6am to 10pm Monday thru Sunday. Gates close at 9pm.
Bolsa Chica State Beach is a popular state beach, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to its location south of the community of Sunset Beach in Orange County. This area was once called "Tin Can Beach" and became a state beach in 1960. Bolsa Chica is a perfect place to go surfing, sunbathing, play volleyball, enjoy water sports, hold family outings or to watch the sun set. Average summer temperatures range in the high 70s, while winter brings slightly cooler mid-60- degree weather. The beach consistently draws prime waves and the surf breaks in shallower water, causing incoming waves to form a desirable curled shape as they crest.
Bolsa Chica is also a place for surf fishing of perch, corbina, California corbina, croaker, cabezon, shovelnose guitar fish and sand shark. At new and full moons during the summer, visitors can enjoy bare-handed fishing for California grunion, a species that only spawns on sandy southern California beaches. Under state law, these fish may be caught by hand with a fishing permit. Wildlife and bird watching are also popular at this state beach. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located across the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the beach and is operated by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Note: Tent camping is not allowed at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Fire rings are available every day of the year from 6 am to 10 pm.
Bolsa Chica State Beach is located in Huntington Beach, California and extends three miles from Sunset Beach to Seapoint Avenue along Pacific Coast Highway.
Lifeguard Services at Bolsa Chica State Beach are provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Yes we have them! There are 200 on Bolsa Chica State Beach and they are first come first serve unless reserved with a picnic area (see Event and Picnic Reservation Information).
Coals and Wood can be used inside the Fire Rings only (No charcoal grills allowed).
You may bring your own PROPANE GRILL, it must be at least 18" off the ground and can be put anywhere on the beach behind the line of Lifeguard Towers.
NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED
No balloons or piñata type things allowed anywhere on the beach (think environmental awareness). We do have wild life that like to eat unedible things they find.
No enclosed tents, ez-ups and open tarps only.
No Dogs on sand, they can be on a leash on paved multi-use trail (bike path) only.
Service Animals in State Parks; https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/735/files/Insert_ServiceDog.pdf
RV's: no pop-outs or awnings allowed. You may bring your recreational vehicle but you must be inside it or on the beach. Each parking space must be available for a paid parked vehicle at all times.