San Clemente Things to Do

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    Max Berg Plaza Park

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    History: On September 2nd, 1927 the El Heraldo de San Clemente, the local newspaper, read: Contract for four tiled fountains, brooks and a pool for Oriental birds in the plaza has been let to Strang Bros.Twelve-foot octagonal tiled fountains are to occupy the four corners of the pool, which will be in continuous flow, spilling water through four rock-ribbed brooks to the main bird pool. Hedges and ce- ment benches will border the main pool. Forty-four lamp standards will give a lighted path encircling the entire plaza”.

    The original Plaza Park that Ole envisioned started out having a pond filled with water lilies and gold fish with large working fountains at each end and red tile sidewalks throughout.At some later date the pond be- came a reflection pool with swans.

    Many of the trees that currently adorn the streets of our Spanish Village and the municipal golf course also can trace back their roots to Plaza Park for they were grown from seeds there.

    This park that was fashioned in the style of the plazas of old Spain was also the starting point of the Fiesta de la Cristianita as far back as1954. This once important celebra tion commemorating the first baptism in Cal ifornia on the outskirts of what is now San Clemente, would commence at the park and make its way in a morning parade along El Camino Real, down Avenida Del Mar and end at the community clubhouse (the site now known as the Community Center).

    Today other important signature events call Plaza Park home.The Cinco de Mayo festival is such an event which each year is filled with live music, cultural performances that feature bands and dancers, vendor booths, children’s games, a popular student art show and plenty of food!

    But Plaza Park these days has another name. Its moniker acknowledges the service and commitment of one of San Clemente’s own living legends Max Berg.The Park was named after him in 1985.http://www.sanclementejournal.com/pastissues/2010/2010_02/Historical.pdf

    The park has a Amphitheater, BBQ's, Children's Play Area , Huge Grassy Area , Picnic Area/Tables/Benches, Restrooms, Beautiful Rose Gardens and Drinking fountain.

    The marker reads: In Memory Of Henry Tucker Read, Captain United States Navy Retire, Mayor of San Clemente, March 7 1951 to April 20, 1954.

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    Historic City Hall~Oscar Easley Building 1929

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    This 9,845-square-foot building has Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1929 building was never actually City Hall, but a past owner branded it that way years ago. Historic City Hall has had many uses, including housing a bank, the City Clerk's Office and the offices of Oscar Easley, a member of the original City Council and one of Ole Hanson's partners who constructed San Clemente's streets.

    A list of historical buildings.

    San Clemente Chamber of Commerce
    1100 N El Comino Real
    San Clemente, CA 92672

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    Old City Plaza

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    We stopped in here to find a place to eat, but many of the establishments were not open or under renovations.

    History: Soon after San Clemente ( The Spanish Village by the Sea) was incorporated, the need for a "Fire House" was realized. The headlines in San Clemente’s first newspaper, "El Heraldo de San Clemente" June, 1928 read: "Building to house local fire department will be constructed by popular subscription and turned over to the city when completed!" Individual subscriptions were received in the amounts from $6.00 to $1500.00 from the local citizenry.

    On August 27th, 1928, the first fire house and city jail were erected on these premises. Later, the blacksmith shop was added, as well as the warehouse and maintenance shops. The municipal facilities were used until 1962, when a new civic center was built. These premises were continued to be utilized as a city maintenance yard until 1974.

    The municipal facilities were then turned into the Old City Plaza. With all the romance and distinctive style of San Clemente. With the one of kind shopping and romantic restaurants like New Mandarin Garden, Adele's Hollywood Cafe, Blue Danube, Los Patios you are sure to get lost in a taste of San Clemente. Many of the shops and restaurants have been voted simply best in San Clemente. You cannot loose with visiting the Historic Old City Plaza. You even can have dinner in one of the Old San Clemente Jail Cells. Truly a piece of San Clemente history and taste. http://www.oldcityplaza.com/plazahistory.html

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    San Clemente Beach Trails

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    The San Clemente Beach Trails is a 2.3 mile long that connects North Beach to Calafia Beach with stops along the way at the Pier and T-Street. The day we were there, it was being enjoyed by walkers, joggers, families with their children, casual cyclists and folks walking their dogs. Lots of beautiful views and foliage to enjoy.

    Bicyclist’s Tips: Please use caution when approaching and passing other trail users. Use a friendly “On Your Left” to let others know your intentions.

    Dog Owner Tips: With so many people using the trail, it is very important to keep your pet on a 6 foot (or shorter) leash and remember to pick up after your pet. The City makes this convenient for pet owners by providing disposable bags and waste containers along the trail.

    Rail Corridor Trespassing: It is very important that pedestrians remain on the trail at all times. Pedestrians are prohibited from trespassing into the rail corridor, which is owned by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

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    Beach Volleyball

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    This area is near the pier, but at North Beach ~There is very easy access to the beach here with a snack bar and playground equipment, this is a great beach. Nice beachfront and playground even in the winter or take the train to the beach, this is the place, as an Amtrak/Metro link station here too. The surf is moderate to good with a nice sandy bottom.

