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I'm starting to plan for our August trip to Newport Coast (Marriott). I understand I'm somewhere in between San Diego and LA. There are places in both areas that we'd like to visit, including Disney California. Which airport should we fly in and out of or does it not really matter? If I'm adding on 2 hotel nights should it be at San Diego or LA? I was thinking of a Disney hotel....which area would it be easier to stay instead of doing multiple day trips from Newport Coast? Thank you for any feedback you can share.
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Well, NCV is closer to Disneyland than San Diego by a pretty good stretch. We were at NCV a couple of months ago and DL is only about 30-45 minutes away. I think the Orange County (John Wayne) Airport is the closest (and most easily accessible) airport but LAX may offer better fares and more frequent flights. If you search the forum you will find some suggestions but, Newport Beach is pretty cool and the Aquarium of the Pacific is worth a visit. In my opinion, San Diego has a lot to offer (Sea World, the Harbor tours, Balboa Park, the SD Zoo to name a few) but you can easily spend a day or two in each of the the two DL Parks (Disneyland and California Adventure). The drive can be a little daunting (traffic and lengthwise) but, it is beautiful along the coast. I especially like to take the Coast train. I would say, add on two nights in San Diego. Have fun.:)
 

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There is another airport to consider: Long Beach Municipal to compare fares. JetBlue flies into it, and you may find attractive fares. It is further than SNA (Santa Ana/Orange Co Airport) but closer than LA to Newport Coast -- and much smaller. :)
 

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Good point, CathyB. Especially since the OP is from Long Island area. I forgot all about JetBlue!:clap:
 

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If you are willing to have a one-stop flight, Southwest Air goes to John Wayne/Orange County. Their prices are really reasonable and Islip MacArthur Airport is really convenient for those living on Long Island.
 

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We flew into Long Beach on Jetblue and it was really easy. The drive to DL wasn't far at all.
 

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Long Beach airport is one of the best little secrets in flying in and out of S.Cal. When I lived 15 minutes from the place I often flew in and out of it. It's still relatively small and is very easy to get in and out of.

LAX has many more flights and as a result the airfare tends to be better. I now live relatively close to LAX and end up flying from there most of the time now. I also end up very annoyed at the all the hassel at LAX as well as waiting a minimum of 30 minutes before the luggage starts coming down the baggage carrosel.

Long Beach is great.
 

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Thank you all. I looked into all suggestions and I think Jet Blue will work with JFK to LGB then SAN to JFK. Now I just have to decide if $400 is high and maybe I should wait. But for summer vacation I may only see rates climb.
 

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I don't know if you booked yet, but we are going to Ca in August. Staying in Oceanside. I found that LAX had igher fares. Lga to John Wayne ( SNA) was $100 cheaper RT per ticket. $280 ( total 1400 for 5 of us) as compared to $400 per ticket to San Diego or LAX. I haven't booked yet , but that price tempts me.

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LAX & Orange County (SNA) are a pain in the neck to fly into or out of. LAX because it is so big. Orange county (SNA) because it it so over crowded (there are frequently too many flight for the number of gates). The last 2 times we flew thru SNA we had to wait over 1 1/2 hours for our flight to get to the gate even though it had landed on time.

We now always try to fly into Long Beach. It may be farther from NCV than SNA, but never had any kind of delay there.
 
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