through Riverside County, Los Angeles County and Orange County into the Pacific Ocean at Huntington Beach. The 96 mile long river flows past the cities of San Bernardino, Riverside, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Huntington Beach. Tributaries include Bear Creek, the San Jacinto River, Lytle Creek, Warm Creek, City Creek, Day Creek, Santiago Creek, Mill Creek, San Timoteo Creek, and Temescal Creek.
Lake Huntington is a beautiful lake filled with ducks, geese, and other birds, located within the 350 acre Huntington Beach Central Park.
Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a large nature reserve located in Huntington Beach, California. The reserve is also known as the Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and the Bolsa Chica Lowlands. The reserve has been designated by the state as a coastal wetland to be protected. The reserve is home to many native plants and animals, including several endangered species. The Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center offers free daily tours and numerous informative exhibits. More than 40,000 people visit Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve each year.
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Bolsa Chica State Beach, established in 1960, is a beautiful state beach and park, located southeast of the Huntington Beach neighborhood of Sunset Beach in Orange County. The sandy beach extends approximately three miles from Sunset Beach, south and west of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, to Huntington State Beach. Bolsa Chica State Beach is known in Southern California for surfing, fishing, camping, and grunion hunting.
Sunset Beach is a highly affluent beachfront community. The community was established in 1905 and annexed by the City of Huntington Beach in 2011. Sunset Beach has one of the widest beaches in Southern California and is known as an ideal surfing beach. Bolsa Chica State Beach is to the southeast, and Huntington Harbor is to the east. The population of the exclusive community is approximately one thousand.
Rancho Los Nietos
Rancho Los Nietos was the 300,000-acre Spanish land grant given in 1784 in present day Los Angeles County and Orange County that included Anaheim, Artesia, Buena Park, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Reserve, Cerritos, Downey, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, parts of Long Beach, parts of Los Alamitos, Naples, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, and Whittier. The ranch remained intact until 1933 when it was portioned into six smaller ranches.
Orange County California Genealogical Society
The Orange County Genealogical Society, founded in 1963, is a non-profit educational organization in Huntington Beach, California. Its goals are to encourage genealogical research and to educate members in effective genealogical research skills. Memberships are welcome.