The California city of San Clemente, situated in between Los Angeles and San Diego, is a paradise for surfers, shoppers, and foodies. While there is plenty here to keep you occupied for an entire week, you can easily hit the most popular spots in just one day. In this post, you will read about some of them. 

Explore Del Mar Street

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Del Mar Street, also known as Avenida del Mar, is the city’s main drag, which is filled with funky shops, trendy galleries, delicious dining and top-notch people watching. Afternoon or evening, it’s the best spot in town to acquaint yourself with the vibe and culture of the city.

Run (or Bike) on the San Clemente Coastal Trail

Your workout in San Clemente comes with gorgeous views, courtesy of the Pacific Ocean. Start your day off with a leisurely jog or bike ride down the two-mile beachfront trail. It takes you from the San Clemente/North Beach Metrolink Station to San Clemente State Beach.

Walk on San Clemente Pier

San Clemente Pier on a calm Summer Day

Just steps from Del Mar Street, the pier is a popular fishing—and gathering—spot for both visitors and residents. There are photo-ops aplenty. Plus there are grassy knolls that are ideal for picnicking or just soaking up the sun. Hungry? Pop into Fisherman’s Restaurant, a mainstay for fresh seafood and burgers.

Visit Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Sure, you don’t need to come here on a date. But it’s the perfect spot for one. Between the stunning botanical gardens, exhibition galleries, and numerous art and musical events and opportunities held throughout the year, it’s the ideal place for culture vultures. Grab lunch or coffee at the Casa Cafe while taking in views of the pier and the Pacific.

Check Out the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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San Clemente is widely known as one of the best places to surf—not only in the state of California but the entire country. This museum celebrates the totally radical pastime with a collection of memorabilia, stories, and even scholarly publications about surfing. And, if you’re interested in catching a wave yourself, look no further than Crook’s Surf Essentials.

Sip a Pint at Artifex Brewing Company

The perfect way to end a sunny Southern California day? Enjoying an ale at Artifex, one of the city’s premier craft breweries. Stop by the tasting room to sample the most popular drinks. Or, snag some grub from a visiting food truck and enjoy it on the patio.

Make Hotel Reservations

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