Los Angeles / Orange County Visitor Information

Along the Coast

Soak up some sun at one of the county’s many sunny and sandy beaches. While in scenic, star-studded Malibu, take one of the 10 public-access paths to see the beach and its ‘cottages.’ If you’re into serious surfing (or like to watch), head to Surf Riders State Beach, where the surfing craze began.

For more low-key activities, move on to sheltered Paradise Cove, near Point Dume, or try Zuma Beach. The most secluded spot yet might be Leo Carrillo State Beach.

But if people watching is what you’re really after, go to the Santa Monica Pier for its boardwalk ambiance. Also visit Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, where musicians and mimes perform and artists sketch among sidewalk cafes and shops.


The mother lode for people watching is Venice Beach Boardwalk. This frenetic and colorful mélange of skaters, cyclists, joggers, entertainers, and eccentrics is about as L.A. as you can get. For some quiet time, watch the boats at Marina Del Rey. Laze about in the sand at Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, or Redondo Beach.

Head to Long Beach for a harbor cruise from Shoreline Village, a waterfront shopping area. Step into the glamour of yesteryear with a stroll on the decks of the Queen Mary. Once a most luxurious way to cross the ocean, the regal oceanliner now houses shops, restaurants, and a hotel. Stroll down Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach for smart shops, stylish dining, and lively entertainment. Attention shop-aholics! Don’t miss the impressive Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, offering more than 350 stores and restaurants.

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Top Attractions in the Los Angeles / Orange County Area

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Boomers, Fountain Valley
Boomers, Irvine
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Crystal Cathedral
Disney’s California Adventure Park, Anaheim
Disneyland, Anaheim
Downtown Disney District, Anaheim
Golfing in Orange County
Huntington Beach
Irvine Regional Park
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, Buena Park
Malibu Pier, Malibu Beach
Noguchi Sculpture Garden, Costa Mesa
Old Towne Orange
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
Sport fishing in Orange County
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Warner Bros Studios, Burbank
Wild Rivers Waterpark, Irvine

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