Travel Santa Ana 2024 Official Visitors Guide

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DISCOVER WHY SANTA ANA IS AN ORIGINAL IN ORANGE COUNTY

Explore Amazing Public Art Experience a City of Celebrations Michelada Mania Insider’s Guide to Brunch Hello, Sunshine—Ideas for Outdoor Fun


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INSIDE 2 Legendary Locals Area history and fun facts.

15 Brunch Scene Enjoy a Mimosa state of mind.

3 Proud Santaneros Santa Ana residents share their love for our great city.

16 Ready, Set, Sip Hot spots for a caffeine buzz.

WELCOME

ARTS & CULTURE 4 A Culture of Creatives Santa Ana’s vibrant galleries and art scene. 6 Public Art Guide Where to find the city's murals and sculptures.

EXPLORE

8 Santa Ana Originals Find fun and new things to do in town. 10 Showtime Performing arts and live entertainment.

SHOP

11 Fabulous Finds Treasures await in our incredible shopping destinations.

EAT

12 Local Flavor Discover creative cuisine and join Michelada mania. 14 Take Your Tastebuds On a Culinary Journey Experience Santa Ana’s international cuisine.

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17 Buenas Noches Sips, suds, and nightlife.

EVENTS

18 City of Celebrations Find your fun at festivals, artwalks, and more.

MEET

20 Gather Venues for every event.

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21 Meeting Hotels Hotels with meeting space.

PLAY

22 Hello, Sunshine The best of outdoor activities, from city parks to nearby beaches.

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23 Hotels + Motels

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24 Get Here and Get Around Travel and transport options. 25 Points of Interest City map and highlights.

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IB E N V E N I D O S

"I Love Santa Ana" by Tino Ortega

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hen it comes to Southern California destinations, Santa Ana proudly stands apart. It’s a city bursting with creative energy and a unique spirit. Here, you’ll find a diverse population that welcomes newcomers with open arms and offers an array of one-ofa-kind experiences.

Nicknamed the "Downtown of Orange County," Santa Ana is the ideal place to stay while you explore the O.C.— you’re within minutes of popular beaches, world-famous attractions, and additional shopping and dining. Explore our historic downtown, take a tour of our incredible public art, or celebrate at one of our famed festivals. Our nightlife is nextlevel, too, and if you’re one of our LGBTQ+ visitors, you’ll find numerous gay-friendly bars, nightclubs, and restaurants in the city. If you’re feeling more of a mellow vibe, indulge in some of the area’s natural plant wellness therapy. Whatever your mood, we’re here for it, and we can’t wait to show you around.

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Named the county seat in 1889, Santa Ana was founded as the governmental, financial, and cultural center of Orange County. The following most valuable players played an important role in the city’s history, past and present. Chiarini Fountain The anchor of Artists Village, this fairytale-like fountain on West 2nd Street was donated and carved in the 1990s by local stone crafting company Chiarini Marble & Stone, honoring the company’s founder and Downtown Santa Ana’s community of artists. Instagram: @thechiarinifountain Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum The beautifully restored Victorian building from 1889 was home to trailblazing Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle, one of O.C.’s first female physicians. santaanahistory.com Old Orange County Courthouse The historic 1901 landmark is Southern California’s oldest (and arguably most beautiful) court building, witness to many events that shaped O.C.’s present-day. 2 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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Rickenbacker One of Santa Ana’s most notable businesses, Rickenbacker’s electric and bass guitars earned fame in the hands of rock and roll legends like The Beatles, The Who, Tom Petty, The Bangles, Metallica, and more. rickenbacker.com Santa Ana Water Tower Built in 1928, the widely photographed 153-foot tower is a familiar site from Interstate 5 and a beloved reminder of the city’s history—it still supplies nearly one million gallons of water to Santa Ana residents. Suavecito Founded in 2009 by local brothers Pete and Tony Adame and their childhood friend J-Bird, the hair products company and cultural phenomenon has garnered a following due to its edgy creative branding and collaborations. suavecito.com P H OTO CR E D I T: S UAV E CI TO

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SANTANEROS IN SANTA ANA, EACH PERSON AND PLACE IS UNIQUE, AND COLLECTIVELY THEY WEAVE TOGETHER TO CREATE A COMMUNITY UNITED BY ORIGINALITY. WE ASKED LOCALS WHAT MAKES THEM A PROUD SANTANERO.

Carlos Barragan, Charlie’s Tattoo Supplies

I am proud Santanero because my wife and I have planted a seed here in Santa Ana and we recognize it as the most beautiful city in the world. Come see that there is a little piece of the Mexican Culture on La Calle Cuatro "4th Street." Charlie’s Tattoo Supplies, 318 E. 4th St. | tattoosantaana.com

Ali Coyle

I'm proud to be a Santanera because this is a city of passionate people, each with different strengths. We all come together to celebrate creativity and community, ensuring that everyone feels welcome. Check out any of the amazing one-of-a-kind shops and food stalls, as well as the various restaurants, bars, murals, museums, and even an art-house movie theater. alicoylemusic.com

Jeffrey Jensen “JJ”, Chapter One: modern local

I am a proud Santanero because I was born here and had an opportunity to open a business in beautiful Downtown Santa Ana. Downtown is a one-stop shop. You have everything that you need, from coffee shops to lunch spots. Later at night, you can come down with friends, you can come out on a date, or come out with your family. Chapter One: modern local, 227 N. Broadway | chapteronetml.com

Vanessa Pozzobon, Mission Bar

I’m proud to be a Santanera because the community here is super welcoming. There is so much to do on every corner and even if you don’t know anybody here, you can walk into a bar like ours and you’ll make a friend. Go walking—there's great shopping, food, and restaurants for everybody. Mission Bar, 302 N. Main St. | missionbarsa.com

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anta Ana’s vibrant art scene simply can’t be contained. Our dedication to edgy and eclectic work also means we welcome diversity of every kind. Museums and galleries alike spotlight BIPOC and LGBTQ artists and represent a wide range of artistic styles, from avant-garde performance art to more traditional fine art.

