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San Clemente: Where Nixon changed his views
Those driving south on Interstate 5 to San Diego will know exactly what we mean when we say there just is no more spectacular ocean view than the one you encounter while making your way through San Clemente. On a clear, sunny day and most of them are it's hard to keep your eyes on the road as you take in a landscape that includes San Clemente's neatly terraced, palm tree-studded hills and the vast blue ocean with its distant horizon.

These very same views no doubt influenced Richard Nixon in his decision to buy an estate in San Clemente that would become the Western White House during the early 1970s. The president would have Air Force One land at El Toro and then take a Marine helicopter to a San Clemente beach area where he would ride a golf cart the final few yards to his prized estate, La Casa Pacifica.
San Clemente Lodging
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Casa Tropicana Boutique Beachfront Inn
610 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA  92672
Ph: 800-492-1245   
Email: info@casatropicana.com
Casa Tropicana - Your romantic California beach getaway in San Clemente, Orange County. Well-appointed rooms are steps from the beach and pier in historic San Clemente California. Discover our smart little Orange County beach hotel, featuring comfortable bed and breakfast guestrooms, beautiful ocean view inn accommodations and just a short drive from any Southern California location. Located in Orange County, CA, Casa Tropicana Boutique Beach Front Inn is the ideal, laid-back-beachy ocean view hotel -- spend a romantic weekend, grab a quick coastal getaway or stay local with a beach staycation.
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Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente
2481 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA  92672
Ph: 800-308-5306   Fx: 949-366-1030
Email: Res.HISC@dknhotels.com
Welcome to the San Clemente Hampton Inn & Suites, an all-suite boutique hotel located in the quaint coastal town of San Clemente, California. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free wireless internet access, spacious rooms, and friendly service in our charming boutique-style hotel. Jacuzzi-Suites, and suites with views of the ocean or the adjacent golf course are available. We're conveniently located within close proximity to the San Clemente beaches, pier, and downtown area. Experience the charm of coastal Southern California at the Hampton Inn & Suites California!
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Holiday Inn Express San Clemente
35 Via Pico Plaza
San Clemente, CA  92672
Ph: 800-315-2621   Fx: 949-498-4840
Email: res.hiesc@dknhotels.com
The newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Clemente beautifully combines modern comforts and friendly service with historic Spanish Mission-style architecture and surroundings. The charming hotel offers a convenient location, close proximity to the famous San Clemente beaches, pier and Downtown, and modern amenities at an unbeatable value. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi internet access, an outdoor heated pool, a modern fitness room, a business center, and spacious guest rooms. The hotel also offers a modern boardroom and 2400 square foot of banquet space, perfectly equipped for your next event!
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