San Clemente

Welcome to San Clemente

This gorgeous, coastal city is full of culture and history

Hip, casual, and laid-back, San Clemente, located in Orange County, is best known for its original Spanish-style architecture and sandstone bluffs. Voted one of the top cities to live in California, this picturesque town is the epitome of California’s coastal life.
 
Dubbed the Spanish Village by the Sea, the area contains plenty of white sandy beaches and is defined by its perfect year-round weather, unparalleled views, and vibrant downtown. 
 
Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, San Clemente offers a Mediterranean vibe blended with a relaxed Southern California experience. Quiet and serene, there is a lot of small-town charm here, but the area still maintains its status as a popular tourist attraction and entertainment hub.
 
Considered one of the safest cities in California, there is a strong sense of community among San Clemente residents. Small businesses thrive here as do nonprofit organizations such as the 90-year-old Casa Romantica, a locally revered cultural center and garden.

What to Love

  • Located just one hour from both Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Considered one of the safest cities in California
  • Well known for its beautiful Spanish architecture

Local Lifestyle

There’s a strong surf culture in this small beach town, and many great shops and restaurants support a laid-back ambiance. Often called one of the best-kept secrets in Southern California, this area experiences an average of 342 days of sunshine per year and prides itself on spectacular waves and consistent surf.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Dining options abound in San Clemente, ranging from casual to high-end. Local favorites include Nick’s San Clemente offering American comfort food with a modern flair; Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar San Clemente, serving seafood chowders, fish and chips, and burgers in a casual beachside space on the San Clemente Pier;  South of Nick's San Clemente | Mexican Kitchen + Bar, cooking up creative takes on classic Mexican fare; and Vine Restaurant & Bar, a rustic wine bar pairing Californian-Mediterranean bites with a carefully curated wine list.

There’s plenty of retail in San Clemente too. Shoppers delight in the Outlets at San Clemente, featuring Pacific views and 59 different brands; Hobie Surf Shop San Clemente, selling men’s and women’s surf apparel since 1954; Old Town San Clemente, housing an array of restaurants and stores; and Talega Village Center.

Things to Do

There are several annual events and festivals that make this community unique. Residents gather regularly for the Ohana Festival, a September music event that showcases headliners like Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon; the San Clemente Seafest, a family-focused street festival; and the Tall Ships Festival, which is hosted yearly at Dana Point Harbor.
 
Area attractions include the Four Seasons Pacifica, Oceanfront Hacienda, Calafia Beach Park, T-Street Beach, Trestles Beach, and the San Clemente Pier, which includes a boardwalk.

Schools

San Clemente is served by the Capistrano Unified School District. Notable area schools include:

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