Things to Do and See in Orange County, California!

Vanguard University is located in Costa Mesa, California, just five miles north of Newport Beach, about 60 minutes south of Los Angeles and 90 minutes north of San Diego. The average temperature is 67 degrees and the average rainfall is 14.5 inches. Check the weather right now. Check out a map of the area to get a taste of our location!

Directions to the campus.

Major Shopping Centers

OC Mart Mix (5 min.)
Fashion Island (15 min.)
South Coast Plaza (5 min.)
The Triangle (3 min.)
Westminster Mall (10 min.)
Orange County Marketplace (swap meet located across the street. 1 min.)

Beaches, Parks, Lakes & Zoos

Back Bay: Newport Bay Conservancy (jogging, biking, walking) (2 min.)
Balboa Island (10 min.)
Beaches (7 min.)
Catalina Island (22 miles off-coast)
SCUBA (7 min.)

Orange County wilderness parks (10 min.)
Orange County historic sites (10 min.)
San Bernardino National Forest (90 min.)
Angeles National Forest (60 min.)

Big Bear Lake (skiing, hiking, camping, boating) (60 min.)
Lake Arrowhead (skiing, hiking, camping, boating) (60 min.)

Orange County Zoo (10 min.)
Aquarium of the Pacific (20 min.)
Los Angeles Zoo (30 min.)
San Diego Zoo (75 min.)
San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park (70 min.)

Sports & Entertainment

Angels Baseball (20 min.)
Anaheim Ducks (20 min.)
Los Angeles Clippers (60 min.)
Los Angeles Dodgers (60 min.)
Los Angeles Galaxy (30 min.)
Los Angeles Kings (60 min.)
Los Angeles Lakers (60 min.)

Disneyland (20 min.)
Knott’s Berry Farm (25 min.)
Raging Waters waterpark (20 min.)
Sea World (90 min.)
Universal Studios (60 min.)

Los Angeles Museum of Art (60 min.)
Los Angeles Museum of Natural History (60 min.)
California Science Center (60 min.)
J. Paul Getty Museum (60 min.)
Norton Simon Museum of Art (60 min.)
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (60 min.)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (5 min.)
South Coast Repertory (5 min.)
Orange County Fairgrounds (Directly across the street. Weekend swap meet hosts a variety of vendors)

Many Great Churches

There are too many great churches to list here so we made a church directory page.


California State, Fullerton (25 min.); California State, Long Beach (25 min.); Orange Coast College (2 min.); Vanguard University (on-campus); University of California, Irvine (10 min.); UCLA & USC (60 min.)

Ministry Opportunities

Southern California is an area of incredible diversity. At last count, over 150 different languages are spoken throughout the region. In addition, Mexico is only a two-hour drive away. VU offers many different student outreach teams. More than 400 students serve in these various ministries each year.

Jobs & Internship Opportunities

Vanguard University has over 2,000 corporations within a 5-mile radius of the campus. In addition, major business centers in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana just minutes away. Ministry organizations abound in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Of course, Southern California is the media capital of the world. Check out OC Jobfinder for information about Orange County’s employment opportunities.