San Clemente

About San Clemente

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.

President Richard 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 restaurant.