Costa Mesa Travel Guide

  • Costa Mesa, OC hotspot , California
    Costa Mesa, OC hotspot , California
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  • The Lab Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa (CA)
    The Lab Anti-Mall, Costa Mesa (CA)
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Costa Mesa Things to Do

  • See Segerstrom Part II: The Concert Hall

    Adjacent to the main Segerstrom Hall is the gorgeous Henry and Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall. The latter is suited for more intimacy and often is host to classical music performances. Within the concert hall is Samueli Theater and Founders Hall for even more intimate events. Check calendar for scheduled visits and updates. Box Office: (714)556-2787

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  • Shop, Eat and Drink the "Alternative" at...

    The Lab Anti-Mall is a spot especially for the alternative crowd or whomever yawns over the standard strip mall of suburbia. The urban chic staple Urban Outfitters is the main stop here for shopping. But by no means is this just a place to shop for long (just less than a dozen of other clothing/jewelry/accessoriesmisc boutiques here)- rather one to...

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  • Visit the Quaint, Eco-lovin' Camp

    The CAMP, "masculine" twin of the LAB shopping/dining spot, is worth a stop. If you are not impressed by the ultra commercial South Coast Plaza or think the latter is way too massive and crowded to enjoy, you may find charm at the nature-loving CAMP. Local flair is ever-present at the CAMP. The dozen+ eco-friendly businesses located in the area...

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  • Experience the Ultimate South Coast...

    South Coast Plaza is the premiere shopping area of Orange county, consisting of the main SCP mall and a wing adjacent, Crystal Court Promenade. Almost half of the plaza is not "shoppable" for the average shopper looking for deals. However, if you are looking for ultra-designer goods and got the dollars and gold cards, come here and you'll be...

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  • Come for the O.C.'s grand celebration-...

    The annual O.C. Fair is the biggest multi-day event in good ol' Orange county, California- and it happens each year in Costa Mesa. Many from sister county L.A head down south to live it up in the O.C. for summer concerts, little roller coasters, prize booths, petting zoo, face painting and very sugar-filled or fatty food! Hurray! I've been to the...

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  • Orange County Fair Grounds

    There is always something going on at the Orange County Fair Grounds. The actual fair runs for 1 month but other events are going on throughout the year. One of the fun events is in April, the Pet Expo. The Pacific Amphitheatre is also on the premises of the OC Fair Grounds. Lots of great concerts/performances happen at this outdoor venue.

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  • Massage at OC Body care

    My friend live in this area over 10 yr ,just bring me to this very clean and nice place call Oc Body Care (Massage ) we have 60 min Massage by a pretty Chinese lady, the 60 min session felt like week long vacationnothing funny or dirty, just very enjoyable time and good service too bad I am not live here ,will go back for sure next time I visit OC...

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  • California Scenario or Noguchi Garden

    An interesting short diversion is the California Scenario, a sculpture garden of abstract designs representative of the state's terrain, designed by Isamu Noguchi. Located near Jerry's Famous Deli on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd. It's surprising to experience the serenity and sometimes even solitude of this little 1.5 acre park in light of...

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  • Massage at Massage Envy

    Ever wanted to pay a flat monthly fee for a massage subscription? It sounds like a great idea, and now you can do just that at a new franchise chain called Massage Envy. They have locations in several states around the United States, with many more slated to open soon.This was my first visit so not only did I not have to be a member already but I...

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Costa Mesa Restaurants

  • Maggiano's Little Italy/Corner Bakery

    4 out of 5 stars

    In a nutshell, Maggiano's is a pleasant spot for Italian-American dining and for gathering with family and friends. There are many locations of Maggiano's but the one in Costa Mesa is in a particularly lovely area, just a few steps away from the popular South Coast Plaza and fantastic Orange County Performing Arts Center. Overall, the menu is...

