By Eric Engelbert
Welcome to Orange County - Your Summer Oasis
If you're seeking refuge from the scorching heat of places like Phoenix, Austin, Chicago, or anywhere the temperature regularly sits in triple digits, Orange County is your summer sanctuary. With its mild coastal climate and an array of activities, this Southern California gem has something for everyone. Let's explore the best ways to make the most of your summer days in Orange County.
Disneyland: A World of Wonders
Look no further than Disneyland and California Adventure for a week of non-stop entertainment. From the exhilarating Soarin' Around the World ride to diverse international cuisines, the magic of Disney is boundless. The two parks at Disneyland promise a plethora of rides, shows, and entertainment suitable for all ages.
Coastal Bliss: 42 Miles of Beaches
Orange County boasts 42 miles of picturesque coastline, offering a refreshing escape. Seize the opportunity for shore fishing to catch halibut, sea bass, and corbina. For a more adventurous sea experience, charter a fishing boat or embark on a dolphin and whale-watching journey. With three harbors, Dana Point Harbor, Newport Beach Harbor and Huntington Beach Harbour it's easy to rent a boat or schedule a Three Hour Tour.
The surf culture is vibrant around Orange County and in the summer months, there are weekly amateur surf competitions making it a haven for surf enthusiasts. Plan your vacation around the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and immerse yourself in a week of entertainment on the sand, witnessing the best professional surfers hone their craft.
Nature's Playground: Hiking and Camping
If you prefer land-based adventures, Orange County has you covered. Explore the campsites at Crystal Cove State Beach for a coastal camping experience. Wake up to the soothing sound of the ocean and venture onto hiking and mountain biking trails. The natural beauty of Orange County is waiting to be discovered.
Culinary Delights: A Foodie's Paradise
Orange County caters to the foodie in you with a diverse culinary scene. Discover locally-owned gems where the locals hang out. A's in Newport Beach offers a delightful steak and wine experience, Third Street Market in Santa Ana provides a variety of lunch options, Holdaak in Fullerton tempts with Korean fried chicken, and Spaghettini in Seal Beach is perfect for Italian cuisine lovers.
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Real Estate Dreams: From Vacation to Home
After a week of exploration, it's not uncommon for visitors to start considering a more permanent stay. Orange County's real estate options are as diverse as its attractions, offering homes with ocean views ranging from $70 million to under $1 million (search all oceanview homes priced under $1 million here). Newport Beach, known for luxury living, regularly features oceanfront homes for sale along the peninsula. The famous Wedge at the end of the Peninsula is adjacent to the Balboa Peninsula Point neighborhood, where you can find oceanfront homes. On the other side of the peninsula, bayfront homes with private boat docks await.
Laguna Beach, with its unique geography and small-town feel, makes it a coveted spot for homeowners. The small town attracts nearly 3 million visitors annually. Beyond its beautiful Main Beach and welcoming community, Laguna Beach has hosted events such as the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts since 1932.
From San Clemente to Seal Beach and La Habra to Rancho Santa Margarita, all four corners of the County have something to offer. If you’re looking to turn your vacation into a final destination, let’s talk about real estate in Orange County and how you might fit in.