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“Make the Orco coast a full-day trip... even an overnighter!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orange County Coast

Orange County Coast
Sunset Beach off Pacific Coast Hwy. and Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA
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Type: Biking Trails, Sports
Activities: Biking
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Los Alamitos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Make the Orco coast a full-day trip... even an overnighter!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Begin your coastal drive either at San Clemente (south end), or at Seal Beach on the north (even in the middle at Laguna Beach!). There are hundreds of things to see and do, for everyone's interest. The main 'star' of the coast is the beaches; from wide, long sandy spans, to intimate coves and rocky shores. There is even Bolsa Chica wildlife refuge between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach. Bicycling trails abound... more than one pier, a ferry trip at Balboa Island, and many snorkeling or scuba-diving places along the route.

I can't begin to cover all the attractions, beaches, restaurants, even art galleries. There are plenty of details -- covering your interests -- online.... including Tripadvisor. Try searching "Orange County, California coast", and even the names of the beach cities: Listed from north to south, check-out Seal Beach - Sunset Beach - Huntington Beach - Newport Beach - Corona Del Mar - Crystal Cove - Laguna Beach - South Laguna - Laguna Niguel - Dana Point - Doheny - San Clemente.

There are many places to launch rent kayaks to cabin cruisers, surfboards (etc), and even whale-watching trips out of Newport Beach or Dana Point Harbor.

John Wayne Airport is just a few minutes drive, centrally located inland from Newport Beach. A Tripadvisor hotel search will show a head-spinning selection of hotels and other lodging, and even more restaurants. And you cannot miss having dinner at one of the many waterfront dining spots, including Newport, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, Dana Point Harbor.

The Orange County coast still amazes me, a native Californian. It can be very expensive, but it's possible with good planning to see it on a much smaller budget. It can be crowded any time of the year, but of course, the warmer it is, the more people will have the same idea as you! Be patient, the traffic can be busy, but bearable; 'traffic' gives your passengers a great people-watching opportunity!

Make your reservations well in advance - bring your cameras and wear a good quality sunscreen! You won't be bored. Happy 'coasting'!

Visited October 2012
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Huntington Beach
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“REASONABLY CLEAN AND NICE, BUT CHARACTERLESS”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

By world, or even California standards, the sand is fair, the amenities good, the water not notably clean or clear but notably cold year-round, and the beaches spacious and safe. But make no mistake, even including pretty Laguna Beach, this ain't no Ipanema, Bora Bora, the California Central Coast or even the San Diego beaches. Looking inland from the water, the view toward Seal Beach, Huntington Beach or even significant portions of Newport Beach is pretty depressing, punctuated by ancient powerplants and smokestacks and such. This a tourist destination? For surfers, yes. For others, not so sure.

Visited January 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“Huntington Beach to Dana Point is a great drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Gorgeous scenery, lovely beach towns and outstanding restaurants. What is not to like?? Balboa Island is a must visit.

Visited December 2012
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Laguna Hills, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Who needs the Italian Riviera?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The beauty of the Orange County Coastline rivals that of France or Italy :) Beautiful beaches , quaint little towns (Laguna Beach), great vistas and world class restaurants.........right in our own back yard:)

Visited December 2012
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Lakewood, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Surf city for sure,for sure.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Clean and friendly,main Street is great...Long Board Cafe on the street,good large lobsters, very good price and service

Visited December 2012
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