Costa Mesa, CA

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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

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA, 92802
The price is $127 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
$127
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Anaheim. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free theme park shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,138 reviews)
"It was a little crusty but a good stay."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
2.5 out of 5
1380 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA, 92802
The price is $160 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
$160
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15
Stay at this family-friendly hotel in Anaheim. Enjoy free WiFi, free water park access, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,401 reviews)
best disney hotel
"it was so nice staying so close to disne, i was able to check in early my room was clean and comfy and the staff was so helpful and friendly. i’ve been looking for a place to stay when i visit disneyland and this is my now go to. stay here with you family it’s perfect!!!"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
The Viv Hotel, Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
The Viv Hotel, Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1601 S ANAHEIM BLVD, Anaheim, CA, 92805
The price is $163 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
$163
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Anaheim. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Modern design, nice pool, great views from the rooftop"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

The Viv Hotel, Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
2 out of 5
3205 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Stay at this business-friendly vacation home in Costa Mesa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
2.9/5 (1,044 reviews)
Nice Staff and Clean Place
"Convenient property, located off the 405. The staff is very friendly and accommodating! The rooms are tidy and parking is right out front. Nothing fancy by any means but clean and well located near the freeway."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Vagabond Inn Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa/Newport - Fast WiFI - Work Stations - Free Parking - Self Check In! (CM-1)
Costa Mesa/Newport - Fast WiFI - Work Stations - Free Parking - Self Check In! (CM-1)
3.5 out of 5
686 Park Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly vacation home in Costa Mesa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Balboa Peninsula Beaches ...
Costa Mesa/Newport - Fast WiFI - Work Stations - Free Parking - Self Check In! (CM-1)
Awesome Multi Level - Large Patio - Fast WIFI - Work Desks - Self Check In! (CM-2)
Awesome Multi Level - Large Patio - Fast WIFI - Work Desks - Self Check In! (CM-2)
3.5 out of 5
Park Dr, Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly vacation home in Costa Mesa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Orange County Fairgrounds ...
Awesome Multi Level - Large Patio - Fast WIFI - Work Desks - Self Check In! (CM-2)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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