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'''Costa Mesa''' [http://www.travelcostamesa.com] is a city in [[Orange County]], a region of [[Southern California]].  
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'''Costa Mesa''' [http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/] is a city in [[Orange County (California)|Orange County]], a region of [[Southern California]].  
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Throughout the 1800s, this area consisted mostly of a few farms and some apple orchards. Costa Mesa was officially incorporated in 1920; its name meaning "coast tableland" in Spanish. During World War II, Costa Mesa was the site of the Santa Ana Army Air Base, a military installation that existed from 1942 to 1946. Today, Costa Mesa is home to the annual Orange County Fair .
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Throughout the 1800s, this area consisted mostly of a few farms and some apple orchards. Costa Mesa was officially incorporated in 1920; its name meaning "coast tableland" in Spanish. During World War II, Costa Mesa was the site of the Santa Ana Army Air Base, a military installation that existed from 1942-1946. Today, Costa Mesa has expanded into a robust community that features a legitimate focus on performing arts and entertainment.  Costa Mesa provides a city-like feel in a suburban setting with a vast amount of storefront shops and residential areas.  The west side of the city features industrial properties that specialize in manufacturing while the northern part of the city features commercial properties that specialize in business.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
Traveling to Costa Mesa is not difficult but usually requires a personal (or rented) vehicle.
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===By plane===
  
Driving: Home to one Interstate freeway: the 405; as well as two California highways: the 55 and 73; driving into the city is not hardHarbor Boulevard is an important North-South road in the city while 17th Street and 19th Street are important East-West roads in the city.
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'''John Wayne Airport''' ({{IATA|SNA}}) is just on the other side of the Costa Mesa/Santa Ana borderFrom there you can either rent a vehicle, obtain a taxi, or use the bus system to get around.
  
Flying: One can also fly in as '''John Wayne Airport''' (SNA) is just on the other side of the Costa Mesa/Santa Ana border.
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===By road===
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Home to one Interstate 405 and California highways 55 and 73; driving into the city is not hard.  Harbor Boulevard, Newport Boulevard, and Bristol Street are important North-South roads in the city while Baker Street, 17th Street, and 19th Street are important East-West roads in the city.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
OCTA operates a myriad of buses in the city. The most important ones are those that serve South Coast Plaza. Routes 51, 55, 57, 76, 86, 145, 172, 173, 211, 216 and 464 all serve the mall, which basically means that SCP is accessible almost anywhere in the county.
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'''OCTA''' [http://www.octa.net/] operates a myriad of buses in the city. The most important ones are those that serve South Coast Plaza. Routes 51, 55, 57, 76, 86, 145, 172, 173, 211, 216 and 464 all serve the mall, which basically means that SCP is accessible almost anywhere in the county.
  
Cab ServiceCab companies are plentiful in O.C.  
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'''Cab Service''', Cab companies are plentiful in O.C.
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*'''1-800-4-MY-TAXI'''  A taxi service that explicitly serves Orange County
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Don't underestimate the distance between blocks--especially if walking. Costa Mesa has longer address blocks than most other U.S. cities. For example, it's about a third of a mile (over 500m) from 2500 to 2600 Fairview Blvd with three intersections in-between.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Costa Mesa, Orange County, offers quality shopping (notably South Coast Plaza), nine luxurious hotels, and fine dining.
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Costa Mesa offers quality variety of shopping, fine dining, and entertainment options.  Costa Mesa also features plenty of golf courses and parks in addition to being mere minutes away from the Pacific Ocean for people who want to spend time outdoors.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
*<do name="The Detroit Bar" alt="" address="843 West 19th Street" directions="" phone="949-642-0600" url="www.detroitbar.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A 300-capacity music venue has found itself to be home to a wide variety of acts that have come through town (hip-hop artist GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan has performed here, as have grunge metal pioneers The Melvins in addition to local house DJs on Fridays and karaoke singers on Sundays.)  Mondays always feature free cover and showcase the local band of the month all month long.</do>
 
  
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*<do name="Orange County Fairgrounds" alt="" address="88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.ocfair.com/ocf/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Orange County Fair is in full effect from mid-July to mid-August, featuring a wide variety of rides, food, games, and live events; with most of the latter being held at the 8,500-capacity Pacific Amphitheater and has featured performers such as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Weird Al Yankovic, Leann Rimes, and Fergie (from The Black Eyed Peas).  When the fair isn't in effect, the fairgrounds are open year-round for a wide variety of trade shows, expos, and other events.</do>
  
