Head to the southernmost reaches of Orange County and you’ll find what looks like a Spanish town. With its rich Spanish heritage and Spanish Colonial-style buildings, the city of San Clemente is often referred to as the “Spanish Village by the Sea.” Approximately 65,000 people call this seaside haven home, with its pleasant Mediterranean climate and various outdoor recreational opportunities. Around 2.3 miles of coastal trails wind through San Clemente’s majestic coastline, made more scenic by canyons and fine beaches.
San Clemente was founded and incorporated in 1920, making it one of the first master-planned communities in the US. It covers a total area of 18.7 square miles and countsthe major cities of San Diego and Los Angeles as some of its neighbors.Capistrano Unified School District serves the city. An assortment of retail, dining, and entertainment options can be found throughout the city.
Housing options in San Clemente are diverse, offering something for everyone, like:
- Single-family residences
- Beach cottages
- Luxurious estates with ocean views
Notable gated communities within the city include Cotton Point Estates, Cyprus Cove, and Cyprus Shore.
- Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail – Open to cyclists, hikers, and pedestrians with pets, this trail is 3.5miles long, with views that extend from Dana Point Headlands’ coastline to San Diego County’s beaches. The paved path makes it excellent for less experienced hikers. The Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail is one of the city’s five major trail networks. The others are the Beach, Cristianitos Regional/San Clemente Summit, Foster Ranch Ridgeline, and Prima Deschecha Regional trails.
- Catalina Island – One of Southern California’s best-kept secrets, the island of Catalina is just 22 miles from Los Angeles. It is home to the formidable Mount Orizaba. Popular activities on the island include camping, snorkeling, parasailing, biking, and scuba diving. Several shopping and dining outlets are found on the island, which is part of the Channel Islands of California.
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