Costa Mesa is a regional center for commerce and a wide variety of cultural amenities. Costa Mesa is home to 2 world renowned facilities; South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Costa Mesa is located just minutes away from some of the best that Southern California has to offer. 

 

Recommended Transportation

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

1 World Way, Los Angeles, 90045 - (310) 646-5252

LAX is the largest and most popular airport in Los Angeles.  All major airlines use this airport so you can feel secure in knowing your flight will land in the best airport in town.  It takes a Limo to LAX  from Costa Mesa takes approximately 1 hour without traffic.

 

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

4100 E Donald Douglas Dr, Long Beach, 90808 - (562) 570-2600

This airport is, although smaller than LAX, the closest to Long Beach. This airport has been seen in movies given its Art Deco history dating back to early aviation pioneers.  It currently hosts Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and US Airways and is used by many Los Angeles natives who want to steer clear of the bustle of LAX.  It takes a Limo from Costa Mesa to LGB takes approximately 30 minutes without traffic.

 

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 (949) 252-5200

For those of you flying nationally and want to land in an airport that is less crowded than LAX, this airport is just the one for you. The travel time from SNA to San Diego in a Limo takes approximately 20 minutes without traffic.

 

 

Popular Attractions

 

Mother's Market and Kitchen

Mother's Market brings you the finest organic and natural foods, as well as full selection of fresh dairy and poultry. They also offer a full selection of vitamins, herbs, housewares, gifts, beauty and skincare. From their family to yours, welcome to Mother's Market.

 

Orange County Fair and Event Center

The Orange County Fair and Event Center hosts year-round events from festivals to swap meets. The annual Orange County Fair is held here and features musical events, games, food, crafts, carnival rides, livestock competitions and a rodeo. There are swap meets every Saturday and Sunday and a farmers market every Thursday. There are also frequent animal shows (like the America's Family Pet Expo ) and garden exhibits, as well as the 5-yearly Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival .

 

Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse

This playhouse features all kinds of great plays, from comedies to drama. It has been going strong for 35 seasons and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Spend an afternoon or evening being entertained by these great actors and the wonderful plays. Tickets are inexpensive, running anywhere between $5 and $18, and season tickets are equally affordable. Call the Box Office for the current schedule and ticket details.

 

Metro Pointe

This outdoor retail shopping area is located next door to South Coast Plaza. This center has a lot of discount stores and factory outlets, whereas South Coast Plaza is more expensive. Shops include Nordstrom Rack, Mikasa and Old Navy. There are many stores here, so don't count on doing both South Coast Plaza and this on the same day - you don't want to exhaust yourself.

 

 

Popular Attractions for Families

 

Bowers Museum

They have programs, exhibits and a kidseum that the family will love. The Bowers Kidseum is dedicated to providing a fun, educational, and culturally rich environment where imagination and creativity are not only encouraged but nurtured.

 

Vans Skate Park

if your child loves to skateboard or wants to learn then this is the place to take him/her. Instruction is offered for street skateboarders ages 6 - 16 and cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Spots are limited.

 

Pirates Dinner Theatre

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, acclaimed as “the world’s most interactive dinner show”, is an attraction that puts guests and their families right in the middle of all of the swashbuckling action. Guests are entertained with an astonishing display of special effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay, dynamic duels and daring-do; a classic story of good vs. evil that offers a perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy and romance, as well as a sumptuous dining experience. The show is perfect for children and adults alike.

 

Rainforest Café

Combining good food with entertainment and education is a winning mix; every 12 minutes an audio-animatronic display of wild animals “comes to life” and every 18 minutes the entire establishment experiences a “thunderstorm.” The menu includes a variety of specialty items from seafood, beef and chicken to pastas and pizzas. A mouth-watering array of desserts, including the famous Coconut Bread Pudding, tops off the meal.

 

 

Popular Date Places

 

Habana

Known for their good food, service and drinks but best known for having the sexiest patio atmosphere in Orange County. The candlelit patio mixed with some music playing in the background is a great place to take your date and have some good conversation or look into each other's eyes.

 

The Melting Pot

If you have chocolate fantasies, The Melting Pot will make your dreams come true! Although you can dip just about anything (lobster, filet mignon, veggies and fruit) into just about anything (cheese, creams, wines and broths) just admit it, you came for the chocolate fondue – eight menu choices, some are flambéed tableside, some enhanced by fine liqueurs, or design your own! You can get your fix by dipping fruits, cheesecake, brownies, etc.

 

Newport Landing

This 1 1/2 hour sunset cruise is a great way to unwind, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and take in the scenery. Guaranteed views of beautiful sunsets that have made southern California famous, paired with live music, set your romantic scene. Our unlimited drink package and chips and salsa add some party to your evening! Cruise Admission Only - $25. Cruise Admission With Unlimited Drink Package - $40.

 

Duke's

Waterfront and directly across from Main Street, Duke's is the perfect location for a romantic night out with that special person. Their fish is superb and if you like coconut shrimp, it doesn't get much better. After your meal, take a stroll along the coast...perhaps, you can even plan your night where you are able to catch the sun setting. A kiss might be called for after such a great night.