* '''South Coast Plaza'''. An enormous shopping mall that is so large that it has its own zip code. Shops include the high-end boutiques that are also found on [[Beverly Hills|Beverly Hills']] Rodeo Drive as well as chain stores such as Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch. It is accessible from the 405 and 5 freeways.
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*<do name="Segerstrom Center for the Arts" alt="" address="600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.ocpac.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center) features several auditoriums the range in capacity from 250-3,000 people to host a variety of plays, ballets, and symphonic performances. The center comprises the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater, plus the Tony-Award-winning South Coast Repertory (SCR), and a visual arts facility to be built at a later date.  An expansive 46,000 ft² community plaza, which was created by Peter Walker and Partners, unites the two Centers.
  
*'''The Lab/The Camp'''. On the other side of the 405 is the outdoor "anti-mall" the Lab, featuring hip nationwide chains such as Urban Outfitters and Buffalo Exchange, but has also contains 2 fabulous restaurants, the vegan-friendly Gyspy Cafe, a great hair salon and more than enough independent boutiques (Carve, Blends, Treasury Dept, etc) Across Bristol St. is the also outdoor Camp, which is newer and more gastronomically-centered. Highlights include the Seed People's Market, Active, tattoo parlor Outer Limits and the restaurants Ecco Italian Cuisine, Native Foods and Valhalla Table. Both have incredible architecture and plenty of places to lounge, including a hammock!!  Though unaffiliated with the mall, an American Apparel store is located a few blocks away.
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There are also many outstanding works of art, including Connector, a towering sculpture designed by Richard Sera that graces the plaza. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the district to experience the spectacular works of Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Charles O. Perry, and Isamu Noguchi, among other world-class figures whose artistry is on public display locally. A centerpiece is Noguchi’s 1.6-acre collection of sculptures and plantings called California Scenario. </do>
  
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*<buy name="South Coast Plaza" address="3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa" url="http://www.southcoastplaza.com/">An enormous shopping plaza that is so large that it has its has two campuses directly across from each other.  Shops include the high-end boutiques that are also found on [[Beverly Hills|Beverly Hills']] Rodeo Drive as well as chain stores such as Gap and Abercrombie &amp; Fitch.  It is accessible from the 405 and 5 freeways.  Directly across from the mall is the '''Metro Pointe at South Coast''' which is an open-air retail, entertainment, and commercial center.</buy>
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*<buy name="The Lab/The Camp" address="2930 Bristol Street Costa Mesa" url="2930 Bristol Street">On the other side of the 405 is the outdoor "anti-mall" the Lab, featuring hip nationwide chains such as Urban Outfitters and Buffalo Exchange, but has also contains 2 fabulous restaurants, the vegan-friendly Gyspy Cafe, a great hair salon and more than enough independent boutiques (Carve, Blends, Treasury Dept, etc) Across Bristol St. is the also outdoor Camp, which is newer and more gastronomically-centered. Highlights include the Seed People's Market, Active, tattoo parlor Outer Limits and the restaurants Ecco Italian Cuisine, Native Foods and Valhalla Table. Both have incredible architecture and plenty of places to lounge, including a hammock. Though unaffiliated with the mall, an '''American Apparel store''' is located a few blocks away.</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*<eat name="TerraNova Dining Room at the Wyndham Orange County"> provides casual, upscale dining while overlooking a picturesque lake and outdoor clubhouse seating for those who prefer the fresh air. Breakfast lovers can begin their day with the new "Fields and Sun Breakfast" buffet offering the freshest fruits and produce, muffins and croissants baked daily, cooked to order omelets and much more. The lunchtime all-you-can-eat "Pasta Bar" at our Costa Mesa California hotel offers five different types of pasta accompanied by over 25 fresh ingredients and sauces. With all cuisines represented, the brasserie-style lunch and dinner menu consists of old and new favorites including signature char-grilled meats, fresh seafood and seasonal specialties. The menu is complemented by a superb wine list with over 20 California and regional selections -making them a leader in hotel dining in Costa Mesa.</eat>
 
