The Orange Coast is the string of cities and neighborhoods fronting the Pacific Coast in Orange County, California. From northwest to southeast, these cities are Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. Specific neighborhoods associated with the "Orange Coast" moniker include Surfside (Seal Beach), Sunset Beach (Huntington Beach), Balboa Island (Newport Beach), Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach), Corona del Mar (Newport Beach), Newport Coast (Newport Beach), South Laguna (Laguna Beach), Monarch Beach (Dana Point) and Capistrano Beach (Dana Point). Seal Beach and Huntington beach are considered to belong to North Orange County, while Newport Beach and the cities to its south are considered part of South Orange County.
The term South Coast is often used synonymously for the coastal communities south of Long Beach, and especially for those areas south of the Santa Ana River which divides Huntington Beach from Newport Beach (although there exist many other definitions and common uses of South Coast). Many local businesses and institutions have adopted these names, such as Orange Coast College, the Orange Coast Daily Pilot, South Coast Repertory and South Coast Plaza (all based in Costa Mesa). The term "beach cities" is also used, although this may refer only to the four northernmost cities (Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach), all of whose names end in "Beach".
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