Okay, so you have to pay for parking in the beach cities, as well as in some downtowns (for example, Santa Ana), but it's free to park at the mall. Which mall, you ask? EVERY mall! And you almost never have to pay to park on the street, overnight or for a couple of hours, with or without parking permits. For that reason alone, living in Orange County makes it a commuter's paradise, a total anomaly among the nation's metropolises.