  
*<eat name="Doria's Haus of Pizza" alt="" address="1500 Adams Ave" phone="714-751-8777">This family-run hole-in-the-wall is a great place for inexpensive Italian food. Their pizza's are huge and cheesy, a knife-and-fork kinda pie. Their antipasto salad is very tasty, and the house dressing is full of fresh garlic for some great sopping! Hands-down best pizza in Costa Mesa (some claim best in Orange County..others claim best in Southern California).  The manicotti is 'old school'--very cheesy.  As a bonus, people-watch the obligatorily black-clad Paul Mitchell School students going to-and-from class, and pop into the retro second-hand clothing joint nextdoor.</eat>
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*<eat name="Silver Trumpet at the Wyndham Orange County" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Casual, dining overlooking a picturesque lake with outdoor clubhouse seating for those who prefer the fresh air. Breakfast available with fresh fruit, muffins and croissants baked daily, cooked to order omelets. Brasserie-style lunch and dinner menu includes char-grilled meats, fresh seafood and seasonal specialties. Wine list with over 20 California and regional selections.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Taqueria El Granjenal" alt="" address="899 West 19th Street" directions="" phone="949-645-4964"> Located on the city's west side, this Mexican eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They feature some authentic Mexican favorites such as mojarra and menudo (weekends only) but also cater to more American tastes with some of the best hamburgers, burritos around.  Try their fresh juices or their Kim's Tacos:  Pork or beef tacos where the meat is spicy and Korean flavored.</eat>
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*<eat name="Doria's Haus of Pizza" alt="" address="1500 Adams Ave" phone="+1 714 751-8777">Family-run hole-in-the-wall is a great place for inexpensive Italian food.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Taco Mesa" alt="" address="647 W. 19th St" directions="" phone="949-642-0629"> A wonderfully inexpensive gourmet Mexican place. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their food is made fresh on the premises. Try to hit between peak hours as this place is very popular. </eat>
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*<eat name="Taqueria El Granjenal" alt="" address="899 West 19th Street" directions="" phone="+1 949 645-4964" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Mexican eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mexican favorites such as mojarra and menudo (weekends only) but also cater to more American tastes with hamburgers, burritos, and tortas.  Ffresh juices. Kim's tacos, pork or beef tacos where the meat is spicy and Korean flavored.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Seasons 52" alt="" address="3333 Bristol Avenue" directions="" phone="714-437-5252" url="http://www.seasons52.com/locations/costa_mesa.asp" hours="11:30 am - 10:00 pm" price="" lat="" long="">Seasonally-inspired dining choices.</eat>
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*<eat name="Taco Mesa" alt="" address="647 W. 19th St" directions="" phone="+1 949 642-0629">Gourmet Mexican place. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try to visit between peak hours as this place is very popular.</eat>
  
*<sleep name="Hotties Pizza" alt="" address="440 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627" directions="" phone="949.650.6205" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Hottie's Pizza is locally owned and operated.  
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*<eat name="Seasons 52" alt="" address="3333 Bristol Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 714 437-5252" url="http://www.seasons52.com/locations/costa_mesa.asp" hours="11:30AM - 10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Seasonally-inspired dining choices.</eat>
Originally located on Old Newport Road, in Newport Beach,
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we were know as the “hautest pizza in Newport” and have now opened in Costa Mesa to serve Newport and East and Westside Costa Mesa.  </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotties Pizza" alt="Previously Hautest pizza in Newport" address="440 Fair Drive" directions="" phone="+1 949 650-6205" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Locally owned and operated.</sleep>
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*<eat name="Mastro's Steakhouse" alt="" address="633 Anton Blvd" directions="" phone="+1 714 546-7405" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere.  Hand-cut USDA steaks on 400⁰ steak plates and fresh seafood.  The piano lounge runs 7 nights a week and features specialty dry-ice martinis and cocktailsMastro’s is Zagat Rated and named one of “the top 10 steakhouses in the US (Gayot).</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
*<drink name="Goat Hill Tavern" alt="" address="1830 Newport Blvd" directions="" phone="+1-949-548-8428" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very fun, gritty bar complete with a peanut shell-covered floor. They have well over 100 different beers on tap with the advertised number being 141.  The crowd is varied in age and social status and is generally one of the better places to hang out in Central Orange County.</drink>
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*<drink name="Avalon Bar" alt="" address="820 W 19th St Costa Mesa" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A small dive bar located on the city's west-side directly across the way from The Detroit Bar. Dive bar type of environment with a noir-art decor. There are always drink specials and the weekends usually feature live dance music.  The crowds are usually modest; which makes it an ideal spot to grab a drink and socialize.</drink>
  