Grand Central Art Center Cal State Fullerton’s College of the Arts partners with the City of Santa Ana to run this gallery, which anchors the Second Street Promenade. Three galleries, a video project gallery, and a project wall feature contemporary and socially relevant artwork, installations, and performances. grandcentralartcenter.com

AvantGarden the Art Gallery At this North Broadway gallery, visitors will find a kaleidoscopic variety of art, from jewelry to oil paintings and sculptures. avantgardenoc.com

Murals When it comes to public art, Santa Ana is unparalleled. It’s almost impossible to walk or drive around the city without spotting one (or more!) vibrant murals.

Bowers Museum Permanent exhibits look at art and artifacts from California, the Pacific Islands, Mexico, and China; rotating exhibits have highlighted everything from high fashion to documentary photography to the Walt Disney archives. bowers.org Crear Studio This studio, owned by Sarah Rafael Garcia (who also owns the LibroMobile bookstore), is dedicated to spotlighting local artists of color. libromobile.com

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art This popular spot hosts solo exhibits, as well as group shows built around themes like car culture, music, and architecture in art. occca.org Santora Arts Building This beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival building, built in 1929, is home to multiple art studios and galleries like the Santa Ana College Gallery and the California Center for Digital Arts, which offers photography and multimedia classes.

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VILLAGE A HISTORY Although the Santora Building is now home to multiple art galleries and studios, this downtown fixture used to be a hub of glitz and glam. In its former incarnation, the building contained Daninger’s Tea Room, a popular hangout for A-list celebrities like Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, and Milton Berle from 1934 to 1944. In the 1980s, when the historic buildings started to fall into disrepair, arts entrepreneur Don Cribb stepped in, creating a movement to revitalize the downtown district by turning it into an arts and culture destination. In 1987, he formed the Santa Ana Council of Arts and Culture, which paved the way for artists to remake the Santora Building in the early 1990s, turning storefronts into studios and galleries. Soon after, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art moved to its current space on the Second Street Promenade. The Grand Central Art Center completed the transformation of the Artists Village.


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anta Ana has one of the most extensive collections of murals in Southern California. Starting with the Chicano movement of the 1960s, artists have used public spaces to paint massive tributes to the city’s colorful, multicultural heritage. Pay attention as you explore! It's not uncommon to find them in alleys, on the sides of buildings, doorways, or even electrical utility boxes.

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"Betta" by The Heavy Collective

"The Legacy of Ceasar Chavez" by Emigdio Vasquez

Helen Shipp Artist: Jose Ortiz, 2023 A tribute to Helen Shipp, the founder of the Orange County Black History Parade & Cultural Faire held in the City of Santa Ana for 38 years. The intersection of Raitt and Willits Streets The Legacy of Cesar Chavez/ Cesar Chavez Business and Computer Center Artist: Emigdio Vasquez, 1997 The mural centers around labor activist and Chicanx visionary Cesar Chavez as well as his efforts to improve working conditions for agricultural workers. 530 W. 17th St.

"Helen Shipp" by Jose Ortiz

Unity Through the Bond of Peace Artists: Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan, 2020 Portrays a diversity of thought leaders: Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, and Rosa Parks. 825 N. Broadway PH OTO CR E D I T: TH E H E AVY CO L L E CTI V E ( B E TTA)

Among Heros Artist: Carlos Aguilar, 2013 Carlos Aguilar’s mural is a tribute to Mexican-American veterans. It depicts war scenes and photos of the soldiers whose likenesses were painted from old photographs provided by relatives still living in the neighborhood. 902 E. Washington Ave. Memorial Park Mural Artist: Roberto del Hoyo, 2011 A five-sided mural including pavement art. The iconography it uses can be described as a combination of community, unity, and religious/spiritual imagery. 2102 S. Flower St. Betta Artists: "The Heavy Collective," Kimberly Duran and Bud Herrera, 2021 The artists' idea behind the piece: "Betta fish come from murky, muddy waters. They are the only fish who have evolved due to their environment by swimming to the top and breathing oxygen to survive. They adapt, reminding us that only the strong will survive." 435 S. Hickory St.

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hen it comes to fun, Santa Ana doesn’t mess around. Whether you want to learn something cool, tackle an obstacle course, or find outdoor adventure, there are plenty of exciting options to explore.

American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park Inspired by the popular TV show, this adventure park combines fitness and fun, allowing visitors to master their inner ninja skills. Try to conquer challenges such as Monkey Swings, Spider Walls, Tilting Logs, Floating Bridges, a 10,000-square-foot inflatable obstacle course, and the famous Warped Wall. A fun challenge for any age range, but especially for the competitive souls out there. americanninjawarrioradventurepark.com/santa-ana 4th Street Market If you’re into food, visit this culinary hub, where you’ll find a rotating lineup of innovative chefs serving up a wide variety of dishes and cocktails all day long. Once you’ve chosen your meal, head out to the sunny outdoor patio to dine alfresco. Be sure to check out their unique events, including Patio Vibrations. 4thstreetmarket.com McFadden Public Market Fun is guaranteed at this hybrid video arcade and food hall in Downtown Santa Ana. Kids will love the vintage arcade games while the over-21 set enjoys video game-themed drinks. Don’t miss The Twisted Tiki, a tiki bar serving signature tropical drinks such as the popular Purple Polynesian Sunset, made with a blend of coconut rums, coconut syrup, and pineapple 8 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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juice. Afterward, grab a bite from the rotating food vendors. mcfaddenmarket.com Discovery Cube Orange County This iconic cube is dedicated to the exploration of science. Explore the various hands-on exhibits and STEM attractions that are designed to spark curiosity in all — and don’t miss the new Sea Lab installation, where kids can dip their hands into a coastal tidepool touch tank, and even pet a (harmless) shark or ray. discoverycube.org Head Downtown Our city’s beating heart, Downtown Santa Ana beats even faster on weekends. Better known as “Calle Cuatro” by locals, there’s never a dull moment in any part of the district. Take in the colorful murals, and explore the dozens of art galleries and cultural businesses. Munch on a variety of diverse eats from local restaurants, food P H OTO CR E D I T: D I S COV E RY C U BE O C


