Orange County - Anaheim

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Overview

Contrary to popular belief, Orange County is much more than just the home of Disneyland, the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and former U.S. president Richard Nixon. Framed by 68 kilometres of golden beach, this region southeast of Los Angeles is also known as the California Riviera.

Sure, you’ll still find the acres upon acres of citrus groves that some say gave Orange County its name. But odds are you’re more likely to find celebrity-studded subdivisions, swanky golf courses (the region’s home to more than 40 championship courses at last count), some of the most lucrative shopping malls in the world and some of the West’s top surf schools.

Orange County is also one of California’s wealthiest and most diverse regions. Here, you’ll see multi-million-dollar hillside mansions, party-friendly surf towns and lovely historic missions like San Juan Capistrano.

And just when you think you have this small county in Southern California all figured out, you’re bound to discover something new.

It might be the bustling community of Little Saigon – home to the largest concentration of Vietnamese-Americans in the United States. Or perhaps, the power of the Big Red Car electric railway that rolled into Huntington Beach in 1904, causing land values to spike overnight. It might even be the funky vintage stores in Fullerton or the juicy burgers wedged between two waffles at Bruxi’s. And there’s so much more. In total, Orange County is home to 34 cities, six harbours and three bays.

Some travellers base themselves in a charming beach community like Laguna, Newport, Dana Point or Huntington. Others take the opposite approach, booking their stay at a theme park and taking day trips out to the more laid back surf capitals. The region’s many accommodation options give travellers this kind of flexibility. And the best part? You’ll find new and improved hotels and attractions each and every time you visit.

Like Walt Disney said as he cut the ribbon to the Magic Kingdom in 1955: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

The same could be said for Orange County.

Orange County - Anaheim is a fantastic destination for:

  • beach
  • nightlife
  • shopping and dining

Destination basics

Orange County’s climate has been dubbed as Mediterranean. Summer skies are typically sunny and blue, and the heat is buffered by the Pacific Ocean. Due to the ocean’s cooling effect, temperatures tend to be slightly cooler on the coast than inland.

Winters here can be cool and rainy, but overall Southern California is well known for its year-round pleasant weather. Typically, the warmest month is August; the coolest is December.

Orange County gets an average of 385 mm of rain annually – mostly during the winter and spring (November through April). Most of this precipitation comes in the form of light rain showers with the occasional heavy rainfall or thunderstorm. Snowfall here is rare unless you’re in the Santa Ana Mountains to the east where the ski resorts operate.

When visiting, it’s always best to bring layers, ranging from beachwear to light jackets for the evenings.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Orange County - Anaheim

You may think Orange County culture begins with a mouse and ends with a shaggy, blonde surfer dude. But that’s not really the case.

Truth be told, the county has as many thriving historical and cultural spots as it does zip codes. Sure, its legendary beach towns come with a funky, laid-back vibe, but even they have distinct personalities.

If you can’t get enough of late surf legend Duke Kahanamoku and rooftop tiki bars, head straight for Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA. But if surfing or beach volleyball isn’t your thing, rent a flowered beach cruiser bicycle and veer south to Laguna Beach.

Home to more than 100 art galleries, a Thursday-night art walk (complete with free wine and cheese) and a former hit MTV series of the same name, Laguna Beach is both chic and sophisticated bohemian. Here, you can leave downtown wearing flip-flops and a towel, beach comb for a few hours and discover exquisite little coves great for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Want more luxe and flash? Head to Newport Beach where you’ll find high-end boutiques, ritzy restaurants, incredible spas and a stunning boardwalk.

Even further north in Corona del Mar (a community in Newport Beach), you’ll find a perfect family beach with small waves for little tykes and nearby tidal pools.

Head inland to see Costa Mesa, where the arts are always on full display. Take a stroll around the Orange County Performing Arts Center and be dazzled by the wavy walls of the 3,000-seat, opera-style Segerstrom Hall and numerous other theatres. The scope of the complex is impressive and its roster of top Broadway productions and concerts befits a much larger urban centre.

You’ll also find the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory close by, considered one of the finest regional theatres in the country. Keep walking across South Coast Plaza and you’ll have a chance to see outdoor art installations such as the world-famous 1.5-acre outdoor Noguchi Sculpture Garden.

