First Time in Orange County



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Orange County is a wide and varied patchwork of cultures and communities, so it always benefits from more than one look. However, for new visitors to the area, there are certain locales more equal than others. First timers gravitate to the coastline, and the beach towns of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach (do you see a theme yet?), and San Clemente. The original Disneyland in Anaheim is a must, even for those without children. And don't forget to hire a car: this is a land built around the internal combustion engine, where people use the term "freeway close" with no trace of irony.

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Day 1 - Laguna Niguel, Anaheim, San Juan Capistrano


Welcome to the beach. It practically stretches the entire length of Orange County, so head out west in your rental car and find the area that suits you best. Huntington Beach is wide, long and buzzy; Laguna Beach smaller, more picturesque; Seal Beach especially loved by kite surfers; we could go on, but that would ruin all the fun. And when you want a break, there's an exciting mix of alternative activities to enjoy.


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Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

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28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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tel: +1 949 923 2200


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Disneyland

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Location:

1313 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

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tel: +1 714 781 4565


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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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31414 El Camino Real
Ortega Hwy. (Calif. 74), San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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tel: +1 949 234 1300


Day 2 - Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point


Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's something special waiting to be tried in the OC. While hamburgers and tacos are almost too easy to come by in Southern California, there are plenty of eateries that combine local influences with a local little charm and finesse (and a lot of them are on the coast, which can be oh so convenient).


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Chart House Restaurant

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Location:

2801 Coast Highway, West
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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tel: 9495485889
fax: +1 949 548 5293


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Beach House Restaurant

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Location:

619 Sleepy Hollow Ln
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Contact:

tel: 949.494.9707


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Ruby's Diner

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Location:

1 Balboa Cvs
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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tel: 949.675.7829
fax: 949.673.3237


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Harbor House Café

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Location:

34157 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact:

tel: +1 949 496 9270


Day 3 - San Juan Capistrano, Corona Del Mar


Live music is a big deal in Orange County, and whatever you're into you can find a live music venue catering to your tastes. If you'd rather have some sushi (more popular in the OC than in Japan) and then move onto an upscale club, then that end of the spectrum is catered for as well.


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The Coach House

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Location:

33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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tel: +1 949 496 8930


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Landmark

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Location:

3520 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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tel: (949) 675-5556


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