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halls, and street vendors. If you’re interested in design, admire the beautiful Spanish scrollwork on the Santora Building or the stately Romanesque arches of the Old Orange County Courthouse during a historic architecture tour. Heritage Museum of Orange County HMOC dedicates its 12 lovely acres of gardens and citrus groves to promoting and preserving O.C.'s history, nature, and culture. Both the gardens and the historic plaza — where restored 1890s buildings serve as museums — are open to the public on specific days of each month. Dates and times vary, so check its event calendar before heading over. Seasonal events have included an annual dog-friendly Bark Bash, haunted ghost tours, and a Dia de Los Muertos festival. heritagemuseumoc.org

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Lyon Air Museum Founded by William Lyon, a major general of the U.S. Air Force, the museum is home to authentic aircraft, rare vehicles, and other memorabilia with an emphasis on World War II. Through captivating historical exhibitions, visitors can better understand the important role the U.S. plays in world history. Don’t miss its annual summer car exhibit, where vintage vehicles are on display. lyonairmuseum.org Santa Ana Zoo A community mainstay since 1952, the Santa Ana Zoo focuses on the animals and plants of Central and South America. Here, you’ll find more than a dozen species of primates, birds, felines, amphibians, horses, camels, cows, chickens, and more. At select times, you can even pet and brush Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats. There is also a playground, carousel, Ferris wheel, and even a train ride. And don’t miss the future river otter exhibit, where you can watch the playful animals frolic under a 15-foot waterfall. santaanazoo.org The Frida Cinema Named after Frida Kahlo, this non-profit vintage arthouse is what every other indie theater aspires to be: edgy, knowledgeable, historic, and endlessly cool in movie selection and atmosphere. The eclectic offerings change by the month and season; a typical week at the Frida can include showings of cult classics, film festival darlings, local projects, director talks, and film-themed events. Seats sell out fast! thefridacinema.org travelsantaana.com 9


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kitchen with a delicious menu and unique drinks further enhances the experience. observatoryoc.com Santa Ana College The college has plays, musicals, dance concerts, and live performances at the historic PhillipsHall Theatre, plus a free art gallery of photography, paintings, sculptures, and drawings to check out on weekdays in the Santora building. sac.edu

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Santa Ana Venues of Interest Bowers Museum Not only is Bowers the oldest and largest museum of its kind in Orange County, and not only is it a bastion for Indigenous art and moving exhibitions, but it hosts live musical performances, festivals, and film screenings throughout the year. bowers.org Cerveza Cito A locally-owned brewery with a chill and friendly atmosphere, Cerveza Cito hosts loteria nights on Wednesdays followed by trivia and karaoke nights on Thursdays. Weekends bring DJs, whose music gets the whole place dancing. cervezacito.com Hector’s on Broadway Hector's is famous for the live and charismatic banda that sings to you while you eat. Live music is on the weekends all day 10 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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till midnight, but the delicious cocktails and micheladas are available all week, along with to-die-for seafood and top-shelf tequilas. Instagram: @hectorsonbroadway La Santa Inside this intimate, speakeasy-like space, you'll find a bar and live music venue that hosts talented tribute bands and small artists from all over. Guests rave about the sound quality and overall ambiance, as well as the weekend brunch specials accompanied by a charming mariachi band. lasantaoc.com Observatory OC This popular venue is a magnet for fantastic live music from both famous and up-andcoming artists, as well as a host for dance and performing arts competitions. An onsite

The Coollab Project The Coollab Project hosts a monthly open mic night that serves as a musical collaboration engine. Aural artists from multiple genres — poets, musicians, singers, and rappers — sign up to share their talents with the crowd outside of the 4th Street Market food hall. Instagram: @thecoollabproject The Copper Door Nestled beneath the historic Pacific Building, this underground nightclub is heavy on dancing, craft beer, bottle service, and speakeasy vibes. Live music includes rotating DJs and burlesque performers. Instagram: @copperdoor_santaana The Wayward Artist Started by Craig Tyrl and Kristin Campbell, the non-profit performing arts center kicked off its first season in February 2018 with Godspell. The Wayward invites its guests to be vulnerable and open their minds to edgy and innovative musical theatre, plays, and dance performances that amplify and empower BIPOC artists. thewaywardartist.org Yost Theater An elegant events venue by day, The Yost transforms into a popular 18-and-over dance club at nighttime Fridays through Sundays. DJs and live music include genres such as reggaeton, banda, pop, rap, and EDM. theyosttheater.com P H OTO CR E D I T: TH E CO PP E R DO O R


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f you’re looking for a unique find or a special gift, Santa Ana delivers. Our retail scene is as eclectic as our residents, offering everything from exclusive luxury brands to one-of-a-kind, handcrafted art, sculpture, and jewelry. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots, but keep an eye out as you walk through the city—there are retail treasures everywhere.

East End This collection of independent boutiques lines Fourth Street east of Broadway. Hipsters browse hoodies, hats, and shoes at GCS Clothing Store, BAIT, Stussy, and Nothing Usual. Nearby, shoppers can find unique gifts like concha-shaped pillows and tarot card candles at Unlisted and gorgeous stationery and letterpress cards at M.Lovewell. Across the street is RR Western Wear, a locally-owned retailer selling top-of-the-line cowboy hats, boots, and accessories since 1955. Them Skates sells apparel and fashionable inline skates made by shop owner Jon Julio. Alta Baja Market stocks decor, drinks, jams, and spices from California and Mexico — including the largest selection of Mexican wine in the state. eastenddtsa.com Collective2one9 Collective2one9 is an innovative multi-vendor retail marketplace and event space. Browsing here is a joy—you’ll find a wide variety of unique decor, art, music, and clothing within the small shops. collective2one9.com Gunthers Supply & Goods Gunthers caters to the needs of O.C.'s civil servants and justice departments with both work and casual wear, featuring brands like Ben Davis, Dickies, FB County, Pendleton, Rothco, Suavecito, and more. gunthers.com

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LibroMobile This independent bookstore is owned by local author Sarah Rafael Garcia, who fills the shelves with new and used books written by Latinx, Black, Asian, and Indigenous authors. It also regularly hosts readings and literary events. libromobile.com

