Summer is in full swing, which means your social calendar is probably packed with plans—I know mine is. But between the parties, weddings, vacations and other events, it’s easy to get a little carried away when it comes to spending. So I’ve put together a little guide guaranteed to keep the fun going, featuring 10 free and cheap things to do in Orange County this summer.
Other than little weekend trips here and there, I (unfortunately) don’t really have any big vacations planned this summer. Though, just because I’m not jet-setting to the Caribbean on the latest #REVOLVEaroundtheworld trip doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little fun in the sun in my own backyard.
Last week, I took a much-needed PTO day, hopped aboard a catamaran in Newport Beach and set sail to Catalina Island (you can read my outfit post here). Most SoCal locals know Catalina as the mountainous piece of land you can sometimes see off the coast on those rare smog-free days. However, to my surprise, most haven’t visited it. The last time I had was over 10 years ago, before I even lived in L.A., so I was due for a trip.
I’m not usually one to wear vibrant colors and prints, but when the weather starts warming up, I can’t help but gravitate towards the tropical pattern play that’s hanging in every store window. There’s just something about a summer floral that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even if I’m stuck in front of the computer at work.
Have you ever visited somewhere for the first time and wondered, “how did I not know this place existed”? Well, that’s exactly what happened last weekend when I met a few of my girlfriends at the new Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. This place is a hidden gem to say the least, from the architecture and design to the shops, restaurants and cafes-and let’s not even get started on its dreamy marina-front location.
When you think of Huntington Beach, I’m betting the term ‘Surf City, USA’ comes to mind. As home to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, world’s largest surfboard and annual US Open competition, it’s hard to think of it as anything else. But this city has much more to offer than what you hear in the classic Beach Boys song. If you want to live like a local but still get the essential Huntington Beach experience, I’ve planned a day for you.