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  • Whey Good Grubbin'

    Pacific Whey Cafe is an excellent choice for everyone with an appetite. It is a classy joint with sophistication menu-wise and from its dark-wood parlor interior. It is foodie without the fuss and $$$ on the menu. The salads are super deluxe. Consider to share. Same deal with the juicy gourmet burgers, which you can have your "whey" or pick from...

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  • Have More Than a Skosh at ex C.M....

    Skosh Monahan is a classy, cool hangout that combines as an Irish watering hole, full sports bar with several flat TVs, entertainment venue and a deluxe American steakhouse. The establishment's welcoming ambience matches its slogan: Where travelers and home folk join to celebrate the day". Trouble is that for the out-of-towner, Skosh is a bit hard...

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  • Indulge on Fries, and oh yeah, build a...

    Located at the Metrpointe Shopping center, just steps from South Coast Plaza, is Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fires, one of a growing number of "build your own burger" joints sweeping the nation. However, the main reason to come here is for the fresh cut fries, cooked to perfection nearly every time, always in peanut oil, the best to happen to fries...

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  • Taste French , American style

    Though it is likely not quite up to the strict standards of the French, Vie de France is satisfying enough indeed , especially for Californians. Vie de France is a regular place that I go to when I have been in Costa Mesa throughout the several years in the area.Inside of South Coast Plaza is the Costa Mesa bakery/cafe and this one just may be the...

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  • A Taste of Texas in California

    During a recent trip to South Coast Plaza, I met my parents at Z Tejas, which is an Arizona based Southwestern fusion restaurant chain.Z Tejas mixes many different flavors and textures and really has such a diverse menu that just about everyone should find something they like.

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Costa Mesa Nightlife

  • The newest spot

    I haven't been here yet but it is all the rage. This is a new club (approx 6 months old) that opened in the Costa Mesa/Newport area. It is in Triangle Square at the corner of Harbor and Newport Blvd. Everyone that I know who has gone has said it is pretty cool. Problem: hard to get in!! They do serve dinner and they don't let the club goers in til...

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  • Drive to Vegas!!!

    If you set off after rush hour you can be in Vegas by midnight and home again in time for work the next day!! (no comment on productivity the following day - but a great drive!)

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Costa Mesa Transportation

  • Avoid CM Congestion

    If you are visiting Costa Mesa, you'll most likely be using the 405 or 55 freeways which get so crowded during the week and on the weekend. On weekdays, it's best to avoid the freeway in the morning from 6-9 am and also in the evening from 4-6 pm. In addition, expect a slowdown on Newport Blvd, a killjoy artery of the city after which the 55 fwy...

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  • Ride the "57" for major C.M./S Coast...

    If you have to "bus it" in Costa mesa as I would sometimes, you can travel easily each day on the "57" OCTA bus.South Coast Metro's finest venue, the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segestrom Hall is just walking distance from here. For shopping, South Coast Plaza, the beloved "Anti-Mall" shops and Fashion Island (few minutes away in Newport...

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  • Do Disney to Downtown Costa Mesa!

    OK, so you are in Orange county without a car and after taking in Disneyland, you want to escape and experience non-Mickey Mouse diversion? Head on the OCTA 43 South from the main park entrance along Harbor Blvd. I have made this trip several times to arrive to Costa Mesa. It's one of the more common rides of the OCTA system. For travelling, there...

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Costa Mesa Shopping

  • Grab an Organic Bite

    Come in the Bite Market, a darling little, all gluten-free and dairy-free shop combined with a tea house for everyone to try- whether you are strictly a gluten-free dieter or not! Originally started as "the Bite Maket" about 9 miles away northeast in old towne Orange, the newly redone food and health establishment is sure to please in its new...

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  • Go to a More Fancy Swap Meet

    This is the best overall swap meet in the greater L.A. area, outside of the one held at outside of Pasadena's Rose Bowl. Despite the entrance fee (now $2) and the fight for parking at times, this is a pleasant outing for shopping. Come here around 8 AM to beat the crowd. Shop for clothing (most new and discounted), shoes, furniture, plants,...