*<drink name="Tin Lizze Saloon" alt="" address="752 Saint Clair Costa Mesa, CA 92626" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tinlizziesaloon.com/default.asp" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of Orange Counties few remaining bars for gays, lesbians, and straights alike. Located between the 405 and 5 freeways it is easily accessible and is the perfect drink stop after a day of shopping or working at South Coast Plaza.</drink>
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*<do name="The Detroit Bar" alt="" address="843 West 19th Street" directions="" phone="+1 949 642-0600" url="http://www.detroitbar.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A 300-capacity music venue has found itself to be home to a wide variety of acts that have come through town (hip-hop artist GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan has performed here, as have grunge metal pioneers The Melvins in addition to local house DJs on Fridays and karaoke singers on Sundays.)  Mondays always feature free cover and showcase the local band of the month all month long.</do>
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*<drink name="Goat Hill Tavern" alt="" address="1830 Newport Blvd" directions="" phone="+1 949 548-8428" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very fun, gritty bar complete with a peanut shell-covered floor. 141 different beers on tap. Varied crowd,</drink>
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*<drink name="Hi-Time Wine Cellar" alt="" address="250 Ogle Street Costa Mesa" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.hitimewine.net/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Though not a bar, Hi-Time has a broad selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Wine bar, a cooled wine cellar and a cooled walk-in beer refrigerator with exotic beverages from around the world.  Hi-Time also features cigars and bulk-food items.</drink>
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*<drink name="Tin Lizze Saloon" alt="Between the 405 and 5 freeways" address="752 Saint Clair Costa Mesa" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tinlizziesaloon.com/default.asp" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of Orange Counties few remaining bars for gays, lesbians, and straights.</drink>
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*<drink name="Shark Club" address="841 Baker Street Costa Mesa" url="http://www.sharkclub.com/">Two dance floors and 2,000 gallon shark tank, they also have an open kitchen. VIP treatment and bottle service available, The Shark Club is expensive and high-energy.</drink>
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*<drink name="Sutra" address="1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa" url="http://www.sutraoc.com/"> L.A.-type of environment with high energy and high fashion.  Regularly has house music to dance to but established hip hop and electronic music artists are known to throw parties there.</drink>
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*<drink name="La Cave" alt="" address="1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627" directions="" phone="949) 646-7944" url="http://lacaverestaurant.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Subterranean steakhouse and lounge. Stiff pours, best entertainment in town. Keep a look out for "Sega Genacide," a 90's cover band. Dimly lit lounge and bar area. Great dance floor, throwback to a bygone era. </drink>
  
