Costa Mesa is a unique Southern California getaway. Experience world-class shopping at South Coast Plaza, indulge in sumptuous dining at top restaurants, enjoy award-winning Broadway productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and relax at some of the top hotels in Orange County... all just minutes from the beach.
Costa Mesa is the home of South Coast Plaza, the largest shopping center in California. South Coast Plaza is the crown jewel of shopping on the West Coast, and is recognized internationally for its unparalleled retail collection. Its stellar cast of the world's top designers - from Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Hermès and Harry Winston to Gucci, Fendi and Prada - makes it southern California's premier shopping experience. With over 250 retailers, this luxury shopping destination represents the highest concentration of fashion designers in the United States. It is an especially popular stop among travelers seeking designer names, upscale boutiques and world-renowned cuisine.
If you like small boutique shopping and eclectic shopping malls, there's plenty more exciting shopping you can do in lovely Costa Mesa.
Art, music, and theater is the central hub of Costa Mesa. Find a Broadway-caliber show every night of the week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, located directly across from South Coast Plaza. There you'll find the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall which is home to resident companies Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale; South Coast Repertory Theater, which is widely regarded as one of America's foremost producers of new plays since 1964. SCR's extensive new play development program consists of commissions, residencies, readings, and workshops, from which up to five world premieres are produced each season; and the 500-seat Samueli Theater which opened in 2006 and is designed to accommodate traditional theater-style seating, theater-in-the-round, cabaret-style, indy concerts, meeting baquets and much more.
Looking for upscale dining during your visit to Orange County? From classic American steakhouses like Charlie Palmer's and Mastro's to fine Italian bistros to contemporary sushi and seafood establishments, Costa Mesa restaurants are a destination in itself.
Whether your travel to Orange County requires a luxury experience or an economy stay, Costa Mesa offers a hotel for every budget. Take a look at the distinct offerings of our hotels for your next visit to Southern California, 9 of which offer free shuttle service to and from John Wayne/Orange County Airport.
When planning your trip to The OC, be sure to check out Costa Mesa's local deals, calendar of events, suggested itineraries for families, couples, and singles, and the helpful interactive Costa Mesa map. Don't forget that Costa Mesa is just minutes away from the beautiful OC coast! Costa Mesa is home to amazing recreational activities including plenty of parks, spas, wine tasting and nightlife. Plus the famous town of Huntington Beach.
Transportation tips: John Wayne Airport is owned and operated by the County of Orange. Located in Santa Ana, 35 miles south of Los Angeles, John Wayne Airport is one of only two airports in Orange County to accommodate general aviation and the only commercial service airport in the county. John Wayne Airport services nearly 8 million passengers per year. John Wayne Airport is just 4 miles from Costa Mesa - and most of our hotels offer complimentary airport shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport!
The 68 page Costa Mesa Orange County Visitor Guide is provided here in a printable, interactive PDF format. This document contains navigation, web links, and a wealth of information to help make your stay in Costa Mesa memorable.
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