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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“Sports multi-plex and amazing regional park that's 10x the size of any park in the southern california. Tennis, Soccer, Ice Rink coming soon, bike trails, Hot Air Balloon, childrens playground complete with train and carousel rides.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is our favorite health food spot located only in Southern California. The fresh juices are great (our fav is the "Liver Cleanse"!). You can also get breakfast and lunch here in addition to your groceries.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“This is a "biker bar". On weekends the place is packed with motorcycles. Resembles Sturgis with the amount of bikes around. Great nightlife, nightly bands. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Trail
“Great quiet hiking trail. Bring a hat, it's not completely shaded. Sometimes we are lucky and can see a family of deers roaming around us. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“My favorite mexican food restaurant in Orange County. Family owned and operated with excellent service. Great food, great margheritas, and fun atmosphere. This is our go-to spot for date night!”
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“In case you would like to have a little religious experience during your stay.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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Lake
“Private lake. Boat, kayak & SUP rentals. Outdoor concerts, movies and other events each summer.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great breakfast place to walk over to in the morning. Can be busy but is worth the wait. Food is really good.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“I like this more than the overwhelmingly big movie experience you'll find at the Spectrum. Regal has plenty of movies. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Private zoo meets winetasting room. Sounds like something out of Jurassic Park, but in a modern setting. Siberian white tigers, Bengal Tigers, Alpaca, ostrich, zebras. and more. There is an ongoing Groupon for winetasting while you stroll the grounds. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Best Margaritas with a view ! The Hacienda Mexican Restaurant on Lake Mission Viejo will transport you back to your last Mexican Vacation. One of the prettiest ( and largest ! ) Mexican restaurants I’ve ever seen , great for large groups as there is more than ample space for even the largest groups to dine privately. And the view from any of the three large outdoor decks is simply a must see. Food , service and cocktails are all second to none ! A solid 4 stars !!! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Easy parking, movie theaters, Friday morning Farmers Market for fresh veggies and fruits”
  • 1 local recommends