Daycations - San Clemente History

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  • For those interested in a small dose of San Clemente history, taking Metrolink to explore some of the historic sites is well worth the ride and the views. Although Metrolink stops at the North Beach Station, we recommend exiting at the San Clemente Pier so you can visit sites such as Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.

    The Architecture

    The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture found throughout town comes from San Clemente's beginnings in 1927 when city founder Ole Hanson built his home, Casa Romantica, and patterned the development of the city after his estate.

    Three historic landmarks worth viewing
    Ole Hanson Beach Club
    105 W. Avenida Pico

    Casino San Clemente, 1937
    140 W. Avenida Pico

    Hotel San Clemente, 1927
    114 Avenida Del Mar

    Getting here
    The beach club and casino are an easy stroll from the North Beach station. The Hotel is under a mile walk from the pier in downtown San Clemente.

    Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

    Casa Romantica is an award-winning center for the arts and a historic landmark. The center sits on a bluff offering breathtaking views of the Pacific and surrounded by 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

    Admission $5
    Discount available
    Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm.
    Children under age 13 and active military with ID are free.

    Getting here
    It’s a half-mile walk from the Pier station.

    The San Clemente Pier

    If you love strolling along old wooden piers then be sure to add the San Clemente Pier to your list. Originally built it 1928 it was 1,200 feet long. The pier has had its share of storm damage, the most recent was 1983, but it is back to it's back and ready for sightseeing and fishing.

    Nearby restaurants
    The Fisherman’s Restaurant
    La Galette Creperie

    Downtown San Clemente

    This quaint downtown area is filled with boutiques, bistros and quiet courtyards. Many of the buildings are listed on historic registers like the Hotel San Clemente on Avenida Del Mar.

    Fun restaurant options
    Nick's San Clemente
    Brussels Bistro

    Getting here
    Downtown is a half-mile walk from the pier to downtown on Avenida Del Mar.

    Getting Around

    The San Clemente Trolley is not operating at this time due to COVID-19, but the shops and restaurants in Downtown San Clemente are a very short Uber or Lyft ride away if you don’t care to walk the half-mile.

    Train schedules

    When planning your Daycation to San Clemente we recommend checking the Metrolink train schedule for either the Pier Station or North Beach Station.

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