Trendiest Neighborhoods of Orange County

The picturesque scenery of "The OC" has always been a huge attractionOrange County, or “The OC” has long been seen as the idealistic SoCal lifestyle. With Disneyland, long stretches of beautiful beach, blue water, and close-by the mega-city of LA, The OC doesn’t disappoint. So, several lists have been compiled to organize the trendiest OC areas.

Coming in at #1: Dana Point

Orange County’s biggest little town continues to grow, perhaps to support the demands of yachters, whale watchers and surfers chasing the legendary Killer Dana surf break. Although this harbor town only encompasses a mere 6.5 square mile stretch, developers and locals have maximized natural resources to make Dana Point a successful community. Several state parks, beaches, and the Ocean Institute allow residents and visitors to relish seaside living. The town is speckled with public art that adds a finishing touch to its strong cultural fabric. Locals love living in Dana Point because of the number of activities the safe, picturesque little town has to offer.

The Downers? Late night partying and a very small single-population.

#2: Laguna Beach

An artist colony and seaside getaway in Southern California. Framed between the San Joaquin Hills and the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, this destination offers Orange County’s best mix of culture and relaxation. This balanced feel is echoed by the vibe of local citizens, who range from business folk to surf fanatics living only for the next wave. With tons of festivals filled with interesting art and miles of soft sand and secluded coves, it’s easy to understand why Italian artist Marco Sassone described Laguna Beach as “a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration”.

The Downers? Not a very big family community, and it’s not very quiet

#3: Huntington Beach

A land of sunshine, shopping, and surfing, Huntington Beach (a.k.a. Surf City) is the perfect image of a SoCal paradise. This super-sized coastal town lies on the western edge of Orange County, with borders touching Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Fountain Valley. While no stranger to large-scale events—such as the annual World Surfing Championships—Huntington Beach still maintains a distinct, laid-back vibe. Here you can ride a beach cruiser along Pacific Coast Highway or take your dog to the canine-friendly shores of Dog Beach for a weekend day trip. Whether you’re here to soak up some rays, catch a wave, or check out the buzzing nightlife, Huntington Beach will not disappoint!

The Downers? Almost no public transportation and a small family community

Together, these three communities make up the trendiest and most popular destinations in Orange County. Each one is unique, and I’m sure no matter what you’re looking for, you can find it here.