MainPlace Mall Conveniently located just off Interstate 5, this shopping venue is anchored by big retailers like H&M, Hot Topic, and Forever 21 alongside smaller boutiques selling clothing, shoes, and jewelry. Indoor playgrounds Candeeland and American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park give kids a place to run around while their parents take a break. shopmainplacemall.com

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South Coast Plaza (southcoastplaza. com) in Costa Mesa and Fashion Island (fashionisland.com) in Newport Beach are the go-to spots for luxury brands; you’ll find Balenciaga, Chanel, and Gucci boutiques at the former and Louis Vuitton, Elie Tahari, and even a Tesla showroom at the latter. The Outlets at Orange (simon.com/mall/ the-outlets-at-orange) offer bargains on popular brands like Adidas, O’Neill, Puma, and Vans, and The Source OC (thesourceoc. com) in Buena Park combines shopping with a karaoke bar, virtual golf range, spas and salons, a baking academy, and more than 35 spots to grab boba tea, Korean barbecue, shaved ice, and more.

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ou might be starting to get the picture: Santa Ana locals embrace diversity and creativity, which translates into cravings for deliciously unique food. Happily, we’ve got plenty of options—we dare you to pick just one favorite! Bird & Barrel This family-owned restaurant celebrates everything poultry, with Asian fusion offerings ranging from garlic noodles with chicken to seared duck breast served alongside a fried egg. Sample their spicy Rooster Tail cocktail, made with tequila and tangy lemon. birdnbarrel.com El Barco Cantina If you’re looking for the best ceviche in town, this is the spot. This traditional Mexican restaurant has a host of seafood offerings, from coctel de camarones (Mexican shrimp cocktail) to various ceviche botanas (raw fish marinated in lime juice with tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and cilantro). They’ve also got tacos filled with everything from ribeye to octopus. Instagram: @elbarco.cantina Hammer Burger Sure, smash burgers are having a moment, but that doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. The

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burgers here are made with a proprietary blend of high-quality beef, topped with house-made pickles and sauce, and then sandwiched between pillowy potato rolls. They also think beyond ketchup, with a selection of freshly made dipping sauces for their seasoned fries. hammerburger.com La Vegana Mexicana This family-owned business specializes in authentic plantbased Mexican food. You can find their handmade signature tamales in an array of fillings from cheese and jalapeno to black bean and mole. Don’t miss their rich, savory vegan pozole. laveganamexicana.com Nate’s Korner Nate’s Korner labels itself a “breakfast hoagie shop,” and it makes perfect sense once you’ve sized up their menu. With everything from hearty breakfast burritos stuffed with freshly made, crispy hashbrowns to meatball subs, this is a killer option for breakfast or lunch. This spot is no-frills, and that’s a good thing. Friendly counter service and loyal regulars make this a welcoming hangout. nateskorner.com Nguyen’s Kitchen This modern Asian eatery runs the gamut from Vietnamese-

style grilled pork sandwiches to garlicky yakisoba noodles served with your choice of protein. They’ve even got bulgogi-style beef sliders—yes, please. nguyenskitchen.com Three Roots Mexican Cocina This upscale Mexican spot is popular for good reason. Start with an appetizer (the jumbo shrimp taquitos have our vote), then choose from entrees ranging from seafood rellenos (poblano peppers stuffed with lobster and shrimp) to carne asada (marinated steak served with pico de gallo, onion, and refried beans). They make their margarita mix on-site, so their cocktails are tart and refreshing. 3rootsmexicancocina.com Wursthaus There’s no better hang than a lively beer hall, and Wursthaus keeps it interesting with a unique lineup of handmade sausages to accompany your pour. They’ve got the classics, like smoked polish and bratwurst, but diners can zag into adventurous territory. Offerings like kangaroo and wild boar or rattlesnake with rabbit and jalapeño might seem gimmicky, but the flavors are on point. You can’t really go wrong—everything on their menu is hands-down delicious. wursthaussa.com P H OTO CR E D I T: @ M E CR EAT IVE NAPA


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f you’re new to the world of Micheladas, here’s the scoop: In its most basic form, the drink is a Mexican lager dialed up with tart lime juice and served in a chilled, salt-rimed glass. Creative bartenders have been playing with the formula for years, adding assorted sauces, chiles, and spices.

Alta Baja Market Fun options, such as their spicy La Chiquita made with passion fruit or the La Nopalita, which features cactus fruit juice and lime. You can make all of these nonalcoholic—just ask for Topo Chico in place of the beer. altabajamarket.com

Café Cultura Order the Michelada flight at Café Cultura. You’ll get four different flavors: clásica, a tropical con cultura, aguachile (spicy), and mango. Cheers! cafecitocultura.com

served up in a stein. Try the C1 Michelada made with S’OK Mexican lager, housemade bloody mix, and served with a tangy tamarindo stick. chapteronetml.com

Cerveza Cito A Michelada made with beer brewed onpremise? Yes, please! You can have your drink made with any of the options on tap. cervezacito.com

El Centenario Grill & Seafood You’ll often find live music or karaoke here, and their Michelada is served up in a tall glass with a Tajin and chamoy rim. elcentenariogrilland seafood.com

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Lola Gaspar Can’t decide between a Michelada and a Bloody Mary? Order the Michelada de la casa here and you don’t have to choose. The drink’s unique blend of spices lends their version a distinctly bloody Mary flavor. lolagaspar.com Mission Bar If you’re on the hunt for a vegan Michelada, their version is made with chamoy, vegan mix, and Mexican lager, then served up with a lime juice and Tajin rim. missionbarsa.com Recess At Recess, they make their mix in-house, and you can taste the difference. recessbydetention. com

Credit for the drink's invention is usually given to a man named Michel Ésper who frequented Club Deportivo Potosino in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In the 1960s, Ésper started ordering his beer with lime, salt, ice, and a straw in a cup called a "chabela.” Curious members of the club began asking for the drink as "Michel's lemonade” which was shortened over time to Michelada.

