South Coast Plaza may well be the ultimate California shopping mall experience for your car rental in California. At almost 3 million square feet of enclosed space, and covering some 128 acres in all, it is one of the largest shopping centers in the world. It is also the most profitable mall in the country (with nearly $1 billion in sales), and it attracts more shoppers than any other mall in America – over 20 million a year. Some tour groups from Japan plan their entire vacation trips around a visit to South Coast Plaza. It should definitely be on your list of must sees in your car rental in California.
Shop till you drop
South Coast Plaza is a delightful mix of indoor and outdoor settings, featuring over 300 shops and nine department stores, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s. Famous retail outlets include Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Tiffany, Herms, Bvlgari, Burberry, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Donna Karan New York, Sergio Rossi, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Cartier. There’s even a Wolfgang Puck Cafe. So for your shopping needs and you have a little money to spare you should take your car rental in California here to buy some fancy things.
Planning your visit
When driving your car rental in California you should know that the mall is adjacent to Interstate 405 in an area now called South Coast Metro, which includes portions of the cities of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. Metro Pointe Mall is across the street from South Coast Plaza and the two major malls are the etymology behind the neighborhood naming.
Shopping in the OC
Orange County offers some of the best shopping in California with your car rental. Not only is there South Coast Plaza, but there is also Fashion Institute (which has its own tours) and the Irvine Spectrum Centre. This is a great place to stock up on some of the clothes you may not otherwise find where you normally shop, so plan on spending at least a little time in the mall.
The mall’s collection of boutiques and department stores has made it one of the most alluded-to malls in the world. Characters in The OC, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Clueless, and Beverly Hills 90210 all mention this particular shopping center as a center of teenage life. Also many celberties inlcluding Kevin Costner and Sylvestor Stallone are known to shop there regualrly, so if you want to see some celeberties and pop culture in your car rental in California you should definityly check out the South Coast Plaza.