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Gilbert Island Photos and Information HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA



Gilbert Island is located in Huntington Harbour. One of five manmade Huntington Beach islands is accessible via on Admiralty Drive on Pacific Coast Highway near Peter's Landing. As you pass through Admiralty Island, traveling over three sets of bridges to enter Gilbert Island, you may notice the homes are fairly similar to those in Admiralty. You can see kayakers paddling the gentle waters, large yachts docked at homes and estates and a variety of landscaping and home decor from simple, original homes to the re-build houses and properties designed in scale and fascia to look like castles.

Bounded by waterways and lovely channel views looking toward Portofino and Huntington Harbour Channel entrance, Gilbert Island is a quiet neighborhood. Most the action in these island on-water homes is on the side of the "street" you don't normally see, the waterways and channels. During the annual light decoration contest and Cruise of Lights boat tours open to the public, guests realize the beauty of Huntington Harbour is on the water. Homes, while designed and built to have great curb appeal, often are most beautiful seen from the water. That's why some Real Estate agents in the area own boats and give water tours for serious buyers looking to invest in Huntington Harbour.

Gilbert Island, the inner sanctum of two islands includes a commons area or public park with treatments added courtesy of the Garden Club. There's a playground with a bear sculpture, swing and slide in a children's play area that sits at the base of a small hill and lush green parkway. While the playground area is great for children. The walk over to the beaches of Sunset Beach, an unincorporated community with services maintained through the County of Orange, take approximately 10 minutes from Gilbert Island. Many residents simply drive.

For the tourist passing through, there's not much to do on Gilbert Island except enjoy the lovely little community park. There are no public restroom facilities there. The closet are across Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach. You would be most inclined to tour Gilbert Island via the channel waterways in a Duffy Boat you can rent or in a kayak also available for rent on Pacific Coast Highway nearby.

Huntington Beach, California - Construction began on the Huntington Harbour complex in 1963. Two islands, Admiralty and Gilbert, were included in the first phase of development. Today, Huntington Harbour contains five manmade islands offering a wide variety of home styles in both single family and condominium units. Every year, during the Christmas season, the Harbour residents present a 'Cruise of Lights' by dressing up their boats with lights and decorations for a parade through the Harbour. Residents and visitors attend the nightly parades which have become a popular attraction.

The Huntington Harbour contains several political organizations and its very own yacht club with fishing trips. There's even a local magazine published just for Huntington Harbour residents.