Orange County and Catalina Island Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Orange County and Catalina Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Newport Beach 9

Corona del Mar 7

Huntington Beach 7

Catalina Island 6


Avalon 6

Disneyland Resort 4

Dana Point 4

Laguna Beach 4

Long Beach and San Pedro 3

San Juan Capistrano 2

Knott's Berry Farm 1

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1,000 Steps Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Off South Coast Highway at 9th Street, 1,000 Steps Beach is a hard-to-find spot tucked away in a neighborhood with great waves and hard-packed...

Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Sea lions, zebra sharks, and penguins, oh my!—this aquarium focuses on creatures of the Pacific Ocean and is home to more than 11,000...

Baby Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Inside Dana Point Harbor, on its west end in Dana Cove Park, Baby Beach is very popular with families. It's close to a large parking...

Balboa Island

  • Commercial District

This sliver of terra firma in Newport Harbor boasts quaint streets tightly packed with impossibly charming multimillion-dollar cottages.

Balboa Peninsula

  • Beach–Sight

Newport's best beaches are on Balboa Peninsula, where many jetties pave the way to ideal swimming areas. The most intense spot for bodysurfing...

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife lovers and bird-watchers flock to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, which has a 1,445-acre salt marsh where 302 bird species—including...

Bolsa Chica State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

In the northern section of the city, Bolsa Chica State Beach is usually less crowded than its southern neighbors. The sand is somewhat...


  • Building/Architectural Site

This circular white structure is one of the finest examples of art deco architecture anywhere. Its Spanish-inspired floors and murals...

Casino Point Dive Park

  • Beach–Sight

In front of the Casino are the crystal-clear waters of the Casino Point Dive Park, a protected marine preserve where moray eels, bat...

Catalina Island Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The exterior of the Catalina Island Museum is a nod to Catalina Island's developer William Wrigley Jr.—it's modeled after Wrigley Field...


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