Orange County Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Orange County

The Pacific Coast

Your gay Orange County vacation

“The O.C.” conjures up images of buff surfers, wealthy housewives, and miles of postcard beaches – and the reality isn’t that far off. The upscale seaside towns lining Orange County call themselves the “Orange Coast” and are home to fabulous resorts and upscale beach communities. This region between L.A. and San Diego was once known as the conservative “Orange Curtain,” but it’s now an area where gay and lesbians feel more at home. The LGBT scene in vast Orange Country has traditionally been centered in the artsy and queer village of Laguna Beach. But over time, gay and lesbian establishments have popped up all around Orange County. And Orange is home to the gayest attraction of them all: the original Disneyland, aka The Happiest Place on Earth.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Orange County hotels

From $115

Anaheim Marriott Suites

4 stars
4.0 / 5 167 reviews

Garden Grove, California

Beautifully located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, the all-suites Anaheim Marriott Suites offers a bevy of amenities. Each of the Anaheim Marriott Suites' 371 two-room suites feature plush Marriott REVIVE bedding, well-appointed bathrooms and bright, contemporary decor. Every room in the Anaheim Marriott... More

From $116

Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

3 stars
3.8 / 5 44 reviews

Anaheim, California

Save 20% on a 4 night stay

Discover a healthy mix of business and pleasure at the Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Resort/Convention Center. While the gates of Disneyland® Park are a very short drive from our hotel, the citys heralded convention center is equally accessible, meaning families and corporations alike can appreciate our excellent... More

From $247

Shorebreak a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 118 reviews

Huntington Beach, California

Award winning ocean front boutique hotel located in the heart of Huntington Beach steps from Main Street and the Iconic Huntington Beach Pier. The Shorebreak is within walking distance to multiple shopping dining and entertainment venues. Featuring 157 guestrooms and suites exquisitely decorated. More

From $115

Anabella Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 799 reviews

Anaheim, California

Stay 1 night and save 30%!

The Anabella Hotel Anaheim boasts a California mission-style decor with all the modern amenities you might need, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, a business kiosk and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Anabella has been named "Anaheim's Most Beautiful Property." Choose from 14 types of guest suites with standard rooms... More

From $126

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

4 stars
3.8 / 5 116 reviews

Newport Beach, California

Champagne and Strawberries upon Arrival

Renovated in 2013, the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach is all about the waterside, with easy access to 10 miles of coastline, outdoor whirlpools, and three swimming 'pool experiences.' These run the gamut from the peaceful 'Serenity' to the fun-packed kids' haunt 'Oasis'. The hotel organizes local events like Newport... More

From $180

Newport Beach Marriott Bayview

3 stars
4.0 / 5 25 reviews

Newport Beach, California

Rate includes breakfast

Set sail on a relaxing adventure when staying at Newport Beach Marriott Bayview. Our Newport all-suite hotel overlooks the scenic Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and offers business and leisure travelers a refreshing experience near South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island and pristine beaches. Enjoy views of the Upper Back... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Orange County hotels

From $552

Montage Laguna Beach

5 stars
4.8 / 5 11 reviews

Laguna Beach, California

Every element is in place for an idyllic retreat: A refined resort perched high on a coastal bluff. Pristine, white sand beaches below. And the picturesque arts community of Laguna Beach all around. Montage Laguna Beach offers a seaside destination unlike any other, pairing extraordinary amenities with the genuine warmth... More

From $424

Surf and Sand Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 21 reviews

Laguna Beach, California

The Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach resembles a quaint Mediterranean village, offering AAA Four Diamond accommodations and service in a beautiful seaside location. From the world class Aquaterra Spa that offers a full range of massage, skin care and body treatments to Splashes Restaurant (with executive chef Jeff... More

From $120

Crowne Plaza COSTA MESA ORANGE COUNTY

4 stars
4.0 / 5 63 reviews

Costa Mesa, California

Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County. We are an upscale hotel that understands needs of our Corporate guest to be connected, comfortable, and recognized. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Mesa surrounded by Fortune 500 Companies, extensive shopping, hundreds of restaurants, the Arts, Golf Courses... More

