Tucked away, just south of Dana Point and west of the I-5 there's nestled a small Spanish Village by the Sea. At first glance the Spanish tile roofs and white stucco walls against the blue waters of the Pacific are reminiscent of the Greek Isles, just as Ole Hanson, the father of San Clemente envisioned.
As the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1927, "If the charms of this place could be shown to the poor, snow-bound, wind-beaten people back East, there would be an exodus so great the hills above San Clemente would be covered like mushrooms." Though just shy of being a century old, San Clemente boasts some of the most beautiful historical buildings in the west. While in town, make a point to visit the Casa Romantica, the historic home of Ole Hanson overlooking the Pacific Ocean; as well as the wonderful historical museum.
Whether you are coming to shop, dine or just relax, San Clemente offers the best of all, including the most perfect weather conditions. San Clemente features hundreds of shops including it's own Antique Mecca. Visitors can discover many unrivaled antique stores, unique clothing and gifts, custom jewelry, fragrant oils, designer perfumes, beauty salons and leisure clothing. Dining in San Clemente offers everything from crisp sunrise breakfasts to romantic dinners. Accommodations in San Clemente range from Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts overlooking the surf, to beach cottages for the entire family.
Whether you're looking to "hook-the-big-one" or find the perfect place on the sand, there is much to do in these three cities by the sea. Obviously, the ocean is a popular draw year round. Why not throw on your suit and rent a jet-ski for the afternoon? If "beaching-it" is not your scene there's plenty to do and see in and around town; golf, tennis, biking, hiking...you name it, San Clemente has it!