San Clemente has earned a well deserved reputation as the resort beach town in Orange County. Long, white sandy strands invite you to take slow sunset strolls. But beautiful beaches and 342 days of sunshine a year are only part of the appeal that makes people want to call San Clemente home.
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 own a Southern California home. You are personally invited to live life at a slower, more considered pace – which is exactly what Ole Hanson had in mind when he founded San Clemente in 1925.
Ole wrote, "I envision a place where people can live together more pleasantly than in any other place in America." San Clemente still embodies this vision.
The heart of Ole's "Spanish village by the sea" still beats true, and downtown, with its antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and outdoor cafes, is the cultural soul. Friends and neighbors stop to chat as they stroll along the palm-lined sidewalks of Avenida Del Mar. The weekly farmers market and monthly crafts fair draw residents and visitors from all over Orange County and Southern California. Great events and wonderful people is what San Clemente is all about.
At water's edge, you'll find the crown jewel of Avenida Del Mar, the San Clemente Pier. Surrounded by hotels and outdoor cafes and bistros, the pier 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.
San Clemente's Avenida Del Mar is a dream come true for antique and art lovers, with numerous galleries, antique and collectibles shops dotting the street. Gift and jewelry shops, book stores, clothing boutiques and surf shops offer enough variety to please even the most discriminating shopper.
The newly remodeled Casa Romantica is a cultural, educational, and social center for the San Clemente community.
Widely acclaimed for its innovative educational programs, the Capistrano Unified School District serves the City of San Clemente. Five of the district schools have been recipients of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program and 17 schools in the district have been designated as California Distinguished Schools.
Residents have access to both public and private schools. Among the public schools currently serving our community are Vista del Mar, serving grades K-8, Clarence Lobo Elementary School, which provides preschool through grade 5 education, Bernice Ayer Middle School, serving grades 6 through 8, and San Clemente High School, which now serves 2,400 students from San Clemente, Capistrano Beach and portions of San Juan Capistrano. The private schools accessible to residents of San Clemente include Our Savior's Lutheran School, St. Michael's Academy and Our Lady of Fatima School.
San Clemente Hospital and Medical Center has served south Orange County for over 25 years. Focusing on building a healthier community and continuing to expand services in response to needs of residents, the hospital's mission is to provide high quality, personalized care in a cost effective manner. The hospital has received the distinction of "Accreditation with Commendation," the highest level of accreditation a hospital can receive for outstanding patient care.
San Clemente is conveniently located off the I -5 Freeway. Quick and easy access to other Southern California destinations is also made possible by the nearby San Joaquin Transportation Corridor (73).
San Clemente residents who commute to Los Angeles can relax or catch up on work while riding the rails of Metrolink. Traveling at an average speed of 50 miles per hour, Metrolink's Orange County train service runs from Oceanside through Orange County to Los Angeles' Union Station, and stops at ten train stations along the way, including San Clemente.
San Clemente is just 30 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Newport Beach and less than an hour from San Diego International Airport.