We decided we wanted to see some sights so we booked the 'town car' to Hunnington Beach. It cost us $120 return but not too bad for 4 of us. Apparently a cab could have cost more and they said the buses would take 2 hours to get there with all of the stops.
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Population approx189,992, it is the largest beach city in Orange County in terms of population. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Costa Mesa on the east, by Newport Beach on the southeast, by Westminster on the north, and by Fountain Valley on the northeast.
Huntington Beach (aka HB to us locals!) is known for its long 8.5-mile (13.7 km) stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and beach culture. When we told locals we were from the Gold Coast Australia they all knew where that was and we assured them we surfed often! We have to say we are from the Gold Coast as no one has heard of Kingscliff.
There seemed to be a mist over HB. I asked a local if it was smog but he said we were in for a weather change and it was just a mist. It meant our view wasn't as pristine as it could have been but we didn't care. We had lunch at Ruby's which is at the end of the pier. Specialties included all-American diner fare, hamburgers, french fries, fresh salads, delectable milkshakes and desserts. We all had a burger and soda/milk shakes all meals came with refillable fries and drink but this wasn't needed. The kids said the milk shakes were by far the best they had ever had. We were full. Despite being established in 1982 Ruby's Diner captures all of the good feelings of America's past and present. The 1940's were a time of great trials for america. Ruby's Diner re-creates the food, the feel, and the service of the All-American Diner. The staff all wore candy striped dresses (the women of course) and all wore diner hats and were really in theme. It was a tasty meal and worth the trip.
The 2013 NSSA National Surfing Championships were on so we got to watch a bit of this.
We had a shop at Hunnington Beach shops and got some bargains. The trip was complete with several local beers at Dukes overlooking the sea.
We had to call for the town car to pick us up. A lady took pity on me when I asked her where the pay phone was and made the call for me, apparently they have not had pay phones there for a very long time.
Walter from the Hyatt picked us up and entertained us the whole way home, he advised us not to go to Death Valley as we would die and trail walkers would find our missing bodies several months later... Walter was interesting but did fill us in on the places to go/eat etc.
We visited Target when we got back to the Hyatt because they are a supermarket as well as the Target we know. We grabbed some bottled water as the water tastes shocking and some Oreos and a Hershey Bar. Molly and I were not fussed on the Hershey Bar but as it contained sugar Lilli ate it!
Dinner was pizza from Goggi's. they packaged it with 8 sachets of Parmesan and 8 sachets of pepper. It was beautiful, a very fresh base and toppings, but huge. Food is reasonably priced, $13 for a regular pizza which is huge.
Brett and I finished the night with a few Budweisers, very satisfying. We all hit the pillow very keen to get to Disneyland the next day.