Ultimate French Polynesia

Where to unpack and unwind in style


French Polynesia is the stuff of dreams, a stunning slice of the world known for its turquoise waters, lush scenery and high-end hotels. From the moment your plane begins to circle the landing strip and you catch sight of those rugged green mou... Full story
Photos: Surf's up in Corona del Mar
Hundreds of spectators have been gathering at Orange County's Wedge to watch giant waves ricochet off the jetty soar up to 20 feet in the air and crash onto the sand. A short distance away, across the channel lies the hamlet of Corona del Mar, unli... Full story
Playing his Cards Right
When the gambling business took a hit, Adam Pliska did more than survive. His World Poker Tour thrives as Pliska eyes the long game.
Among Adam Pliska’s many distinctions are these odd facts: He happens to look a good deal like President Barack Obama, a resemblance that draws comments in poker rooms from Las Vegas to Paris and even as far afield as China’s Forbidden Ci... Full story
The List: Let's Do Brunch
Whether it’s for a traditional celebratory event like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or just a typical Sunday fun day excursion, seeking out the best weekend brunch in OC is a delicious task.
Big BuffetsFor the grand, much-more-than-you-could-ever-eat buffet experience, Motif at the St. Regis is the go-to place on the coast. The multiple food stations that include a variety of breakfast choices, as well as seafood, sushi and international... Full story
Guardians of the Art
What to see at OC's museums? We asked the people who stare at art all day – the security guards.
Orange County museum visitors want more than just the chance to shoot a selfie with a favorite sculpture or painting. Whether they’re diehard art fanatics, retirees, students or just tourists taking a break from Disneyland, visitors to OC&rsquo... Full story
Wing Man!
Wahoo’s Fish Taco co-founder Wing Lam is a rock star of business and philanthropy, with a contact list longer than some phone books. How does he do it?
The name alone makes Wing Lam memorable. Wing. It conjures all sorts of soaring images, not to mention bird jokes. Then there’s the look: the black goatee of a Ming Dynasty emperor, dangling like a five-inch comma beneath his chin. Hair rising ... Full story
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On the Waterfront
Once the actor’s Polynesian paradise, a private atoll is home to The Brando, an eco-resort of 35 beachfront villas.
A half-century ago, Marlon Brando seduced us with the lush scenery and golden light he found in French Polynesia when he led a celluloid mutiny on a ship named Bounty. Today he’s sharing that sensuous beauty with us again, this time posthumousl... Full story
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Photo essay: The 68th Newport to Ensenada
The 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race kicked off on Friday under cloudy rainy skies and minimal wind  conditions. More than 200 boats, including  40-some first-time entrants,  registered to sail the 125 nautica... Full story
Photo essay: A colorful day at the 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix
The 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix thrilled automotive fans this weekend. It was the 41st running of the 1,968 mile 11-turn course, which winds through the seaside area of Long Beach. Three-time Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon won the  race for the firs... Full story
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Water Warrior
Jon Rose believes your next vacation is the solution to one of the world’s deadliest problems.
In September of 2009, Laguna Beach native and then-pro surfer Jon Rose was on a boat trip, hunting waves in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. The water was clear and warm, the surf was good, the sun was shining. But things in Rose’s world wer... Full story

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