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“great scenic drive,”

Orange County Coast
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La Habra, California
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72 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“great scenic drive,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

lots to see, very scenic lots of fun for the family. lots of great places to stop and eat at or to just relax.

Visited April 2012
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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“Scenic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Lovely ocean views and to see the spectacular homes of how the other half live!! Started at Huntington Beach down to Dana Point hoping to see some whales off coast but unfortunately didnt see any but scenery wonderful.

Visited March 2013
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Placentia, California
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8 reviews
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“Sunny California”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

When the sun is out, driving along the OC beaches is great.
Some days you can see dolphins or seals out in the oceans too.
Parking can be hard on the weekends and holidays.

Visited November 2012
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Los Alamitos, California
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“Make the Orco coast a full-day trip... even an overnighter!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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38 reviews
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“REASONABLY CLEAN AND NICE, BUT CHARACTERLESS”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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