Costa Mesa

Welcome to Costa Mesa 

A hip and vibrant city with international shopping 


Costa Mesa is a fun city that contains South Coast Plaza, the largest shopping mall on the west coast. Also, the Lab-Anti Mall and the Camp are two of the most popular shopping and dining areas in Orange County. Costa Mesa is home to approximately 100,000 people and was incorporated in 1953. Some of the largest employers in the city include Winfield Locks, Inc., El Pollo Loco, and Experian. Home to the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center, the event center hosts concerts, fairs, and celebrations throughout the year at the Pacific Amphitheatre

Costa Mesa is also home to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and many colleges, including Orange Coast College and Vanguard University. The Orange County Transportation Authority serves Costa Mesa, and many residents use the bus lines to travel around the city. The John Wayne Airport is also in Costa Mesa, California. 

What to Love 

Local Lifestyle 

Costa Mesa offers its residents a rich and vibrant lifestyle. Young professionals, retirees, and families all choose to reside in Costa Mesa. Many different shopping malls and stores are a short distance from every location in Costa Mesa. South Coast Plaza is one of the premier shopping malls on the West Coast, and residents enjoy taking advantage of the benefits offered by this retail destination. Residents of Costa Mesa also enjoy walking at Tewinkle Park and nearby Mile Square Regional Park. Costa Mesa is also close to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Life in Costa Mesa is vibrant and active. Residents enjoy spending time outdoors hiking at Peter’s Canyon Regional Park in Tustin or jogging through Mile Square Regional Park. Residing in Costa Mesa offers residents quick access to major freeways and other cities in Orange County. Also, Los Angeles and San Diego are both within driving distance of Costa Mesa. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Din Tai Fung is in South Coast Plaza and features amazing dumplings. Notable menu items include shrimp & kurobuta pork pot stickers, black pepper beef tenderloin, and truffle and kurobuta pork xiao long bao. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop features seared ahi tuna, grilled chicken breast, and pan-roasted salmon filet. 

Shoppers can find everything they need at South Coast Plaza. Over 250 retail stores and restaurants make the shopping experience at South Coast divine. The Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center features concerts and events throughout the year, including the popular Orange County Fair, which runs from July to August. 

Things to Do 

Visit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and enjoy an amazing musical or play. Residents visit the Orange County Museum of Art and enjoy the exhibitions on display. 

Tewinkle Park is a large area where many people enjoy having birthday parties and picnics. Noguchi Garden is a sculpture plaza in Costa Mesa. Walk through the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and learn about an amazing ecosystem. Explore Fairview Park and the Talbert Nature Preserve. The Newport Bay Conservancy is also an exciting place for residents to learn more about sustainability and preservation in Orange County, California. 


The schools in Costa Mesa are served by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The following are some of the most notable schools in Costa Mesa. 


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