San Clemente is located on the coast of California in Orange County. San Clemente is a great getaway for those who are looking for a peaceful town and a little sunshine. Even if you’re from LA or even San Diego, after just a weekend in San Clemente you will feel refreshed enough to get back to work on Monday.
The beautiful downtown area is perfect for a day of shopping or just walking around. You can also catch an amazing sunset off of the San Clemente Pier. San Clemente is the home of unique museums, attractions, restaurants you won’t find anywhere else, and of course beautiful sandy beaches.
If you’re considering a beach trip in the near future, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five reasons to visit San Clemente, California.
Del Mar Street
Avenida Del Mar is located in downtown San Clemente and is a shoppers paradise. It is a collection of trendy boutiques, designer stores, art galleries, cute cafes, unique restaurants, and elegant wine bars. This street is known as the beating heart of San Clemente or the “Spanish Village by the Sea,” whichever you prefer. Del Mar street is just a few minutes walk from the San Clemente Pier and offers both day and night activities.
San Clemente Pier
At the very end of Del Mar street, just a stroll away, you’ll find the San Clemente Pier. The pier is surrounded by miles and miles of sandy beaches, crashing waves, surfers paddling out, and our favorite part…the famous clock tower. You’ll also see and can take part in fishing off the pier! There will be fishermen lining the sides of the pier waiting for their catch of the day.
Once you have taken in the view and enjoyed all that it offers, take a break for a bite to eat. There are plenty of restaurants from fast food to sit-down dining. Most of these also have a lovely view of the ocean if you’re not quite done enjoying the view.
San Clemente Coastal Trail
This trail begins at the North Beach train station and runs five miles south towards San Clemente State Beach. It is perfect for those of you who want to exercise while enjoying the view. Along the beach trail you’ll pass by the pier, T-Street, the downtown district, a few different parks, volleyball courts, and many restaurants.
The trail is also pet-friendly! So make sure not to leave your furry friends out of this adventure. They also provide water and doggy bags along the way to keep the area clean and your pet hydrated. Public restrooms are also spread out along the trail for all of the two legged walkers.
With the ocean breeze and the cool nights, this trail is perfect during any time of the day!
T-Street is known as one of the best surfing spots in Orange County. So if you like to surf, this is where you’re going to want to go. It is located at the south of the San Clemente Pier and can be identified by the pedestrian bridge. Whether you’re a surfer or not, there are tons of things to do on T-Street. They provide restrooms, concessions, barbecue grills, fire pits, and of course perfect waves. We suggest to check Surfline for up-to-date reports on what the waves will be, before heading out. Surfline is updated regularly and will tell you everything you need to know about the waves coming in, so you’ll know what to expect.
Outlets at San Clemente
If you’re the kind of person that wants to shop until you drop, this is the place for you. The Spanish hacienda-style outlets at San Clemente provides around 82 high-end retailers, entertainment, and restaurants all in one place. The best part is the prices are usually cut in half of the regular price!
It is an outdoor mall, so you’ll still get to enjoy the warm weather and salty air. They even provide complimentary high-speed wireless internet, covered parking, bag check, wheelchair and stroller rentals, and they are pet-friendly. It’s the perfect place to stock up on gifts for the family at discounted prices, while enjoying the luxury experience.
Don’t forget to check out our blog on why you should visit Big Bear, California! It’s always fun to head towards the mountains after a fun filled trip to the beach.