Going to Orange County, CA (and LA) in a couple months...

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    Aug 08, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    Tentatively going to visit my buddy who moved out to Hollywood in March (he's going to music production school there), and will probably be flying out of Tampa on Thursday and coming back on Monday, since it'll be during the semester. We'll for sure be in LA for most of it but also I'm going to be making us go to Orange County at least for a day trip.

    What are your recommendations for some good shit to do there? What places would be too crowded on a weekend day in October (if any)? If I bring my longboard/skateboard I'd probably want to cruise down Newport Beach or something, but if anyone knows anything better let me know.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I'm pretty pumped cos I plan on applying for many jobs in that area when I graduate next year (although my biggest lead is probably in the Inland Empire... lol)
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:37 AM GMT
    If this weather continues, everywhere will be busy in October - but not so much that it'll be off-putting; but it won't be empty either. Huntington Beach or Newport would be my suggestions if you're just looking for a good beach area, with closeby shops, piers, and shit to do - etc.. Plenty of beach rentals around that area too. You can get kayaking up in Seal Beach and do the Alamitos Beach inlets, which is pretty enjoyable. If you want to go a little further south towards Laguna you can find some good hiking trails and horseback riding.

    Any of the beach cities have a plethora or places to eat, reasonably. Just keep in mind that even if the weather is great, the water may be cold as hell too.
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    Aug 08, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    Day trip to Orange County? That seems so random. icon_lol.gif

    I'd recommend Newport Beach. It's a lot nicer. They have a bike/walk trail where you can ride your skateboard. There are various bars and restaurants that line the trail too. Busiest times are Friday and Saturday nights, mainly because of the number of bars around there. But daytime is usually less crowded.

    I dunno.. You should hit up all the beaches as you make your way down to OC. Check out Santa Monica and Venice. Then Manhattan Beach. Then Long Beach. Then Seal Beach. I would skip Huntington Beach. It's pretty trashy. icon_lol.gif Then hit up Newport Beach.
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    Aug 08, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    Thanks for the tips so far guys, I really appreciate it! And yes I know a day trip to OC is random but I really, really want to go... and since I'll be so close in the vicinity anyway, why not?
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    Aug 08, 2010 2:25 PM GMT
    Laguna beach is much better for beach strolling, people watching, volleyball and beach scenery in general. It's about half an hour south to newport beach.
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    Aug 08, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Not sure if by longboard/skateboard you meant longboard surfboard and skateboard or longboard style skateboard, but either way:

    Surfing - best point breaks in the area are at Malibu. For beach breaks, Manhattan Beach, especially north part of Manhattan Beach at El Porto. In OC, Huntington Beach (near the pier), or further south San Onofre (The break at San O is spread out, so it’s easy to pick your spot and surf all day. San O is a dream wave for longboarders and all levels of surfers from beginner to ripper.)

    If you're into longboard skateboards, generally anywhere along the beach, but some localities may limit skateboards. You can get excellent local info by guys who manufacture longboard motorized skateboards based in Santa Monica. BTW, they now put lightweight lithium batteries in the boards. Pretty $$$. They're very nice guys and all use the boards, so in addition to checking out their stuff, they could give you local info http://www.e-glide.com