Landmarks in Santa Ana California are the result of a unique combination of demographic, economic development, and land use expertise that the city of Santa Ana has acquired over the last half century. Over the years Santa Ana has developed into one of California’s best kept secrets. The region, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the citrus groves of central California, is home to one of the most attractive cities in California, complete with an exquisite coastline and rolling hills.
Santa Ana is known for its progressive thinking and its focus on preserving natural resources. Santa Ana is home to the Santa Ana Zoo and its famous monkeys, mini-trains and walking through aviary. In a Mission Revival-style structure, the Bowers Museum showcases a large collection of native art. The Discovery Cube Orange County houses a children’s museum featuring restored 1990s buildings set amid botanical gardens.
In terms of natural assets, Santa Ana boasts some of California’s most beautiful beaches. These are both public and private, and offer a great variety of amenities for visitors. Santa Barbara’s coastline is dotted with small islands and beaches, making it a popular destination for beach lovers. Its surf culture lives on at several popular surfing spots in the city, including Point St. George, which enjoys one of the best surf conditions in Southern California.
A must-visit while in Santa Ana, and definitely worth a drive through, is the City of the Angels. This highly developed and popular suburb is home to Angelenos’ social and cultural elite. This highly acclaimed community features lavish homes surrounded by lavish parks and buildings that have made it one of the most attractive destinations for upscale urban dwellers.
While in Santa Ana, why not visit the Children’s Museum of San Diego? The world-renowned museum houses more than two dozen exhibits focusing on Santa Barbara’s rich history and culture. Another great local attraction is the SeaWorld, which offers an incredible display of marine wildlife.
The proximity of Santa Ana to Los Angeles makes it a logical choice as a summer home. The beach offers a wide variety of activities year-round, including swimming, snorkeling, boating, sunset, and fireworks. On top of the usual beach activities, Santa Ana boasts a number of fine restaurants and fine hotels. Plus, if you’d like to play on a fun tennis court, you can find a court just outside of town in Mission Viejo. In short, it’s a great place to stay when on vacation in Santa Ana!