San Clemente travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Clemente

With a population of 63,522, San Clemente is a must-see destination in California, United States. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything San Clemente has to offer.

Where to Eat in San Clemente

If you’re looking for affordable options, Rocco's Restaurant (203 N. El Camino Real) and Pierside Kitchen + Bar (610 Avenida Victoria) are great picks.

When to visit San Clemente

San Clemente in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 166
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Clemente in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 166
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to San Clemente

Plane

Although San Clemente doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to John Wayne Airport, OC (SNA), which is located 23 miles from San Clemente. San Diego Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Delta, WestJet, Air Canada and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest flight to San Clemente from Canada departs from Vancouver and takes around 2h 51m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to San Clemente. The train station in San Clemente is called San Clemente Pier, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to San Clemente is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 59 miles from San Clemente. You’ll find branches of Priceless and Dollar, among others, in Los Angeles.

Plane

Although San Clemente doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to John Wayne Airport, OC (SNA), which is located 23 miles from San Clemente. San Diego Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Delta, WestJet, Air Canada and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest flight to San Clemente from Canada departs from Vancouver and takes around 2h 51m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to San Clemente. The train station in San Clemente is called San Clemente Pier, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to San Clemente is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 59 miles from San Clemente. You’ll find branches of Priceless and Dollar, among others, in Los Angeles.

Airports near San Clemente

Airlines serving San Clemente

Lufthansa
Good (4,680 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,747 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,178 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,443 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,941 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,367 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,213 reviews)
LOT
Good (665 reviews)
Finnair
Good (771 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (927 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (848 reviews)
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Where to stay in San Clemente

Average rates range from around C$ 385 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 448 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express San Clemente North and Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente.

Where to stay in popular areas of San Clemente

Most booked hotels in San Clemente

Holiday Inn Express San Clemente North
2 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 189+
San Clemente Inn
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 227+
Residence Inn by Marriott Dana Point San Juan Capistrano
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 276+
The Volare Ascend Hotel Collection
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 196+
Laguna Inn and Suites
2 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 196+
Best Western Capistrano Inn
2 stars
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
C$ 197+

Renting a car in San Clemente

Expect to pay C$ 1.39 per litre in San Clemente (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.58 and C$ 22.11. The most frequently booked car type in San Clemente is Full-size (Chevrolet Express or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Chevrolet Aveo Sedan or similar) are, on average, 67% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Expect to pay C$ 1.39 per litre in San Clemente (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.58 and C$ 22.11. The most frequently booked car type in San Clemente is Full-size (Chevrolet Express or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Chevrolet Aveo Sedan or similar) are, on average, 67% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.