Seeking fun things to do in Southern California? Look no further than The OCeanfront. These 42 miles of Orange County coast boast four of the top 10 California beaches, a lively arts and culture scene, miles of trails where you’ll find the best beach hikes in Southern California, and five-star dining, spas, and nightlife spots.
Imagine the finest in Orange County shopping, with a collection of the world’s most coveted designer and chic stores all in one place at South Coast Plaza. Relax your mind and body at our exclusive collection of luxury spa resorts along the Southern California coast. Take a drive any day of the week on a beautiful Orange County golf course hugging the Pacific Ocean. Indulge your palate at more than a dozen five-star beachfront restaurants.
Read on to discover all the exciting things to do in coastal Orange County, California. Or see our Trip Ideas for more can’t-miss experiences!
With 42 miles of stunning beaches, The OCeanfront is a paradise for surfers, families, water sports, or just sunbathing. Along the OC coast, sea, surf and sun collide at the world-famous beachfront communities of Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach. Discover favorite OC beaches like Salt Creek Beach, Balboa Peninsula, Victoria Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, and Doheney State Park. Looking for an Orange County dog beach? Look no further than Dog Beach in Huntington Beach! Learn more about OC Beaches
Ocean enthusiasts can delight in whale watching in Dana Point, ride great Southern California surf breaks, try stand up paddle boarding (AKA paddle surfing), explore Laguna Beach tide pools, go deep-sea fishing, and so much more. Ask your resort concierge to assist with booking water activities, or visit the following Orange County visitors bureau websites for additional resources: Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.
From boutique shops to the stunning allure of South Coast Plaza, the Orange County coast is a shopper’s paradise. Browse the designer gift shops at our OCeanfront resorts, treasure hunt at local boutiques… or discover the more than 280 stores that highlight fashion and top designers from 17 countries at South Coast Plaza.
More than just surf and sun, the Orange County coast is home to a vibrant performing arts scene, visual arts and science museums, and both modern and classical music performances throughout the year. Explore one of several Laguna Beach art festivals, attend the Newport Beach Film Festival, catch a Broadway show at the Segerstom Center for the Arts, or learn more about arts in Orange County.
Coastal Orange County shines during daylight hours, but there’s plenty to do after dark! With swanky lounges and welcoming wine bars dotting the coast, The OCeanfront is a great place to sample an artisanal cocktail or expand your wine-tasting palate. Looking for dance spots in Orange County? We’ve got those, too. Read more to find the perfect Orange County wine bar, cocktail lounge, or nightlife spot to round out your beachfront vacation!
In addition to some of the best restaurants in Orange County, The OCeanfront is home to some of Southern California’s most exciting spots to explore food, wine and culinary culture. Challenge the frommagiere at The Loft to create a personalized cheese platter from the more than 150 cheeses and 100 unique honeys on display… Pair wine, cheese and artisanal chocolates to your heart’s delight at ENO… Dine within reach of the ocean spray at Splashes Restaurant… Or go all out at one of The OCeanfront’s exciting food and wine festivals, happening at various coastal locations throughout the year.
Beach vacations in Southern California are all about relaxation! If sunbathing isn’t your style, schedule a rejuvenating treatment at one of The OCeanfront’s award-winning spas, or make a day of it with lunch and a mini-facial with friends. Learn more about these luxury spa resorts!
Named by Golf Digest as One of the World’s 50 Greatest Golf Destinations, the OC offers year round golfing weather, courses with views of the majestic Pacific Ocean, challenging links-style courses in the valleys and exciting winding courses nestled in the foothills. High-end courses include Tustin Ranch Golf Club, Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Coyote Hills Golf Course and Anaheim Hills Golf Course. For more information on golf vacations, please click here!