 

 

Popular Hotels

 

Hilton Orange County/ Costa Mesa

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa offers 486 lavish guestrooms featuring the Hilton Serenity Collection®, along with first class amenities and usable workspace that creates a room designed for both business and pleasure. Guests will enjoy spacious accommodations with either a king or two queen bed types perfect for yourself or your family. Each oversized room is beautifully decorated with rich, inviting colors, and plush furnishings; while most include a balcony.

 

Wyndham Orange County Costa Mesa Hotel

This Costa Mesa hotel sits on a scenic lake adjacent to some of the most popular Orange County attractions and right in the center of the nation's most energetic business community. All of our 238 guestrooms, including 35 suites, have been updated and offer classic touches, including hardwood floors and granite bathrooms. The Wyndham Orange County hotel features a smoke-free environment. Flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet and rooms fitted with luxurious bedding will make your stay comfortable and productive.

 

The Hotel Hanford

Within walking distance of South Coast Plaza and less than two miles from Orange County Airport. This location is also half a mile from South Coast Center for the Performing Arts, two miles from the Orange County Fairgrounds, five miles from Fashion Island and Newport Beach. Hotel amenities include the outdoor pool and spa, exercise room, business center, world class restaurant, and lounge serving breakfast and dinner.

 

The Westin South Coast Plaza/Costa Mesa

A weekend stay at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa allows you to discover the culture, glamour and excitement you expect in Orange County. This is one of the most tranquil retreats Orange County has to offer. Indulge in a host of newly designed instinctive, personal sensory experiences including music,  and lighting that have been designed and are intended to  soothe and stimulate. A fresh lobby design,  eclectic lobby offer a most personal welcome.

 

 

Popular Restaurants

 

118 Degrees

Jenny Ross, founder of Jenny's raw and organic pre-packaged gourmet foods, has opened a restaurant where guests can sip on a sampling of organic wines or try a bite of pesto pizza. Sample the Thai spring rolls, enchiladas or indulge in decadent treats like the lemon pomegranate bars. Don't forget to try the SoBeCa Sampler - the signature evening offering with three different entrees presented on a platter to share.

 

Mastro's Steakhouse

A Steakhouse and Seafood restaurant with rave reviews.  A little pricey but worth every dollar. The service, food, and atmosphere are everything and more that you would expect. If you are looking to have a special evening, this restaurant is surely the place to go!

 

Old Vine Café

Another restaurant in Costa Mesa with rave reviews. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and a wine menu for all. Whether you go for business, lunch or a romantic evening, this restaurant will cater to your needs.

 

Tabento Sushi and Sake

The most popular Sushi restaurant in Orange County. This restaurant prepares it's food with presentation and freshness so if you don't have time to wait for your order then you might want to plan a different evening. All reviews indicate Tabento's is worth the wait.

 

 

Popular Hot Spots

 

Shark Club

One of the most popular hot spots in Costa Mesa. They play 80s, Hip-Hop, Pop / Top 40, and Rock. No matter what your taste in music, this club  will satisfy your need to groove. Swim with the sharks, and some of Orange County's hottest denizens of the night-spots.

 

Q-Club

If there is one thing that can put a smile on anyone's face during these trying economic times, it has to be cheap drinks. Hit up the Q-Club during happy hour, and you get plenty of bang for your buck. Draft brews are only a buck and a quarter, and mixed drinks are $2.95. The big game is always on the tube, and you can sink the magic eight-ball on one of the billiard tables.

 

Kitsch Bar

This sleek watering hole for the trendy and artistic is deceptively tucked away in a strip mall. Candlelit tables and black lounge chairs occupy most of the medium-sized room. Themed art installations like primitive Atari games and accessories inhabit glass cabinets along the back wall. Although there's no stage, jazz bands regularly perform in a corner of this chic space. Popular L.A. DJs frequent the turntable booth.

 

Detroit Bar

Drinks are strong and the best of rock, indie rock, soul and more are played nightly by impeccable DJs. Hip-hop/dance and karaoke nights are also quite popular. Whether you're visiting for the bands, drinks, pool table or consistently awesome music, Detroit's laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the best hangouts.

 

 

Golf Courses

 

Los Lagos at The Costa Mesa Country Club

This 18-hole, par 72 course offers spectacular tee shots surrounded by the natural beauty surrounding Costa Mesa. The course features a full service pro shop and clubhouse that is open to the public. The Los Lagos course is the longer of the 2 available to the public at The Costa Mesa Country Club and offers a little more challenge to even the most experienced golfer.

 

Mesa Linda  at The Costa Mesa Country Club

This 18-hole, par 80 course  offers spectacular tee shots surrounded by the natural beauty surrounding Costa Mesa. The course features a full service pro shop and clubhouse that is open to the public. The Mesa Linda course is the shorter  of the 2 available to the public at The Costa Mesa Country Club and allows any golfer a chance to make a good score without taking all of the fun and out of things.

 
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