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* '''Best Western Newport Mesa Inn''', 2642 Newport Boulevard, ''+1 949'' 650-3020, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 554-2378, Fax: ''+1 949'' 642-1220, [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05417].
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* '''Best Western Newport Mesa Inn''', 2642 Newport Boulevard, +1 949 650-3020, Toll-free: 1 800 554-2378, (fax:+1 949 642-1220), [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05417].
* '''Costa Mesa Marriott''', 500 Anton Boulevard, ''+1 714'' 957-1100, Fax: ''+1 714'' 966-8495, [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/SNAST].
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*<sleep name="Days Inn Newport Beach/Costa Mesa" alt="" address="2100 Newport Blvd." directions="" phone="949-642-2670" url="http://www.daysinncalifornia.com/html/days-inn-costamesa.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* '''Costa Mesa Marriott''', 500 Anton Boulevard, +1 714 957-1100, (fax:+1 714 966-8495), [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/snast-costa-mesa-marriott/].
* '''Holiday Inn''', 3131 South Bristol Street, ''+1 714'' 557-3000, [http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/laxcm].
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* '''Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites''', 2070 Newport Blvd, ''+1 949'' 631-6000. Near the airport. [http://www.hiecostamesa.com].
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* '''The Hotel Hanford''', 3131 Bristol Street, +1 877 426-3673, [http://www.thehotelhanford.com/index.cfm].
* '''Motel 6''', 1441 Gisler Avenue, ''+1 714'' 957-3063, Fax: ''+1 714'' 979-8257, [http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.asp?MotelId=1347].
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* '''Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach''', 881 West Baker Street, ''+1 714'' 241-8800, Fax: ''+1 714'' 546-4308, [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CSMNB].
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* '''The Westin South Coast Plaza''', 686 Anton Blvd, +1 714 540-2500, [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1002].
*<sleep name="Wyndham Orange County" alt="" address="3350 Avenue of the Arts" directions="" phone="714-751-5100" url="http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SNAOC/services/main.wnt" checkin="3:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">This Costa Mesa pet friendly hotel offers amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, hotel airport shuttle, and high speed Internet.</sleep>
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* '''Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa''', 3050 Bristol Street, +1 714 540-7000, [http://www.hiltonorangecounty.com].
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* '''Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites''', 2070 Newport Blvd, +1 949 631-6000. Near the airport. [http://www.hiecostamesa.com].
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* '''Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach''', 881 West Baker Street, +1 714 241-8800, (fax:+1 714 546-4308), [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/csmnb-residence-inn-costa-mesa-newport-beach/].
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* '''Ayres Hotel & Suites''', 325 Bristol Street, +1 714 549-0300. [http://www.ayreshotels.com/costamesa/index.asp].
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* '''Ramada Costa Mesa''', 1680 Superior Ave, +1 949 645-2221. [http://www.ramada.com/Ramada/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=02147].
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*<sleep name="Wyndham Orange County" alt="" address="3350 Avenue of the Arts" directions="" phone="+1 714 751-5100" url="http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SNAOC/services/main.wnt" checkin="3PM" checkout="12midday" price="" lat="" long="">Pet friendly hotel with outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, hotel airport shuttle, and high-speed Internet.</sleep>
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* '''Motel 6''', 1441 Gisler Avenue, +1 714 957-3063, (fax:+1 714 979-8257), [http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.asp?MotelId=1347].
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*<sleep name="Days Inn Newport Beach/Costa Mesa" alt="" address="2100 Newport Blvd." directions="" phone="+1 949 642-2670" url="http://www.daysinncalifornia.com/html/days-inn-costamesa.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa" alt="" address="3205 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626" directions="" phone="714-557-8360" url="http://vagabondinn.com/Hotels/Costa-Mesa-CA/Overview/326" checkin="3:00pm" checkout="12:00pm" price="" lat="33.687601" long="-117.921088">The Costa Mesa Vagabond Inn offers business and pet friendly rooms, multilingual staff, complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pool, spa, semi-truck parking, free WiFi, and other services.</sleep>
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Costa Mesa can be one of the safest cities to visit but it also has it's share of crime. Regions near Santa Ana can have criminal incidents spill over into the city as a result of gangs and narcotics.  The city's Westside is lower-income and highly-industrial; making it a somewhat popular destination for homeless people.    
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Costa Mesa can be one of the safest cities to visit but it also has it's share of crime. Regions near Santa Ana can have criminal incidents spill over into the city as a result of gangs and narcotics.  The city's Westside is lower-income and highly-industrial; making it a somewhat popular destination for homeless people and panhandlers.  The local police department does patrols on a routine basis, however, so criminal incidents are limited at worst.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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Considering that the CA-55 South terminates at Costa Mesa's 19th Street, CA-55 North will lead to northern Orange County and will connect to CA-91, which leads to [[Riverside]] California.
  
 
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Costa Mesa [1] is a city in Orange County, a region of Southern California.

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Understand

Throughout the 1800s, this area consisted mostly of a few farms and some apple orchards. Costa Mesa was officially incorporated in 1920; its name meaning "coast tableland" in Spanish. During World War II, Costa Mesa was the site of the Santa Ana Army Air Base, a military installation that existed from 1942-1946. Today, Costa Mesa has expanded into a robust community that features a legitimate focus on performing arts and entertainment. Costa Mesa provides a city-like feel in a suburban setting with a vast amount of storefront shops and residential areas. The west side of the city features industrial properties that specialize in manufacturing while the northern part of the city features commercial properties that specialize in business.

Get in

By plane

John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA) is just on the other side of the Costa Mesa/Santa Ana border. From there you can either rent a vehicle, obtain a taxi, or use the bus system to get around.

By road

Home to one Interstate 405 and California highways 55 and 73; driving into the city is not hard. Harbor Boulevard, Newport Boulevard, and Bristol Street are important North-South roads in the city while Baker Street, 17th Street, and 19th Street are important East-West roads in the city.

Get around

OCTA [2] operates a myriad of buses in the city. The most important ones are those that serve South Coast Plaza. Routes 51, 55, 57, 76, 86, 145, 172, 173, 211, 216 and 464 all serve the mall, which basically means that SCP is accessible almost anywhere in the county.

