Orange County was the epicenter of the cultural surfing movement in the 60s and is where the Endless Summer took hold. To say surfing is huge in OC is an understatement - especially in Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA®. If you’re a novice, take a surfing lesson. Toes on the Nose, a surfing apparel company based in Orange County, is one of many companies that provides surf instruction by experienced riders.
It’s no secret that Orange County is the capital of the surfing industry with many of the industry heavyweights like Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong and Rusty, to name a few. Take the time to step into the many surf shops near the beach and pick up a SoCal souvenir.
There is a plethora of beach activities awaiting you at any one of our beaches. The boardwalks of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach allow for bicycle riding, running, rollerblading (or roller skating if you’re old school) or good ol’ fashioned walking. Each beach also has several volleyball nets (especially Huntington Beach) for that pick up game.
Even with a surfboard, you’re eventually going to get wet. Set your sails and go…sailing. Or you can rent a kayak and paddle in Newport Harbor or Dana Point Harbors. Or you can take up the latest water exercise craze – stand up paddling, which you can do in the harbors or out on the ocean.
A beach bonfire in a cement fire ring is a time-honored tradition California residents and visitors. Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach all have cement pits but be warned, they get taken quickly, especially during the summer months. Roasting s’mores over a roaring fire as the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean is a perfect way to cap off a sun-filled day.
SUNSET DINNER & DRINKS
Sunset Dinner & Drinks. The vibrant colors of an OC sunset are amazing in and of themselves. It was, after all, an Orange County sunset that inspired John Van Hamersveld to create his iconic poster for the classic surfing movie, The Endless Summer. As the sun sets over the Pacific, salute the “martini flag” raised outside the enchanting seaside Beachcomber café or savor appetizers at the Rooftop Lounge at La Casa del Camino. Also, enjoy happy hour with a view at Las Brisas - Seafoods of Mexico.
PREDAWN ZEN & BREAKFAST
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for the body. Add the ocean breeze, sounds of crashing waves and sunlight as it begins to peer over the Santa Ana Mountains, and you’ve just fed your soul. For a unique vantage point, get that breakfast to go and head out to the end of the Huntington Beach Pier, Newport Beach Pier, Seal Beach Pier, San Clemente Pier or Balboa Pier, to see the sun as it rises, as well as the many early rising surfers.
WHAT A CATCH
Fishing can be done a myriad of ways in OC. From fishing off of the before-mentioned piers before the sun rises and after the sun sets, to taking any one of the many twilight fishing excursions from Dana Point Harbor and Newport Beach Harbor.
GET YOUR GREENS
If a day out on the links sounds more like your version of fun, you'll be pleased to discover that Orange County is known as the California's Golf Coast. Stunning, lush golf courses are around every corner.