This was our first VRBO rental and it was perfect. I feel that's it a lot nicer than it looks in the pictures. Everything you need is in the apartment. If there's something missing, you can be assured that Cindi will probably have it for you. Cindi was an awesome host. She will make sure you have everything you need and that you are comfortable for your entire stay. She even called us on a chilly evening to make sure we had enough blankets. I don't think you'll find a better person to rent from. Thank you, Cindi!
The location is perfect. The unit is a very short block from the beach and a 5 min walk to the cool downtown area. They're doing some new construction between the unit and the beach so you can no longer see the ocean as well as you can in the pictures. You can still see and hear it from the back deck though. We wish we could've gotten more use out of the private patio on the roof but it rained a lot so unfortunately we couldn't. We spent a lot of time on Main Street in Huntington Beach. It rained 3 out of the 4 days when we were there so we usually drove instead of walked. We would've walked every time if it was decent weather. Here are some of things we really enjoyed and would recommend to future guests.
5th Street Bar & Grill (Main Street): Great Service. Good music (live on weekends) Awesome Pizza. Loved the Pepperoni Chips. :-)
Freds (Main Street): Cool mexican atmostphere. Good chips & Salsa. Service wasn't great
Baja Sharkees (Main Street): Young good looking crowd. Fun people here. Very busy. Very small. Good music.
Beach Front Bar (Main Street): This is a great bar and good atmosphere. I would recommend this place.
Jimmy Kimmel (Hollywood) Tickets are free and the experience was awesome. Right across from Dolby Theatre so there's lots to do before and after. It's definitely worth the hour drive.
Other places that we went to but would NOT recommend:
Hurricanes (Main Street): The bar smells bad and very loud rap music. No good. I wanted to leave the minute I walked in.
Perqs (Main Street): Small and boring. Didn't care for the atmosphere. Stayed for a shot and then left.
Zimbala (Main Street): This place is lame. It's for boring people. No music. Drinks are a million dollars. Don't go here.
CenterField Bar (Beach Street): Service not great. A lot of regulars. Teryaki wings were bad. I wouldn't recommend this place.