The San Clemente Pier is the signature landmark attraction of this gem of a beach side community. Jutting out almost a quarter of a mile into the blue-green Pacific Ocean the Pier attracts tourists and fishermen alike. Two fine eateries mark the start of the Pier, Fisherman's Restaurant and Fishermen's Snack Bar. The seafood gourmet Fisherman's Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining (sit outdoors) surrounded by gently crashing waves. Fisherman's Lounge sits across from the restaurant and offers a full menu as well. The Snack Bar is perfect for beach goers looking for lunch or a great burger. San Clemente Pier splits the public bathing beach to the south with a surfing beach to the north. The water is very clean and the people watching is unparalleled. Body surfing aboiut 100 yards down-beach from the pier is great as the waves have a natural 4-foot break! The Pier itself has a small snack stand on it as well as bait and fisherman's supplies. The views are stunning from both sides of the Pier, especially looking back toward shore to the cliff side homes surrounding the beach. One word of caution, do not put your hands on the Pier's side railings as the native seabirds have been there before you and they are not clean at all. The other downside tot he experience is parking - it is limited and expensive. Parking for 5 hours can run $10 or more and the lots are a fairly steep vertical climb up from the sand. Consider taking a shared ride such as Lyft or Uber. San Clemente is the hidden gem of Orange County and a visit to the Pier is not to be missed.
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