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Getting There & Away

Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH) runs alongside the beach. Main St intersects PCH at the pier. Heading inland, Main St ends at Hwy 39 (Beach Blvd), which connects north to I-405.

Public parking lots by the pier and beach – when you can get a spot – are ‘pay and display’ for $1.50 per hour, $15 daily maximum. Self-service ticket booths scattered across the parking lot take dollars or coins. More municipal lots alongside PCH and around downtown cost at least $15 per day in summer, typically with an evening flat rate of $5 after 5pm. On-street parking meters cost $1 per 40 minutes.

OCTA bus 1 connects HB with the rest of OC’s beach towns every hour; one-way/day pass $2/5, payable on board (exact change). When we passed through, a free Surf City USA Shuttle was making a loop around beach and inland areas.