Orange County is a populous and diverse area with more than three million people. It’s a collection of multiple cities all making up a larger area just south of Los Angeles. There are over 40 miles of coastline in Orange County and many have options like restaurants, outdoor gyms, and shower facilities to make your life as sun filled and fun-filled as possible! Here’s our list of the top 5 reasons to move to the OC.
1. ALL THE DIFFERENT DOWNTOWNS
Orange County is made up of several smaller cities all clumped together just south of LA. Since OC is made up of different little cities it gives the downtown life a unique and fun flair. There’s a downtown scene sure to fit anyone’s needs. For a super funky and modern downtown, make sure to check out Santa Ana, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar is a great spot for one of a kind eats. Brea’s small posh downtown lined with trendy bars, restaurants, and shops is much more refined and perfect for a fancy date night. Or visit Laguna for a more artsy vibe and hop around from the different art studios and quirky restaurants. Huntington Beach is a world of its own and has one of the most adorable beachfront downtowns. You’ll have tons of fun options to explore.
2. HIGH THRILLS FOR DAYS
There are multiple great theme parks all in your backyard when you live in OC. Buy a season pass and experience everything that Disneyland, “The happiest place on earth,” has to offer in Anaheim. Disneyland is an amazing place to spend the day to reignite your inner childhood imagination. Or if you don’t have a pass to the park visit Downtown Disney which allows guests three hours of free parking, all your favorite Disney shops, and tons of seasonal entertainment all with the famous Disney ambiance but without the Disneyland Park price tag. The other park to try out is Knott’s Berry Farm which has plenty of fun and thrills.
3. 40 MILES OF BEACHES? YES PLEASE
Beach life is easily accessible in OC even if you live a little bit inland. There are no shortages of great beaches, from San Clemente known for its free parking to Seal Beach up north, there are over 40 miles of ocean-front to explore. Some of California’s most famous beaches like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach, are all right here in Orange County. So, whether you like swimming, surfing, or tanning, there’s plenty of options for you to pick the perfect beach for your needs. Though beaches can be a bit busy during the summer and on weekends. Locals find the best day to hit the waves or go for a walk is on Wednesday when the crowd is low.
4. DISCOVER THE ARTISTS HAVEN
There is an incredible art scene all throughout Orange County. In Laguna Beach the Arts District is a haven for creators. Not only does the famous Pageant of the Masters run all summer but there are also three different arts and crafts festivals going on simultaneously. As for the rest of the year, stop by one of the dozens of different galleries and studios to discover your new favorite artist or to find that perfect painting for your kitchen. If you’re more of a museum type, then be sure to check out the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana which has an amazing permanent collection and brings in world-class traveling exhibits.
5. FILL UP ON THE BEST BITES AROUND
Eat your fill of incredible different ethnic foods at restaurants around OC. Little Saigon in Garden Grove is named appropriately considering it’s home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the US. Here you’ll find some of the best Vietnamese food you’ve ever tasted. Next stop by Anaheim’s Little Arabia where you’ll find the perfect assortment of hookah lounges and Mediterranean fare. After that check out Harbor Blvd for incredible Korean options. No matter what neighborhood you end up in, there is sure to be incredible food options to satisfy your every craving.