1. LA beaches are for tourists and competitive volleyball players; Orange County beaches are for pro surfers, sunbathing locals, cliff divers, and water enthusiasts.
Orange County beaches are so much superior to the ones in LA. Orange County plays host to the U.S. Open of surfing in Huntington every year, plus it has some of the best pro surfing contests in places like Salt Creek and Trestles. Beyond that, it’s got hidden coves in Laguna perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, shore-break beaches where skimboarders can shred, and gorgeous bays and harbors from Newport to Dana Point.