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raveling is not just about exploring new places; it's about savoring the flavors of each destination. Every city has its culinary secrets, and every local eatery holds the key to a unique culinary experience. Bari Pasta & Pizza Italy Don’t be fooled by their small dining area—this family-owned restaurant attracts intensely loyal regulars who swear by their authentic pasta and pies. You can’t miss their TikTokfamous pizza skulls: skull-shaped pizza dough stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and served with a flavorful red marinara sauce. Another dish to add to your list is the ‘Ma Ma Mia’ pasta, mostaccioli tossed with creamy marinara sauce, chicken, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes. El Mercado Modern Cuisine Mexico This upscale spot serves contemporary, thoughtful dishes inspired by regional Mexican flavors. Don’t leave without ordering the pulpo a la plancha, octopus marinated with Oaxacan chiles and Chula Vista tequila. Served with chorizo oil, roasted potatoes, cabbage, and peas, it’s visually stunning. When you squeeze lime juice over the dish, a fun color-changing chemical reaction happens. Additional must-try dishes

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include aguachiles, a zesty combination of shrimp, serrano chile, cucumber, and avocado, as well as savory empanadas. Kaizen Shabu Shabu Japan/Asia From the moment you step through its doors, Kaizen promises an exceptional dining experience with standout Japanese fusion flavors. The appetizers are fantastic, but what truly shines is their premium meats and hot pots. Try the Tom Yom broth with tender Angus beef, or the spicy Santa Ana Szechuan broth paired with pork belly or fresh shrimp. Mil Jugos Venezuela Mil Jugos draws its culinary inspiration from Venezuela's vibrant flavors and rich culinary heritage. Standout dishes include carne deshebrada arepas (shredded beef), empanada de pollo, and cachapas de queso. Ponzu Japanese Sushi Bar Japan A commitment to freshness and impeccable presentation has

earned Ponzu a reputation as one of the city’s best sushi restaurants. You’ll find a rotating list of traditional fresh sushi and sashimi options, as well as, a large selection of rolls. Try their tribute to the neighborhood, the 17TH ST. roll: spicy tuna topped with albacore tuna and ponzu sauce. Roquette Café France Chef Samuel Geffroy boasts an impressive resume, but his French bistro-style food isn’t at all pretentious. Regulars come to this cafe for dishes such as a savory, tender short rib sandwich and the rich, cheesy French onion soup. Royal Khyber India Yes, this eatery offers wellmade classic Indian favorites like butter chicken and saag paneer, but don’t miss out on the dishes cooked in their imported tandoors. They’re fired over a mesquite flame to impart a rich, smoky flavor that’s particularly noticeable in the popular saffron shrimp.

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BRUNCH:

A MIMOSA STATE OF MIND When it comes to brunch, what’s not to like? A choice of sweet and savory options, fresh juices and sparkling Champagne, and the joy of knowing you’ve got nothing but time. Celebrate the magic that is a leisurely brunch at these Santa Ana locales.

El Mercado

If you're a food lover with a passion for uncovering hidden gems, then our Santa Ana Culinary Passport is your ticket to a world of delicious discoveries.

How does it work? It's as easy as 1-2-3: 1) Discover taste-worthy restaurants: each chosen for its exceptional culinary offerings. 2) Visit the restaurants, indulge in their signature dishes, and immerse yourself in our cultures. 3) Post your culinary discoveries on Instagram hashtag. #CulinaryPassportSA

Benchmark If you want to enjoy your brunch al fresco, head to Benchmark, where you can relax under cheery umbrellas on their patio. You can’t go wrong by ordering the pastrami hash made with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, poached eggs, and chipotle hollandaise. Or zag and try the crispy chicken sandwich with a maple-chili glaze on a brioche bun. benchmarkoc.com Den Cafe Enjoy brunch with friends in this warm, light-filled cafe. Try the Monte Cristo-ish, made with melted Havarti cheese, grilled ham, and arugula and strawberry compote, or sample the classic waffle topped with homemade blueberry lemon compote, coconut cream, candied walnuts, and a side of honey butter. dencafeoc.com Native Son Dining with furry friend? Head over to Native Son’s dogfriendly patio. There, you’ll find bottomless mimosas as well as a variety of both sweet and savory options. The Native Slam burrito, stuffed with scrambled eggs, home fries, cheese, cajun aioli, and a choice of bacon, chorizo, or sorizo is a standout. nativesonbar.com Perla Mexican Cuisine This modern bistro serves up a variety of Mexican dishes and brunch cocktails. For something light, order the tropical halibut ceviche, made with Pacific

Perla

halibut marinated in lime and orange, avocado, cucumber, and serrano chile. Or go allout with their chilaquiles con pollo, an impressive serving of housemade tortilla chips, shredded chicken, house salsa, queso fresco, and refried beans. perladtsa.com Santa Ana Brunch Club It makes sense to check out the place literally named for your favorite meal. Their fried chicken and waffles served with hot honey butter and smoked maple syrup are always a winner, as is the French omelet made with aged cheddar, mozzarella, creme fraiche, and a touch of tobiko black caviar. santaanabrunchclub.com Tangata If you need a bite after taking in the incredible art at the Bowers Museum, Tangata has you covered. The avocado toast is sublime: a generous slice of whole-grain bread topped with smashed avocado, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and pickled onion. patinagroup.com The Green Parrot Every Sunday, the Green Parrot serves brunch with complimentary Champagne. They lay out an impressive display, complete with a fresh waffle station, Italian pasta, taco bar, personalized omelets, fresh fruit and salad bar, a variety of Mexican entrees and sides, menudo, and a variety of desserts. greenparrotvilla.com travelsantaana.com 15


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hatever your vibe, there’s a coffee shop perfect for you When it comes to getting your caffeine fix, Santa Ana has an abundance of choices.