Cab Service, Cab companies are plentiful in O.C.

  • 1-800-4-MY-TAXI A taxi service that explicitly serves Orange County

Don't underestimate the distance between blocks--especially if walking. Costa Mesa has longer address blocks than most other U.S. cities. For example, it's about a third of a mile (over 500m) from 2500 to 2600 Fairview Blvd with three intersections in-between.

See

Costa Mesa offers quality variety of shopping, fine dining, and entertainment options. Costa Mesa also features plenty of golf courses and parks in addition to being mere minutes away from the Pacific Ocean for people who want to spend time outdoors.

Do

  • Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, [3]. The Orange County Fair is in full effect from mid-July to mid-August, featuring a wide variety of rides, food, games, and live events; with most of the latter being held at the 8,500-capacity Pacific Amphitheater and has featured performers such as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Weird Al Yankovic, Leann Rimes, and Fergie (from The Black Eyed Peas). When the fair isn't in effect, the fairgrounds are open year-round for a wide variety of trade shows, expos, and other events.
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, [4]. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center) features several auditoriums the range in capacity from 250-3,000 people to host a variety of plays, ballets, and symphonic performances. The center comprises the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater, plus the Tony-Award-winning South Coast Repertory (SCR), and a visual arts facility to be built at a later date. An expansive 46,000 ft² community plaza, which was created by Peter Walker and Partners, unites the two Centers. There are also many outstanding works of art, including Connector, a towering sculpture designed by Richard Sera that graces the plaza. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the district to experience the spectacular works of Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Charles O. Perry, and Isamu Noguchi, among other world-class figures whose artistry is on public display locally. A centerpiece is Noguchi’s 1.6-acre collection of sculptures and plantings called California Scenario.

Buy

  • South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, [5]. An enormous shopping plaza that is so large that it has its has two campuses directly across from each other. Shops include the high-end boutiques that are also found on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive as well as chain stores such as Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch. It is accessible from the 405 and 5 freeways. Directly across from the mall is the Metro Pointe at South Coast which is an open-air retail, entertainment, and commercial center.
  • The Lab/The Camp, 2930 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, [6]. On the other side of the 405 is the outdoor "anti-mall" the Lab, featuring hip nationwide chains such as Urban Outfitters and Buffalo Exchange, but has also contains 2 fabulous restaurants, the vegan-friendly Gyspy Cafe, a great hair salon and more than enough independent boutiques (Carve, Blends, Treasury Dept, etc) Across Bristol St. is the also outdoor Camp, which is newer and more gastronomically-centered. Highlights include the Seed People's Market, Active, tattoo parlor Outer Limits and the restaurants Ecco Italian Cuisine, Native Foods and Valhalla Table. Both have incredible architecture and plenty of places to lounge, including a hammock. Though unaffiliated with the mall, an American Apparel store is located a few blocks away.

Eat

  • Silver Trumpet at the Wyndham Orange County. Casual, dining overlooking a picturesque lake with outdoor clubhouse seating for those who prefer the fresh air. Breakfast available with fresh fruit, muffins and croissants baked daily, cooked to order omelets. Brasserie-style lunch and dinner menu includes char-grilled meats, fresh seafood and seasonal specialties. Wine list with over 20 California and regional selections.
  • Doria's Haus of Pizza, 1500 Adams Ave, +1 714 751-8777. Family-run hole-in-the-wall is a great place for inexpensive Italian food.
  • Taqueria El Granjenal, 899 West 19th Street, +1 949 645-4964. Mexican eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mexican favorites such as mojarra and menudo (weekends only) but also cater to more American tastes with hamburgers, burritos, and tortas. Ffresh juices. Kim's tacos, pork or beef tacos where the meat is spicy and Korean flavored.
  • Taco Mesa, 647 W. 19th St, +1 949 642-0629. Gourmet Mexican place. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try to visit between peak hours as this place is very popular.
  • Seasons 52, 3333 Bristol Avenue, +1 714 437-5252, [7]. 11:30AM - 10PM. Seasonally-inspired dining choices.
  • Hotties Pizza (Previously Hautest pizza in Newport), 440 Fair Drive, +1 949 650-6205. Locally owned and operated.
  • Mastro's Steakhouse, 633 Anton Blvd, +1 714 546-7405. Live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. Hand-cut USDA steaks on 400⁰ steak plates and fresh seafood. The piano lounge runs 7 nights a week and features specialty dry-ice martinis and cocktails. Mastro’s is Zagat Rated and named one of “the top 10 steakhouses in the US (Gayot).

