Hotel ErwinHotel in Venice Beach
The ultimate Southern California beach experience with a contemporary twist. Shorebreak Hotel combines the relaxed, sun-drenched spirit of the Orange County coastline with edgy modern accents. The only hotel located near the iconic intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Shorebreak situates you at the center of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment…all within earshot of crashing ocean waves. A singular boutique hotel experience with evening smores making and fireside storytelling at The Deck.
Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California – the original Surf City USA – is a showcase of modern hotel design on the cusp of lifestyle trends. Shorebreak Hotel draws its inspiration from Southern California’s cultivated yet laid-back surf culture, combining four-star touches with a penchant for fun. Highlights include guestrooms with ocean views, exquisite furnishings, versatile event space, romantic fire pits and ready access to a variety of exciting recreational activities. Shorebreak’s Zimzala Restaurant and Bar will be a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering rustic Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, surf-inspired décor, and free-spirited good times.
157 Guestrooms and suites at Shorebreak Hotel are beautifully accoutered, amply supplied, and comfortable. Executive desk and credenza come standard, and every room features unique and tasteful contemporary artwork. Rooms at the Shorebreak feature flat panel high-definition televisions, wireless high-speed Internet access, and iPod docking stations. Guests will also enjoy complimentary gourmet coffee and tea generously stocked refreshment centers, and 24-hour in-room dining featuring outstanding and eclectic offerings, such as our signature “Dreamy Night Pillow Menu.”
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Southern Californian surfing started in 1907 when Hawai’ian George Freeth performed for a huge crowd at Redondo Beach. Since then Southern California has remained the urban heartland of American surf culture. By the early 1960’s people were taking to the waves in numbers as the SoCal beach lifestyle rapidly developed. Today the place is more crazy and crowded than ever, but despite the chaos, surfing in LA can still be a pleasurable experience. Orange County is an extremely populated area south of the steep coves of Palos Verdes peninsula. North Orange County has mainly long, straight beaches, while the southern border reverts back to cliffs and coves again.
A mixed bag, preferring SW pulses and zero wind, Orange County is more of a small-wave/beach break frontier than anything else. Also the hub of the ‘surf industry’, as it happens, catering to millions of surfers worldwide, and an abundance of surfers right nearby. Too many, in fact. They wait, elbow-to-elbow, noseguard-to-leash plug in the generally mediocre line-ups … which do get good on occasion, to be sure? Quite good. But, for the most part, Orange County waves are comparatively weak on the global scale, easily disturbed by the slightest onshore breeze, and typically don’t last more than four seconds from take-off to close-out. Those big blue ’n sunny Salt Creek barrel photos the magazines have teased you with for the past three decades are actually glorified close-outs – same with Newport and Huntington. It’s cruel, but it’s true. Jetties and piers play a major role in determining surf quality from Seal Beach (first spot clear of the LA breakwater) to Newport Beach, which is all fairly consistent beach break, home to such wonders as the Wedge, the famous Huntington Pier, and the elusive Newport Point. Down the coast, a few more miles are the craggy, fickle reefs of affluent Laguna Beach, the nouveau ritz of Dana Point (harbored to death), and the classic beach city of San Clemente (more beach break). Orange County faces SW, so summer swells have better luck here than in LA or San Diego, occasionally reaching epic status with big waves, warm temperatures. It can seem like the best place in the world at times, but it isn’t. Spots that handle the waves and give them decent shape are few and far between, and pesky onshores arrive without warning. Also, it’s no secret in California that S swells are as fickle as they come; many spots don’t even break without a south. Wintertime W swells do get in quite handily, but due nor’wests tend to approach the coast with less intensity than they do farther north. N-NW swells miss large sections of coast due to the shadowing of Santa Catalina Island, especially during west-southwest swells around Huntington. Rideable surf is never huge in Orange County, except for a handful of rare spots and that freak of nature, jetty and backwash known as the Wedge. Still, there’s generally something to ride just about every day, be it good, bad, or something in between.
When to Go
The primary source of surf in summer comes courtesy of S-SW groundswells from April to September, including hurricane swells off Mexico between July and October. At this time of year, waves can reach 12-15ft (4-4.5m) but average 3-8ft (1-2.5m). In winter (Oct-Mar), low pressures to the NW send down swells of 2-12ft (0.5-4m). In general Orange County’s swell exposure is not as good as San Diego’s but on any given day in spring or autumn, there might be 2-6ft (0.5-2m) of W swell coming from groundswell in the W Pacific or near-shore wind swell. Prevailing winds are NW-W, most common in December and least so in August. The magical Santa Ana E winds blow in late summer. Offshore days are more common in winter, but all year the winds are rarely strong and glassy days are one of California’s finer features. Tides vary from 4-7ft (1-2m) – finding a tide table is easy.