Avatar Coffee Roasters Sunlight pours through the wall of windows in this industrial space that somehow manages to feel friendly and cozy. The atmosphere makes it a nice change in venue when working remotely. avatarcoffeeroasters.com Café Cito If you’re looking for a place to hold a private meeting, this airy cafe has an upstairs with plenty of tables and chairs. Plus, they’ve got tasty Mexican-inspired drinks with unique milk options. If you’ve never tried pistachio milk, what are you waiting for? citocoffee.com Coffee Muse This shop is known for its detailoriented approach to brews, which results in exceptional pour-overs and lattes. Bring your pup and enjoy your coffee (perhaps a Honey Nut Cheerios latte?) al fresco on the sunny, dog-friendly patio. mycoffeemuse.com Corazón Coffee Bar Experience local culture at this woman-owned cafe. The baristas here serve up specialty drinks crafted with Latin flair—it’s a cozy location with a big heart. If you want something more adventurous than espresso, try the Como la Flor Latte with house-made rose syrup. Instagram @corazoncoffeebar 16 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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Hopper and Burr

Den Cafe Looking for a place to bring a first date? You’ll both be charmed by the bohemian ambiance— walls collaged in paintings, artifacts, and macrame—and status as a longtime artistic salon space. Try the rich Mayan Mocha for a touch of chocolate and cinnamon in your brew. dencafeoc.com Hidden House Coffee Both downtown locations are brick and industrial spaces with ample room for meeting friends or working remotely. If you’re looking for a sweet snack, pick up an almond croissant with your freshly roasted coffee. hiddenhousecoffee.com Hopper & Burr This modern, minimalist cafe offers up classic standards and rotating specialty roasts topped with latte foam designs (often creatively named and inspired by cocktails). The baristas here are top-notch, and will happily make you a custom creation. It’s the perfect place to drop in for a pick-me-up when you’re running errands or shopping Downtown. Instagram: @hopperandburr

Huskins Coffee Company If you want to support a family business, head to Huskins for a cup of their small-batch roasted organic coffee. Owners Kent Huskins, a former NHL player who won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, and his wife, Bri, are dedicated to making their coffeehouse a community hub. Ask for the Hometown Latte, sweetened with maple syrup. huskinscoffee.com MAZ Café Con Leche Instagram alert! This cute, eclectic spot filled with artsy prints and plants is practically made for your grid. It’s also a unique venue for a baby or wedding shower—ask about their private event space. Instagram: @mazcafeconleche Trung Nguyen E-Coffee The ethos behind Trung Nyuyen’s E-Coffee is that coffee creates energy, which can then be transferred to something positive, from creativity to connection. It’s the perfect stop for a late afternoon energy boost. trungnguyenlegend.com

Explore more caffeine buzz options.

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BUENAS

S E H C O N Mission Bar

S

anta Ana’s crackling energy and creative spirit glows even brighter after dark. Our nightlife is incredibly vibrant, whether you’re looking for a romantic evening in front of an outdoor fire, or a dance floor packed with revelers. Plus, our doors are open to everyone. If you’re one of our LGBTQ+ visitors, you’ll find gay-friendly bars, nightclubs, and restaurants all around the city.

Amor y Tequila It’s always a party at this trendy bar and restaurant, and things kick up a notch when it turns into a lounge after 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday nights. Try one of their tequilas over ice or in a Pineapple Margarita or Hibiscus Paloma. amorytequila.com Cerveza Cito Brewery is the brainchild of hometown hair products company Suavecito, featuring a production brewery and taproom in a historic brick building. Many of the beers draw inspiration from Mexican flavors, such as the Tepache Sour, a spicy take on the popular fermented roadside pineapple drink. cervezacito.com One of Santa Ana's oldest bars, the recently remodeled Club 616 serves classy craft cocktails, 12 beers on tap, and non-alcoholic specialty drinks; there's also comfortable indoor seating, a pool table, and an outdoor fire pit for socializing. 616sa.com El Indio Botanas y Cerveza is a legit spot to discover artisan tequila and mezcal producers. DJs spin most nights to keep the vibe going. elindiodtsa.com La Santa is an intimate live music spot to catch up-and-coming bands and hip hop artists, as well as fun tribute acts. lasantaoc.com Mission Bar’s primary mission is to serve local craft beers in a cozy dive bar setting. Friendly locals curate an eclectic jukebox playlist and the pool table is always busy. missionbarsa.com Mission Control’s barcade is the place to relive your '80s vintage arcade sessions, with a fun tap list and video game-inspired cocktails such as the Pacman Sour. mcfaddenmarket.com/arcade-mission-control

Club 616

Twisted Tiki is a hidden oasis located in the McFadden Public Market. Try the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a drink, a tequila riff on the piña colada. mcfaddenmarket.com/the-twisted-tiki Vacation Bar's beautifully garnished cocktails are inspired by cities; simply order a drink by destination, shut your eyes, and take a sip… you just might be transported there. vacationdtsa.com

The Twisted Tiki

Vault Bar & Grill If you’re looking to dance, be sure to hit this spot. They’ve got a huge selection of beers on tap in addition to a full bar. Instagram: @vaultbarandgrillsa

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Blading Cup The biggest inline and quad skating festival in the world. Watch the best rollerbladers and skaters of all ages compete on ramps and in the streets of Downtown Santa Ana for multi-wheeled glory. bladingcup.com

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ur city is always buzzing with activity, and that means it’s easy to find something fun going on. Whatever you’re into, it’s probably happening here in Santa Ana, so get ready to have a good time.

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk The streets come alive on the first Saturday of every month when galleries open their doors, local artists and vendors line the sidewalks, and local musicians fill the air with good vibes. dtsaartwalk.org OC Pride Parade & Festival This daylong celebration encourages you to "love out loud" features entertainment and vendors and caters to different audiences, so whether you’re looking for family-friendly festivities or something a little more racy, you’ll be able to enjoy the rainbow spirit. prideoc.com Tamalfest An annual family-friendly food festival that curates local food, businesses, and entertainment for an unforgettable night. dtsafeelgoodevents.com

Mid-Autumn Festival Highlights Asian cultures and the community's Vietnamese members. This festival is meant to be a celebration of the fall harvest and full moon, a time when families get together to enjoy each other's company and the bountiful harvests after a year of labor and care. santa-ana.org/mid-autumnfestival Bower’s Museum Mexican Day of the Dead Festival Enjoy live performances, art making, face painting, and more. bowers.org El Centro Cultural de Mexico Noche de Altares Families, students, and community members gather together to celebrate. elcentroculturaldemexico.org

OC Pride Parade & Festival

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Noche de Altares

Heritage Museum of Orange County Ofrenda This celebration is an all-out party complete with sugar skull and altar-building workshops, performances, music, face painting, and food trucks. heritagemuseumoc.org Viva La Vida Dia De Los Muertos Festival Traditional altares built by community members and organizations, vendors, entertainment, music, and food. vivalavidasantaana.org

Visit our calendar of events for more information.

