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San Juan Capistrano

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San Juan Capistrano

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San Juan Capistrano is a city in Orange County in Southern California.

Get in[edit]

San Juan Capistrano is located between Los Angeles and San Diego along the California coast. It is easy to reach by car by taking I-5 to the Ortega Highway (State Route 74) interchange. Better yet, the train station is located right in the center of the historic downtown area.

Get around[edit]

Everything is within walking distance.

In San Juan Capistrano, there are many ways to get around like riding a bike or car. There is also some bus stops from here to there to get around.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway. The mission is a lovely historical place to visit and is also still a working church.  edit
  • Mission Basilica [7] church is a stunning building built to match the design of the Mission's Great Stone Church which was destroyed by an 18th century earthquake.
  • Ortega's Capistrano Trading Post
  • Downtown [8]
  • O'Neill Museum, 31831 Los Rios St., +1 949 493-8444 (), [1]. A small museum that documents life in San Juan Capistrano in the 1880s. Also features an extensive collection of historical photos that can be browsed. (33.500422,-117.664261) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk of Faith Church, 949-606-0409, [2]. A Home Discipleship Church focused on restoring discipleship in the home.  edit
  • Second Saturday Art Fair, Camino Capistrano & Yorba Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, 949-493-4700, [3]. 11AM-4PM. A juried display and sale of fine art, jewelry, and crafts that coincides with the Living History Day at the Mission. free.  edit
  • Swallows Parade, [9]. Every spring the largest non-motorized parade in the country celebrates the return of the swallows and the town's old west heritage. Additional events from January through March bring an old west flavor to the town.
  • Music Under the Stars, [10]. On summer evenings, the Mission's music under the stars] series features concerts in the mission as the sun sets over the mission walls.
  • The Camino Real Playhouse, [11] has a regular schedule in its 88-seat theater. Each spring, the melodrama [12] is a major event with audience members cheering for the hero and booing and throwing foam rocks at the villain between bouts of laughter.
  • The Los Rios District is the oldest continuously occupied street in California and has a mix of residences and little shops on a beautiful shaded street. It is just across the tracks from the train station.
  • Zoomars, [13] (formerly the Jones Mini Farm) is what would happen if a petting zoo were really done right. It is owned by a rare bird dealer and is always close to immaculate and very well staffed. It also has facilities for parties.
  • Calvary Chapel Church, 31612 El Camino Real. This church is a loving and grateful church that worships and preach.  edit
  • Regency Threatre, 26762 Verdugo Street. Regency is a great movie theatre with nice staff and theatres. They have one V.I.P theatre and a restaurant at the top of the building.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The historical downtown area along Camino Capistrano adjacent to the mission is lines with small shops. Among the prominent shops are ...

  • The Antiques Barn, Nearly a block long and full of regional antiques

Eat[edit][add listing]

San Juan Capistrano is known for its wide variety of fine dining. Skip the fast food joints by the highway. There are half a dozen fine restaurants within 200 yards of the rail station. All the locals know that the best fish tacos anywhere are found at a little taco stand across from the mission, Pedro's Tacos.

  • Ruby's, 31781 Camino Capistrano. A great restraunt near the theatre and close to all the shops in the historical part in San Juan Capistrano.  edit
  • Golden Spoon, 31654 Rancho Viejo Road. Golden Spoon is a wonderful frozen yogert place down by many other restraunts.  edit
  • Bravo Buger, 31722 Rancho Viejo Road. As they say this restraunt is the best breakfest in San Juan Capisrtano, but they also serve lovely lunch and dinners.  edit
  • Bad to the Bone, 31738 Rancho Viejo Road. A restraunt with great service and food near Bravo and Golden Spoon.  edit
  • Ball Park Pizza, 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd. This pizzaria is a great place for sport events and just going for the delicious pizza for the family.  edit
  • McDonalds, 31822 Del Obispo Street. A greating smile as you enter this joint. You might be able to get a toy for your kids or a nice ice cream for some event.  edit
  • Carls Jr., 31852 Del Obispo Street. Carls Jr is a place to order your hurry lunch and dinner. Next to McDonalds you can have a nice fast food during anytime of the day.  edit
  • Del Taco, 31780 Del Obispo Street. A taco joint that sells most tacos and other mexican food but can also sell bugers and deserts.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are a few bars south of the Mission

  • Starbucks, 31760 Camino Capistrano. Near the Ralphs and by the theatre, this lovable coffe shop serves coffee, and more.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Capistrano Inn, 27174 Ortega Highway, +1 949 493-5661 (fax: +1 949 661-8293), [4].  edit
  • Mission Inn, 26891 Ortega Highway, +1 949 234 0249 (), [5]. A Bed and Breakfast in the heart of San Juan Capistrano  edit
  • Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano, 33711 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675, 949-443-3600, [6]. Located off Interstate 5, the Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano Hotel provides easy access to local restaurants and shopping, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Camino Real Playhouse and The Coach House.  edit

Get out[edit]

Head SouthWest five miles to Dana Point or San Clemente to relax by the beach.

Head inland on Ortega Highway to go hiking in natural California wildernesss.

The Pacific Surfliner Amtrak train heads up and down the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara

Routes through San Juan Capistrano
Santa AnaMission Viejo  N noframe S  Dana PointSan Diego

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