San Clemente, known as the 'Spanish Village by the Sea, is a charming Mediterranean style beach resort perfectly tucked away halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. San Clemente is famous for our surfing spots, T-Street and Trestles and nearby Salt Creek.
Historic Avenida Del Mar, the quaint downtown district, has an eclectic mixture of restaurants to choose from - Classic American, huge portions NOTE: yes doggie bags and sharing is perfectly acceptable!, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Tea Rooms,etc. Wine bars and other pubs are all within walking distance from Casita Laurita. Downtown hosts a monthly Village Art Fair, a Sunday Farmer's Market and specialty shops to keep you busy all day.
If you want to venture away from town, we are close to everything! Take a drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 101) driving north along the beautiful coastline, in minutes you'll be at Dana Point Yacht Harbor, then the popular Art Colony of Laguna Beach, Balboa Island and Newport Beach. Further on, but less than an hour to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Huntington Beach (Surf City U.S.A.) and just a little further to Hollywood, LAX, Universal Studios.
If you head south from SC, visit beautiful San Diego and it's surroundings, La Jolla and other beach towns along the coast. About one hour east is Temecula Wine Country, Old Town Julian, also a little over an hour away in the mountains.
Remember this song? - 26 miles across the sea....Santa Catalina is waiting you! Catch the early morning Catalina Express from Dana Point and in 1.5 hours you are in another southern California treasure. The 5 pm ferry should get you back to San Clemente in time to unwind at our popular Fishermans Restaurant and bar on the pier, to watch the sunset, enjoy a cocktail and share stories of an unforgettable holiday on the California Riviera.
WEATHER IN SAN CLEMENTE: Warmest in July/August with average temp of 76F (25C). December/January is coolest at 47F (8C)
HOW TO GET TO SAN CLEMENTE BY AIR
Orange County (John Wayne) Airport SNA is approximately 25 minutes away and has easily connectible service to and from European destinations and all around the world. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately an hour and 10 minute’s drive from San Clemente. Flights arrive here from many other U.S cities as well as international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Beijing Capital (PEK), Frankfurt (FRA), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SME), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and others. San Diego (Lindbergh Field) SAN is also an easy 50 minute drive away.