San Clemente

This "Spanish Village by the Sea" features beautiful weather, stunning views, and a lively downtown community.

San Clemente

Located in Orange County, San Clemente is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Southern California. The official nickname of San Clemente is the “Spanish Village by the Sea,” given by the early colonization of the city by Spaniards. The area was practically uninhabited until 1776, when Mission San Juan Capistrano was formally established. Following the establishment of this mission, both Indians and Spanish settlers started to live in nearby villages. San Clemente was officially named a city until 1928.

Today, the destination is known for its majestic Southern California weather, spectacular views, and comfortable atmosphere. A more unique aspect of this city is that it provides visitors and residents with both ocean and mountain views. There is a wide variety to do, from shopping and dining, to exploring the many natural attractions.

Community Features & Hot Spots

The San Clemente Pier

One of the premier destinations in San Clemente is the historical San Clemente Pier. Whether you’re walking out onto the pier to watch the sunset or to simply get some exercise, you’ll be provided with picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean as far as the eye can see. No matter which time of the day you choose, the San Clemente Pier, will always be fun and exciting. Numerous special events are held here, such as the Ocean Festival and Chowder Cookoff.

The pier is open from 4:00AM to 12:00AM. Given its prime location in Southern California, the weather is almost always fantastic. If ever you want to grab a bite to eat, the Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar is situated directly on the pier. This delicious eatery specializes in seafood, from Cajun ahi to pan fried oysters. This general area is also a great spot for surfing and relaxing in the sun.

This local hotspot can be reached by both Amtrak and Metrolink trains if you decide to travel the beautiful California coast by train with miles of coastline scenery. The Metrolink travels primarily between downtown Los Angeles and Oceanside, while the Amtrak rail spans the entire California coast.

Casa Romantica

The Casa Romantica is an intriguing cultural venue in the heart of San Clemente that offers a huge variety of unique programs centered around history, the arts, music, and even horticulture. One of the co-founders of San Clemente, Ole Hanson, originally built the Casa Romantica as his family home in 1927. Since then, it has switched hands among different owners a handful of times before being purchased by the San Clemente Redevelopment Agency in 1989. Just two years later it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. You can also book the Casa Romantica for your next event. Whether you wish to have your wedding at the Casa Romantica or simply want to use the destination for a private gathering, this bluff-top estate provides an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean.

World Famous Beaches

San Clemente is unique in the fact that it plays host to numerous world famous beaches, each of which provide a unique and special experience that you can’t find at another. For instance, the San Onofre Beach is one of the more popular in California, as it is visited by nearly 2.5 million people each year. Two other favorite surfing beaches are Trestles and  Lower Trestles. A number of surfing contests are held here throughout the year.

There are a number of ways to get to these world famous beaches but many locals choose to take the Metrolink or Amtrak rail lines as they have conveniently located stops that drop you off right in the middle of it all. The North Beach Metrolink station is located near the Ole Hanson Beach Club on El Camino Real, dropping you off right on the beach!

San Clemente State Park and Beach

San Clemente State Park and Beach is located in Southwest San Clemente. This area is popular with the RV and camping enthusiasts and it is very family friendly offering a concession stand, restrooms and ample parking.  The State Park also allows easy access to the beach.

T-Street Beach

When you’re considering a move to San Clemente, T-Street Beach is one of the top family oriented beaches. It’s a particular favorite of people who love to partake in any kind of water activity, from surfing to bodyboarding.

However, this isn’t all that the beach has to offer. It is located just to the south of the San Clemente Pier and is situated conveniently nearby restaurants, barbecue grills, and restrooms. This public beach is a great place for a picnic with the family and offers plenty of great spots for anyone who’s looking for a place to just lay out on the sandy beach and get a sun-kissed tan.

Avenida Del Mar

Downtown San Clemente is commonly referred to as Avenida Del Mar. The main strip is lined with a vast selection of unique shops, entertainment venues, and eateries that you’ll want to visit when in the area. The Fiesta/Street Fair and the Classic Car show are favorite yearly events.

The Outlets

The Outlets at San Clemente is a popular outlet mall and shopping center that offers a one-stop shopping destination for your shopping needs. You’ll find plenty of larger, brand-name stores within this outlet mall as well as a variety of smaller boutique shops. This is an open-air shopping center, so you’ll feel the ocean breeze waft in from nearby.

If you’re looking to shop for some of the latest in designer clothes, consider stopping by Tommy Hilfiger or Calvin Klein. Maybe you’re on the lookout for a pair of shoes to replace your old ones or add to your collection. If so, Converse, CROCS Outlet, and Bass Factory Outlet all offer a unique selection of shoes for you to choose from.

While shopping, there are several restaurants you may wish to stop by that offer delicious cuisine and a relaxing time, including the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ruby’s Diner, and Starbucks. Be on the lookout for Rockwell’s Cafe and Bakery, an eatery that’s set to open very soon. This outlet is located at 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa #190, San Clemente, CA 92672 and is situated just off I-5 South and I-5 North.

