Welcome to Orange County, California
Known around the world as The OC, Orange County envelops you in the ultimate Southern California lifestyle – casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks and endless options for fun in the sun or cultural exploration. With sun-soaked days and star-filled nights, here you’ll be immersed in the real California dream. Orange County’s 42 miles of beaches, luxurious accommodations, wide array of shopping options and numerous other attractions make it a top destination for Southern California’s visitors from the United Kingdom.
Traveling to the heart of Southern California couldn’t be easier. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a 30-minute drive from Orange County, offers direct flights from Manchester and both Heathrow and Gatwick in London. Guests traveling to San Francisco or San Jose in California or major American cities such as Atlanta, Dallas or Chicago may prefer to head directly to John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), where many Orange County hotels and resorts offer free shuttle services.
John Wayne Airport
With a new, state-of-the-art terminal, first class passenger amenities and 5-star customer services, John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the travel destination for visitors and residents alike. The airport serves more than 20 nonstop domestic and international destinations, including 7 of the of the 10 largest cities in the United States. Located just minutes from world class beaches, shopping, theme parks, and hiking, John Wayne Airport is the aviation gateway to Orange County.
For more information on international travel options at John Wayne Airport, click here.
The U.S. Department of State offers information on international travel requirements, travel tips and country-specific information at travel.state.gov.
Attractions & Activities
Searching for thrilling water sport activities? Well, The OC practically invented them. From kayaking to paddleboarding and of course surfing, Orange County beaches have nurtured some of the most popular water sports in the United States. Soak up the sun and experience the ease of the SoCal lifestyle! For more information on Orange County beaches, surfing, and other exciting beach activities, click here.
Orange County, California is home to some of the world’s most famous theme parks. From the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim to the old west town and thrilling roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park in Buena Park, The OC is the ideal family vacation destination.
South Coast Plaza – With over 250 retailers, this luxury shopping destination represents the highest concentration of fashion designers in the United States. The crown jewel of shopping on the West Coast, its stellar cast of the world’s top designers – from Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermès and Harry Winston to Gucci, Fendi and Prada – makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience. It is the perfect place for those seeking designer names upscale boutiques and world-renowned cuisine.
Fashion Island – Orange County’s premier coastal shopping destination, offering a unique blend of luxury, designer and fashion stores – including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s – and a vast array of fine dining restaurants like Fig & Olive, R&D Kitchen, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
Irvine Spectrum – With more than 130 retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, Irvine Spectrum is one of Orange County’s most energized retail experiences. In addition to the variety of shopping options, Irvine Spectrum Center features an assortment of cafés and restaurants and one of the country’s largest movie theater complexes, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Cinemas and IMAX.