establishing shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 20 of Season one: "The Telenova"
looking southeast across the Newport Bay. What looks like an old-time
showboat near the bottom center of the photo is just that, a paddlewheeler permanently
docked in the
waters south of Pacific Coast Highway, where that highway bridges across
the Newport Bay.
The U-shaped island next to the showboat is is Linda Isle.
lunch on that showboat when it was a floating restaurant known as the Reuben
Now it is owned by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, and houses
museum exhibits as well as a cafe.
You'll find it on the south side of PCH, at 151 E. Coast Highway,
between Bayshore Drive and Bayside Drive.
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.