Orange County climate
Orange County covers an area that stretches from the coast to inland foothills and its climate varies as a result. The best weather can usually be found on the coast where the Pacific Ocean serves to cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Nearly constant sunshine – and needless to say very limited rainfall – as well as an average annual temperature in the mid-20 degree Celsius range really do come close to climate perfection.
When to fly to Orange County
Because of the lack of seasonality in Orange County, peak times tend to be dictated by school holidays when families in the area and abroad visit.
The periods between school holidays – ie mid-September through to mid-November, mid-January through to mid-March and mid-April through to mid-May – tend to be quieter, particularly at family destinations such as Disneyland. However, many of the attractions cut down on their opening times to compensate and may also carry out refurbishment programs at these times so do some research before booking cheap flights to Orange County.
Getting around Orange County
This is California, the world’s capital of the car, so it is not surprising that the best way to get around Orange County is to use one. Of course everyone else uses one as well so the freeways tend to fill up at busy times. Avoid using them during the morning and afternoon rush hours (7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm).
Major car rental companies are represented at all airports in the region. Shuttles to hotels and nearby towns are also available as are taxis.
Trains are not as popular a mode of transport in California as they are in other parts of the US but Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner does serve the following Orange County communities: Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano.
Buses are the best public transportation option. The Orange County Transportation Authority runs bus services throughout the county. They cost US$1.25 though a day pass for US$3 is recommended if you are planning multiple journeys. Both can be purchased onboard though you’ll need exact change.