Few areas in the country offer the perfect mix of laid-back and vibrant lifestyle found in Corona del Mar, and there's no better time to experience it than in the winter

From a glitzy holiday in New York to ski-friendly slopes in the Rockies, there's no shortage of wintertime escapes in the U.S. But if you seek something a bit different this winter season, an experience exuding a certain charm and California cool, look no further than Corona del Mar. With a chic, relaxed vibe close to excellent eats, spectacular shopping, and serene oceanfront beaches, a winter spent seaside in Corona del Mar is a transcendent experience. Here are the top five reasons to make it your next winter destination:

1. The Weather

Even for the heartiest fans of winter's hard chill, there is something genuinely rejuvenating about cool air and warm sun. In Corona del Mar, there is an abundance of both between December and February. Providing the perfect mix of crisp—but not too crisp—mid-60 degree days and mid-50 degree nights, and over 70 days of sun, whatever your outdoor pursuit, you'll be quite comfortable doing it.

2. The Outdoor Activities

Speaking of pursuits, Corona del Mar doesn't close up shop simply because the days are shorter—it just gets an earlier start. Biking, jogging, or taking a stroll along Corona del Mar State Beach are all favored pastimes. You can also hike nearby Crystal Cove State Park or golf at the Pelican Hill Golf Club. If you fall into the adventure-seeking crowd, this part of California is considered the preeminent spot for body-surfing for seasoned veterans (the Wedge) and beginners (Little Corona) alike. Of course, you can opt to do nothing at all and lounge lazily on the beach.

3. The Food

Southwestern fare in a chic neighborhood setting at Bandera. Locally sourced American plates at the upbeat, upscale Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens. Wood-fired pizzas and one of Orange County's trendiest scenes at Pirozzi Corona del Mar. Surf, turf, and martinis in the modern yet rustic ambiance of The Bungalow. In other words, whatever your craving, there is a place in Corona del Mar to satisfy it.

4. The Shopping

If your heart's desire is to shop, you're likely already well aware of nearby Newport Beach's famous Fashion Island. But don't sleep on the unique finds to be had closer into Corona del Mar. The scene is a retail delight, including an eclectic mix of boutique and specialty shops found at Corona del Mar Plaza, luxury consignment stores such as Bellissima Couture, and stores that feed the local hobbies, including Hobie Surf Shop. Another option could be Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast.

5. The Festivities

The holiday season in Corona del Mar grants visitors a uniquely enchanting experience. Crystal Cove's Christmas at the Cove transforms the quaint village into a beachside wonderland. For something even more illuminating, the Nights of 1000 Lights at Sherman Library & Gardens is the perfect compliment to those long winter nights. The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce puts on the Corona del Mar Christmas Walk, the area's most popular annual event.