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Orange County (California)

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Orange County (California)

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For other places with the same name, see Orange County (California) (disambiguation).

Orange County is a county in Southern California.

Regions

Cities

There are many cities in Orange County; here are a few of the major ones.

  • Aliso Viejo
  • Anaheim - Home of Disneyland, Mighty Ducks(National Hockey League), and Angels (Major League Baseball), second most populous
  • Brea
  • Buena Park - The City known as the home of Knott's Berry Farm, lots of used car lots, It is the gateway to Los Angeles. Los Angeles
  • Costa Mesa - Best understood as a blending of the styles of Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, with surf lifestyle and Mexican-American influences combining to give the city a unique character. Costa Mesa is also the shopping epicenter of Orange County, home to the gigantic South Coast Plaza and the alternative-hip malls The Lab and The Camp. Costa Mesa is home to a large Japanese-American community.
  • Cypress
  • Fountain Valley - A classic bedroom community, situated between other areas of greater interest to travellers. Fountain Valley also has a growing Japanese-American community, though as of yet nowhere near the scope of Costa Mesa's.
  • Garden Grove - Home to Little Seoul, a culturally rich Korean community.
  • Huntington Beach - "Surf City". Huntington Beach has a long surfing tradition and famous beaches.
  • Irvine - One of youngest and the largest city in terms of land size. A somewhat gentrified community with a significant Asian-American heritage.
  • La Habra
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Hills
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Laguna Woods
  • Lake Forest
  • Los Alamitos
  • Mission Viejo
  • Newport Beach - one of the richest communities in the nation.
  • Orange - Home to Old Town Orange, a community, shopping, and nightlife destination designed to replicate the feel of 1950s Americana.
  • Placentia
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana - one of the oldest and largest cities in Orange County, with a tremendous Mexican-American population and cultural influences.
  • Stanton
  • Tustin
  • Villa Park
  • Westminster - Home to Little Saigon, the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.
  • Yorba Linda

Understand

Comprising of 34 incorporated cities and various unincorporated regions, it has a total population of more than 3 million, and is the fifth largest county in the United States. The population of these cities range from over 300,000 (Santa Ana and Anaheim) to merely 6,200 (Villa Park). Bordering Los Angeles on the north and stretching towards San Diego in the south, and Riverside County on the east. Orange County is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by the Santa Ana Mountains. The area enjoys beautiful beaches and warm weather year round. Orange County has a reputation for being more conservative than the rest of California, with fiscal conservative attitudes dominating in well-off cities and some social-conservative attitudes being prevalent in some of Orange County's thriving ethnic subcommunities.

Orange County is in the Pacific Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time.

For emergencies in Orange County, dial 911 toll-free from any phone including payphones. Note that dialing 911 from a cell-phone will place you in contact with the California Highway Patrol.

Santa Ana is the county seat.

Talk

English and Spanish are the two most common languages spoken in Orange County. Most government agencies will have someone available who speaks Spanish. In North Orange County, many businesses will have someone who speaks Spanish on staff but the further south into Orange one travels, the less likely this will become. Because of the ethnic diversity of Southern California, there are many neighborhoods where other languages are dominant, mostly from Asian countries. In Garden Grove, Korean is widely spoken; in Westminster, Vietnamese is a very common language. Japanese is more commonly spoken in Costa Mesa.

Get in

By car

Several freeways provide access to Orange County.

  • From the south: Interstate 5
  • From the north: Intestates 5 and 405

By air

  • John Wayne Airport (SNA) - 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, +1 949 252-5200. Several major and regional airlines fly into John Wayne airport. Most of the major car rental companies also have locations at this airport.
Airports near Orange County
* Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 1 World Way, Los Angeles, +1 310 646-5252. Located 40 miles (64 km) from Santa Ana, about a 46 minute drive south-east to Santa Ana.
* Long Beach Airport (LGB) - 4100 Donald Douglas Dr., Long Beach, +1 562 570-2678, Fax: +1 562 570-2603 e-mail:[email protected]. Located 20 miles (32 km) from Santa Ana, about a 25 minute drive east to Santa Ana.

By train

  • Metrolink - Toll free: +1 800 371-5465. Two Metrolink lines run into Orange County, one between Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles and San Juan Capistrano and the other from San Bernardino to San Juan Capistrano. Each line has several stops in Orange County. A third line, the 91 Line runs from Riverside County to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. It has one stop in Orange County, in Fullerton.

Get around

  • Orange County Transit Authority - +1 714 636-7433. OCTA lines cover all areas of Orange County. Fares - Regular: $1.25, Seniors (65 & over) and persons with disabilities: $0.50; Day pass - $3.00, Seniors (65 & over) and persons with disabilities: $1.00, 7-Day Pass - Regular: $15.00, Seniors (65 & over) and persons with disabilities: $5.00.

See

  • Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park is Disneyland's neighbor and tends to be less crowded although many of the attractions are less family friendly.
  • Virtually every city has an indoor or outdoor shopping mall.

Do

  • The Beach - Any of Orange County's Beach Cities offers access to the Pacific Ocean. Huntington Beach is perhaps the most popular, with Newport Beach being preferred by well-to-do types.

Eat

Orange County has quite a niche for award winning dining, signature California cuisine and ethnic specialties. Orange County is a food lover’s haven with close to 5,000 restaurants serving everything from the freshest seafood to exotic delicacies.

Drink

Stay safe

Though the Beach Areas of the county are generally safe, localism among surfers can turn violent. It is best to look at a local guidebook to find areas in which this is not a problem. Inland OC is another issue. Though the county is quite safe, street gang activity is common in areas such as east anaheim and the la Jolla and atwood neighborhoods of placentia. It is also wise to stay out of immigrant slums where facilites and other ammenities can be poor at best

Get out

  • Long Beach is about 20 minutes west of Orange County and has several tourist attractions including the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific.



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