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Living in Orange County

Life in Orange County

Orange County is a coastal county in Southern California, located approximately one hour-drive north of San Diego and 2.5 hour-drive south of Santa Barbara.

The region which makes up Orange County initially developed as an area of Spanish Land Grant Ranchos in the 1700s.  In the late 1800s, silver was discovered in the Santa Ana Mountains, spurring growth and further development.  With this growth, agriculture gained prominence, namely in the form of citrus groves.  The mid-1900s saw the transition of the county into a high technology and business center.whale at dana point

The living environment and climate in Orange County are pleasant as a coastal region of California, with recreational activities including those in nearby Newport Bay and adjacent beach citiesharborsparks, and mountains.

Numerous cultural activities are available, including at the nearby Pacific Symphony, the South Coast Repertory, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Bowers Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts - Pageant of the Masters. Links to other activities and places of interest in and around Orange County are listed below. Additional activities may be found in downtown Los Angeles, approximately 45 miles to the north.

Residents and fellows in the department have privileges as part of the University of California, Irvine community, including opportunities for learning outside of medicine and radiology on the main university campus in Irvine. Additionally, there are recreational opportunities through the UC Irvine Campus Recreation Center, which includes instructional classes in sailing and sailboat rentals at the UC Irvine Sailing Base in Newport Harbor.

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Other activities and places of interest in and about Orange County:

UCI Sailing Association Orange County Arts Guide
Newport Ocean Sailing Association Laguna Playhouse
Irvine Ranch Conservancy The Irvine Museum
Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Catalina Island Conservancy  South Coast Symphony
Balboa Bay Club activity/attraction links MUZEO Museum
Orange County Arts Guide San Juan Capistrano
Art-A-Fair Festival Catalina Island
Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna Beach Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race Ocean Institute - Dana Point
Dana Point Festival of Whales Newport Beach map and images
Laguna Beach Music Festival Disneyland
Newport Beach Film Festival City National Grove of Anaheim
Newport Beach Restaurant Week The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano
Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point The Improv, Irvine
Knotts Berry Farm


House of Blues Anaheim