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  • Shop Designer 4 Less, Pack Patience at...

    Nordstrom Rack stores are all over the U.S but the Costa Mesa location is perhaps the best for overall fashion choice. Located at the Metrpointe plaza across the big South Coast Plaza mall (by Bear St/South Coast Dr), the Rack has been a popular destination, especially popular for womens fashion and shoes but also accessories, mens and childrens...

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Costa Mesa Local Customs

  • Notice the "Little" Things: A "Graffiti...

    In so-called "alternative" spots like many in Costa Mesa, one will see a kind of art left on street poles. Sticker , decals and various paper media are attached on poles all in the spirit of the youth culture or simply , of promotion of the various sort (club shows, concerts, other events and private business)

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  • Theme Parks...a Southern California...

    Universal Studios is part theme park and part studio tour - the rides aren't as interactive as those at Disneyland, they are more like shows than themepark rides. At the moment they have a Waterworld show that is great - lots of jetski stunts and water spray - don't sit in the "splash zone" if you are wearing white!!You can take a bus tour around...

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  • Your pedicure and manicure must be...

    But if you didn't get time to get them done do not worry, there are dozens of little salons everywhere! You can get the basic treatment, or get pampered with a spa massage - whatever you chose your feet will thank you for it!

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Costa Mesa Tourist Traps

  • Oh the (almost) demise of Triangle...

    Here is a local hangout where you can see a movie in a quaint Edwards theater, try on new styish sneaks at Niketown and dine at the swank Sutra Lounge where there have been some star sightings (Yes, stars appear outside of Hollywood and Beverly Hills). This place used to be great, with a convenient Whole Foods Market, Virgin Megastore and more...

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  • Be a smart guest/shopper at South Coast...

    This is the biggest, most luxurious mall in So Cal. It is worth a look, although you may leave it disappointed because of the high prices for apparel, shoes and various items. Come here for several choices of dining, mostly at reasonable or moderate cost; and to people watch if not to shop. For family entertainment, go to the Rainforest Cafe here....

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  • Disneyland - Tourist Trap or Tourist...

    I LOVE Disneyland, but know that many people are not so enamoured with the "happiest place on earth"! Twenty minutes from Costa Mesa will find you in the heart of Disneyland, complete with helium balloons, screaming children, hour long lines for a five second ride, and permanently smiling employees.LOVE IT!!. Make sure you understand the tricks to...

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Costa Mesa Sports & Outdoors

  • Kona Lanes - Karyoke Ten Pin Bowling!!

    On a Friday or Saturday night go to the Kona Lanes on Harbor Blvd for "disco bowling" and karyoke - as much fun as you can have in someone elses shoes!!

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  • Anaheim Angels - just a stones throw...

    Just up the freeway is the home of the Anaheim Angels. We went to watch the pre-season game against the Colorado Rockies. With the right seating the view is outstanding!!

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  • Do a self Art Tour

    Artistic Expression is all over Costa Mesa. It is concentrated in the hip part of town- at The Camp, and The Lab off Bristol St, and in the downtown area where there are about a dozen art galleries, mostly of the contemporary kind. CM is really deserving of an official "art walk" in Orange county, but if you are an art enthusiast, you can venture...

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  • Spin Spin Spin at 2nd Spin!

    Just a tip for those who buck the trend of getting music solely on Ipod. For all of you music collectors, Second Spin is a cool place to check out a great variety of music (all genres are reprsented here. Also, There is a great selection of DVDs (movie, music performances, etc). The only O.C. Second Spin is located in the heart of Costa Mesa, along...

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  • ESp. for Locals: Come to Garage sales...

    Garage sales! This is just a tip for locals and any garage/estate/rummage sale bargain hunters. I have had particularly good luck with garage sales here. Costa Mesa has a nice range of residents with charming homes, expensive and otherwise, with quality items and bargains at garage sales to offer. In my experiences, I have found and bought...

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