    The concession stand rents boogie boards and snorkeling gear. Parking: $1/hour (pay-and-display box) Facilities: Lifeguards, food stand, playground, rentals, showers, volleyball. Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

    Pacific Coast Highway and Avenida Pico
    Hours 6 a.m. to 10 p.m

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    San Clemente Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    Built in 1928, this 1,296 foot long wooden pier was built to be ultilize as a municipal fishing and pleasure pier that was constructed at no cost to local citizens. In 1939, and again in 1983, strong storms damaged the pier requiring it to be rebuilt. A hurricane in 1939 destroyed the pier which included a cafe, tackle shop and Owl Boat Co. It was rebuilt for $40,000, storms that affected many of the coastal landmarks in 1983 tore 400 feet from the end of the pier and 80 feet from its mid-section. In 1985, $1.4 million was spent to repair San Clemente Pier in 1985 with a higher end section and sturdy polyethylene-coated steel piles. It is a focal point for many outdoor activities even during cold winter months and really enjoyed during the beautiful summer months.

    The pier is open 4 a.m. till midnight. There are lights, benches, fish-cleaning tables, a bait and tackle shop. Ask them where the best spot to fish on the pier.

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    Pier Fishing

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    Since the piers opening in 1928, it has been a favorite spot of local fishing enthusiasts. Here you may catch a variety of fish such as corbina, spotfin croaker, yellowfin croaker, sargo, barred surfperch, guitarfish, various rays, small sharks, white croaker, queenfish, halibut, sand bass, silver & walleye surfperch, sculpin (California scorpionfish), salema, jacksmel, bonito, mackerel, jack mackerel, barracuda and small yellowtail.

    The pier is open 4 a.m. till midnight. There are lights, benches, fish-cleaning tables, a bait and tackle shop. Ask them where the best spot to fish on the pier.

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    Surfing

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    San Clemente home to many sufers because of having swells all year long from South to North. It is also home to many surfing magazines, shops, school and surf board shapers.

    Here is a site that gives you a real time view of the weather conditions
    For (example) it will give you:
    *Low Tide -> 1:49 AM at 1.0
    *High Tide -> 7:45 AM at 4.9
    *Low Tide -> 2:15 PM at -0.1
    *High Tide -> 8:27 PM at 4.6
    Sunrise: 6:47am Sunset: 7:03pm Times for day.

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    Enjoy the Views!

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    We stayed till the sun started going down. What beautiful views. A really great place to relax and spend the day walking along the pier or even the beach. We enjoyed the walking and biking trail. Such beautiful scenery.

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    Pier Mural Entrance

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    Located by the entrance tunnel of the San Clamente Pier are some wonderful tile murals.
    1. San Clemente Pier at Sunset: Playa Romantica~ by Artist Paul Gavin
    2. Hangs facing Avenida Victoria, "S'More Fun in San Clemente" by Artist Paul Gavin
    3. San Clemente Mural dedicated by the community.
    4."San Clemente Morn"~ Artist Mary McMenamin.

    This is a safe way to the pier or you can cross the tracks when it is safe of course.

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    CA Historical Marker ~La Cristianita #63

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    Description:
    Two miles inland from this point, in Los Cristianitos Valley, the first Christian baptism in Alta California was performed by Padre Francisco Gómez, a member of the Portolá Expedition, in 1769.

    Erected 1957 by California State Park Commission in co-operation with Orange County. (Marker Number 562.)

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    Weekend markets

    by islandtaryn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    San Clemente has an art fair once a month that is definitely worth making time for.

    The market happens along the main street so when you have finished your shopping you can stop for lunch at one of the cafes.

    There is also a farmers market along Avenida Del Mar that often has some interesting fruit and veggie items.

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    Go to the Ocean Festival

    by marinarena Written Sep 1, 2008
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    Summertime in San Clemente means great times at the main beach. Attending the annual Ocean Festival in July is a must here if you love everything ocean. The highlights of the festival are the sport competitions, including surfing and swimming. One event surely not to miss is the Rubber Duck race! Also, there are sand castle contests, plenty of activities for kids, good food and various info booths, often giving away prizes. Check out my pics from the 2008 celebration!

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    Picnic / Day Use area in San Clemente State Park

    by anacapa Updated Feb 21, 2007
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    If you can't get a campsite at San Clemente, you can do the next best thing and stop by for a day and use the picnic area. The day rate at San Clemente State Park is $10. And the picnic area has views of the ocean and lots of parking. There is also a wide trail down to the beach from the picnic area. You can go to the beach for the day from here too. The bathrooms are nice and there is an outdoor shower behind them to wash off the sand or wash out the wetsuit.

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    San Clemente Sate Beach

    by generasianx Written Aug 5, 2006

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    Beautiful, clean beach in South Orange County. The park entrance is reached via the Avenida Calafia exit. The beach also provides camping ground with fire pits.

    $10 per car upon entering the parking lot.

    My rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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