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About Orange County
Orange County, the OC, is sandwiched between the large urban metropolises of San Diego and Los Angeles in sunny Southern California. Orange County’s coastal cities are smaller in size, but they compete in the quantity and quality of their beaches. The well-known beach communities of OC from south to north are San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Seal Beach. The city of Laguna Beach has the highest quantity of beaches with many named after city streets that end at sandy coves. Huntington Beach has continuous wide sandy beaches along its waterfront that draw huge crowds and large events. Newport Beach has wide sandy strands too. San Clemente also boasts a continuous sandy waterfront, but their beaches are narrow with some areas underwater at high tide. Orange County has several state park beaches including San Clemente SB, Doheny SB, Crystal Cove SP, Corona del Mar SB, Huntington SB, and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Surfing, sunbathing, fishing, tidepooling, scuba diving, bonfires, and hiking are some of the popular activities along the OC coast. Orange County also has popular family beaches and dog beaches, (and even some hidden beaches). With reliable sunny weather, warm ocean water, and a wide diversity of beaches, Orange County is an excellent place to visit. See the best beaches in Orange County!