San Clemente is a coastal community located halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles at the southern tip of Orange County. It is located on the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by Camp Pendleton Marine Base on the South, Cleveland National Forest on the East and San Juan Capistrano/Dana Point on the North.
Interstate 5, the main North/South corridor in Southern California, passes directly through San Clemente. Most major bus lines have stops in San Clemente. There are rail stations for Amtrak and Metrolink and the nearest airport is Orange County John Wayne Airport about 30 minutes North. San Diego Lindberg Field and LAX are both roughly an hour drive with no traffic.
The majority of San Clemente’s restaurants are located on or near either Del Mar or El Camino Real. There is a full blend of eateries including small coffee & bagel shops, ethnic foods and larger chain restaurants and fast food. The pier area has unique over the water dining and Del Mar has a number of quaint local spots that specialize in providing a truly “San Clemente” hometown feel. There are also a number of restaurants at Dana Point Harbor about 5 miles North. Take the Beach Cities off ramp from I-5 and turn left at Del Obispo.
San Clemente has 4 major golf courses: City Course, Shorecliffs, Talega and Bella Colina.
San Clemente is a destination beach and surf resort with the finest surfing in California.