Bay Area LIFE: Fun in the sun in Costa Mesa

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For the ultimate getaway destination with something for everyone, look no further because Costa Mesa has it all. (KGO)

For the ultimate getaway destination with something for everyone, look no further because Costa Mesa has it all.

Costa Mesa is known as the "City of the Arts" and it truly lives up to it's reputation. Costa Mesa boasts an internationally acclaimed arts and theater district and is home to some of the most impressive performing arts venues anywhere.

Costa Mesa is home to the stunning Segerstrom Hall and concert Hall, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and Samueli Theater where visitors can catch a traveling Broadway show, a concert and so much more. There are a multitude of museums to explore, and if you would like to catch some art while still enjoying the nearly year-round perfect Costa Mesa weather, all you have to do is take a stroll through the city. Costa Mesa offers a variety of beautiful art installations throughout.

If you've had your fill of art and are ready for something to fill your belly, Costa Mesa has you covered with world class dining options. And there is something delicious for every taste and every budget. Costa Mesa offers a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants from the Cuban inspired Habana to Michelin starred Chef Carlos Salgado's Taco Maria Restaurant, and the authentic Spanish fare of Vaca restaurant and bar. From quick bites to gourmet meals, you're sure to leave happy and satisfied from any meal in Costa Mesa.

Nothing burns off a good meal better than a little (or a lot) of shopping and with so many unique shopping destinations you just might actually shop until you drop. If you're looking for luxury, high-fashion boutiques you will be in heaven in Costa Mesa's own world-renowned South Coast Plaza. It is one of the most prestigious shopping centers in the entire world and features over 250 boutiques and restaurants, including the likes of Chanel, Fendi, and Christian Louboutin just to name a few.

In addition to the incredible South Coast Plaza Shopping Center, visitors to Costa Mesa can get a truly inspired shopping experience at SOCO and The OC Mix. This shopping mecca will speak to the creative in anyone. It specializes in boutiques and retailers with offerings in home design, cooking, and so much more. It just may awaken your inner chef, interior designer, mixologist, or may even inspire a brand new hobby as well.

And no Costa Mesa shopping spree would be complete without checking out the ever evolving anti-mall: The Lab. This shopping destination holds some of the most unique stores and a dynamic array of art and restaurants as well. The Lab has been nick-named the Anti-Mall due to it's focus on specializing in one-of-a-kind Mom and Pop shops. You're sure to head home with something unique, eclectic, and fun from this Costa Mesa institution. While you're visiting don't forget to take in some of the Art installations in this beautiful shopping center because they just might not be there when you return. The Lab is known for it's beautiful and constantly changing art design.

If art exploration, eating, drinking, and shopping aren't enough, don't worry Costa Mesa is centrally located in Orange County with access to so many more exciting adventures. It's just minutes away from the beach, and a short ride to the Disneyland theme parks. Many Costa Mesa hotels even offer free shuttle rides to the Disneyland Resort. There's hiking, biking, and so much more waiting for you in beautiful Costa Mesa, so when you're ready to "Get Outta Town" don't miss this perfect Southern California getaway.

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