To experience a true slice of local San Clemente shopping you need to stroll down Avenida Del Mar. Park your car at the top of the street and work your way down the avenue and end up at the beach (without even getting back in your car). After all that shopping, you will need to relax with a drink on the pier as you watch the sunset. Plan to spend an entire afternoon shopping, eating and lingering over coffee at a charming cafe. Avenida Del Mar has everything from surf shops, antique stores, clothes boutiques, art galleries, book stores, nail salons, children’s stores, shoe stores, fabric stores, craft galleries, internet cafes, chocolatiers, to souvenir stops. No matter what you are looking for downtown San Clemente has it all! (Visit www.esanclemente.com and www.downtownsanclemente.com)
Catalina Island is Southern CA ‘s secret getaway. Play for a day or longer under the warm, rich sun and blue, clear skies of this scenic Pacific Paradise. Catalina Island has something for everyone: fine dining, biking, shopping, sightseeing, camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, and much more. For more information on Catalina Island, please visit them at www.ecatalina.com. You will find everything you need to know about Catalina Island , including the best way to get there!
A Visit to San Clemente is not complete without enjoying our world class beaches and surf! Learn to surf with San Clemente ‘s premier surf school, the Endless Summer Surf Camp . Whether you have never surfed before and always wanted to learn or if you just want to get some tips on how to surf our local breaks. They have the surf instruction for you! They offer group surf camps in the summer months and expert private surf lessons year round. The Endless Summer Surf Camp has been making surf dreams come true since 1992! Visit them online now at www.endlesssummersurfcamp.com for more information.
SAN CLEMENTE has something for everyone! You can hike and bike on several trails that meander along the coastline and on the ridgeline. You can also relax and have a picnic at one of the many beautiful parks situated throughout the city, some right on the ocean bluff. There are fun and challenging golf courses too!
TO THE SOUTH:
Hit up a shoppers paradise in Carlsbad at the premium outlets. They have anything and everything you have ever wished for and at bargain prices. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com to see a list of all the stores offered.
If music is your thing, then you will not want to miss the “Museum of Music”. The museum is also located in Carlsbad. For location and hours visit www.museumofmakingmusic.org
For those of you wanting to try your luck at the slots, there are many casinos in the San Diego area. If you do not want to head off in your car, there are 3 of the casinos that pick up patrons at the Sears parking lot in north San Clemente. Please visit their websites to find out what day the buses run and the time for pick-up and drop-off. www.barona.com www.pechanga.com www.viejas.com
A lovely drive down the coast will take you to San Diego. There you can take the Old Town Trolley Tour and visit all the best places in San Diego! For more information, visit www.trolleytours.com. Want to save your gas & parking money? Take the Coaster train from Oceanside to Old Town San Diego! At the Oceanside Transit Center, there is free parking! Visit www.gonctd.com/coaster_intro.htm and check out prices and schedules.
When in San Diego, you won’t want to miss the chance to meet “Shamu” in an all new show at Sea World! www.seaworld.com
TO THE NORTH:
Heading north will take you to Disneyland and California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studio’s and more!
Located in Dana Point is the famous harbor that has tons of restaurants and shopping. While there, enjoy some fun sports fishing, www.danawharf.com , or head out on a spectacular whale watching safari with Captain Dave, www.dolphinsafari.com.
Just up the freeway in Irvine, you can play a fun game of miniature gold, drive some race cars, or get lost in the arcade at Boomers. www.boomersparks.com . Another great attraction is the FREE balloon ride at the “Great Park” of Orange County. Float up about 400 feet and get a “bird’s eye” view of the surrounding area. www.ocgp.org
Check out the leading science center at the “Discovery Museum” in Santa Ana. The museum always has special attractions throughout the year that are sure to excite the entire family. www.discoverycube.org
If you want to see all the wonders of the sea, then head off to Long Beach and see all the animals at the Long Beach Aquarium. The sea otters are so adorable and are the newest attraction there. For hours and prices visit www.aquariumofpacific.org
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