Welcome to Orange County
Only an hour from Los Angeles, Orange County is an energetic hub of cities that attracts tourists and residents from all over the country. Home to beautiful beaches, an advanced cultural epicenter, great food, and a wide variety of entertainment options, this area is a slice of California paradise. With terrain that ranges from beaches to mountains, Orange County offers up a wealth of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, skiing, and even cave exploration.
While the area is a popular vacation destination, it's also widely known as one of the best places to live in California. Housing options in the cities of Orange County include an array of options, including everything from expansive mansions to master planned communities, condos, and single-family homes. With districts that range from business to culture and residential, the area is home to residents from all walks of life.
What to Love
Orange County comprises four different communities; Northern, central, southern, and coastal. These areas each have distinctive attractions, topography, and cultural focal points for residents to enjoy. From the nightlife in Santa Ana, to the arts district in Laguna Beach, or the miles long beaches and the always-popular Disneyland, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Orange County.
Dining Entertainment & Shopping
Like many areas in California, the food scene in Orange County is diverse and does not disappoint. When your choices range from famed restaurants featuring five-star dining to one-of-a-kind eateries that keep you coming back, finding your favorite might be the biggest challenge. A Restaurant serves up phenomenal meals in a classy atmosphere with excellent service. For amazing Mexican fare, visit Javier's Restaurant to enjoy a beautiful atmosphere, consistently delicious food, and attentive service. Red O is another local favorite with exquisite dishes and an inviting atmosphere. Find top notch barbeque with an accessible outdoor venue and bar at Heritage Barbeque.
When it comes to shopping, Orange County has plenty of exciting options. The Outlets at San Clemente feature Mediterranean-style architecture, a variety of stores, and a great location across from the ocean. For a more upscale experience, visit South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa or Newport's Fashion Island.
Things to Do
With the amazing weather, endless opportunities for entertainment, fabulous beaches, and the most popular theme park in the world, there is no shortage of things to do in Orange County. Catch a game at the Angel Stadium or see the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Take a hike through beautiful Crystal Cove National Park. Visit some of the most popular beaches on the California coast. Take in the scenic beauty at Laguna Beach, surf at Huntington Beach, or go boating at Newport Beach.
Plan a family trip to Disneyland to enjoy the magic, rides, and everything the iconic amusement park has to offer. Explore the cultural side of Orange County in the Laguna Beach arts district, featuring popular galleries that include the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cove Gallery, and Kush Fine Art.
The cities of Orange County have a high level of community involvement and are home to a variety of popular festivals and events throughout the year. The Festival of the Arts in the Laguna Beach Arts District includes amazing art for purchase and viewing. The Orange County Fair is one of the area's biggest annual events, drawing thousands of people to the Orange County Fairgrounds for food, fun, music, and games.
Served by the Laguna Beach School District and the Irvine Unified School District, Orange County is home to many highly regarded schools and colleges.
- Chapman University
- University of California Irvine