Our neighbour across the street back home told us we should go to San Clemente (named for Saint Clement) when we were in the area. Initially we did not think we would travel this far, but it was a rainy day, so what the heck. As we neared San Clemente, the clouds parted, the blue sky appeared and the sun came out. No wonder President Richard M Nixon chose this spot for his Western White House.
This seaside city is located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is known for its ocean, hill and mountain views and pleasant climate. Largely uninhabited until 1776, nobody really built here until 1925. It was incorporated in 1928 and the population as of 2016 was estimated as 65,309. The area economy is largely based on tourism. (SOURCE:Wikipedia)
We just found it beautiful and enjoyed the lush greenery and the ocean views from the pier, before heading in for a nice fish lunch at the Fisherman’s Restaurant on the pier.
The views from the parking lot.
Down to the beach.
Fisherman’s Restaurant. The best fish meal we had in California on this trip, but my potato wedges were soggy and cold. The server made it right with a fresh batch.