The Balboa Inn is a period piece, which is comparatively rare in the popup architecture of Southern California. Dating back to the Balweek heyday of the '20s, this is a cool old style hotel close to the beach, the pier, and lots of restauants and shops.
Maybe the smallest Bed and Breakfast in the world, it is nevertheless the only place to stay - literally- on Balboa Island, which is the place the rest of "The OC" dreams of being
The Portofino is at the end of the Newport Beach business district with good restaurants, both upscale and downscale bars, and, from some of the rooms, a view of one of the most popular beaches in Southern California.
If you like off-the-beaten-track B&Bs, this is a great little hideaway steps from great restaurants, and nice beaches. Try their gondola package for a real romantic getaway.
You'd think that with the location - steps to the beach - this would be a nifty place to stay. And you'd be wrong. This is a run down dive full of questionable characters.
Because of Laguna's spectacular views, this hotel is one of the most beautiful around, without the gargantuan feel of the Monarch beach megaresorts. The restaurant on the top floor is also a five star place.
You can spend a day marching through San Diego, but to be honest, if you are looking for a small diverse zoo with plenty to see and do, you can't go wrong here. My kids and I love it.
Paddle power has everything for the kayaking enthusiast, with a great selection of kayaks as well as all the equipment you'd want. They rent kayaks, too.
Row up row of massive RVs that stay parked for the winter; this resort park is clean, comfortable, and somewhat geriatric. The Dunes has plenty of amenities, making it a destination spot for Highway 1 cruisers.
Sterling has maybe the best selection of any place around Orange County, but they ask a lot for their supplies. Without sacrificing quality, there are other places you can go.