In Orange County, you are bound to hear about Mission San Juan Capistrano. If you can, time your visit to coincide with the mission’s annual Return of the Swallows Festival in March. You can also get a history lesson on the Native American groups who lived in this area for thousands of years.

In fact, it wasn’t until 1775, when Father Lasuen founded the mission, that Europeans paid the region any attention. Now a beautifully restored complex, this mission was the seventh of 21 missions built in Alta California by the Spaniards aiming to spread Christianity.

Inside the rocky walls of Mission San Juan Capistrano are interpretive plaques telling the stories of the history-makers and boom-and-bust cycles Orange County has experienced. Take a guided tour and learn interesting facts, starting with the origin of the county’s name. Some say it was named after its famed orange industry. Others say it was named after William of Orange, who became the king of England in 1650. No one really knows. Most chalk it up as yet another Orange County mystery.

It is advisable to carry some U.S. cash with you for general expenses. For entertainment and shopping, your credit card will give you the exchange rate at the time of purchase. There are also numerous ATMs inside banks and public spaces where you can withdraw funds at your convenience. Just be aware that transaction fees vary by ATM.

While Orange County is known for its famous beaches, mega shopping centers, and "Magic Kingdom," it's also chock full of spectacular dining spots. Their restaurants offer diverse culinary sites from places around the world including Mediterranean, Greek, French, Japanese, Hawaiian, and good old American style cuisines.

Laguna Beach/Dana Point
When in the Laguna Beach area, you'll be able to eat at luxurious locations where the dishes match the spectacular views from their ocean side seating. Have a taste of Belgium at Brussels Bistro where you'll find a traditional atmosphere that serves Belgium beer. Next up for the tour of international cuisines is the Aegean Cafe whose Greek dishes are only part of the experience. Waiters will serenade you with traditional Greek songs and balance things on their noses to create an upbeat, high-energy environment for your dining pleasure. Try the Mahi Mahi or Teriyaki Halibut at Claes Seafood. For a more historical dining experience, be sure to drop by The Cottage, a home built in 1917 that has been converted into a restaurant. Made famous for their breakfast menu, you can have brunch in a comfortable, back-in-the-day setting. Want to dine on the beach without dealing with sand and seagulls? Las Brisas is known for its authentic Mexican food right alongside the beach as well.

Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Huntington Beach
Newport Beach offers a variety of restaurant choices that will whet your appetite. After a day of parading on Balboa Island's boardwalk, stop in The Spaghetti Bender where their marinara sauce tastes as if its homemade. Hana No Ki serves everything but sushi. They pride themselves in serving often overlooked Japanese dishes like Grilled Fish Saikyoyaki and Shime Saba. For genuine Southern-fried comfort, check out Memphis Soul Cafe. Their menu consists of Soul Meatloaf, Cajun Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Soul Burgers, and much more. Located on a floating riverboat, Anthony's Riverboat Restaurant serves Fresh Northern Halibut, Lobster Tail, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, and New York Steak. Not to worry if you're vegetarian. Located on the Newport Pier, The Rockin' Baja Lobster provides a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Their "Baja Buckets" are the thing to try. You can stuff them with whatever seafood or meat you choose.

Anaheim/Orange
After a trip to the "happiest place on Earth," try these equally incredible places to dine. Continue following your dreams while in Downtown Disney at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar. They serve Mediterranean style food such as "Paella a la Valencia" and "Duck Leg Confit."

Anaheim White House marks the spot for lovers of not only Italian food, but Italian celebrities as well. Their plates, named after Italian personalities, have names such as "Versace Whitefish" and "Dolce & Gabbana Sand Dabs." Although you will have to make a reservation at least a month in advance for The Hobbit, it's well worth it once inside because you get to take a tour of the chef's kitchen which is located in a 1930s Spanish home. One place, three zones: Restaurant, Taqueria for those on the go, and the Cantina. At Tortilla Jo's, you have it all, literally.

Orange County is a sprawling behemoth of a region, positively littered with epic vacation destinations. This town-by-town regional breakdown begins with the county's southernmost communities and cruises northward, stopping at cherished historic sites, heavenly beaches, family-friendly theme parks, and world-famous dining spots along the way.

San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano, of all the cherished historic sites in the state, is a crown jewel. A great deal of the structure remains intact, and even its ruins are a sight to behold. Museum-style exhibits and educational displays make every moment fulfilling, though a truly well-timed visit would coincide with the coming of the swallows. Continue your history-filled trip to San Juan with a meal at Ramos House, an owner-operated café located in an ancient building and specializing in sustainably farmed cuisine. After dinner, take in a show at The Coach House, a concert venue so reputable, music fans trek from the far reaches of Orange County just to rock out before its hallowed stage.

