If you’re looking for a beautiful area to visit in California, look at Costa Mesa. Located in between San Diego and Los Angeles and only a few miles from the beach, Costa Mesa offers many things to see and do. Shopping areas include South Coast Plaza, a luxury shopping destination with more than 250 stores and 30 restaurants. This shopping plaza is enjoying its 50th Anniversary and continues to attract shoppers from all over the world.
South Coast Plaza is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations. It is renowned for the depth and breadth of its luxury boutiques. These include everything from Gucci to Prada to Tiffany and Cartier. The Plaza’s merchants bring in almost $2 billion annually and the complex brings together more luxury stores under one roof than anywhere else.
The Plaza features a unique blend of boutiques and rivals some of the best fashion meccas including London’s Bond Street and New York City’s Fifth Avenue. What makes South Coast Plaza special is that it brings these luxury and high-end designer boutiques together in one place that also offers free parking and easy access. Many of the boutiques are also flagship stores which make shopping at South Coast a unique experience.
One of the great things about shopping at South Coast is that following a full day of shopping, you can relax and take in a performance at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts. This gorgeous facility offers both international and national performances of theater, dance, and music.
The Segerstrom also offers productions at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This is a 2000-seat Hall that is known the world over for its outstanding acoustics. The Hall is home to the Samueli Theater and the Pacific Symphony.
The Segerstrom also features the 3000-seat Segerstrom Hall and another more intimate 250-seat Founders Hall. These two venues attract performances and artists from Broadway, classical music, cabaret, jazz and family entertainment.
The South Coast Repertory is also located within the Segerstrom Center and is considered one of the best repertory theaters in the country. Visitors can enjoy performances on the Segerstrom Stage, a 507-seat venue, the Julianne Argyros Stage which seats 336 and the Nicholas Studio which seats 95.
Besides shopping and the arts, Costa Mesa is also a world-class dining destination. The area’s restaurants have received awards and acclaims from all over the world.
The diverse dining scene in the city has resulted in USA Today and Rand/McNally designating Costa Mesa as having the best restaurants in a small city west of the Mississippi River.
Costa Mesa is actually a relatively small city, encompassing only 16 square miles. The population is just over 110,000 people and the city offers a wealth of outdoor recreational activities including two golf courses and 28 parks. There are three libraries and 20 public schools as well as Whittier Law School, Vanguard University, Coastline Community College and Orange Coast College.
Costa Mesa offers many things for visitors and residents to enjoy. From South Coast Plaza to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, there is always something happening in the beautiful city.