Rent a convertible, put the top down, and turn the radio up. Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH as the locals call it) runs 42 miles (68 km) alongside sweeping stretches of beach with vast ocean views and secluded coves with tide pools bursting with marine life. Come here to have fun and experience the sun-drenched coastal lifestyle. Sometimes called the “California Riviera” for its palatial five-star hotels, multimillion dollar homes, and yacht harbors, Orange County (OC) also has charming cottages, gardens, and communities that haven’t changed much in the last 50 years. You can walk on ...

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