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Best of Orange County Guide

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Orange County
Much more than simply a base for trips to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, affluent Orange County has fabulous beaches, perfect for surfing and swimming, marvelous marinas for sailing, top-notch golf courses and a Mediterranean climate. Beach towns line the Pacific from Seal Beach to Newport Beach and Laguna Beach to San Clemente. Sights include Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. For those not behind the wheel, Metrolink and Amtrak trains link many points.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Heisler Park
Heisler Park(Laguna Beach)
Attraction type: Parks
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano(San Juan Capistrano)
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and... more Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Pageant of the Masters
Pageant of the Masters(Laguna Beach)
Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into... more Owner description: Located on the Festival of Arts grounds is one of the most unique theatrical productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Shows are nightly. There is nothing like it anywhere... only in Laguna Beach. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park(Laguna Beach)
Attraction type: Beaches; State Parks
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Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park(Anaheim)
Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California Screamin." Or enjoy a live performance by your favorite... more Owner description: Experience the thrill of the an old wooden rollercoaster, but with modern twists, turns and technology, at "California Screamin." Or enjoy a live performance by your favorite characters at Disney's newest theme park, featuring a slew of exciting rides and family entertainment. less
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks; Disney Parks & Activities
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Montage Lobby Lounge
Montage Lobby Lounge
Ranked #1 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: American
Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Baci di Firenze Trattoria
Ranked #1 of 764 Restaurants in Anaheim
Price: $5 - $42
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Globe - Belgian GastroPub
The Globe - Belgian GastroPub
Ranked #1 of 386 Restaurants in Garden Grove
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Belgian, Brew Pub, International, Central European
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tiki Juice Bar
Tiki Juice Bar
Ranked #2 of 764 Restaurants in Anaheim
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Watermarc Restaurant
Watermarc Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Price:
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Beachcomber Inn
2.0 of 5
Beachcomber Inn
$100 - $225
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
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Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa - Newport Beach
3.5 of 5
Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa - Newport Beach
$120 - $209
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Costa Mesa
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Marina Shores Hotel
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Marina Shores Hotel
$116 - $239
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Dana Point
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
2.5 of 5
Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
$221 - $316
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Newport Beach
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Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods
3.0 of 5
Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods
$179 - $253
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Laguna Woods
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Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
3.5 of 5
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
$233 - $403
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Montage Laguna Beach
5.0 of 5
Montage Laguna Beach
$762 - $1,838
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
$290 - $505
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5
Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
$224 - $557
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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