The Bolsa Chica State Beach is a coastal area near the city of Huntington Beach in California. There is ample parking but there is a fee payable. To park a normal sized vehicle costs $15 a day for large vehicles or RV's the charge is $30 per day. Reduced rates are applicable for senior citizens and registered disability vehicles.
The Bolsa Chica State Beach is a three-mile long stretch of coastline which is popular with surfers all year round. The beach has a lifeguard station and several lifeguard posts along its length. It is a wide stretch of fine sand which slopes gently towards the water's edge. The beach is lined with fire pits for public use. There are many shaded picnic areas with fire circles. There is also a large campsite for RV's behind the beach. It has fifty camping spaces. Visitors should note camping is not permitted on the sands.
The beach is backed by a nature reserve which is a popular place for birdwatching. A paved, eight and a half mile long beach trail connects the Bolsa Chica State Beach with the Huntingdon State beaches. It is a multi-use trail which is used by cyclists as well as pedestrians.
The Bolsa Chica State Beach is not an off-leash area for dogs. Dogs are not permitted on the sand at the Bolsa Chica State Beach at any point. Dogs are allowed to use the beach trail but must remain leashed at all times. All dogs using the multi-purpose trail must be vaccinated and be wearing their rabies and license tags. Pet owners are obliged to provide their own supply of poop bags and are requested to be responsible when it comes to cleaning up after their pets. Although there are faucets with non-potable water at the back of the beach, these are for washing sand off feet etc, so pet owners should ensure they carry a drinking bowl for their dog and bottled water as well.