San Clemente Pier
Things to Do at the San Clemente Pier
The clock tower and pier are probably the two most postcard worthy icons in San Clemente. The San Clemente Pier is located past end of Del Mar Street along Avenida Victoria. San Clemente Pier is a great place to dine, walk, watch a sunset, have a drink, or view the stars. Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar is a fun place to have dinner and watch a sunset. Day or night the pier is a great place to go for a walk either along the pier, or on the San Clemente Beach Trail where you can get spectacular views of the pier. Casa Romantica is great place to visit near the pier and has an amazing view of the pier from the hills above.
611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA
4am until 12am
Visit The Pier At Night
Sun-soaked beaches and colorful sunsets are two parts of what makes the San Clemente Pier a spectacle of the city, but at night it's a different story when looking at the shadowed coastline. Westward across the pacific stars are in full view and there is plenty of picturesque coastline to take in. To the south T Street beach and the coastline towards San Clemente State Beach is sparsely lit offering a peaceful coastal view. To the north the Dana Point and San Clemente coastline is littered with lights in the distance. The pier is about 15 minutes walking distance from Del Mar Street restaurants. Walking the pier, or beach trail at night after dinner can be a fun and romantic way to spend an evening.
Pier Facts & History
The San Clemente Pier is 1,296 feet in length and was rebuilt out of wood in 1985. The original San Clemente pier was built in 1928 spanning 1,200 ft. In 1939 and again 1983 heavy storms severely damaged the pier making it necessary to rebuild the structure. San Clemente Pier is currently home to Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar located at the entrance of the pier. The pier has always been a popular place for surfing, sunsets, and relaxing at the beach.
Quick Links - Things To Do Near San Clemente Pier
- Casa Romantica
- T Street Beach
- San Clemente Beach Trail
- Linda Lane Beach
- Downtown San Clemente
- Del Mar St. Restaurants & Bars
Dining At The San Clement Pier
San Clemente Pier Restaurant & Bar
The pier is a great spot for lunch, dinner, or just a bite to eat. During the day a fast food stand located at the entrance of the pier boardwalk is a great place to get a sandwich or snack while visiting the beach or pier. There are also The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar which is located on the pier itself. Dining here is a fun experience when visiting San Clemente. The restaurant offers a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, espresso, and drinks. The Oyster Bar, located on the pier, is a fun place to have a drink. The bar offers good happy hour specials in addition to some of the best seafood selection in San Clemente. If you exhaust your interest here, Del Mar St. is just short of a 10 minute walk away.
Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
Located at the entrance of the pier, Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar offers ocean view dining right on the San Clemente Pier! They offer walk-in, bar, and seating by reservation. The restaurant is broken into two parts, one section for walk-in and seating by reservation, on the north side of the pier, a section that is walk-in only. Fisherman's Bar is on the north side of the pier and offers a great place to grab a drink during a sunset. There's no better place to dine and watch a sunset, or listen to the waves in San Clemente.
As you could imagine, reservations during sunset must be made in advance because it is the peak time for dining. Walk-in seating can be tricky during this time too because of the many visitors during sunset. Don't let that deter you though, dining during a sunset is worthwhile experience and one of the most romantic things to do in the city.
Parking at the San Clemente Pier
$1.50/hour for metered parking: 10am to 5pm
There are a few options for San Clemente Pier parking including metered street parking, paid parking lots, and neighborhood parking. Parking is charged daily between 10am and 5pm. If you are parking at the pier outside of those times, paying meters or parking lot boxes is not necessary. If you are coming to the pier or beach during the summer, be aware that parking is somewhat limited, and may be full on weekends from the morning until the dining and sunset crowds die down. It may take some time to find a close parking spot during the middle of summer when the beaches are most active.
San Clemente Pier Parking Map
Directions to the Pier
Parking Lots near the Pier
Parking lots at the San Clemente Pier are located just before you reach the pier itself along Avenida Victoria. These are paid lots that charge by the hour. Parking spots are numbered, so make sure you check the parking spot number before walking over to the pay box, you will need to select your parking stall. Paid parking in these lots is not very expensive, but you have other options. Neighborhood parking is sometimes tough to find, but it is possible and may only be a short walk. To the south of the pier you can park at T-Street which is just a short walk to the pier along the San Clemente Beach Trail. Linda Lane has a large dedicated parking lot and is located just to the north of the San Clemente Pier. These are the best alternative options if parking at the pier lots is full.
