This establishing shot of the real Orange County was first seen on "The O.C."
Episode 15 (of season two) - "The Mallpisode"

For once, they took this "establishing shot" from ground level, rather than from up in a helicopter.
This is the Balboa Pier (at the south end of Main Street, on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach).

Actually, the shot was probably taken from the roof-top patio at Ruby's Diner, at the end of the pier.
We are looking back north, towards Main Street. If you squint, you can see the Balboa Pavilion in the distance.


Important:  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 location
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.

By Episode - By Category - By Geographical Location - Clickable Map of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots 

THE O.C. screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
All other photos & text are copyright 2006 © Gary J. Wayne and may not be used without written permission.

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