Costa Mesa, centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego and minutes away from the beach, is a perfect getaway in sun-drenched palm-fringed Orange County to live the Southern California dream. Experience world-class shopping, indulge in sumptuous dining, enjoy award-winning Broadway productions and relax at some of the top hotels, all in Costa Mesa, known as the the City of the Arts™
Costa Mesa is the home of South Coast Plaza, one of the world’s crown jewels for shopping with scores of luxury brands — everything from Prada and Gucci to Hermes and Chanel — all under one roof with easy access and convenient parking. With more than 250 retailers, this luxury shopping destination represents one of the highest concentration of high-end designer boutiques in the world, rivaling Fifth Avenue in New York and Bond Street in London, as well as Avenue Montaigne in Paris and Ginza in Tokyo.
If you like small boutique shopping and eclectic shopping malls, there's plenty of one-of-a-kind shopping you can do at The LAB, The CAMP and The OC Mix.
Art, music, and theater are some of the signature activities in Costa Mesa, underscoring the city’s reputation as the City of the Arts ™. The result is Costa Mesa is arguably the cultural epicenter of Orange County, pulling in visitors from around the Southern California region and the world to experience the Art of the Fashion, the Art of Dining and the Art of the Stage. For example, find a Broadway-caliber show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, one of the largest art complexes in the United States, located directly across from South Coast Plaza. The art complex, graced with acclaimed artwork and sculptures from such luminaries like Henry Moore and Richard Serra, showcases significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater year-round, many of which have won Tony Awards. There you'll find the glass-encased Portuguese limestone-clad Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, whose resident companies are the acclaimed Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale. South Coast Repertory Theater, which is widely regarded as one of foremost producers of new plays in the United States, offers a performing arts development program consisting of commissions, residencies, readings and workshops, from which up to five world premieres are produced each season. And the 500-seat Samueli Theater is designed to accommodate traditional theater-style seating, theater-in-the-round, cabaret-style, indie concerts, meeting banquets and much more.
Looking for exceptional dining during your visit to Costa Mesa? From classic American steakhouses like Mastro's to critically acclaimed Asian restaurants like Din Tai Fung to award-winning French bistros like Marche Moderne, a slew of Costa Mesa restaurants rival some of the world’s top dining establishments, making the city arguably the culinary capital of Orange County.
For your stay, Costa Mesa offers a wide variety of exceptional hotels fitting every budget, everything from a four-diamond experience to boutique offerings to well-branded names. Take a look at the distinct offerings of Costa Mesa hotels for your next visit to Southern California, many of which offer free round-trip shuttle service from John Wayne Airport, Orange County. Stay in one of Costa Mesa’s select hotels and receive daily round-trip shuttle service to the Disneyland Resort®. Shuttle passes are available for purchase at participating hotels with advanced reservations.
When planning your trip to Orange County, be sure to check out Costa Mesa’s calendar of events and recreational activities. There are also itineraries and an interactive map to help guide your stay in Costa Mesa.
John Wayne Airport, Orange County is located just minutes south of Costa Mesa. The airport offers service to more than 20 nonstop destinations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, so you can easily be whisked away to Costa Mesa in little time, no matter where you live in North America.
The Costa Mesa 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.
For more information, please visit travelcostamesa.com.