Beach Vacations in Orange County, California

Orange county surfing photo
Surfers ply The Wedge in Newport Beach, California. (Newport Bay Convention & Visitor's Bureau)

You may already know it as The O.C., a place with sunshine, beaches, beautiful people, and spoiled teenagers. With an average year-round temperature of 70 degrees, 42 miles of coastline, and, well, plenty of beautiful people, Orange County can be a parody of itself at times, but the real thing is better than anything you've seen on television.

Orange County sits between Los Angeles and San Diego, and at its center, you'll find Anaheim, where most visitors base their stay. Anaheim's best-known attraction is the Disneyland Resort, which has been enchanting both young and old for more than 50 years. You'll find plenty to do beyond Mouse House West, too—catch a baseball game at Angel Stadium, watch the Ducks play on the ice, and see concerts at The Grove.

The beaches of Orange County and its six coastal towns draw surfers, sand volleyball players, and sunbathers, and play host to harbors with boats big and small. Off the sand, you'll find restaurants that serve up a sea view, galleries and festivals that showcase local art, and plenty of boutiques at which to find something to bring home with you.


Published: 17 Jun 2010 | Last Updated: 28 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Orange County

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The Island Hotel Newport Beach
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Ayres Hotel Anaheim
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Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

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