Dana Point
As beautiful as the Mission and its surroundings are, they're still a bit inland, and nobody comes to Orange County to hang out inland. Head due west until you hit Dana Point, home of Doheny State Beach and the Brig Pilgrim. The Pilgrim is a replica of the original square rigged ship by which Richard Henry Dana (the namesake of Dana Point)sailed into what was to become Dana Point Harbor. Dana kept a diary while aboard the Pilgrim and would later write "Two Years Before the Mast" about his experiences. Doheny is a legendary surf spot, fun for the whole family, and just slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of Laguna Beach just up the highway.

Laguna Beach
Though steeped in luxury today, with its wineries (like Laguna Canyon) and sleek night spots, Laguna Beach was once a somewhat rustic arts community. That legacy lives on thanks to the oft-visited Laguna Art Museum and annual events like the Sawdust Art Festival. Browse its booths for a bevy of handmade arts and crafts. The Surf Gallery is dedicated not only to the town's artistic bent, but to its rich history as a surfing hot spot as well. Here you'll find works of art either produced by surfers, or featuring their likenesses or their beloved pastime. Long before the surfers or even the starving artists moved in, Laguna was the land of the Mission Indians, whose cultural heritage is celebrated at Museum of the First People. History aside, today Laguna is home to world-class entertainment at venues like the Irvine Bowl, and worldly cuisine at restaurants such as Brussels Bistro - and, of course, the timeless amenity that has drawn people here through the ages, the beaches. 1,000 Steps Beach is one of the community's most beloved.

Newport Beach
Newport Beach has its fair share of glorious beach-front property as well. Much of it can be found along the coast of Balboa Island, a party-ready isle within the city limits. Like Laguna, Newport Beach has more going for it than simply the beaches. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum celebrates the region's seafaring heritage with an eye toward educating the public about a noble profession and ruggedly romantic way of life. The other side of that coin can be examined at Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve & Preserve, a facility that is, in part, devoted to restoring certain natural wonders spoiled by certain maritime industries. Other aspects of Southern California's distinctive culture can be found here as well. If your timing is right, catch one of many screenings at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Newport is close enough to Hollywood for big-time players to make the trip out, but far enough away that festival-goers can get a little time away from the big city.

Huntington Beach
Huntington is one of the world's foremost surf Meccas. Hit any of its beaches, and you'll be blessed with wicked swells, tubular barrels and more than a few gnarly wipe outs. At low tide, you can get your fix at the International Surfing Museum. If the thought of hanging ten proves too daunting, opt for a quiet picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park, or if you prefer the sport of kings over the sport of slackers, visit the park's on-site Equestrian Center. None of this is to say that Huntington is all sports and leisure. In fact, people flock here for a number of other reasons as well, like cold brewskies made fresh on the pier (at Huntington Beach Beer Co.).

Costa Mesa
Once again turning inland, Costa Mesa is the home of high culture and super shopping. Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts year-round programs of theater, dance and more, all popular with theater nuts countywide. Tired of art for art's sake? Costa Mesa is also famous for its great number and wide variety of shopping malls. Two of note are The Camp, one of only a few green-minded commercial centers in the world, and The Lab, a youth-oriented mall specializing in rebellious looks and cutting-edge trends.

Irvine & Santa Ana
Even further inland are the communities of Irvine and Santa Ana, largely residential burgs indicative of the suburban explosion of the 1960s. That said, a few top-notch attractions do draw crowds. An international panoply of beasts preen before animal lovers young and old at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Anaheim
Anaheim is suburbia incarnate as well, save for one hulking anomaly: Disney. In the early 1950s, when the community was nothing but orange groves, Walt Disney strolled into town and erected an artificial wonderland. Since its opening, Disneyland has hosted generations of revelers, and seeped into the cultural consciousness like no other amusement park before it. Over the years, its landscape has changed and its attractions have been updated (to include such modern fancy as Star Wars and Johnny Depp), and the throngs of visitors have grown accordingly. The neighboring Disney's California Adventure (a giant-size love letter to the Golden State) and an entertainment district home to dining, shopping and the House of Blues Anaheim just add to the frenzy.

