OUTDOOR & RECREATION

An escape to Anaheim is the ultimate basecamp to Southern California’s life-enriching experiences. From sky to sea, our captivating outdoor pursuits are playfully curated to make every moment magical.

 

Catalina Island Helicopter Charter

IEX Helicopter Tour to Catalina Island

Approximately 20 miles off the Southern California coast, Santa Catalina Island invites you to play privileged castaway for a wonder-filled day or extended stay. For an uncommon arrival, charter your own private helicopter and be whisked to Avalon on an effortless 18-minute flight from Orange County.

Envisioned by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr as a “playground for all,” Catalina played host to Hollywood’s elite during the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. You’ll still find vestiges of its storied history, along with white-sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, family-friendly ocean sports, zip lining, hiking, golfing and stress-melting luxury spa treatments. Or take to the skies for a chartered tour of the island, above its misty cliffs, redwood forests, and exotic botanical gardens.

 

Private Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours

Dolphin

The coastal waters of Southern California are prized for their lake-like conditions, luring legions of fascinating sea creatures in all seasons. Climb aboard your own chartered yacht for a private whale-watching adventure. Take a short drive to Orange County’s fabled seaside cities, like Newport Beach (home to one of the largest protected marine parks) or Dana Point (known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the West”). Here, your spirited captain and crew will whisk you out to the billowing blue sea, where they’ll serve as your savvy personal guides to the Pacific’s world of underwater marvels.

To spot giant blue whales and sleek finback whales, book a summer or fall excursion. For migrating gray whales, plan a winter or spring voyage — with mid-December to mid-April being the peak season. Year-round, you’ll likely see pods of playful dolphins bow-riding alongside your vessel.

 

Private Ocean Cruise

Luxury Yacht Rental Newport Beach

Just 26 miles from Anaheim, the Southern California coast offers limitless opportunities for luxury at play. Embark on a private ocean cruise, where you and your beach-bound brood can soak it all in. From captaining your own private tiki bar to boarding a 63-foot state-of-the-art catamaran replete with convivial crew and catered delights. Revel in a joyful sunset harbor cruise, a sommelier-guided wine-tasting experience or an unscripted family adventure at sea to sun, swim, snorkel and explore the living wonders of our aquatic kingdom.

From launching points in Newport Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach and beyond, a fleet of outfitters will creatively curate your maritime memories — including our partner City Cruises. Here, your voyage possibilities are as vast as your imagination.

Orange County Golf Courses

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