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Costa Mesa
Travel Guide

See a range of dance, music and theater productions and take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities in the City of the Arts.

Costa Mesa is the cultural hub of Orange County and is known as the “City of the Arts” due to its large arts center and numerous theaters. The city is also a popular shopping hub, with sprawling malls, such as the South Coast Plaza. Browse stores for clothing and accessories or watch a show at one of the city’s many venues.

See a live performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Watch an ambitious production in the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall or a more intimate concert at the charming Founders Hall, which has 250 seats. Go to banquets, events and seminars in the Boeing Education Lab. Piano recitals are often held in the Studio Performance Space.

A large outdoor Arts Plaza adjoins these halls. Enjoy a picnic in the relaxing setting or watch a movie projected onto the walls of the arts center. Take a tranquil stroll around the plants and flowers.

Watch a play or comedy act at the South Coast Repertory Theater and have a post-performance dinner or dessert at one of the many restaurants near the theater. Go to a concert at the enormous Pacific Amphitheater, which can seat up to 8,200 patrons. This venue has hosted many famous acts over the years, varying from Madonna to Willie Nelson.

Browse luxury boutiques at the South Coast Plaza Shopping Center. The mall features shops for a number of upscale designers, including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. It is one of the largest of its kind in California, with more than 250 retailers.

Attend the Orange County Fair, which takes place at the Orange County Showgrounds in Costa Mesa every July. More than one million visitors attend the fair each year. Watch the livestock auction or have a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Costa Mesa is on the Pacific Coast, a 20-minute drive from Santa Ana. Bus lines serve the city, but most people travel by car or taxi. While here, explore the affluent city of Newport Beach, just a 5-minute drive away.

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
4 out of 5
325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
The price is CA $149 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

This family-friendly Costa Mesa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Camp and Orange County Fairgrounds. Segerstrom Center for the Arts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,395 reviews)

"New updates rooms , a lot for your money! The jacuzzi tub was really nice!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3.5 out of 5
3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Camp and The LAB Antimall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (952 reviews)

"I like the clean and sanitation. The hotel done the extra step to keep the room fresh and clean , sterilized fir 24 hours between guess . Minimal contact with housekeeping to keep everyone safe during this challenging times. Very happy with my stay at this Hilton hotel thank you"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
4 out of 5
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $137 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. Orange County Fairgrounds and University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"I like mostly everything, wasn’t too happy for parking fee. Didn’t know they charge nightly.."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cosy Costa Mesa Stay
Cosy Costa Mesa Stay
Costa Mesa, CA
The price is CA $169 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

Located in Airport Area, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Camp, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Plaza. Orange County Fairgrounds ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
loved it!

"first time using Vrbo, and this place was great!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2021

Cosy Costa Mesa Stay
Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath Getaway Near Beach!
Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath Getaway Near Beach!
Costa Mesa, CA
The price is CA $167 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Situated in Costa Mesa, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Camp and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
Great Time!

"We are very grateful for the hospitality and communication with Lida!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2020

Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath Getaway Near Beach!
Sanitized Bungalow Zen Retreat 2bd/2ba Work & Relax Cal-king
Sanitized Bungalow Zen Retreat 2bd/2ba Work & Relax Cal-king
Costa Mesa, CA
The price is CA $127 per night from May 9 to May 10

Situated in Costa Mesa, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Camp, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Plaza. Orange County Fairgrounds ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Family vacation

"It was a nice apt. There was to many restrictions for a family stay. Parking was horrible. We only had the one spot and had to struggle to find another spot. Their no place to smoke."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 13, 2021

Sanitized Bungalow Zen Retreat 2bd/2ba Work & Relax Cal-king
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Aug 26, 2019

Great Mall with good dining and close to Huntington Beach.

5/5 - Excellent

Pavie

Jun 6, 2019

Very clean, and posh area. Locals are very friendly.

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Feb 20, 2019

Ramada Hotel was hell on Earrh. After arrived late we were obligated to change rooms from the one we had to one that had been clean. The next day the access cards were not working.

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