San Clemente

The ocean's edge is a magical place and every beach town has its own special and unique feel. Seventy-five years ago, San Clemente was established on low mustard and sagebrush-covered rolling hills and meadows on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.

Founder Ole Hanson's aesthetic spirit was a "Spanish Village by the Sea" with signature red tile roofed, whitewashed adobe structures and the world's best climate. The residences were primarily vacation homes and most swimming was done in the Ole Hanson Beach Club's pool. The word "surfing" wasn't in the dictionary and all along San Clemente's beautifully articulated coast were distinct beaches that seemed separate from the rest of the world.