establishing shot isn't Orange County at all. It's Redondo Beach.
It was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 6 of Season one: "The Girlfriend"
looking south down the beach's bike/pedestrian path at Redondo
That rocky jetty in the surf is located west of Topaz Street.
That hill in the background is the Palos
These "establishing shots" of Orange County are not locations
where The O.C. is actually filmed. The O.C. is not really filmed in Orange County - it is filmed in
Los Angeles County. These "establishing shots"
are brief aerial snapshots of actual Orange County locations, which the
producers drop into the show to add color and
to help create the illusion that we are seeing the real Orange County.
I have included this list of their "establishing shots"
to supplement the main list of actual filming
locations. You can tell the difference by color: the actual filming
pages are gold, while the "establishing shot" pages are blue.
To see a list of the L.A.
locations where The O.C. is actually filmed,
click on the OC Filming Locations logo below.