Once the domain of a single powerful ranching family, then a kingdom of orange groves, Orange County has undergone a dramatic transformation since the 1960s. Still the dominion of the rich and the powerful, the citrus groves and the ranches are mostly gone, replaced by costly coastal mansions, affluent suburbs, fancy yacht clubs, and world-famous theme parks. For those accustomed to thinking of the county as a southern suburb of Los Angeles, surprises are in store. For although the northeastern portion is heavily urbanized, much of the county still retains a natural, unspoiled character. Year-round fine weather has been a major contributor to the popularity of Orange County, both as a place to visit and a place to live. The county enjoys a Mediterranean climate, particularly along the coastal strip, where mild winters and cool summers are the norm. Average maximum/minimum temperatures range in summer from 82 to 62 degrees F and in winter from 68 to 48 degrees F. Spring brings temperatures from 71 to 53 degrees F and fall, 78 to 58 degrees F. The percentage of average days of sunshine is almost consistent year-round: 77 percent in summer, 75 in fall, 71 in winter, and 70 in spring. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Bolsa Chica State Beach, O'Neill Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, Doheny State Beach, San Clemente State Beach, Upper San Juan, Blue Jay, and Falcon.
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