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Wagging it at the Waterfront…Huntington Beach

Wouldn’t it be loverly to learn how to surf with your dog in Surf City USA?

Huntington Beach Pier
Huntington Beach Pier

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) - Wouldn’t it be loverly to learn how to surf with your dog in Surf City USA? Huntington Beach is a mere 30-minute drive from the Orange county cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin.

With an 8.5-mile stretch of pristine shoreline, popularly known as “Surf City USA” (celebrating its 100th year in 2009), Huntington Beach is home to a world famous municipal pier and is a west coast surf mecca for more than 8 million annual visitors.

The best place to take your surfing dog to rest her paws is The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort (AAA four diamond hotel for 19 consecutive years) with 290 rooms and 24 suites with gorgeous ocean views and your own patio. Not all Hilton hotels are pet friendly but the Waterfront has been pet friendly for the past three years. Pet amenities include pet bed, bowl, organic treats (Wagatha’s, yum), and pet doggie tag imprinted with the Hilton name on it, just in case Fido gets lost.

Pet fee is $75 a day and dogs up to 75 pounds are welcome to wag their tail in the lobby and on the grounds. The Hilton Waterfront’s “It’s a wonderful dog’s life” pet package includes the best room rate plus $100, with all of the pet amenities, the $75 pet fee is waived, a 20 minute walk with one of the managers, as well as two Dog Beach sweatshirts.

The pet bed engraved with Wag Itat the Waterfront is made from recycled sheets and down feathers. Dogs can dine with their owners by special request at the Surf Hero Deli patio or pool deck at the Hilton Waterfront.

And there are numerous dining options in the area, too. At the Park Bench Cafe, where every dog has a grrrreat meal, dogs can eat at the same table as their owners. Owners Mike and Christie Bartusick have been serving chow hounds for 20 years. The patio is located next to a park with lots of grassy area. The most popular dishes for the pooches are the hot diggity dog and bow wow wow and for humans, the Farm breakfast and Monte Cristo sandwich. They also offer specially baked treats, bones, doggie parties, and fundraise for local animal rescue groups:

Each month, the city hosts wiener dog races in the Old World Village, every third Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Visit On the first Saturday of every month, Bassett Hound Rescue of Southern California hosts a Bassett Hound party in Central Park. Owners dress up their hounds in the latest doggy fashionable attire. See: for more information on that.

The Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach annually puts on an event to raise funds for homeless dogs. Humans and their hounds can even hop onto the Doggie Bus, a 12-seat bus that is usually available every weekend (Sunday afternoons) for a free ride to the Huntington Dog Beach. The bus route runs non-stop from Tustin to the ocean. For more info, contact the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau at

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EazyMoney February 27, 2009 7:30 am (Pacific time)

How can you talk about surfing in Huntington Beach without mentioning "the wedge"?

Tim King: Hey EazyMoney, that's one city south in Newport. The Wedge is the supreme body surfing spot. I grew up surfing at the Huntington Pier and the Cliffs and Bolsa Chica. Warm weather, very unlike Oregon!

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