Orange County offers glorious weather perfect for lush landscaping as seen here at Talega Gallery in San Clemente.

Orange County is known for luxury and beauty, as shown here at Talega Gallery in San Clemente.

Set in the heart of Southern California, just 30 miles south of Los Angeles, Orange County is an ideal destination for a sunny vacation or a coastal retirement. Blue skies and sandy beaches invite visitors and residents alike to enjoy outdoor recreations or explore the diverse shops and restaurants found throughout the area.

Location

Orange County is tucked along the coast of Southern California and bordered by Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. The Pacific Ocean offers miles of beaches, while the Santa Ana Mountains add to the county’s scenic backdrop. The area is known for its popular attractions like Disneyland, Newport Beach and Knott’s Berry Farm. It has also been popularized through TV shows like The OC, Laguna Beach and The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Climate

The Mediterranean climate in Orange County is often considered ideal for a retirement destination. Summer days are warm and dry with average daytime temperatures in the mid-80s. Winters are mild and rainy with days in the low 70s and nighttime lows typically in the high 40s. Most of Orange County is suburban, although there are some city centers in places like Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, and Santa Ana.

Active Adult Communities Nearby 

More recently, the area has largely been developed through master-planned communities, such as the City of Irvine, Anaheim Hills, Tustin Ranch, Coto de Caza and Mission Viejo. Relocating retirees will also find that Orange County is home to many fabulous active adult communities. Originally established under the name Leisure World, Laguna Woods Village is now the largest 55+ community on the West Coast. The luxurious community includes over 12,700 homes, seven clubhouses, 36 holes of golf, swimming pools, sports courts, an equestrian center, and over 250 clubs and organizations.

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The Pacific Coast offers breathtaking views, beautiful beaches and fabulous outdoor recreations.

Active adults looking for more mid-sized developments may prefer area golf communities like Casta del Sol or Palmia, both in Mission Viejo. More intimate age-restricted communities are also available in Orange County. Homebuyers aged 55 or better may find their dream homes in tranquil neighborhoods like Talega Gallery or Bay Cliff Village.

Attractions

Whether planning a visit or a relocation, active adults are often drawn to Orange County for its spectacular beaches. Hot spots include Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. Challenging golf opportunities are also plentiful with impressive courses throughout the area, such as Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, and San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano.

Orange County’s varied retail centers include shops, restaurants and cultural attractions which are popular with both locals and visitors. The LAB in Costa Mesa is a particularly interesting place to find diverse shops and entertainment. This distinctive shopping district mixes poetry readings, dancers, and live music with its boutique shops and galleries.

When grandkids come to visit, it’s easy to find local family fun. Orange County, and the surrounding area, is home to several exciting theme parks, including Disneyland, Sea World, Adventure City, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Knott’s Berry Farm. Sports fans can also cheer for local teams like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Anaheim Ducks, the Anaheim Bolts, and the Orange County Flyers.

Offering beautiful beaches, blue skies, a fabulous climate and exciting attractions, Orange County is an impressive destination for a memorable vacation or an active retirement. Plan a visit and experience the beauty of Southern California for yourself.