From $475

The St. Regis Monarch Beach

5 stars
4.7 / 5 14 reviews

Dana Point, California

Save 20% on your stay

The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is modern decor housed in old world Tuscan-style architecture. The resort is set on 200 acres in Dana Point, Calif., and offers guests immaculately kept grounds, a wide choice of dining and drinking options, and a well-trained, attentive staff. Guests can stroll or take the... More

From $120

Fairmont Newport Beach

4 stars
4.1 / 5 243 reviews

Newport Beach, California

Minutes away from sun-drenched beaches and world-class shopping and nightlife, this AAA Four Diamond hotel in Orange County is conveniently located near Los Angeles and San Diego. The emphasis is on luxury for both the business and leisure traveler. All rooms include marble entries and baths. The hotel offers a spacious,... More

From $531

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

5 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews

Dana Point, California

Rate includes breakfast

Offering a stunning location coupled with excellent amenities and service, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel masterfully mixes 5-star elegance with laid-back Southern California comfort. Guests enjoy six on-site dining options, 12 opulent treatment rooms in the Ritz-Carlton Spa, access to the beach and two swimming pools,... More

From $116

Laguna Beach Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 115 reviews

Laguna Beach, California

A Spanish Mediterranean boutique inn, Laguna Beach Inn is a great choice for families, couples, and travelers looking for a comfortable and charming place to stay, that is still affordable. The Inn is steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in Laguna Beach Wood's Cove, and within walking distance to many great... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver Orange County Wed, Sep 9 - Sat, Sep 12 $101
Chicago Orange County Tue, Oct 27 - Sat, Oct 31 $157
Seattle Orange County Tue, Sep 29 - Wed, Sep 30 $151
Philadelphia Orange County Tue, Nov 3 - Tue, Nov 10 $380
San Francisco Orange County Tue, Sep 29 - Sat, Oct 3 $117
Dallas Orange County Tue, Nov 3 - Wed, Nov 4 $146
Portland Orange County Tue, Sep 29 - Sat, Oct 3 $151
New York Orange County Fri, Sep 25 - Tue, Sep 29 $326
Washington DC Orange County Wed, Sep 16 - Wed, Sep 23 $296
Pittsburgh Orange County Tue, Oct 6 - Wed, Oct 14 $358
Minneapolis Orange County Fri, Oct 30 - Fri, Nov 6 $206
St Louis Orange County Fri, Oct 16 - Sat, Oct 24 $264
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  • LGBT events and other happenings

    Gay Days at Disneyland in early October is a great time to join thousands of LGBT red shirt-wearing revelers in the Magic Kingdom. In August, a small but friendly Pride happens in Downtown Santa Ana. The world’s top wave riders flock to Huntington Beach in late July/early August for the U.S. Open of Surfing. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in July and August is famous for its recreations of masterpieces of art created with live actors. And the town of San Juan Capistrano, holds the Return of the Swallows Celebration every March, celebrating the annual bird migration.

    Seeing the sights

    Disneyland in Anaheim is part of a whole complex of attractions, including the California Adventure theme park, the shopping/dining/entertainment district of Downtown Disney, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Follow the famous Pacific Coast Highway to explore Orange’s lovely seaside enclaves of surfer-popular Huntington Beach, upscale Dana Point, and atmospheric Newport Beach surrounding charming Balboa Island, with its historic pavilion and old-fashioned pier.

  • Consider John Wayne Airport

    • Bypass busy LAX and fly directly into the mellower John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. John Wayne is Orange County’s largest airport and only 15 miles from Disneyland.

    Throw Catalina into the mix

    • Santa Catalina Island (simply called “Catalina” by Californians) is an enchanting Mediterranean-style isle off the coast of L.A. You can board ferries from the industrial port of Long Beach, but a more pleasant option is the seasonal ferry from scenic Dana Point in Orange County.

    Get a Disney Park Hopper pass

    • A Park Hopper pass will allow you to go back and forth as much as you’d like between Disneyland and the neighboring California Adventure theme park. And the Park Hopper passes come in a variety of multi-day choices.

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