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Shop, Stay, Eat and Play in Costa Mesa

While this is a very uncertain time, the future ahead is bright and sunny, especially in our favorite Orange County city – Costa Mesa. As our family eases back into traveling, we plan to start by staying close to home with mini staycations, and Costa Mesa plans to be one of our first destinations.

Costa Mesa Travel Guide

Why Costa Mesa? The city is rich with culture, arts, shopping, and of course…cuisine. While most places are not quite open for business, soon they will be, and now is the best time to start planning your upcoming family getaway in Costa Mesa.

Best Places to Stay in Costa Mesa

Hotels in Costa Mesa

Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Unparalleled comfort and a scenic lakeside setting facing Segerstrom Center for the Arts are found in this AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel.

BLVD Hotel
BLVD hotel is just a short distance from OC Fair & Event Center. This chic boutique hotel features a relaxed, surf-culture vibe true of coastal Southern California.

The Westin South Coast Plaza
Located directly between South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, discover the culture, glamour and excitement of Orange County in one of its most tranquil retreats.

This hotel exemplifies class and elegance with a modern twist set amidst popular attractions, stores, and activities.

Encircled by South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and a relaxing lake, this all-suite hotel is the center of Orange County culture.

Ayres Hotel
This hotel offers a refreshing experience with a warm European ambiance located just minutes from Newport Beach, shopping and John Wayne Airport, Orange County.

Best Places to Shop in Costa Mesa

Shopping in Costa Mesa

South Coast Plaza
The world-famous South Coast Plaza defines the luxury shopping experience with its extraordinary boutiques, designer shops, personal service and upscale amenities.

The Camp
The CAMP excels as an innovative retail community designed to offer outdoor and action sports enthusiasts authentic shopping and dining experiences in a natural compound.

The Lab
This eclectic venue was established as “The Anti-Mall” to house independent retailers, galleries, and restaurateurs in a one-of-a-kind environment with an interesting ambiance and artistic flair.

SOCO and the OC Mix
SOCO and the OC MIX offers its guests a unique retail experience with the best in home furnishings, pop-up shops, excellent dining and much more.

Best Places to Eat in Costa Mesa

Dining in Costa Mesa

Mesa Lounge
Mesa attracts a chic Orange County crowd with adventurous small-plate cuisine and creative cocktails in a modern lounge atmosphere.

Boathouse Collective
Boathouse opts to “Keep Mesa Cool” in a kitschy warehouse vibe, with great food and live music.

Rooster Café
Serving up your traditional American bacon and egg breakfast, and adding a twist with Mexican favorites, Rooster Café has been a hit with locals in Costa Mesa for decades.

Taco Asylum
Specializing in non-traditional gourmet tacos, Taco Asylum pulls from a wide array of global cuisines, showcasing interesting ingredients ranging from Mediterranean-style grilled octopus to East Indian-style curried paneer.

Best Places to Play in Costa Mesa

Entertainment in Costa Mesa

Visual Arts
Enjoy a stroll through the city to see the many displays of stunning public artwork, with this Costa Mesa Art Walk Map as your guide.

Performing Arts
Costa Mesa is home to the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, and South Coast Repertory.

Costa Mesa is home to some of the most exciting discovery, science and air museums in Southern California.

Experience the rich sounds of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Pacific Chorale Choir, or the delightful Pacific Symphony.



In the spirit of travel in Costa Mesa, we are thrilled to be offering a special giveaway.

One lucky reader will receive:
Costa Mesa travel tote, wine tumblers, cooler cup, sarong and a $50 AMEX card.

Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Extra entries by leaving a comment on our Facebook post, tagging a friend in our Facebook post or by sharing our Facebook post. We will pick one random winner from the comments on May 20th. Good Luck!

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  1. Can’t wait to visit some of these businesses soon!

  2. Love my hometown!! Would love to win! Thanks!

  3. There are so many fun things to do in Costa Mesa! I’d love to win.

  4. How fun! Great way to support local business too!

  5. We love Costa Mesa & have spent many special occasions at the Ayres Hotel. My sweetie & I just celebrated our 14th anniversary in quarantine & could use a little Costa Mesa love again!

  6. Costa Mesa is a wonderful place to work and play.

  7. This looks like so much fun!

  8. Costa Mesa was the first city I moved to when I came to Orange County, I have such fond memories of South Coast Plaza, Ave of the Arts…the restaurants and the beautiful hotels…just reading this post took me down memory lane:), thank you!, especially during these times….
    I would love to win!

  9. Looks so fun!

  10. Love Costa Mesa or like our church logo says Costamazing, this momma needs a staycation

  11. Love all of these places

  12. Thank you for the chance, love Costa Mesa, so much to do!!

  13. I love living in Costa Mesa and supporting our fantastic local businesses especially during this time! Would be fun to win—thanks for the opportunity! Hope you’re well!

  14. So many fun places in Costa Mesa

  15. Love Costa Mesa and the surrounding areas. I’m only a drive away and should visit more often!

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