A visit to Orange County doesn't mean you have to spend money like the Real Housewives! Using this itinerary will allow you to see some of the best sights in Orange County without breaking the bank.
- It includes attractions that a tourist will enjoy but that locals appreciate, too.
- There are maps and photos so you won't get lost.
- It will save you time instead of having to do the research or driving around aimlessly on your own!
- Most areas have more than one option so you can find something that fits your interests.
- Tips and tricks such as when to avoid traffic, where the authentic eithnic neighborhoods are located, and things you can do and see for FREE!
- Huntington Beach
- Laguna Beach
- Buena Park
- Anaheim (but not Disneyland - that's a bank breaker!)
- San Juan Capistrano
- Balboa Island in Newport Beach
Itinerary Table of Contents:
- How to use the Guide
- 3 day Itinerary
- Getting into the OC - How to get to Orange County from either LAX or SNA
- Transportation Tips - General transportation info., as well as how to avoid traffic
- Restaurant Information - General info. about the types of restaurants we have here
- Hotel Information - Info. about finding a cheaper hotel, or the hostel
- Additional Websites - A couple websites with more info. about the OC
- Other Places to See - If you want to modify the itinerary or if you'd like to stay another day!
- One last random tip
- About the Author - How to contact me with feedback or questions
Sample from the itinerary:
Option #2: Laguna Beach 7:00pm – 10:00pm
If there isn’t an Angels game going on, Anaheim is still a great place to go for dinner. As a second option, you could continue south on the Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach is known for being an artist community, and has an Art Walk (the galleries are open, and many serve drinks and appetizers) the first Thursday of every month during the summer. The beach here at Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road (CA-133) is very popular and somewhat separates the art galleries (to the north) and the restaurants and shops (to the south).
Laguna Beach can be expensive, but some good food that’s on the cheaper end is The Stand (vegan), La Sirena Grill or Taco Loco(Mexican), Penguin Malt Shop (cute café with breakfast & brunch), or Orange Inn (café that is known for delicious smoothies).
[Map showing the restaurants]
*While Orange County has a lot of great things, a good public transportation system is not one of them. This itinerary assumes you have access to a vehicle.