Orange County is synonymous with Southern California; as the focus of shows like The O.C. and Laguna Beach, people all over the country get a sense of the beach towns that line the California coast south of L.A. The county enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which makes surfing and going to the beach possible all year, and attracts tourists in search of sunshine. There is also a booming economy; because of the pleasant climate and many quaint planned communities, a number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here.
As with most of Southern California, Orange County is most easily accessible by car. Three major freeways run through the area, Interstate 5, Interstate 405, and Interstate 605. However, public transportation is also available. The Orange County Transportation Authority operates 77 different bus lines and one rapid bus service. Transit is also available via train; three different Metrolink lines make it possible for commuters to get in and out of Los Angeles.