Find the real O.C. in Corona del Mar

This coastal Orange County neighborhood mixes a chic beach scene with a lively small town

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  • The grilled vegetable focaccia at Pacific Whey Café is our favorite quick lunch.

    Pacific Whey Cafe

    Joe Schmelzer

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EAT

Pacific Whey Café. This airy cafe in the Crystal Cove Promenade is a pastry lover's heaven. $$; 7962 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Coast; 949/715-2200.

STAY OVERNIGHT

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Just off PCH and overlooking Newport Bay, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (formerly the Newporter; 403 rooms from $250; 800/233-1234) has always had a great location. Superb, too, is the resort's subtropical landscaping ― a palm-lover's paradise. Rooms match the setting with bright, tropical colors and splashes of contemporary art. Take advantage of swimming pools and tennis courts on the premises and a par-3 pitch-and-putt golf course a block away.

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