The embodiment of Orange County's laid-back beach lifestyle, San Clemente offers tourists a variety of travel experiences and recreational activities. Tucked away from traffic and crowds, the waterfront city boasts unrivaled trail systems, open spaces and parks for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
With 20 acres of pristine sand, this beach locale is one of the most popular surfing spots on the California coast. The beaches, which are open year-round, are where tourists and water sports enthusiasts will find clear water and prime surfing swells in places like San Onofre, Trestles and Dohney.
The mild regional climate also attracts a lot of tourists who come for the camping opportunities or to stay in one of the rustic cottages found on the beach. The mile-long San Clemente State Beach is set amid sandstone bluffs and flourishing coastal wildlife.
For less water-inclined tourists, the city's trail system offers beach strolls and intense hikes. The Cristianitos Trail, Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail and Talega Regional Trail provide visitors with unspoiled terrain and views. Hikers encounter a variety of crushed granite outcroppings, lush vegetation and native wild land, depending on the route they choose.