Midway on the trip
between San Diego and Los Angeles lies sunny San Clemente, the southernmost
community in Orange County. Known for scenic ocean views, a legendary pier, and
surfing culture, the city also serves as headquarters for many corporations.
That’s fortunate for the employees, as life in San Clemente is suitably relaxed
and carefree amidst its ornate Spanish Colonial architecture.
Nixon delivered the city to the world’s lexicon in the 70s by vacationing to
his “Western White House” and inviting many foreign dignitaries to it. Since
then, population has swelled and several businesses started operations. Rainbow
Sandals still hand-manufactures their surfer-trusted line of flip-flops in
their San Clemente headquarters, and medical technology firm ICU Medical also
calls the community home.
When visiting, the
San Clemente Pier is a legendary hangout, towering above the surfers below. Amtrak’s
Pacific Surfliner train runs along the coast regularly, stopping beach traffic
for the sun-kissed masses shuffling in and out of the pier’s Fisherman