Southern California is a four-seasons destination. Mild year-round temperatures and sandy beaches make our area the perfect choice for a getaway during any time of year. However, the best time to visit Orange County varies depending on your interests. From world-class surfing to luxurious spas, there’s something for every traveler’s interests. Read on to discover our favorite things to do in Orange County in each season!
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our free Newport Beach Vacation Guide. This online guide is filled with recommendations on how to spend any time of year in the Orange County area!
The Best Time to Visit Orange County by Season
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Winter | December, January, February
The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year in Orange County! Temperatures remain relatively warm with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. Our area is a great escape from the cold, ice, and snow of many other regions during this season. While winter isn’t the best time for swimming in the ocean, you can still enjoy outdoor recreation in Newport Beach in December with hiking and biking at Crystal Cove State Park!
This season also holds some of our favorite annual events. A few of the Newport Beach Christmas traditions we look forward to each year include the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes, and Fashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. Bring the entire family to Orange County during the holiday season to experience some of these events like a local!
Spring | March, April, May
Spring is a great option for travelers seeking a quiet getaway. We call it Orange County’s “Secret Season” as it boasts fewer crowds and marvelous weather. During this season, you can expect temperatures between 50°F and 60°F, which is perfect for a variety of outdoor recreation like hiking. Even better, you won’t have to pass many people on the trail or worry about a stranger in your photo-op!
Southern California’s dining scene is a melting pot of flavors from around the world. From authentic global cuisine to refined American eats, you can find nearly anything you’re craving here. Spring is the best time to avoid the waitlist at the most popular Newport Beach restaurants.
Summer | June, July, August
Summer is the most popular time to visit Orange County. Temperatures rarely rise above 80°F, which is perfect for spending long days outdoors. It’s the best time to visit California beaches! Although this time of year has the most tourist traffic, you can’t deny the beauty of a Southern California summer.
Newport Beach surfing is a must-try activity for anyone visiting in the summer. For beginners, we recommend taking a surfing lesson at one of the many surf schools in the area. Endless Sun Surf School is a great option for private single or group lessons.
More experienced surfers will love shredding The Wedge. This famous stretch on the northernmost point of the Balboa Peninsula is home to some serious surf. This stretch of ocean frequently cranks out 30-foot waves that are only suited for experienced surfers. Do not try to surf this area unless you have previous experience.
Fall | September, October, November
Fall is another great time to visit Orange County for a quiet getaway. During this season, tourism winds down, but the weather remains mostly the same. In autumn, you can still enjoy sunny skies and days by the shore. It’s also a great season to visit with the family and enjoy a quiet Newport Beach Thanksgiving!
Book Your Stay with Burr White Realty
What’s the best time to visit Orange County for your interests? No matter which season you choose, Burr White Realty has a vacation home for you! We offer a wide selection of oceanfront, oceanside, and bayfront homes for every traveler’s style and budget. From studio apartments to whole-house rentals, we can accommodate any type of getaway. All our rentals are equipped with amenities like spacious living areas, comfortable furniture, outdoor gathering spaces, and more to make your stay pleasant!
Browse a full inventory of our Newport Beach rentals to start planning!