San Clemente Pier
San Clemente Pier
4.5
4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Dr. Abdullah
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Clemente Pier; a must visit beach
    San Clemente pier is a must see place when in Orange County, California. It’s good for picnic on the beach, sunset watching, romantic seafood dinners, swimming, surfing, off pier fishing, and relaxing. All parking is paid till 10 pm. Watch out for the Amtrak crossing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • travelisbliss22
    Dunedin, New Zealand371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Pier!
    Very nice pier to stroll to the end to, especially combined with the coastal walk. There's also a restaurant on the pier itself, but eateries up and away from the pier. Pier is right at the location of the train station so nice and easy to get to. Lovely place to get out and about to, to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the views.
    Visited January 2024
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Michelealohabound123
    Austin, Texas1,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Year’s Day 2024 walk along the beach and pier!
    What a Beautiful New Year’s Day 2024 Walk along the Pier and the beach trail with our great friends! Loved the fresh air and the water was lovely so much to see on a beautiful clear day! There are many restaurants to choose from and lots of surfers out enjoying the waves!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Vegas Gar
    Dallas, Texas1,242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    What's not to like? It's such a beautiful area and the pier allows for even more beautiful views. Parking can get a little tight, but walking to the pier is not a problem. When we were there, they were doing some construction, but that actually made the views even nicer because of the additional lights. We got there as the sun was going down, so it was an amazing time. Highly recommended, great for photography!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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Sandy L
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We enjoyed walking the pier and then eating at the outstanding Fisherman's Restaurant right on the pier. The beach next to the Pier is lovely with some shaded areas and a few swings for children. We also enjoyed the ocean view from sitting overlooking the beach in front of the parking area. The Coaster train goes right through here along the beach and water.
Written October 26, 2021
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William McC
Boston, MA359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
San Clemente is famous as a surfing mecca, but even if you don't surf, or don't have a chance to do so, the pier is well worth a visit. San Clemente is the last outpost of the greater L.A. metro area before it washes up against the impregnable military wilderness of Camp Pendleton, and perhaps as a result, the city has a refreshingly mellow vibe compared to its many cousins to the north. The pier amply reflects this. Drink in the views. Shop a little. Sample some local grub. You'll quickly figure out why world leaders have cherished this area as a retreat.
Written October 27, 2022
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WireWrapGems2
Tucson, AZ736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We met friends and ate at the pier. Another evening we were able to park for free after 5 p.m. to watch the sunset which was spectacular. From the pier, saw a sealion eating a crab. People were fishing and saw some catch a fish. Nice place to stroll and enjoy the ocean view.
Written October 25, 2021
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Tim S
Orange County, CA271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Have yourself an adventure by taking the Metrolink Train here from Los Angeles and/or Orange County, to this wonderful beach and pier. There are plenty of places close by to eat, and there is a free trolley that takes visitors up the hill of Avenida Del Mar and on to Pacific Coast Highway, for more restaurants and retail shops. The beach itself is on the small side, but it is very long. There is a dirt pedestrian trail, (no bikes), along all of San Clemente. You can walk south from the pier, all the way down past San Clemente State Beach and even take a trek to the famous surf beach Trestles. Walking north along the pedestrian trails will take you to the appropriately named North Beach, where there is also a Metrolink train station stop.
The train stop at the Pier is seasonal, so obviously check the schedule before you plan your train trip. We started our adventure in the city of Orange. The best train station stops along the Metrolink route, which have nearby restaurants, retail, and attractions are in the cities of Orange, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente & San Clemente Pier, and Oceanside.
Written August 20, 2022
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Peter W
Shrewsbury, UK840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stopped off for a break from driving on a very hot day.
The pier is a great old fashioned structure and ideal to stroll along or just watch the world go by.
Fishermen and surfers abound here and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours chilling out.
Parking can be difficult in busy times.
Written March 31, 2020
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Dr. Abdullah
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
San Clemente pier is a must see place when in Orange County, California. It’s good for picnic on the beach, sunset watching, romantic seafood dinners, swimming, surfing, off pier fishing, and relaxing. All parking is paid till 10 pm. Watch out for the Amtrak crossing.
Written September 8, 2023
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travelisbliss22
Dunedin, New Zealand371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
Very nice pier to stroll to the end to, especially combined with the coastal walk. There's also a restaurant on the pier itself, but eateries up and away from the pier. Pier is right at the location of the train station so nice and easy to get to. Lovely place to get out and about to, to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the views.
Written January 30, 2024
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Steven D
Chatham, MA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Town parking just up the hill. Free after 5PM. Either a tunnel under the railroad or a gated crossing. A few of the trains actually do stop here. Stiff walk back up the hill to town center. When clear good views. Sun pretty much sets into San Clemente island not the ocean.
Written March 6, 2021
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Priffle
Rio Rico, AZ398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We are at a local fish restaurant; afterwards, we decided to stroll out on the pier.
What a delight. We saw some sea life (whales) about a 1/2 mile from the pier.
Pros: free, pleasurable, great exercise with family!!
Highly recommend the Pier st San Clemente!!
Written January 7, 2020
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Vegas Gar
Dallas, TX1,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What's not to like? It's such a beautiful area and the pier allows for even more beautiful views. Parking can get a little tight, but walking to the pier is not a problem. When we were there, they were doing some construction, but that actually made the views even nicer because of the additional lights. We got there as the sun was going down, so it was an amazing time. Highly recommended, great for photography!
Written June 11, 2024
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