COSTA MESA, Calif. -- One of the major reasons to consider Costa
Mesa as the base for a Southern California vacation, according to
Allan Roeder, president of the Costa Mesa Tourism and Promotion
Council, is the city's location in the heart of Orange County.
"Costa Mesa offers easy access to everything that this area has
to offer," he said. "Disneyland, the Orange County beaches, even
Los Angeles and San Diego, are easily reachable from here."
Of course, Roeder, who is also the Costa Mesa city manager, does
not advocate using it only as a dormitory while visiting other
parts of the state. He said the area has plenty to offer in its own
"Costa Mesa has some truly fine shopping," he said. "The South
Coast Plaza, for example, has become one of Southern California's
great attractions. It averages 25,000 visitors a day, year-round.
Shoppers arrive by the coachload, many of them during breaks in
convention activities at Anaheim, for example." The facility has
earned a reputation for the quality of its 300 retail stores,
studded with names such as Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel and
But that is not the end of it for shoppers. Across town is
Triangle Square, which is, in Roeder's view, the "perfect
complement" to the sophistication of the South Coast Plaza. An
outdoor, low-rise complex, Triangle Square offers lower-key,
less-pricey shopping and outdoor dining as well as free concerts
ranging, according to Roeder, "from chamber music to folk."
"Costa Mesa has a lot to offer besides shopping," he said. "It's
an easy and a very safe place to get around; you can walk to most
of the important sites downtown, and the crime rate is lower than
in most towns its size. [John Wayne Orange County] airport is right
on the boundary, and all of the major hotels operate shuttles to
and from it."
Costa Mesa also is the home of one of Southern California's
grandest theaters, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, as
well as the South Coast Repertory Theater, one of the state's most
critically acclaimed groups.
The Costa Mesa Tourism and Promotion Council was formed a little
more than two years ago. It is, according to Roeder, still "finding
its way." "We're trying to find our markets," he said. "It's not
all that easy, but, when consumers and their travel agents really
begin to appreciate all that we have to offer, we'll be well on our
Costa Mesa Tourism and Promotion Council
Address: Box 5071, Costa Mesa 92628-5071, Phone: (800) 399-5499,