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Costa Mesa for Families

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Sunny skies. Innovative eateries. Local artisans. Healthy finds. Top it all off with fitness options galore. Close enough to the coast to take advantage of all the scenic adventures, yet far enough away that you’ll find a bit more room to play. This is Costa Mesa.
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3333 Bristol St #1805, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
The Corner Bakery and Cafe serves nutritious soups, salads, and sandwiches, and their community partnerships mean you can feel good about eating there. Has low-calorie kids' menus.
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3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
Corona Del Mar is the ideal beach for an early morning swim. (Yes, it will be invigorating!) There are buoys a couple of hundred yards out from the shore line to guide you, as well as the long rock jetty that keeps the water fairly calm. Want...
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204 Washington St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
Bike cruisers are the local, eco-friendly mode of transportation along the lengthy and packed Balboa Peninsula. Park your car, rent or bring a bike, and cruise along the sunny beachside. Or take the Balboa Ferry across to Balboa Island for a...
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Stand up paddling has exploded in Southern California. With bays and inlets that keep the waters decently calm, these areas are perfect for beginners. If it’s your first time on the board, take the time to get a lesson. The better form you have,...
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Back Bay Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
The Back Bay Loop is a paved pathway that takes you all the way around the Newport Bay, an inlet from the ocean that has created a haven for birds and wildlife. Almost the entire path has designated biking and walking areas, making it a safe...
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234 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Green Leaf is one of my favorite discoveries in Costa Mesa. The menu options are a little overwhelming, but everything I've tried so far has been delicious. My favorite are the steak, mango, and thai chile lettuce cups with lemongrass lychee...
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3222 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
It’s thoroughly impressive how much this cafe has to offer. You walk in to find farmhouse decor amongst indoor and outdoor seating, a small bakery section, a boutique, meals to go, freshly prepared pastas, and an additional menu to order from....
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1807 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Sitting outside under the vines and umbrellas, sipping on my cappuccino, and taking in the aromas of the freshly made orange ricotta haute cake—now that is a good way to start the day.
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2937 Bristol St B103-B100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
The 'Gelato Flight' of five small 'shots' is a clever and fun way to taste test the homemade gelato, including playful flavors like Honey Lavender. The combined indoor/outdoor space is ideal for sitting back with your freshly-made Piadina...
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2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Who ever said juice boxes aren't for adults, too? Walk on up to the shopfront, order your freshly made juice, and you're on your way in no time. Spicy Greens is a unique collection of flavors while the Cinnamon Coconut Mylk is ideal for...
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3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Located in an unsuspecting area just off the 405 freeway, the OC Mart Mix hosts over 30 upbeat, original, and delicious retailers, all under one roof (including Whiskey Tango 1977, shown in the photo). Unwind at the Shuck Oyster Bar, peruse the...
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2937 Bristol St # C101, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
“We are handcrafters. We are members of the planet. We are creators of green products. We are committed to sustainability. We support local artisans. We leave no footprint. We are fueled by love. We encourage diversity. We are a community. We are...