Orange County Vacations

Not just housewives and "McMansions," Orange County is home to as diverse a populace as anywhere. The majority of visitors come to Knott's Berry Farm or to Anaheim for Disneyland, but the beach towns from Long Beach to Dana Point all have their own flavor-- drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy the rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, and numerous ... Read more
coves and harbors; they're extremely picturesque. If you get tired of the beach, head up to Top of the World, the highest peak in the area, for a spectacular view of the sunset on Laguna Beach and Catalina Island.

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Orange County


Like the rest of Southern California, Orange County is known for its year-round pleasant weather. From April to November, you can hardly go wrong weather-wise, with temperatures that stay in the 70s and 80s ... Read more
(21-31). November through March is also mild, though more rainy than the rest of the year. Keep in mind that California is home to a number of microclimates, meaning that temperatures vary as you step off of the coast. In the summer, inland temperatures can reach 90 (32) and occasionally even 100 (38). Also beware of California’s “June Gloom” or “May Grey”, which can cause normally sunny beaches to become overcast and foggy.

Top Orange County restaurants

  • House of Blues
    8.856 reviews
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  • Cream Pan
    9.436 reviews
    Japanese, Bakery
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  • Roy's
    9.434 reviews
    Seafood, Sushi, Steak House
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  • 85°C Bakery Cafe
    8.575 reviews
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San Luis Obispo, California, USA

I love Orange County so much. Being from San Diego, we would frequently travel here for delicious Chinese and Vietnamese food. Some places in those areas can be a bit trashy but all the store and restaurants are great. Visit Huntington Beach and check out the bar scene there if you are young. Go visit Disneyland if you're coming with your family. Orange County is huge and has so many great ethnic restaurants and things to do!

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West Covina

I always come here with I want to go to the beach or little saigon. Lots of good food there!


Great place to visit lots of large beaches and anything you can thinkup to do you can do there

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Local from Costa Mesa, California, USA

Orange County has great diversity, beaches here beat LA any day less traffic places to hike and still many events and festivals much like LA county but a little more family driven in the community here. Great place!

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Long Beach, California, USA

Orange County is so vast! There are things to do and try all over from the coast to inland, there are great food places and beautiful sites!

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Alhambra, California, USA

It isn't too far of a drive from LA to get to Orange County (Well it depends on the traffic in the freeways but on a weekend, it isn't too bad). Personally I love the fact there's less traffic in Orange County and so many things to do. Plus no smog!

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New Delhi, India

some of the best beaches in southern california are in orange county. plus there's disneyland. best mall in southern california is here as well for all you shoppers, south coast plaza

Emeryville, California, USA

Orange County is very large and has a ton to see, do, and eat! The beaches here are better than L.A., in my opinion. And if you want legit Vietnamese food, this is where you should go to get it. Consistent with the famed Housewives show, expect to see a fair share of botox-ed blonde people driving luxury cars in certain neighborhoods.

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Playa Sidi Mehrez, Tunisia

The orange orchards of Orange County are a little harder to find these days, but not so the ideal citrus-growing climate. Theme parks, outdoor shopping complexes, and fine restaurants in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and quintessential beach towns along the coast take advantage of the great weather. Visit the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau or the Orange County Visitors Association for more information on the region.

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Local from Laguna Niguel, California

Orange County is so much more than what is depicted in the media via television and reality shows like "The OC", "Laguna Beach", "The Real Housewives of Orange County", etc. The area's always sunny, temperate "Mediterranean" climate and 42 miles of year-round beaches does attract millions of tourists annually. However, Hollywood's version of this Southern California Riviera doesn't do true justice to it's laid back, easy going and athletic lifestyle. For the real residents of this coastal paradise (named for the Orange Groves that used to ring it's communities - groves now confined mostly to the foothills), Orange County is a culturally unique, artistically rich, prodominently affluent melting pot.

Bordered on the southwest by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by L.A. County, northeast by San Bernardino/Riverside and on the southeast by San Diego County. Orange County is divided into "North OC" and "South County". Famous for its tourism and home to theme parks Disneyland & Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Orange Country is also known for its political conservatism and it's culture. An active community of art florishes here, along with ballet and opera at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts, Pageant of the Master's in Laguna Beach and many community playhouses. It is also part of the burgeoning "Tech Coast" of California (with Oracle, Broadcom and Google located in Irvine).

Southern California surf culture is prominent in Orange County's beach cities. Laguna Beach is a hot spot for sunbathing and surfing; Huntington Beach is nicknamed "Surf City, U.S.A." and is home to many surfing competitions. "The Wedge", at the tip of The Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach is one of the most famous body surfing spots in the world.

Visitors from around the world flock to the coastal resort towns of Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach each year. With seven miles of beautiful tranquil beaches, Laguna Beach is a haven for rest and relaxation. You can feel the sea breezes as you walk downtown, browsing the quaint Laguna Village shops, boutiques and world class art galleries. Nestled between foothills and the blue Pacific Ocean, the extraordinary beauty, idyllic village atmosphere and special community of people make Laguna Beach the “crown jewel” of Orange County, California.

For more community information and to browse Orange County Homes for Sale and Rent follow the link here: (or call Laguna Coast Real Estate at 949-494-0490). We look forward to welcoming you to Orange County!

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