These establishing shots of the real Orange County were first seen on "The O.C."
Episode 19 (of season two) - "The Rager"

In the photo above, we are looking down from the homes & golf course at the
Newport Beach Country Club, looking southwest to the Newport Harbor.

To the upper left, you can see the twin breakwaters at the mouth of the Newport Harbor.
The Newport Bay is to the upper right, and and the Pacific Ocean is at the top of the photo.

The Newport Beach Country Club is located right next door to (southwest of) Newport Fashion Island mall.
The large street running in front of the homes is Coast Highway (just east of Jamboree Road).


However, in the photo above, although the background of Newport harbor is almost the same,
we are looking down from a different golf course. This time it's the homes by Pelican Hill Golf Club.
Not the usual ones down by the ocean. These homes are located above the northeast corner of the course,
around Pelican Hill Circle.


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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