establishing shot was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 24
of season two : "The Dearly Beloved"
glance, I thought this might be the venerable "Shake Shack" on
PCH in the Crystal Cove area.
But on closer inspection, it turns out to be 75 miles away, in Malibu!
Zuma Beach, to be exact.
Just past Point Dume, there are a series of beach parking lots along Pacific
each with a red-roofed building such as the one you see above. They all
somewhat look alike.
I believe this particular beach parking lot is the one located closest
to Seadrift Cove (on the map).
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.