Flying into Santa Ana is a great way to reach the Los Angeles Area without having to deal with the stress and the traffic associated with one of the world’s busiest airports, Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. When you discover what the area in and around Orange County/Santa Ana has to offer, you might be convinced to skip Los Angeles altogether.
One of the biggest draws to SoCal is the beaches. There are few beaches better in the world, whether you’re ready to work on your tan or catch a few waves while surfing. When you’re flying into Orange County, head for Huntington Beach.
The seaside community features five different beaches that offer their own draws to locals and out-of-towners alike. If you brought your four-legged family member along for the trip, or you just love dogs, don’t miss Huntington Dog Beach. Huntington City Beach features the Huntington Beach Pier, a great place to enjoy the ocean and take in the sights without getting sand everywhere. There’s also Bolsa Chica, located across from the ecological preserve of the same name; Huntington State Beach sports calmer waves and fire pits, an excellent choice for an evening beach visit; Sunset Beach is the least developed of the beaches, making it perfect for quiet escapes.
After you’ve soaked up enough rays—hope you didn’t forget sunscreen—make your way inland to Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Start at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. You can learn more about the park thanks to interactive exhibits and take in panoramic views from the center’s roof. The preserve bills itself as a mecca for bikers, joggers, cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, and more. It won’t take you long to see why.