Legendary Orange County

From pirate coves to movie star hangouts, our editors recommend the most legendary spots in Orange County.

Updated: June 22, 2006

Legendary O.C.

Newport Hills Cleaners

Newport Harbor, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Mae West and John Wayne held legendary parties on their yachts in Newport Harbor.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Years after prohibition ended, bottles from rum smugglers who brought their booty ashore were found in the sand and water.

Surf And Sand Resort

1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Diane Sawyer frequently stayed here while reporting on President Nixon's visits to San Clemente.

Dana Point Harbor

Pacific Coast Hwy & Dana Pt, Dana Point, CA 92629

Infamous pirate Hipolito Bouchard anchored his fleet at Dana Point in 1818 while trying to raid Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Orange County Mining Co

10000 Crawford Canyon Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705

This hilltop steakhouse sits on an old silver mine site. Memorabilia on display are actual artifacts from the mining era.


700 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92802

The Disney Gallery is reportedly haunted by Walt himself, who used the space as an apartment while overseeing park construction.

Balboa Island Beach

Between Balboa Peninsula and Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92662

In 1912 Glenn Martin flew his plane from Balboa to Catalina and set a record for fastest over-water flight.

Watson Drug & Soda Fountain

116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The movies "American Wedding," "That Thing You Do," and "Big Momma's House" filmed here and around historic Orange Circle.

Coach House

33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

B.B. King, Ray Charles, Leon Russell and Patti Smith are a few of the music legends that graced the stage.

More O.C. Favorites

Richard Nixon Library

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620