Costa Mesa

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts featuring modern architecture, a city and signage

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

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3.5 out of 5
3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £97 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (956 reviews)
"I super enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
4 out of 5
325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
The price is £121 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
This family-friendly Costa Mesa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Camp and University of California-Irvine. Segerstrom Center for ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,571 reviews)
"Love this place super clean and a lot of stores around u with walking distance i will definitely come back again"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
4 out of 5
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £138 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. Orange County Fairgrounds and University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"Great location , easy to get around from. Great Bar and food"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
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.
Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath getaway ♡near beach☆!
Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath getaway ♡near beach☆!
Costa Mesa, CA
The price is £327 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Situated in Costa Mesa, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Camp and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Our stay was perfect. Everything we needed for our stay was provided.
"A group of 8 of us stayed at this unit for 4th of July weekend. The location is perfect and the space provided everything we needed. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Surf's Up! Charming 2bed 2bath getaway ♡near beach☆!
New RV trailer w/Campground setting
New RV trailer w/Campground setting
1751 Monrovia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA
Located in Westside Costa Mesa, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hoag Hospital, Fairview Park and Newport Pier. Huntington Beach Pier and Segerstrom ...
New RV trailer w/Campground setting
New Design Studio Close to the Beach
New Design Studio Close to the Beach
2195 1/2 Raleigh Ave, Costa Mesa, CA
Located in Mesa Verde, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Fairview Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Hoag Hospital. Costa Mesa Country Club and Orange ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Lovely property! Incredibly efficient design and comfortable fittings. Totally private. Great communication from the owners. I will definitely be staying here again!"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

New Design Studio Close to the Beach
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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