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san clemente // the hidden gem

photo 5 photo 4 photo 2The little hotel Clay used to stay at as a kid. Right on the beach overlooking the pier. “Best surf spot in town”.

photo 3photo 1I feel like I am the last person on this planet to know San Clemente.

It was almost as if we had been teleported that Saturday, whisked away during our northbound drive, (probably somewhere between oceanside and Camp Pendleton), and came out on the other side to a beautiful vacation destination. It did not feel like home; or California at all for that matter. The sun felt warmer, the sand whiter, and food tastier. Was this paradise? Perhaps. But everyone else seemed to call this place San Clemente.photo-17

We had breakfast on a little street-side cafe just across from the ocean, (and the train), offering prime real estate for people watching. We walked down to the beach, under the pier, and around the shops, deciding on some mango yogurt somewhere along the way. Although we were only there for a few hours, there was something that felt different about that place and I LOVED it! We will definitely be back. I love you San Clemente!photo-16

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13 Comments

  • Reply efonnesbeck

    Jealous.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Erica

    What was the hotel? Now thinking about planning a summer weekend there. Looks perfect!

    May 22, 2013 at 10:07 am
    • Reply headedsomewhere

      The hotel is called The Beachcomber Hotel. It really is the cutest. VERY small.

      May 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply headedsomewhere

      The top picture is actually taken from the grass in front of that hotel!

      May 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Lindsay johnson

    I am just so glad you moved to SoCal! I need to experience San Clemente. I loooove the pic under the pier!!

    May 22, 2013 at 10:15 am
  • Reply CLJ

    I love the weather—moderate year round.

    May 22, 2013 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    This makes me want to go to California! I’ve never been!

    May 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Jolene

    I’M THERE ALREADY!! (In my mind) I’m sure savoring that mango ice cream.

    May 23, 2013 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Jolene

    Where did that picture of the stones on the sand come from? Did you take it? I LOVE IT! It looks like nature jewelry. If I can find those gorgeous stones while strolling along the beach, I’m coming there. Got room for me?

    May 23, 2013 at 6:57 am
    • Reply headedsomewhere

      The stones in the sand were really random! We laid our towels down on the sand and it looked like someone had made us a little piece of art before we arrived! 🙂 Strange…

      May 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Nicole (@TreasureTromp)

    I was justin an Clemente Tuesday night. I love it, I love it!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:54 am
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