Orange County

You may “know” this destination from hit shows like The O.C., Arrested Development, and The Real Housewives of Orange County…but you don’t truly know it until you’ve experienced its high-end lodging, numerous art galleries, Laguna Playhouse, and fabulous, sandy West Street gay beach for yourself. Forget what you’ve seen on the screen, and, instead, inhale that fresh air, take in the quaint charm of this artistic oceanfront town, and enjoy a relaxed shoreline that has been named “one of the cleanest beaches” by news and environmental organizations alike.

With the salt in your hair and the surf at your back, head on in to shopping havens like open-air Fashion Island or the seaside stores of Corona Del Mar. Catch a break on The Wedge, or take the family to the Fun Zone on Balboa Peninsula. See what the birds are up to at the estuary on Back Bay, then hike the pristine, protected Crystal Cove to get even further back to nature. Or, get in touch with your own wild side at a bar that harkens back to the town’s gay glory days of the 1930s: Main Street Bar & Cabaret/Club Bounce. 

 

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Used to be a very gay destination, but has become more mainstream
  • Main Street Bar & Cabaret is the only remaining exclusively gay bar
  • Gay marriage legal since December 2013

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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