Today is a bright, sunny day, so I headed to one of San Clemente’s iconic spots: the pier bowl.
San Clemente was founded in the 1920’s by a man named Ole Hanson who called the town the “Spanish Village by the Sea.” It is still the town’s theme with a Spanish-styled downtown and many recognized Historical Landmarks of Spanish Colonial architecture, just as he envisioned.
San Clemente is fortunate to still have a pier, though it’s a bit shorter than it was originally, due to heavy storms in the late 70’s. I actually worked for the City of San Clemente at that time, and residents were down at the pier helping to hold it in place while it was stabilized. Many of us watched as the pier was saved, but it did lose some footage from the end.
For my little jaunt to the pier, I styled some girlfriend jeans from Chico’s in a light denim color. My peasant top is from Nordstrom Rack that I purchased last fall. Both pieces are perfect for an afternoon at the coast on a sunny, breezy day. My Franco Sarto block-heeled sandals and blush pink tote complete the look. I am also styling my new Ray Bans that I picked up at a decent price at a CostCo event.
The photo above shows the San Clemente Life Guard Station, with a muted view of Dana Point in the background.
This photo was taken just above the pier (it is to the right) with a view of the street and cute shops and housing shown along the street.
Another landmark is the Semper Fie park and memorial. With Camp Pendleton touching the southern side of San Clemente and many residents, both former and current marines (including my husband, a former Captain in the Marine Corps), it is a fitting tribute to the military tradition of this coastal town. Below are some photos of the park, which sits just above the beach and pier.
Planning a vacation or a weekend getaway soon? I wanted to share some of the highlights of this truly lovely coastal town as you make plans for summer. The weather is generally in the low 70’s, and there are lots of things to see and do. There are a number of “locals” beaches, as well as cute shops and great restaurants. In the next few weeks, I will share some other highlights for this area. Stay tuned…
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