Calafia Beach at San Clemente State Beach: A Tidal Treasure

Calafia State Beach

The hardest thing about a trip to Calafia Beach is pronouncing it! It's part of San Clemente State Beach, except you'll pass the State Beach entrance on your left and continue to the parking lot at the end of Calafia. It's a skinny strand of beach, so you'll definitely need to watch the tides to time your visit. Location: Take Interstate 5 to San Clemente. If you are coming … [Read more...]

Quiet Trestles Beach

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My first adventure to Trestles with my family was when the trestle was still made out of wood. I wrote about "Beach Walking for Families in a Surfer's Paradise." In June 2013, the Surfrider Foundation just fought again to save Trestles from encumbrance by the tollroad -- and I imagine the fight will just keep going on and on every couple of years.  So please follow the news and … [Read more...]

Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground in San Clemente

Courtney's Sandcastle

Courtney's SandCastle Universal Playground in San Clemente is part of the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center and Sports Park.  It's a beautiful play space where children of all abilities can play together.  Phase I is complete and fundraising is currently underway for Phase II which features a sensory garden including water features. Directions to Courtney's SandCastle: Take … [Read more...]

San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park

San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park

The San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park helped us beat the heat.  I thought the sports park was going to be near Interstate 5, but it's actually off the freeway and up the hill towards the Talega development. You know the translation for Vista Hermosa, right? Beautiful view. Directions to Vista Hermosa Sports Park and Aquatics Center: Take … [Read more...]