Explore Costa Mesa

Attending CELU is about more than just the conference itself. Costa Mesa, CA, has a host of interesting and unique offerings for visitors to take part in, from environmental tourism to indoor rock climbing, to day spas, shopping and good food.

Make your stay in Costa Mesa memorable. Check out some of our recommended activities to take part in after conference hours are over and you’re looking for a new place to explore.


For the hungry-

Maestro’s Steakhouse – Located right across the street from the Westin South Coast Plaza, Maestro’s Steakhouse is a top-notch eatery for those looking for a quality, filling meal.

Taco Mesa – If you’re looking for some lighter fare, that’s both healthy and authentic Mexican, check out Taco Mesa.  With organic ingredients and recipes passed down for generations, it’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu.

In-and-Out Burger – No trip to southern California is complete without a stop at one of America’s classic fast-food joints, In-and-Out Burger. Grab a bite to eat near where it all began, and enjoy this west-coast American favorite.


For the adventurous-

Rockreation Sport Climbing Center – Whether you’re an experience climber or a first-timer looking to take on a new challenge, Rockreation Sport Climbing Center in Costa Mesa, CA, is a great way to get some exercise in during your stay at the conference.

Tiki.Surf Paddle Board Rentals – When people think of southern California, they immediately think of surfers – but sadly not everyone can take part in that sport. Paddleboarding, however, is a little more accessible, and a fun way to get out and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Costa Mesa 55 Tavern Bowl – It may not be as adrenaline-pumping as the other two options, but an evening of bowling is still a great way to get out of your hotel room and get the blood flowing!

silhouette of a man with his paddle board on the beach at sunset

For the art lovers-

Segerstrom Center for the Arts – With multiple venues and activities ranging from live performances to movie days, Segerstrom Center for the Arts has something for everyone looking to enjoy a taste of the local artistic community.

Pacific Symphony – At the Pacific Symphony, listeners can hear a wide variety of symphony-driven music, from Tchaikovsky to tunes from classic spy films. If you’re a classical-music lover, or just a fan of music in general, check out the Pacific Symphony.

Conductor directing symphony orchestra with performers on background, hands close-up.

For the shopaholics-

South Coast Plaza – The South Coast Plaza is home to over 250 boutiques and restaurants, and is sure to amaze even the most seasoned shopaholics with the wide variety of merchandise offered in the stores.

The Lab Anti-Mall – The LAB, which stands for “Little American Business,” is a unique shopping and hangout spot built from an old night vision goggle factory. It’s stores and architecture aim to break up the traditional monotony of American retail with a new and fresh flavor.

This photo was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and L-series lens.

For those looking to relax-

Newport Float Therapy – Located in the neighboring town of Newport, Newport Float Therapy is Orange County’s first sensory deprivation chamber. These sessions provide an unparalleled level of relaxation as you float in silence in salt water to promote “healthy magnesium intake, peace and serenity.”

Massage Envy Day Spa – If you’re looking for a traditional spa session to improve relaxation, energy and skin health during your stay in Costa Mesa, Massage Envy Day Spa is the place to make an appointment.

Spa and wellness setting with flowers and towels. Dayspa nature products

For the outdoorsy-

Crystal Cove State Park – If walking along the beach is the way you love to relax, take a drive over to Crystal State Park. As one of the many, and most beautiful, beaches in southern California, Crystal State Park offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean perfect for any beach-lover.

Huntington Beach Pier – No trip to the beaches of southern California can be complete without some time spent on Huntington Beach Pier. This pier is an iconic landmark of southern California, and offers a variety of things to-do to keep you busy for an afternoon or evening.

Laguna Beach Tidal Pools – Going to the beach to sit on the sand is one thing, but seeing the tidal pools is a whole different experience. Check out the tidal pools at Laguna Beach, and all the unique wildlife they hold, for an unforgettable oceanfront experience.

This is an image of a rocky coastal seascape. This photo was taken in Laguna Beach, CA.