San Clemente is loaded with great food to fit any budget, remember this is a real town with a thriving business
environment and diverse population. The restaurants reflect the community, providing a full list of dining
opportunities and options.
The surfing here is made of legends. The surfing museum displays a massive collection of boards and
memorabila. The beaches are the perfect place to learn to surf (lessons available), boogie board or body
surf. Should you prefer to just play in the surf and sunbathe, no worries, there is room for all. Learn how to
stand up paddle board surf (lessons available).
Close by is Dana Point Harbor where you can go whale watching, fishing, sailing on a Tallship, explore the
Ocean Institute, enjoy long walks, watch free concerts in the summer, shopping, restaurants, private boating,
rent jet skis, sail boats, paddle boards, kayaks, and gas boats.
San Clemente has a vibrant art scene with many galleries and its own museum. Enjoy poking around the downtown shop, finding out of the way art displays. Then cruise El Camino Real (Highway 1) from one end of the town to the other discovering art galleries and hidden gems of art shows in unusual places. San Clemente is an eclectic assortment of folk art, crafts, fine art, surf art, and just down to it fun art, all displayed without pretentiousness.
Yes, San Clemente is a real down to earth Village by the Sea.
The 2.5 mile Beach Trail starts in North Beach and goes south to the San Clemente State Park, from there you
can walk several more miles on the sand past world famous surfing spots and historical homes. Then arrange
to be picked up for a ride back home. The 1/4 mile long pier hosts wonderful food at Fisherman's restaurant
and bar located right above the surf line. Fishing off the pier is fun and free, requiring no fishing license. The
walk on the pier reveals the entire shoreline of San Clemente in all its glory by day and the lights at night. The
snack bar at the end of the pier will delight you with hot and cold drinks and great food.