We are coming from Australia to see a concert in irvine and we don't really know where to stay in orange county.
It appears that Newport / Huntington / Laguna are the 3 most popular tourist destinations. We were thinking of laguna, because I heard that newport is too spread out (we are rushed for time, and don't have a car) so it is very very important that we stay in an area downtown that is walkable and shops and restaurants etc are close together.
Would laguna then be the best option? (A side note, we don't really care for art galleries, but we DO care for shopping, restaurants and sights). Is newport really spread out? Is it more of a driving city than a walking city? How about huntington? We really just want a classic orange county experience.
Your help would be very much appreciated!