People describe Orange Country as the paradise of Southern California. The hype has been heightened by the fact that it’s a favorite location for shooting Hollywood films, and popular TV including the reality show, The Real Housewives of Orange County.
The OC is a place known for its serenity and extensive beauty, and has become a major destination for many tourists from all over the world.
There are so many reasons why you should consider a visit here. Here are the top reasons as to why you should explore Orange County!
The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Orange County, California
California’s Best Parties and Nightlife
Orange County is famous for its nightlife. Year round perfect weather allows people to stay out late as they enjoy an energetic nightlife scene, and rub shoulders with some of America’s elite.
Party venues in Orange County, CA host some of the country’s most talked about parties, and are home to the most elite, exclusive, and edgy nightclubs. Keep your eyes peeled online for special ways to get on the guest list of major events.
There’s also a fabulous nighttime atmosphere at the beach. You’ll find a more intimate and relaxed vibe here, with many couples and families enjoying the sunset, some nights see fire-twirlers, friends hanging out for a laid back night, and if you’re lucky, dolphins silhouetted on the horizon.
Everyone loves a good beach. The Orange County provides the most beautiful beaches in California, which are extensive and kept very clean.
The main attraction of Californian beach life is the year round perfect weather. Orange County weather is known for its ideal year-round climate with an average daily temperature of 70 degrees. In the summer, enjoy sunny days with an average high temperature of a mere 79 degrees!
One of the most popular beaches in the OC is Crystal Cove State Park, which has an amazing 3.5 miles of pristine beachfront, and is one of the area’s last remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. Many people enjoy hiking; the park has 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness.
Orange County is incredibly family friendly, and there are so many kid friendly pursuits. Obviously, you can’t beat a family day out at some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, but the area is also home the biggest family tourist attraction in the USA, California Disney.
“Not far from Disneyland, in Buena Park, the Cedar Fairs Company operates Knott’s Berry Farm theme park with a great combination of rides for younger children and thrill seekers, and Knott’s Soak City, an adjacent water park.” There’s also the Discovery Science center, kayaking, two small zoos, and a huge range of smaller amusement parks.
If your kids are interested in wildlife, “whale watching is a great adventure to take them on. There’s no guarantee that you’ll actually see a whale, but chances are pretty good, especially in winter. Even if you don’t see whales, the pods of dolphins and the sea lions basking in the sun are also fun to see and just going out on the boat is an adventure.” – Kayte Deioma.
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The Orange County has a fabulous food scene, and is particularly famous for traditional American burger joints. For the best burgers in the OC head to Royal Hen, or The American Dream.
The OC is also a hub for great seafood and it’s always served fresh. Most seafood restaurants are strategically located at places where you can also enjoy an outlook of the ocean and the beach.
You also have some great options for Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines; the “pace of restaurant openings in Little Saigon is staggering, with new noodle shops and teahouses joining the fray almost every day.” – Brad A Johnson.
You won’t be bored in Orange County if you’re a lover or the arts. A vibrant arts and culture scene is filled with unique festivals, museums, galleries, and many performing arts venues.
Laguna Beach in particular has a thriving art community. “The art scene here dates back to the early 20th century, when the area’s sea cliffs became a popular setting for directors of silent films. Today, dozens of galleries dot downtown, including Kush Fine Art, Virga Gallery, and Laguna Art Lounge.
Every summer, the city also plays host to a handful of popular art festivals. The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival features local art including photography, jewelry, surf art, and hand-blown glass, while the Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters pays homage to famous masterpieces with tableaux vivants (living paintings), where actors pose as the artworks.” – Visit California.
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