Metered Parking along the Street
Street parking is available, although sometimes difficult to find during certain parts of the day. Do not count on finding a metered parking spot during the summer, especially on weekends. In order to park in the immediate vicinity of the pier, you will need to have to bring change to pay parking meters. Parking meters do not accept credit cards at the San Clemente Pier. If you do not have coins, make sure to park in the paid lots which accept credit cards. Metered parking is best if you will only be at the beach or pier for a short period of time because it can be purchased in the smallest increments.
Do not park in a metered spot without paying! Meters are patrolled aggressively, and you will get a parking ticket. Even if it is just for a few minutes. Save yourself the aggravation, and pay the $2 to park close to the pier.
Parking in the Neighborhoods
It will be difficult to find a parking spot that does not have a meter near the beach, and most non-metered parking spots will be more than just a few minutes walking distance away from the pier, if you can find one. Be sure to check signs in the neighborhoods. Some streets may have permitted parking only for residents, or parking on certain sides of the street may be restricted on certain days of the week for street cleaning.
Beaches Near the Pier & San Clemente Beach Trail
San Clemente has some of the most pristine and scenic coastline in California. The San Clemente Pier is located in the middle of the San Clemente Beach Trail, about one mile south of North Beach. About a quarter mile south of San Clemente Pier is T Street beach, which can be identified by the twisting pedestrian walkway. T Street is one of the more popular surfing spots in San Clemente and is also a very popular hangout for beachgoers on warm sunny days.
Beach At The Pier
Come down to the San Clemente Pier and surrounding beaches for a beautiful sunset nearly every day of the week. Even cloudy evenings can provide a spectacular show as the sun sets over the Dana Point and San Clemente coastline. Most nights there is a large crowd of both vacationers and San Clemente natives who walk the beach trail and watch the pretty sunset from the areas right around the pier. During the say the beach around the pier is a popular spot for surfing, boogie boarding, and relaxing at the beach. Arrive early for the best spots during the busy summer months.
- ADA Accessible
- BBQ grills & fire pits
- Picnic benches
- Outdoor beach rinsing station
- Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
- Concessions (summer months)
- Metered parking lot, street parking (10am - 5pm, credit card & coins)
- Unmetered neighborhood parking
Looking south from the San Clemente Pier you will see a metal and concrete pedestrian walkway that gives access between T Street beach and Paseo De Cristobal/Esplanade across the train tracks. The streets above provide both metered and neighborhood parking for T Street Beach visitors. During summer months concessions are usually available at T Street beach.
- BBQ Grills & fire pits
- Picnic Benches
- Outdoor beach rinsing station
- Concessions (summer months)
- Access by stairs
- Metered Parking (10am - 5pm, coins only)
- Unmetered neighborhood parking
San Clemente Beach Trail
A 2.6 mile trail spanning from North Beach to San Clemente State Beach. San Clemente Pier is one mile south along the trail from North Beach and is situated in the middle of the trail. Dogs and bikers are welcome along the trial. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in San Clemente, but are along the pathway. There are many pet hygiene stations and trash receptacles so guests can help keep the beach safe and clean. San Clemente Beach Trail is a great place to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful San Clemente coastline. The trial connects all of the major beaches in San Clemente via pathway. If you are willing to venture by sand and foot, it is possible to walk south to Trestles Beach and San Onofre.
Located just a short walk north from the pier along the beach trail, Linda Lane provides a nice beach and playground to enjoy. There is plenty of metered parking and street parking available in the surrounding neighborhoods. A small playground with picnic benches gives visitors with kids a fun alternative to the beach when visiting. A small seating area is located at end of the Linda Lane Parking lot and is a popular spot to take a break, or watch a sunset for beach trail goers.
- ADA Access
- Playground with benches
- Metered Parking (10am - 5pm, credit card)
- Seating Area