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venue isn’t just a place to gather—the space itself sets the tone, whether you’re planning a meeting, sporting event, quinceañera, or wedding. Luckily, Santa Ana has a wide array of unique properties, so whether you’re looking for a patio under the stars or an elegant estate with 100 years of history, we’ve got you covered. If you’re after urban sophistication, The 1912's stylish indoor venue is the answer. The expansive event space features high ceilings, skylights, modern accents, and tall windows with sweeping views of the surrounding Downtown Santa Ana Historic District. casadelagoevents.com/1912

When it comes to ambiance, it’s hard to beat the brilliance of Mother Nature, and that’s evident when dining in Benchmark's outdoor, heated dining space under a canopy of trees. The breezy ambiance extends into a private indoor dining room, and the restaurant’s seasonal New American fare will delight even the most sophisticated palates. benchmarkoc.com Rich history pours out of every nook and cranny of the Estate on Second, a century-old historic building in the heart of downtown. The elegance of the building’s Georgian design is preserved in five restored and renovated indoor and outdoor spaces. Enjoy the natural light from arched Palladian windows and the character of original wood floors and brick. estateonsecond.com Guests can wander through lush gardens and dine inside an enchanting Spanish-style building at The Green Parrot Villa. Enjoy the open-air courtyard and indoor banquet room surrounded by blooming gardens, twinkling lights, and vine-covered arches. greenparrotvilla.com 20 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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Once functioning as a working avocado and orange ranch, The Hacienda has been a Santa Ana landmark since 1901. Today, it’s a venue space with historic charm and a classic sense of Spanish-style architectural allure. Instagram: @the.hacienda Nestled within 12 acres of beautiful gardens and citrus groves, the Heritage Museum of Orange County is a Victorian gem. The crowning jewel is the historic plaza, where restored 1890s buildings function as a museum and breathtaking backdrop for events. heritagemuseumoc.org An iconic downtown landmark since 1912, The Yost Theater is one of Orange County’s oldest, largest, and most versatile indoor venues. theyosttheater.com

For assistance in planning a group event or meeting in Santa Ana, visit our website.


MEETING HOTELS

MEETING ROOMS

TOTAL MEETING SPACE INDOOR/ OUTDOOR

LARGEST ROOM SQ. FT.

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3

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676

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400

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600

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BUSINESS CENTER

RESTAURANT

INTERNET

DRIVING DISTANCE TO AIRPORT

Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North

The hotel offers an 800-square-foot meeting room located in the lobby area with capacity for up to 50 guests in rounds.

2700 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-432-8888 | bestwestern-oc.com Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro

High-performance Wi-Fi and audio visual equipment available. Beautiful courtyard area is ideal for outside events.

3002 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana 714-545-1001 | marriott.com/snasa Courtyard Marriott Santa Ana

With a capacity for up to 300 guests, the hotel offers a variety of event package options to suit individual tastes and budget.

8 MacArthur Place, Santa Ana 714-668-9993 | marriott.com/snaog DoubleTree by Hilton Orange County Airport

Five versatile event venues. Largest ballroom has natural light and boasts floor-to-ceiling views of the lake. Outdoor space available in the lakeside patio. Custom attendee websites can be created.

7 Hutton Centre, Santa Ana 714-751-2400 | hilton.com/en/hotels/snafmdt Embassy Suites - Santa Ana Orange County Airport

Largest ballroom holds 320 guests for a banquet and divides into four smaller sections. Unique 3,000-square-foot atrium provides space that gives the sense of being in an open air, lush garden within the confines of a secure indoor space with 100-foot ceilings. Two executive boardrooms also available for smaller meetings.

1325 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana 714-241-3800 | hilton.com/en/hotels/staeses Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport The hotel offers a board meeting that can comfortably seat 12 people.

2720 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-556-3838 | hilton.com/en/hotels/stahshx Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Ana Orange County

The hotel features eight meeting rooms, one per floor, and each 600 square feet.

1600 E. 1st St., Santa Ana 714-834-9455 | ihg.com/holidayinnexpress Holiday Inn Santa Ana Orange County Airport

Features 1,800-square-foot ballroom with natural light and 10-foot ceilings. Additional meeting space offers 8-foot ceilings with airwall for divisibility.

2726 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana 714-481-6300 | ihg.com/holidayinn Hotel Zessa a DoubleTree by Hilton

All meeting spaces on lobby level. Offers flexible Grand Ballroom that can be divided into six sections with 16-foot ceilings; also three indoor boardrooms. On-site restaurant available and more dining options within walking distance. Complimentary airport shuttle.

201 E. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana 714-825-3333 | hilton.com/en/hotels/staocdt

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ith nearly 300 days of sunshine and great weather year-round, Orange County is an outdoor lover’s paradise from mountains to sea.

practice putting greens, a well-stocked pro shop, and new bar restaurant round out the picturesque experience. willowickgolf.com

CLOSE BY IN TOWN Parks & Rec There are 47 public parks to enjoy in Santa Ana, with trails, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and picnic shelters. River View Golf Course A river literally runs through it at this 18-hole course, which caters to any skill level but gives experienced golfers a run for their money. The challenge comes courtesy of 6,190 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70, with the namesake Santa Ana River providing a fun water hazard. riverviewgolf.com Willowick Golf Course The oldest 18-hole golf course in O.C., the ’Wick treats golfers of all abilities to expansive fairways lined with tall, majestic trees in the heart of the city. Two sets of tees, a grass driving range, three 22 T RAV E L SA N TA A N A

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Take a Hike Surrounded by mountains and abounding in hilly vistas, O.C. has long been known as an outdoorsy haven. Whether you trail run, mountain bike, or hike, O.C.'s 25 regional wilderness parks and 230 miles of riding and hiking trails have you covered. Visit the county's website for more information on regional parks and wilderness areas. ocparks.com/parks-trails

