Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

San Clemente, California

Old style, New attitude

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Dream Towns: San Clemente, California
Photo: Michael Hanson

Your view is:

The Pacific Ocean, Dana Point Harbor, and the coastal range mountains behind the forests of Camp Pendleton from the blufftop neighborhoods above town.

Your Main Street has: Every kind of food on Avenida Delmar, which goes all the way to San Clemente Pier. Everybody hangs out at Nick’s and heads to El Ranchito for Mexican food, Captain Mauri’s health food store for cleansing smoothies, Tina and Vince’s Italian Deli for a night out, and Beach Fire for a young crowd, cocktails, and exotic eats. The town’s library sits on Avenida Delmar, too, and the San Clemente Art Gallery is just off the main street for a touch of convenient culture.

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