Discover the Relaxed California Lifestyle in Orange County

  • Costa Mesa, Orange County, evening skyline

    Orange County: Fun from Mountains to Shore

    Nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles, "The OC," as Orange County is affectionately known, is a world-class visitor destination.  It's now gained notoriety as the home base for a group of affluent housewives on Bravo TV's "Housewives of Orange County." The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is a top performing arts complex featuring major Broadway shows, dance troupes and concerts by internationally-renowned artists.

    Photo courtesy of Costa Mesa Conference & Visitors Bureau

  • Disney California Adventure® Park

    Plenty of Excitement for the Kids.... and the Kid in Us All

    Feeling happy in Orange County is a given. Anaheim, the birthplace of  Disneyland® Park in 1955, is where it all began. Disney California Adventure® Park, located next to  Disneyland® Park,  has recently undergone a significant renovation with new shows and attractions, including the 12-acre "Cars Land" attraction. The Old West town and roller coasters found at Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park continue to delight families, young and old.

    Photo courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

  • Huntington Beach Pier

    Sun-drenched Beaches Line the Orange County Coast

    Kids play in the surf in the shadow of the majestic Huntington Beach Pier. The beaches along the shores of Orange County are world-famous for their physical beauty and Southern California laid-back ambiance.

    Photo courtesy of Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau

  • Dana Point Harbor

    Dana Point Harbor--Perfect Venue for Maritime Festivals

    Picturesque Dana Point boasts one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast. It is the launching point for excursions to nearby Catalina Island, and also hosts dozens of festivals each year, including the Whale Festival and the Tall Ships Festival (one of the largest such festivals on the West Coast), both held in September.

    Photo courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

  • Catalina Island

    Step Back in Time on Santa Catalina Island

    This historic island, located just 37 miles from Dana Point, exudes romance and has been a favorite spot for honeymoons and romantic escapes (Marilyn Monroe lived here as a newlywed) since the 1920s. The island’s main town of Avalon has a decidedly Mediterranean feel. Beloved by Hollywood film crews, Catalina Island has provided the backdrop for more than 500 movies, documentaries, television programs and commercials over the past 90 years. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Sunset from Laguna Beach Rooftop Lounge

    Orange County Dining–Every Hour is Happy Hour

    Food doesn’t get any better, or fresher, than in Southern California. A year-round growing season guarantees farm-to-table goodness. Seafood lovers will delight in the wide variety of dishes local chefs can produce from the ocean harvest. Ethnic food from countries around the world is readily available. From fish tacos to burgers to a gourmet feast, everything just tastes better in the laid-back, lovely ambiance of Orange County.

    Photo courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

  • Oktoberfest Band

    Prosit!–Raise Your Glass at the OC Oktoberfest

    While Orange County has been the home of many ethnic groups over the centuries, the history of German settlement in the area is of interest. Anaheim was founded by fifty German families in 1857 and gets its name by a blend of “Ana,” after the nearby Santa Ana river, and the German word for home, “Heim.” No wonder Orange County–specifically Huntington Beach-- orchestrates one of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations on the West Coast.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Pelican Hill Resort Golf Course, South 18th Hole

    Golfing Is Even More Fun with Ocean Views

    Golfing with a view on the wide Pacific Ocean is rare indeed. The exquisite Pelican Hill Resort, high on the hills overlooking Newport Beach, offers the ultimate golfing experience.

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Pelican Hill

  • Family hiking in the Santa Ana mountains

    Hike the Santa Ana Mountain Trails

    Orange County has so much to offer in addition to its popular visitor attractions and glorious coastline. Scenic hiking trails abound throughout the Santa Ana Mountains, part of the Cleveland National Forest. A short drive away brings you into another world filled with natural wonders and glorious views on the vistas below.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Newport Beach

    Newport Beach--Enjoying the Good Life

    The good life is epitomized in the coastal community of Newport Beach, where fine dining, great shopping, and a visit to the beautiful Newport Harbor, one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the West Coast, all tempt the visitor. It’s a mecca for boating and water sport activities, including sailing, fishing, kayaking, wind surfing and paddle boarding.

    Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Follow the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano

    Founded in 1776, the beautifully-preserved Mission at San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of being the oldest building in California still in use (it houses a chapel used by worshipers to this day). The charming town of San Juan Capistrano hosts a parade and festival each March to celebrate the annual migration of the cliff swallows from Argentina to the Mission.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Laguna Beach California

    Laguna Beach–An Art Lover's Paradise

    Nestled between the ocean and deep canyons, the picturesque town of Laguna Beach not only features seven miles of soft sand, but serves as a year-round retreat for art lovers. A world-renowed destination for art masterworks, galleries, workshops and boutiques, the city hosts three major art festivals annually.

    Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau