Just south of its more famous neighbor Los Angeles, Orange County is a sort of hidden gem between San Diego and Hollywood offering quite a few surprises.
A burgeoning hub for education, business and innovation, this is the home of some of the world’s most famous theme parks as well as beaches coveted for their incredible surfing. Made up of dozens of cities, including Anaheim — the 10th largest in the state — this is a place that literally has something for everyone without all the crowding one may find in LA.
Over three million people make Orange Country their home, making it the sixth biggest in the US by population. Areas range from bedroom communities to rural to urban and oceanfront. With such a wide variety of things to do in the OC, visitors can expect even long stays to be exciting. For ocean lovers, there’s everything from the celebrity-heavy Newport Beach and its legendary pier to the far more chill scene of laid-back Laguna Beach. Brewpub and restaurant lovers will find culinary excellence in places like Orange and Santa Ana. Shoppers will delight with mega meccas like Fashion Island or the Irvine Spectrum. Music and art fans can find what they’re looking for in Costa Mesa and Anaheim.