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San Clemente

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A resort beach town in Orange County, San Clemente boasts long, white sandy strands of beach inviting to take slow sunset strolls. San Clemente enjoys a beat location, being close to some of the best travel destinations of Southern California. It is just 30 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Newport Beach and less than an hour from San Diego International Airport. The Shops at Mission Viejo are only 20 minutes from San Clemente, while the Irvine Spectrum, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination, is less than half an hour away. Just over a 30-minute drive North are the well-known Orange County Performing Arts Center and the popular South Coast Plaza, known for its diverse collection of upscale department stores, novelty shops, restaurants and theaters.

But San Clemente itself offers exciting recreation as well. Long stretches of beach and great waves draw surfers and sun worshippers to San Clemente. Surfing has long been synonymous with Southern California, and San Clemente is one of the top spots for waves, with surfers coming from miles around to surf these beautiful beaches.

Take a walk through the San Clemente State Park and you will find yourself at a ten-mile stretch of the most beautiful beach anywhere. You will also discover many choices for fine dining with breathtaking ocean views in the quaint Spanish Village by the Sea.

But beautiful beaches and 342 days of sunshine a year are only part of the appeal that makes people want to come to San Clemente. San Clemente is experiencing a quiet renaissance. Newcomers and long-time residents alike are taking care to preserve and revitalize the timeless charm that makes San Clemente such an attractive place to visit. You are personally invited to experience life at a slower, more considered pace.

Visitors can marvel extraordinary gardens and fascinating exhibits in the newly remodeled Casa Romantica, which is a cultural, educational and social center of San Clemente. Stroll the beautiful gardens and view exhibits: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation, an exhibit that documents the monumental effort to locate personal objects and material evidence from the wreckage of the Twin Towers; then The Way We Were: A San Clemente Retrospective, the photographic exhibition that profiles early life in the Spanish Village by the Sea; next, is A Journey Shared that explores the enigmatic relationship between novelist John Steinbeck and photographer Horace Bristol through 38 prints that served as the inspiration for The Grapes of Wrath.

The downtown of San Clemente features antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and outdoor cafes, and is actually a nice place stop to chat strolling along the palm-lined sidewalks of Avenida Del Mar, a charming paradise. Gift and jewelry shops, bookstores, clothing boutiques and surf shops offer enough variety to please even the most sophisticated shopper. The weekly farmers market and monthly crafts fair draw residents and visitors from all over.

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At the water’s edge, surrounded by hotels, outdoor cafes and bistros, is the San Clemente Pier that has lured locals and fishermen since 1928. It is also the gathering place for some of San Clemente’s best-loved traditions like the annual Clam Chowder Cook-off and the Ocean Festival.

Golf fans should visit Talega, a community of exceptional new homes in the hills of San Clemente that typifies luxurious, coastal living. Just minutes from stunning portico and palm-lined entry is Talega’s Fred Couples Signature championship golf course featuring 18 holes of gorgeous real estate that meander through an oak-filled canyon, a rugged marsh and a series of lakes. Considered one of the best daily fee courses in Orange County, the Talega Club offers four tee boxes to choose from and total yardages ranging from 5,569 to 6,951, so golfers of all abilities are sure to have an enjoyable round. And there is always the relaxing elegance of the magnificent Spanish Colonial clubhouse to look forward to before you head for home.

There is plenty of where to stay in San Clemente. Hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns dot the coastline, providing spectacular views, cozy rooms and suites, beautiful pools and spas, a variety of dining options, and more. If you’re looking for family friendly accommodations, check out the San Clemente Inn Resort & Conference Center. Featuring 97 spacious suites, equipped with galley kitchenettes and full-size refrigerators, this is a great spot for families who may want to be able to eat in as needed. Beautiful grounds surround a large outdoor heated pool and two spas, shuffleboard and much more. The San Clemente Inn is the perfect place to relax at the end of a busy day of sightseeing.

For relaxing, romantic getaway with that special someone stay at Casa Tropicana Spa & Inn, located at the San Clemente Pier and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a five mile stretch of sandy beaches and the vast, blue ocean, you will feel you are in a secluded paradise.

This unique Spa & Inn has hip and stylish atmosphere, and you can’t but feel its soothing tranquility. Guests may choose from one of Casa Tropicana’s eight Casitas, each imbued with the natural beauty of the ocean. Luxurious linens and custom accessories complement the original art provided by a local art gallery.

While staying at Casa Tropicana, be sure to indulge yourself in its brand new Day Spa that features two massage therapy and body treatment rooms, including one for couples, and an esthetician studio. Top of the line spa products are offered, and a signature selection of teas, developed with the help of San Clemente’s Lavender Lounge Tea Company, is also available to guests. Located in Casa Tropicana is White Horses, a fine dining restaurant, very popular with local residents.