Things to Do in Costa Mesa & Newport Beach
Nestled along the beautiful Newport Beach coast, our Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach is the perfect destination in Orange County. Our lovely boutique hotel is surrounded by exciting entertainment, shopping, sports, and dining experiences, making it a top choice among places to stay in Newport Beach. Catch a play at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, pamper yourself at one of the area's luxurious day spas, or tee off on the lush fairways of Costa Mesa Golf Club and Pelican Hills Golf Club. Our convenient Costa Mesa hotel is a few miles from the tourism and business districts of Newport Beach and Irvine, and about ½ mile from John Wayne Airport.
Orange County Highlights
Orange County boasts some of the best beaches around. It’s home to Huntington Beach, the iconic beach city that hosts the US Open of Surfing. If you prefer a more artsy vibe, there’s Laguna Beach, where you'll find art galleries, quaint beachfront homes, and offbeat surf shops. Newport's beaches are also extremely popular, from the laid-back vibes of the peninsula to the pristine beauty of Crystal Cove State Park.
If you’re looking forward to a SoCal shopping spree, you won’t be disappointed here. Start at the South Coast Plaza, which is the largest shopping center on the West Coast. There’s also the upscale Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping center in Newport, and the Irvine Spectrum, a popular destination full of shops, eateries, bars, and entertainment.
It may not have the most extreme coasters in the world, but Orange County is home to the world’s most famous amusement park: Disneyland. After all these years, the Happiest Place on Earth continues to evolve, with plenty of new attractions to explore and even a second park, Disney California Adventure. There’s also Knott’s Berry Farm, which honors California’s heritage with enchanting Western, Native American, and Mexican-themed attractions.
One of the best ways to capture the flavor of a destination is by catching a game, and Orange County holds two exciting options. Watch the Anaheim Ducks take to the ice (founded by the Walt Disney Company and named after the film, “The Mighty Ducks”), or head to Angels Stadium to enjoy some Angels baseball.