Canadians are responsible for over 1.6 million of California's 17 million international visitors, the majority of which are tourists. Orange County holds the keys to the hearts of kids of all ages as well as those frozen snow bunnies in need of a good thaw. Just be forewarned that with average year-round temperatures of 18-25 °C during the day and 14 °C at night, you might have a fight on your hands when it's time to head back home.
Landing at John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Located in the city of Santa Ana, John Wayne Airport handles over nine million passengers annually via three terminals and enough amenities to impress even the nitpickiest traveler. Multiple baggage claims, check-in services, family services, disability services, banking and cash machines, currency exchange, nursing and infant lounges, ground transportation, service animals, concessions, free Wi-Fi, shopping, and even art galleries are at your disposal.
SNA is serviced by multiple airlines including American and Alaskan Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United, WestJet, and Air Canada. The arrival (lower) level contains the Information Booths. If you haven't exchanged your CAD to USD prior to boarding your flight, be sure to do so before leaving SNA. Then just step outside and cross the street to access the transportation options. On-site rental car companies, shuttles, and taxis or ride shares are affordable solutions for a fun California adventure.
Things to Do in Orange County
Right in Santa Ana, itself, OC Helicopters offer bird-eye views of the California skyline while museums and beaches call to water and culture lovers. Take a once-in-a-lifetime yacht cruise, opt for a whale and dolphin watching cruise with the whole family, or rent a private Duffy boat for the day. Explore local waterways by boarding the Balboa Ferry and head to the Fun Zone for a day of play.
Head into Downtown Fullerton to explore the iconic Fox Theatre, or drive 45 minutes south of SNA towards LA and stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience a spine-tingling ghost tour at Mission San Juan Capistrano and pay homage to your childhood heroes at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Of course, that all needs to be strategically scheduled around Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm excursions. Be sure to leave plenty of time for shopping trips to South Coast Plaza and meal stops at some of the most original eateries in North America.
California Travel Tips
California offers a warm welcome to their northern neighbors, but Canadians still need to be prepared for customs checks. Pre-board screening lines allow NEXUS card holders to breeze through with minimal wait or hassles. Always keep your passports and USD funds on hand as pickpockets target easy marks. And if you're worried about road safety, opt for shuttles, tours, or Uber. California drivers are a breed of their own, so the extra transportation time or costs may be worth it to avoid the driving stress.
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