Brea
If you manage to escape downtown Anaheim with any energy (or funds) left, keep on truckin' toward Brea, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Pleasant evenings await at the historic Curtis Theatre, home of Broadway shows, musical comedies and more. During the day, you can't go wrong with a hike, jog or picnic in Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

Yorba Linda
This trip began at Mission San Juan Capistrano, symbol of the Spanish conquest of the New World. It evokes notions of greedy monarchies pillaging lands and subjugating peoples in their blind lust for wealth and power. What better way, then, to end the tour than in Yorba Linda with a visit to the Nixon Library, a moving tribute to a man who is sometimes described as a greedy executive who pillaged lands and subjugated people in a violent and evil quest for wealth and power. If you prefer to let your memories of Nixon rest in peace, but you want to do something grand in Yorba, you might do well to take in a round of a decidedly presidential pastime at Black Gold Golf Club, a top-tier facility designed and staffed by true-blue experts.

Orange County's entertainment scene is crammed with endless possibilities for locals and visitors alike. Whether you like fine art or hard rock, the OC is the place for you. Its beautiful seaside surroundings and nearly perfect weather creates ample opportunities for your "things to do" list.

Art & Museums
The true beauty of Orange County is matched by equally exceptionally creative representations that celebrate California culture and contemporary art. Located at the popular Fashion Island Newport Beach, the Orange County Museum of Art features collections that concentrate on California art and late 20th century pieces. California impressionism can be seen at The Irvine Museum where they're dedicated to spreading awareness about the current condition California's natural environment. If you're interested in the works of local artists, check out the Art Institute of Southern California-Ettinger & Reynolds Galleries, that features works by students, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art whose emphasis is on freedom to express oneself through contemporary art. At the Irvine Fine Arts Center, you can see an array of innovative artistic expressions including ceramic, multimedia, photography, and much more.

For the seafaring enthusiasts, you will be happy to know that Orange County's proximity to beaches makes it a perfect place to see art about maritime history. The Vallejo Gallery is dedicated to portrayals of the American and British ships of the past. Also, at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, you can see a historical boat that is docked at the harbor and learn about the history of Newport harbor while getting some fun-in-the-sun time too. While the art of Orange County is relatively California-based, the Laguna Art Museum features works that have a global reach as well. Here, you can find classic and modern art by both local and internationally distinguished artists. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art has artifacts from Southeast Asian, Mexican, and Native American cultures.

Music
The music scene in Orange County offers about as much as you can imagine. An assortment of venues brings music to the ears of Orange County residents and visitors. Places such as Honda Center offer just about everything from Lollapalooza to classical concerts to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Jazz fans will appreciate the Steamers Cafe where jazz musicians from around the world grace the stage. The Coach House is a favorite spot for those that enjoy seeing their favorite musicians in the most intimate of settings.

Theater & Film
Theater & film is a significant part of Orange County's entertainment field. For Broadway fans, be sure to visit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts which features shows including "Cats" and "Miss Saigon." The South Coast Repertory and Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse features many classic and contemporary plays. The Brea Curtis Theatre puts on many comedies, dramas, and also has The Kids Culture Club which is ideal for family outings where you can see ballets and jugglers. Want to see modern plays such as "Grease"? Stop by the La Habra Depot Theatre. For a fun excursion with friends, check out Medieval Times. In addition, the Newport Beach Film Festival brings to film buffs a chance to not only watch films, but also an opportunity to meet with the screenwriters, directors, and cinematographers as well. Research Institutes & Exhibits
While Orange County's claim to fame is its all-the-rage beaches and shopping centers, the Ocean Institute of Dana Point also serves as an educational facility for students and tourists alike.

Nightclubs
Although there's a lot to do during the day, the OC is one happening place at night. The young, hip crowd of Costa Mesa likes to go to The Shark Club where they play pool and check out the 2000 gallon shark tank. For a wild time, after a day in Laguna Beach catching your rays, drop in at the Sandpiper Lounge for their "4 second poured" drinks and live music. The same goes for the China Beach Canteen. For those that like to try new things, this place breaks the mold by blending Chinese food and reggae music under one roof.

