When ‘entertainment’ tops the vacation wish list, many global travelers think of London, Rio, New York and Los Angeles. While these big cities dazzle with flashy stage shows, museums and carnivals, they also come with high price tags, heavy traffic and crowds. Orange County, California offers a fresh alternative for those seeking world-class culture and entertainment, without the big-city hassle.
Located on the California coast south of Los Angeles, Orange County benefits from its proximity to the “entertainment capital of the world,” which serves as a magnet for talent from all across the globe. Dancers, playwrights, musicians, actors and artists of every ilk come to Southern California and create a thriving cultural scene that extends well beyond the borders of Hollywood. In the heart of Orange County, the city of Costa Mesa is home to the famed Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory Theater, two venues where visitors can experience Broadway musicals, international operas, new theatrical plays, and innovative dance productions. In coastal Laguna Beach, painters and crafters populate an abundance of thriving art galleries and popular arts and crafts festivals. Music lovers will likewise find plenty to love, whether it’s big-arena pop concerts or world-class symphonies.
Art, music, and theater are some of the signature activities in Costa Mesa, underscoring the city’s reputation as the City of the Arts ™. The district's centerpiece is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, known for its striking architecture, superb acoustics and world-class performances.
The OC is the birthplace of surf culture in California and Huntington Beach - aka Surf City USA - the local waves make Surf City USA the hub of surf activity in Orange County. In fact, the biggest surf contest in the world, the U.S. Open of Surfing, is held annually in early August.
The OC is world-famous for it’s family entertainment like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm but The OC offers plenty of entertainment outside of the area’s two big theme parks. A must-stop for international visitors, Buena Park is known for incredible interactive dinner and show venues, in addition to Knott’s Berry Farm
Flights and Ground Transportation
Orange County, California is an easily accessible destination for global travelers. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is just 35 miles north of The OC, and offers more than 900 non-stop daily flights from 59 cities in 30 countries. Upon arrival at LAX, it’s just a 45-minute drive to The OC down the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.