Summer Escape: How to Spend the Perfect Summer Day in Costa Mesa

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For a summer getaway that offers everything from world-class dining and luxury shopping to top-rated beaches and a rich arts and entertainment community, look no further than Costa Mesa.

Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the sun-drenched city of Costa Mesa is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego in California’s beautiful Orange County.

Below, see how to spend the perfect summer day in Costa Mesa, where California dreaming is reality.

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel


Wake up in comfort with a full day of adventure and relaxation to look forward to. From the 4-diamond Avenue of the Arts or the newly renovated Hilton to the chic boutique OC Hotel Costa Mesa or the conveniently located Ramada, Costa Mesa offers a hotel for every budget.


Fuel up at award-winning local hot spots that offer a range of international flavors, including classic American, Italian, Indian and Japanese, to health-minded organic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eateries.


After brunch, take a stroll around town where it’s easy to see why Costa Mesa is known as the City of the Arts through rich displays of stunning public artwork by such acclaimed artists as Charles O. Perry, Jean Dubuffet, George Rickey and Jim Huntington. Snap an Instagram-worthy pic against the backdrop of eye-catching murals and street art that can be seen throughout the city. Continue learning on the go with a free mobile audio tour about Costa Mesa’s Art Walk.


Shop till you drop at South Coast Plaza, the West Coast’s largest shopping destination, which boasts 250 boutiques, including Dior, Gucci and Apple, or shop small and support local businesses at The LAB Anti-Mall and The CAMP.


It’s time for some fun in the sun! Costa Mesa is the ideal access point to some of the best beaches in Southern California, including Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Spend the afternoon relaxing, hitting some waves, playing beach volleyball or building sand castles.


Treat yourself to dinner at one of Orange County’s finest restaurants. Costa Mesa is home to a Food Network “Chopped “champion, two Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestants and the only two Michelin star restaurants in Orange County: Hana re Sushi by chef Atsushi Yokoyama and Taco Maria, helmed by James Beard Award-nominated chef, Carlos Salgado.


Just in time for summer, enjoy rides, food and entertainment at the OC Fair, one of the largest fairgrounds in the Western U.S.

Make it an evening to remember with preeminent performing arts and theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which hosts Broadway shows, the award-winning Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and the Pacific Chorale, family entertainment and more.*

From farmers markets and improv to concerts and dance performances, the opportunities are endless. Be sure to visit Travel Costa Mesa’s online calendar of events for the most up-to-date happenings around town.

Believe it or not, there’s so much more fun to be had in Costa Mesa. Plan your summer escape and visit for more information.

*Please note that the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is currently closed due to Covid-19. Please consult their website for the most updated information.

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