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California's Orange County

First Timer's Guide to the 'OC'

oc cities laguna beach shoreline view Orange County is the third most populous county in California, known as "the OC", has it all! Named for Orange County, Virginia, not it's citrus crop, it's one of several 'Orange Counties' in the U.S. It is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. The county has no real urban center, though Irvine's skyline makes it look like the business center and Anaheim (not Anahiem) is definitely the entertainment center. It is mostly suburbs with agriculture and unspoiled, undeveloped areas sprinkled throughout. And...don't forget the beach featuring amazing views like this one of Laguna beach! It is easy to get to Orange County by plane, train or automobile and once you get here….you may never want to leave! If you are planning a STAYCATION, WEEKEND GETAWAY or a leisure VACATION - Orange County, California is the place for YOU!

grapefruit Walter Knott with his Knott's Berry Farm and Walt Disney's vision of turning an orange grove into Disneyland, 'the happiest place on earth' helped the world discover Orange county many years ago. Television shows like The OC, Laguna Beach and the Real Housewives of Orange County have recently attracted a renewed interest in life in the OC.

Visitors discover there is much more to Orange County than amusement parks or overindulged teenagers almost immediately. The weather is fabulous and the people are so nice. Just about every outdoor sport is available and almost all year round. If you like the beach you will simply fall in love with the OC. (Please note - in winter skiing and snowboarding are only an hour away). You can chase grunion on the beach with your kids and explore the tidepools or walk along that moonlit beach and snuggle in front of a bonfire for a little romance. Biking, hiking, surfing, diving, golfing, fishing, whale watching, skating, kayaking - you name it - we've got it.

You do not have to spend a lot of money to have a fabulous time in the OC! If you are lucky enough to live in SoCal - come on down to the OC for a budget mini vacation (Staycation) or two! Gas is not cheap but it sure is a BARGAIN compared to airline fares!

red hot pokers dana point view Locals are very protective of the earth and are focused on protecting our natural gifts. You will see many protected tide pools, wetlands and sanctuaries as you travel around the OC. The beaches are breathtaking but so are the many parks, mountains and wetlands. We enjoy the outdoors 12 months a year in the OC so don't forget about us in the winter - where you can save lots of money and enjoy more privacy! Get outside and really soak up some 'natural' beauty and then ........

Go out shopping and dining and party the night away!!! We have lovely little motels and inns and marvelous 5 star hotels….virtually something for everyone! There are spas and resorts and at least a million other ways to indulge yourself and be pampered and spoiled on the California Riviera. The restaurants are so varied in cuisine and price that no two experiences are alike. Whether you come for family fun or unforgettable romance you have come to the right place! Shopping in the OC rivals shopping anywhere on earth so save time and some dinero for South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island or maybe a trip to a gallery?

We have special events, festivals and pageants going on every day. There is everything from the US Open of Surfing to the Pageant of the Masters…..street fairs to black tie galas. Costs Mesa, our 'City of Arts', is home to the new Orange County Performing Arts Center, the South Coast Repertory and the Bowers Museum. flags on the pier huntington beach There are many outdoor events year round that you can watch or maybe become a participant?

So…if you like to have fun, love great weather and like to DO or TRY just about anything - we will be looking for you…in the OC.

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