NEARBY BEACH CITIES With 42 miles of beautiful coast line and dozens of California’s most famous beaches, it’s no wonder O.C. is an aquatic hotspot. Most beaches have nearby parking and bathrooms, and many have volleyball, equipment rental, fire pits, restaurants and retail. ocgov.com

Centennial Park

Huntington Beach (12 miles away) BEACHES: 4 Known for: Surfing, with some of the best surf breaks in the state; the city’s trademarked nickname is literally “Surf City USA.” Also home to the only dog beach in the county. Newport Beach (11 miles away) BEACHES: 20 Known For: Variety. Its two piers, lively boardwalk, family and kid -friendly play areas, beautiful scenery, and diverse range of activities mean there’s something for everyone. Laguna Beach (19 miles away) BEACHES: 30 Known for: Sheer beauty. There’s a reason artists flock to Laguna: as the only marine reserve in Southern California, its beaches are teeming with tide pools, turquoise waters, and stunning vistas.

Discover Santa Ana's parks. P H OTO CR E D I T: CI TY O F SANTA ANA


STAY

HOTELS + MOTELS

Book your stay.

# OF ROOMS

ON-SITE DINING

POOL

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AAA RATING

Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North 2700 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-432-8888 | bestwestern-oc.com

148

4.4

California Lodge Suites 2909 S. Briston St., Santa Ana 714-540-2300

181

5

Comfort Inn & Suites Orange County John Wayne Airport 2620 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-966-5200 | choicehotels.com/california

122

4.5

Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro 3002 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana 714-545-1001 | marriott.com/snasa

145

6.5

Courtyard Marriott Santa Ana 8 MacArthur Place, Santa Ana 714-668-9993 | marriott.com/snaog

155

3.5

DoubleTree by Hilton Orange County Airport 7 Hutton Centre, Santa Ana 714-751-2400 | hilton.com/en/hotels/snafmdt

167

3.5

APPD

Embassy Suites - Santa Ana Orange County Airport 1325 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana 714-241-3800 | hilton.com/en/hotels/staeses

301

3.5

APPD

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport 2720 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-556-3838 | hilton.com/en/hotels/stahshx

121

3

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Ana Orange County 1600 E. 1st St., Santa Ana 714-834-9455 | ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

138

6

Holiday Inn Santa Ana Orange County Airport 2726 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana 714-481-6300 | ihg.com/holidayinn

176

3

Hotel Zessa a DoubleTree by Hilton 201 E. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana 714-825-3333 | hilton.com/en/hotels/staocdt

253

3.5

La Quinta by Wyndham Orange County Airport 2721 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-540-1111 | wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

180

3

MainStay Suites Orange County John Wayne Airport 2701 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana 714-957-9200 | choicehotels.com/california

176

3

Motel 6 Santa Ana/Irvine Orange County Airport 1717 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana 949-261-1515 | motel6.com

150

3

Motel 6 Santa Ana 1623 E. 1st St., Santa Ana 714-558-0500 | motel6.com

80

7

Red Roof Inn Santa Ana 2600 N. Main St., Santa Ana 714-542-0311 | redroof.com

125

9

Sonesta Simply Suites Orange County Airport 2600 Red Hill Ave., Santa Ana 949-250-0404 | sonesta.com

122

3.5

APPD

APPD

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s locals will tell you, Santa Ana has the best access to transportation in the area. Book your trip and explore easily with quick access to freeways, airports, trains, buses, and (soon!) a streetcar.

Airports John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

IN TOWN The gateway to Orange County and one of the best airports in the U.S. (ranked second in 2023 for customer satisfaction among large airports by J.D. Power), John Wayne Airport is conveniently located two miles from several of Santa Ana's hotels. The airport is served by 12 commercial and commuter airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American, Breeze Airways, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United, and WestJet and reaches more than 40 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Many of the local hotels offer complimentary airport shuttle service. ocair.com

Long Beach Airport (LGB) (20 miles away) longbeach.gov/lgb

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (40 miles away) flylax.com

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

Rental Cars

On-site rental car companies at John Wayne Airport offer convenient services at the Terminal. Rental car counters are located on the Arrivals (lower) Level, between Terminals A and B, across from the John Wayne statue. Rental car pick-up and return is located on the lower level of Parking Structures A2 and B2, accessible from the Ground Transportation Center.

Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

Also known as The Depot, the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) is the focal point of transportation in O.C. It combines Amtrak (amtrak.com), Metrolink (metrolinktrains.com),

Orange County Transit Authority (octa.net), intercity and interstate bus transportation, airport, and taxi services all in one location. The charming Spanish-style architecture doesn’t hurt, either. The SARTC is close to five freeways and minutes away from John Wayne Airport, Disneyland® Resort, MainPlace Mall, Bowers Museum, Orange County's Civic Center complex, and the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District.

OC Streetcar

The first modern streetcar project to be built in the county, OC Streetcar will serve Santa Ana’s historic and thriving downtown with a 4.15-mile route that connects the SARTC to downtown and a new hub in Garden Grove, set to debut in 2025. For more info, search “OCStreetcar” at octa.net. P H OTO CR E D I T: CI TY O F SANTA ANA


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ANAHEIM DISNEYLAND

1 Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North 2 California Lodge Suites 3 Comfort Inn & Suites Orange County John Wayne 4 Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro 5 Courtyard Santa Ana/Orange County 6 DoubleTree by Hilton Orange County Airport 7 Embassy Suites by Hilton Santa Ana Orange County Airport 8 Hampton Inn Express & Suites Santa Ana 9 Holiday Inn Express

10 Holiday Inn Orange County Airport 11 Hotel Zessa a DoubleTree by Hilton 12 La Quinta Inn 13 MainStay Suites Orange County

SANTA ANA

HUNTINGTON IRVINE BEACH COSTA MESA LOS ANGELES

NEWPORT BEACH

John Wayne Airport

14 Motel 6 Santa Ana, CA 15 Motel 6 Santa Ana, CA - Irvine

- Orange County Airport

16 Red Roof Inn 17 Sonesta Simply Suites

Orange County Airport

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DANA POINT

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