Going Global: Orange County Beach Life

September 27, 2013 4:43 pm Published by

On a recent trip to California, I took a trip down to Orange County to experience a few of the 42 miles of alluring coastline.

There are 6 beach cities for you to choose from that each offer a different variety of Southern California style, so whether you want to try surfing, go whale watching or indulge in some fresh seafood; Orange County has it all!

Sunny Laguna Beach

Admittedly my initial decision to visit Laguna was based on a popular television show, but after experiencing a few hours in this affluent seaside city, I felt like I could quite easily settle in this community of great art, restaurants and surf!


Voted the “Best Beach in Orange County”, Laguna Beach was discovered by a group of landscape painters in the 1920s. With its rugged coastline of cliffs leading to unspoiled coves and secluded sandy beaches it has become a popular destination for artists and you will find plenty of galleries and small shops scattered around the area.

Newport Beach

Drive 11 miles North of Laguna and you will find Newport Beach. As an outsider looking in, it seemed anyone living here surely had the perfect life! I found it especially appealing because it oozed the glamour of Los Angeles without the grunge of the city. One of the wealthiest communities in California, as well as the United States, driving past the harbour we were greeted by desirable yachts and expensive cars.

If you have a spare day to spend around Newport then I would recommend going on a whale watching trip. We went with Newport Landing who provide year-round whale watching and dolphin cruises for a mere 32 US Dollars to watch the migration of the giant blue whales.

If the water isn’t for you there is plenty to keep you amused on dry land. Nestled inside Newport Harbour is Balboa. A small community where you can enjoy the pier, ride the Ferris wheel overlooking the water or just enjoy the picturesque scenery with ice cream.

The coast of California offers some idyllic spots, hidden from the hoards of tourists you’d find elsewhere so if you’re planning a trip across the pond, I’d definitely recommend taking some time to explore these smaller beach communities.


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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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