Drink

  • Avalon Bar, 820 W 19th St Costa Mesa. A small dive bar located on the city's west-side directly across the way from The Detroit Bar. Dive bar type of environment with a noir-art decor. There are always drink specials and the weekends usually feature live dance music. The crowds are usually modest; which makes it an ideal spot to grab a drink and socialize.
  • The Detroit Bar, 843 West 19th Street, +1 949 642-0600, [8]. A 300-capacity music venue has found itself to be home to a wide variety of acts that have come through town (hip-hop artist GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan has performed here, as have grunge metal pioneers The Melvins in addition to local house DJs on Fridays and karaoke singers on Sundays.) Mondays always feature free cover and showcase the local band of the month all month long.
  • Goat Hill Tavern, 1830 Newport Blvd, +1 949 548-8428. Very fun, gritty bar complete with a peanut shell-covered floor. 141 different beers on tap. Varied crowd,
  • Hi-Time Wine Cellar, 250 Ogle Street Costa Mesa, [9]. Though not a bar, Hi-Time has a broad selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Wine bar, a cooled wine cellar and a cooled walk-in beer refrigerator with exotic beverages from around the world. Hi-Time also features cigars and bulk-food items.
  • Tin Lizze Saloon (Between the 405 and 5 freeways), 752 Saint Clair Costa Mesa, [10]. One of Orange Counties few remaining bars for gays, lesbians, and straights.
  • Shark Club, 841 Baker Street Costa Mesa, [11]. Two dance floors and 2,000 gallon shark tank, they also have an open kitchen. VIP treatment and bottle service available, The Shark Club is expensive and high-energy.
  • Sutra, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, [12]. L.A.-type of environment with high energy and high fashion. Regularly has house music to dance to but established hip hop and electronic music artists are known to throw parties there.
  • La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 949) 646-7944, [13]. Subterranean steakhouse and lounge. Stiff pours, best entertainment in town. Keep a look out for "Sega Genacide," a 90's cover band. Dimly lit lounge and bar area. Great dance floor, throwback to a bygone era.


Sleep

  • Best Western Newport Mesa Inn, 2642 Newport Boulevard, +1 949 650-3020, Toll-free: 1 800 554-2378, (fax:+1 949 642-1220), [14].
  • Costa Mesa Marriott, 500 Anton Boulevard, +1 714 957-1100, (fax:+1 714 966-8495), [15].
  • The Hotel Hanford, 3131 Bristol Street, +1 877 426-3673, [16].
  • The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, +1 714 540-2500, [17].
  • Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, +1 714 540-7000, [18].
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2070 Newport Blvd, +1 949 631-6000. Near the airport. [19].
  • Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach, 881 West Baker Street, +1 714 241-8800, (fax:+1 714 546-4308), [20].
  • Ayres Hotel & Suites, 325 Bristol Street, +1 714 549-0300. [21].
  • Ramada Costa Mesa, 1680 Superior Ave, +1 949 645-2221. [22].
  • Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, +1 714 751-5100, [23]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12midday. Pet friendly hotel with outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, hotel airport shuttle, and high-speed Internet.
  • Motel 6, 1441 Gisler Avenue, +1 714 957-3063, (fax:+1 714 979-8257), [24].
  • Days Inn Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, 2100 Newport Blvd., +1 949 642-2670, [25].
  • Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa, 3205 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-557-8360, [26]. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. The Costa Mesa Vagabond Inn offers business and pet friendly rooms, multilingual staff, complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pool, spa, semi-truck parking, free WiFi, and other services. (33.687601,-117.921088)

Stay safe

Costa Mesa can be one of the safest cities to visit but it also has it's share of crime. Regions near Santa Ana can have criminal incidents spill over into the city as a result of gangs and narcotics. The city's Westside is lower-income and highly-industrial; making it a somewhat popular destination for homeless people and panhandlers. The local police department does patrols on a routine basis, however, so criminal incidents are limited at worst.

Get out

You can leave the city either through the John Wayne Airport or by taking the local freeways out of the city. CA-73 and I-405 will lead to Los Angeles if you head north or to San Diego if you head south.

Considering that the CA-55 South terminates at Costa Mesa's 19th Street, CA-55 North will lead to northern Orange County and will connect to CA-91, which leads to Riverside California.


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