San Clemente California – “Spanish Village by the Sea”
Some eighty years after it’s inception, San Clemente is a bustling town of 68,000+ residents situated an hour south of LA, and an hour north of San Diego. Initially dubbed “Spanish Village by the Sea”, it’s now a seaside destination with a blend of old and new. Works are underway to restore the Spanish style architecture – and Casa Romantica, founder Ole Hanson’s former home.
Our starting point was Pico Beach, five minutes from the hotel.
We moved on to San Clemente State Beach – a couple of miles up the road, and the much reknowned pier. Piers are a novelty to me – but very common along this coast. Most are populated with fishermen catching sardines over the edge – an interesting combination of ‘gangsta’, elderly Asians, and Mexican workers. The surfers ride the waves below – always making me cringe as they approach supporting pillars. Never did I see an incident!
And finally, a beachside town with a fabulous climate wouldn’t be complete without flower lined pathways, seagulls, brown pelicans, and other interesting characters.