Outdoor Activities
Beautiful Orange County is also booming with outdoor activities. A day trip hot spot is the Newport Landing Boardwalk and Newport Pier, where friends, families, tourists, and locals enjoy shopping, eating, and taking in the splendor of the harbor. Take advantage of the harbor by doing some day fishing at Newport Landing Sportfishing. Balboa Island's relaxing atmosphere makes it a perfect place to spend the day on an island.

If you're an avid golfer, the OC's golf courses are certainly up to par. Come play all 18 holes at Westridge Golf Club or, if you're up for a challenge, play on the hills of the Anaheim Hills Golf Course. The Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Aliso Viejo Ice Chalet are also great places to practice your swing.

Last but certainly not least, Disneyland, is one of the OC's must-see spots. Dubbed the "Magic Kingdom," Disneyland brings visitors from far and wide to see attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Matterhorn.

Orange County

State: California

Country: United States

Orange County By The Numbers
Population: 3,169,776
Elevation: Ranges from as low as 9 feet (2.7 meters) to 5,690 feet (1734 meters) at its highest point
Average Annual Rainfall: 13 inches/ 33 centimeters
Average January Temperature: 56° F/ 13.3°C
Average July Temperature: 76° F/ 24.4° C

Quick Facts
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs

Time Zone: GMT- 8

Country Dialing Code: +1

Area Code: 949 & 714

Did You Know?
Orange County, and Anaheim particularly, was the largest wine region in California for several decades in the mid-19th Century.

Orientation
Orange County is situated on California’s Pacific Coast, not far from the border between the United States and Mexico. Orange County is located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Los Angeles and about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of San Diego.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and by Los Angeles County to the north, Orange County also rubs up against San Bernardino County in the northeast and the extreme northern tip of San Diego County in the southeast. Orange County’s total size (2,455 sq. km) makes it the smallest county in California. The older areas are found closer to L.A. and the more affluent and younger areas are found in the south.

Home to famous theme parks, pleasant neighbourhoods and iconic beaches, most of Orange County’s population lives in one of the shallow coastal valleys making up the Los Angeles Basin, Santa Ana Valley and Saddleback Valley. The highest peak in the county is Santiago Peak at 1,734 metres tall.

Unlike other regions, there is no defined urban hub linked up to Orange County (although the county is often seen as part of Greater Los Angeles). The region has 34 cities, the oldest being Anaheim (1870) and newest being Aliso Viejo (2001).

Most Orange Countians live in the suburbs, with the most populated cities being Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange, Huntington Beach and Fullerton, with a total population nudging 4 million.

Although perhaps now more closely associated with sprawling oceanfront mansions and designer flip-flops, the coastal region between Los Angeles and San Diego has a past rooted in conflict over land, the Catholic Church, and agriculture.

The Mission Era
Originally inhabited by the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño people, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries bound for the legendary Monterey Bay reached the region in the mid-1700s. Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Alta California Mission chain, was among the party and established the Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776 making it the first permanent European settlement in California. The Mission was built and maintained by the native people who were converted to Christianity by the Spanish monks. Once converted, most of these native Californians were permitted to own land, undoubtedly the impetus for many of the transformations. During this time the cattle industry thrived in area with the development of a port at Dana Point, and a busy trade of tallow, hide, and other goods developed between New England and the West Coast. Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821 and the California missions fell into a state of disrepair. Subsequent drought and disease wiped out the cattle and killed crops, and the mission economy was further damaged by increased secularization implemented by the Mexican government. Unrest continued, and Mexico eventually lost control of the territory with Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

California Becomes a State
With statehood in 1850 issues over land arose, as citizens were required to show documentation of landownership in order to retain their holdings. Because much of the land had been freely parceled out and distributed by the Spanish and Mexican governments, many people lost their land. Taking advantage of this, entrepreneurs such as James Irvine bought up huge amounts of land and planted more drought resistant crops such as walnuts, avocados, and the citrus for which the county was later named. Settlements sprung up, aided by the expansion of the railroads. An electric trolley system was put in place carrying passengers to and from Los Angeles making the region more accessible and resulting in the founding of Huntington and Seal Beach as resort communities.

