If you like the ocean, boardwalk, sand, shopping and good food (in some places) OC is the place. The best times are just after the summer season begins and towards the end of the season. All hotels in OC have facilitating reputations. Some are better than others but you run the risk of having the "nasty staff" on duty. All hotels have higher rates during the season. Look for coupons or packages to save some $$$$$. Or you could stay off the beach more inland and save a bundle. Would need a car though.