Orange County

Orange County Travel Guide

Walt's original California dream - charmingly retro and much more manageable than its Orlando descendant.

Carolyne Brandon is an expert on river cruises in a wide range of locations, from the Volga in Russia to the Yangze in China.

Insider clout: Braly books clients an unadvertised private tour of Río Secreto, one of Mexico’s cenotes (underground rivers), including a hike to some remote swimming holes, followed by lunch. Years as agent: 21.

Tour the Mission San Juan Capistrano, whose Serra Chapel is the oldest standing church in California (and in whose eaves the famed swallows arrive to nest every spring). The adjoining downtown area, with intimate galleries and cafés, reflects the charm of this Orange County community.

Insider clout: Rubin’s connections open cultural doors: in Cairo, his clients were hosted for dinner by prominent gay (but closeted) Egyptians. Years as agent: 16. Specialties: Gay and lesbian, Milestone trips.

Jordan Market sells pistachios and dried figs straight from the motherland.

Visit injured and sick sea lions; they’re rehabilitated here.