Orange Becomes County
The discovery of silver in the Santa Ana mountains in 1887 caused another population surge, and as the 20th century approached the area was bursting at the seams. Tired of the long trek to Los Angeles to do official business and concerned that their needs were not being adequately addressed, residents began to push for self-government. In 1889 their wish was granted, and paying homage to its agricultural roots the county was named "Orange." While the trolley lines promoted growth and tourism during the early 1900s, it was the introduction of the automobile and freeway system that made an impact on the latter half of the century. Completion of US 101 and I-5 made this coastal haven even more accessible, and Orange County became a popular getaway for early Hollywood. The end of WWII saw another population increase when the military bases that had dominated the area closed and service men and women settled in the area and raised families. In 1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, followed by Knotts Berry Farm in 1968 setting the standard for the newest form of American entertainment, the theme park.

Modern History and Development
Today Orange County is the second most populous county in California, fifth in the nation. Known for its wealthy population and political conservatism, the region has entered pop culture's spotlight in recent years with hit TV shows like The O.C. and reality series such as MTV's Laguna Beach. A mecca for successful people of every profession, the area is at the center of the "Tech Coast," a term coined to describe Southern California's economic transformation from aerospace and defense to a international, multi-tech industries. The South Coast is home to of mega companies and some of the top research universities. Home to some of the country's most exclusive and expensive communities, Orange County has set the standard for master planned luxury development. With its sunny climate, sandy beaches, wealth of recreational activities, and world class dining and shopping its no wonder those with big bank accounts choose to live here.

Orange County is made up of several different suburbs; people primarily use this area as a gateway into its surrounding areas rather than one specific place within the county.

The most convenient way of transportation throughout these various attractions is by renting a car; however, the amount of parking either in amusement parks or at the beach may be limited.

If you have a little bit more time on your hands, the public transportation system in Orange County is extremely robust. The frequency of the transportation is relatively high and covers a large percentage of Orange County and its attractions. If you are worried about the amount of gas emissions coming from these vehicles you don't have to worry; over 50% of the bus fleet is made up of LNG (liquified natural gas) powered vehicles which reduces their carbon foot print tremendously.

Arrival Information

Canadian visitors to the United States must pass through security and customs in Canada, before departure. Then, when you land at John Wayne Airport, all you need to do is pick up your bags from the carousel at Terminal A and you’ll be on your way.

You can pre-book your transfer through WestJet Vacations partner Karmel Shuttle. If you’re going to the Anaheim area, one-way prices are C$25 per adult, and kids 3-9 ride free. For Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, one-way prices range from $32 to $52 per adult and $26 per child (aged 3-9). Car rental counters are located on the lower level of the baggage claim area between Terminals A and B, right across from the statue of John Wayne.

Departure Information

Smiling WestJetters are ready to assist you at our check-in counters located in Terminal A. Guests can check in or select their seats ahead of time by using WestJet’s convenient web check-in service.

John Wayne Airport offers a number of eateries including the Brioche Doree Café & Bakery (located between terminal A and B), Gibson’s Guitar Lounge, Oasis Grill & Sky Lounge, McDonalds, Starbucks and Host snack bars for your travelling needs.

The car rental return is located on the lower level of the parking structures A2 and B2. Both structures are accessible from the Ground Transportation Center.

Orange County is best summed up as surf and turf. Flanked by 68 km of beach, you’ll find laid back surf spots galore across the O.C., as it’s known in pop culture. You’ll also find terrific hiking and cycling in the Santa Ana Mountains and Cleveland National Forest and numerous water sports.

Test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. There’s also whale watching off Dana Point, kayaking at Laguna Beach and, of course, surf lessons at nearly every beach community along the way.

As for turf, shoppers will find an enormous variety of stores in Orange County – from outlet malls to high-end, ultra-luxurious boutiques. In downtown Fullerton, you’ll also find alleyways full of antique and vintage shops. And in Huntington Beach, surf shops smelling of coconut-scented sunscreen are as big as the art galleries are in Laguna.

And then there’s the food. Ubiquitous cinnamon curls known as churros (a favourite at Disneyland), the freshest seafood and innovative tacos (try the duck and camembert ones at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa). Then there are the eggs Benedict on crab cakes and the fresh-from-the-garden salads-to-go found at local grocery stores like Whole Foods. The fusion of different ethnic foods and cooking techniques is exactly why Southern California stays ahead of the culinary curve.

With so much variety sandwiched into one county, it’s easy to see how you can pack a lot into a holiday in the O.C.

Canadian visitors to the United States must pass through security and customs in Canada, before departure.

It is advisable to carry some U.S. cash with you for general expenses.

Orange County is made up of several different suburbs; people primarily use this area as a gateway into its surrounding areas rather than one specific place within the county.

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