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Costa MesaUnited States of America

See a range of dance, music and theater productions and take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities in the City of the Arts.

Costa Mesa is the cultural hub of Orange County and is known as the “City of the Arts” due to its large arts center and numerous theaters. The city is also a popular shopping hub, with sprawling malls, such as the South Coast Plaza. Browse stores for clothing and accessories or watch a show at one of the city’s many venues.

See a live performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Watch an ambitious production in the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall or a more intimate concert at the charming Founders Hall, which has 250 seats. Go to banquets, events and seminars in the Boeing Education Lab. Piano recitals are often held in the Studio Performance Space.

A large outdoor Arts Plaza adjoins these halls. Enjoy a picnic in the relaxing setting or watch a movie projected onto the walls of the arts center. Take a tranquil stroll around the plants and flowers.

Watch a play or comedy act at the South Coast Repertory Theater and have a post-performance dinner or dessert at one of the many restaurants near the theater. Go to a concert at the enormous Pacific Amphitheater, which can seat up to 8,200 patrons. This venue has hosted many famous acts over the years, varying from Madonna to Willie Nelson.

Browse luxury boutiques at the South Coast Plaza Shopping Center. The mall features shops for a number of upscale designers, including Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. It is one of the largest of its kind in California, with more than 250 retailers.

Attend the Orange County Fair, which takes place at the Orange County Showgrounds in Costa Mesa every July. More than one million visitors attend the fair each year. Watch the livestock auction or have a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Costa Mesa is on the Pacific Coast, a 20-minute drive from Santa Ana. Bus lines serve the city, but most people travel by car or taxi. While here, explore the affluent city of Newport Beach, just a 5-minute drive away.

Where to stay in Costa Mesa

Lyon Air Museum which includes aircraft and interior views

Airport Area

4/5Very Good!(364 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Airport Area, Irvine Museum and Boomers are top sights worth seeing.

Airport Area
Amazing donuts! Made with fresh ingredients everyday! The flavors are well put together! Love the maple/bacon, however the rosemary is a great option as well! Check them out!!!

East Side Costa Mesa

4/5Very Good!(195 area reviews)

Though East Side Costa Mesa might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Orange County Fairgrounds and Costa Mesa Country Club.

East Side Costa Mesa

Top Hotels in Costa Mesa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
4 out of 5
325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $105 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

This family-friendly Costa Mesa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Camp and Orange County Fairgrounds. Segerstrom Center for the Arts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,154 reviews)

"The Ayres Hotel was one of the finest hotels I have ever stayed at. The people greet you with a smile and were super helpful with everything. The place is beautiful. A super comfortable bed to come back to after a long day at the beach. Im coming back for sure. For the deal with Expedia I couldn't ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Motel 6 Costa Mesa, CA - Newport Beach
Motel 6 Costa Mesa, CA - Newport Beach
2 out of 5
2274 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
The price is $75 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in East Side Costa Mesa, this golf motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Orange County Fairgrounds and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hoag Hospital. Orange Coast College ...

3.9/5Very Good! (959 reviews)

"Clean, quiet and nice front desk very accommodating. Also, family oriented and nice culture. Location is close to everything. Very friendly front desk. Thank you for your kind hospitality."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Motel 6 Costa Mesa, CA - Newport Beach
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3.5 out of 5
3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
The price is $101 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Camp and The LAB Antimall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"The staff was very welcoming on my arrival. The room was very clean and well organized with space to relax in the overstuffed chair or work at the desk. All in all a very pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Popular places to visit in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

4.5/5(108 reviews)

This majestic venue is the heart and soul of Orange County’s performing arts community.

The Camp
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The Camp

During your visit to Costa Mesa, you can do some window-shopping at The Camp. Discover the charming coffeehouses and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

The LAB Antimall
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The LAB Antimall

4/5(5 reviews)

During your trip to Costa Mesa, you can do some window-shopping at The LAB Antimall. Discover the entertainment choices in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Top things to do in Costa Mesa

The North OC Craft Brewery Tour
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The North OC Craft Brewery Tour

$89
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Classic Mustang Rentals
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Classic Mustang Rentals

$215
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California

$10
Per adult
Anaheim Resort Private Transfer To Hollywood, CA.
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Anaheim Resort Private Transfer To Hollywood, CA.

$129
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Costa Mesa

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
393
5 - Excellent 37.67976989453499%
4 - Good
472
4 - Good 45.25407478427613%
3 - Okay
144
3 - Okay 13.806327900287632%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 1.342281879194631%
1 - Terrible
20
1 - Terrible 1.9175455417066156%

4/5 - Good

Lori

Jun 2, 2020

Nice quiet town. New buildings and shopping centers, wide streets.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 29, 2020

Its good. But this visit is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Doesnt feel safe to leave things in my room either, if just anyone can come in

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Great area with a variety of activities to see or do Something unique, fascinating and mind blowing were these abandoned hangers in Tustin that were built in 1942 to house patrolling blimps. Amazing

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Costa Mesa was beautiful. But having to pay $2.50 hour to park to see anything was a deterrent from enjoying anything but driving around!

4/5 - Good

FrankQ

Feb 23, 2020

Very nice, good value

3/5 - Okay

Eric

Feb 19, 2020

I recommend getting rooms closer to the check-in office. They seem to be better maintained and cleaner.

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