Hittin' the Surf in Sunny San Clemente

The INN at Calafia Beach • San Clemente, CA

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Escape Kit

  • A Two-Night Stay for Two in One-Bedroom Accommodations ($119)
  • Or, a Two-Night Stay for Up to Four in Two-Bedroom Accommodations ($145)
  • Four-Hour Boogie Board Rental for Two
  • Bottle of Wine
  • $25 Dinner Credit for BeachFire or Iva Lee's

Known as much for its stoked-on-life surf scene as it is for being home to the country's largest Marine Corps base, San Clemente, in southern Orange County, might seem paradoxical. But the city's approximately 65,000 residents, sporting everything from dreadlocks to crew cuts, get along swimmingly here. And on these sun-soaked, palm-lined shores, why wouldn't they?

Jump in—the water's great!—with an Escape to The INN at Calafia Beach, an oh-so-retro surf motel just a ten-minute walk from the water. The old-school motor court-style property—perfect to meet new friends out by the fire pit in the courtyard—offers 16 guest rooms. Each features a personal refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable, and parking for one car.

Grab your four-hour rentals for boogie boards and head for the 3,000-acre San Onofre State Beach, which comprises some of the most sought-after breaks on the West Coast, including the famed Trestles. With a sun-kissed glow and beachy hair, venture back to the inn and shower off in the courtyard, furnished with teak patio furniture, then slap some steaks on the gas grill. Post fuel-up, take a drive north on the Pacific Coast Highway, which offers some of California's most stunning bluff-top scenery as it wends through the coastal communities of Dana Point (a great spot to spy whales), San Juan Capistrano, and Laguna Beach.

The next evening, take your pick of one of three San Clemente restaurants: Iva Lee's (Southern and Creole cuisine plus live music) or BeachFire (both serving fresh, locally sourced seafood prepared with international twists). At day's end, unwind in front of your TV or take in the sunset, and kick back like Dick Nixon. The former president had a beach house in San Clemente in the late 1960s and '70s—but don't let that harsh your mellow in this peaceful beach town.

  • "Travelers who shun the throngs in favor of a low-key beach experience—the part of the OC coast that Hollywood doesn't base TV series on—should drive ten miles south of Dana Point on Pacific Coast Highway to San Clemente."

    -- Read Fodor's Review of San Clemente


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    2341 S. El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672
    949-492-1174 | get directions

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the fine print

  • Entire value must be used in a single visit
  • Limit 1 per customer, up to 3 additional as gifts
  • Vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 72 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid on existing reservations
  • Taxes/resort fees not included; collected at property
  • Based on double occupancy
  • No pets are allowed
  • Blackout dates include February 18, 2013
  • Rooms are non-smoking
  • Restaurant choices are subject to change
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON March 31, 2013 • Enjoy By March 31, 2013