Beach Trail

The San Clemente Beach Trail is one of the most picturesque trails in Southern California. Whether you’re simply looking to get in your daily exercise or wish to stop and take in the scenery, this beach trail has a lot to offer. It actually sits just beside an active Amtrak line and begins either at the San Clemente Metrolink Station to the North or in the South beside the San Clemente State Beach. Between these points, you’ll have easy access to a wide array of shops, restaurants, and beach picnic areas.

The trail itself extends for 2.3 miles and is comprised entirely of sand. One of the better aspects of this trail is that it has a minimal gradient yet can provide you with a great workout. Given the minimal amount of slopes and hills, you can take your children on the trail or even your dog. The scenery changes throughout. At times, you’ll be provided with great views of local flora, while other portions offer up-close views of the ocean. When searching for the trailhead at the Pier Bowl area, simply follow Avenida del Mar to the beach and San Clemente Pier. The trailhead is located just past the train tracks.

Subdivisions of San Clemente


Southwest San Clemente is notable for its location nearby the coast. If you’re a beach lover, this is the place to be.The beach homes in Southwest San Clemente are typically spacious and luxurious, yet range all the way from historic Spanish Colonial homes to more contemporary estates.


Much like its western counterpart, Southeast San Clemente is just beside the Pacific Ocean, so you’ll be provided with breathtaking views. One of the highlights of this subdivision of San Clemente is the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, which is a must visit for any golf aficionado. Most of the homes in this area are single-family residences.


Central San Clemente is basically the social hub of the city. Avenida Del Mar and San Clemente Pier are situated just nearby, providing you with the prime location for all of your needs. Some of the oldest homes in San Clemente can be found here, and range from condos to luxury estates. You’ll also discover a large number of single-family residences in the area, all of which are crafted in a style and manner to match the relaxing beach atmosphere.


North San Clemente is one of the more diverse subdivisions in the city, boasting real estate that has a mixture of single-family homes and multi-unit complexes. Closer to the beach are a vast selection of smaller beach cottages that offer comfort and relaxation. There are also plenty of high-end homes in North San Clemente if you’re looking for luxury and style. When living in North San Clemente, the Shorecliffs Golf Course is a challenging course with great views!

Coastal District

If what you’re searching for in San Clemente is a somewhat more secluded location that offers both beach and canyon views, the coastal district should be at the top of your list. You’ll find a substantial number of traditional single-family homes in this area. Most of these homes are adjacent to wide open greenbelts, hills and canyons. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more luxurious, there are also a selection of larger estate homes in the Coastal District.

Forester Ranch

Forster Ranch is a subdivision of San Clemente that’s known for its private communities and larger, more expansive homes. The homes in this area sit just beside the 5 Freeway, which means that ocean views are in short supply. On the other hand, this means that the lot sizes for the homes are on the larger side, which is great for those who love to spend time outdoors. Many of the homes were built back in the 1980’s in both the Mediterranean and Spanish styles in order to more closely match the theme of San Clemente. While most homes are single-family residences, a large number of elegant mansions are also found in Forster Ranch.


The Marblehead community is situated just beside Forster Ranch and the Coastal District. Some of the more desirable homes can be found in Marblehead, many of which are two-story homes that offer both luxury and comfort. There are a handful of gated communities in Marblehead, all of which offer a certain level of privacy and safety that you’re sure to enjoy. Don’t forget to stop by the community park when you have a day off, as it offers several tennis and basketball courts that you can make use of.

Rancho San Clemente

The Rancho San Clemente district is a great place to live for anyone on a budget. Most homes in the area offer a great view of the ocean. The single-family homes that comprise much of the real estate in Rancho San Clemente are built in the Mediterranean and Spanish styles. If you’re set on having an ocean view, consider perusing the condos in this area. During your time off, visit the Rancho San Clemente Park and Bella Colina Golf Course, both of which provide endless amounts of relaxation and fun in the sun.


Talega is one of the more premium districts in San Clemente, as it’s a planned community that consists of more than six luxury neighborhoods, all of which are comprised of expansive single-family homes. Each neighborhood has homes that are built in a different style. In one neighborhood, you may discover homes with a Spanish architectural style, while others consist of a more modern style. Highlights of this community include its beautiful nature preserve, 19 miles of hiking/biking trails, and the Talega Golf Course.

If you’re looking to beat the heat with some of the most fantastic views in all of San Clemente, be sure to visit the Vista Hermosa Sports Park just minutes off the 5 freeway. This sports park features an aquatics center including a 50m swimming pool complete with diving boards and a separate “play pool” for children, all under the supervision of lifeguards. Not only does this sports park cater to water activities, but this park also features lighted Baseball, Football, and Soccer fields, a jogging loop to get your daily exercise in, and a sand castle play area for the kids — all while enjoying the beautiful mountain views and surrounding San Clemente scenery.

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