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Credit: TJ Martin / Metrolink
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From San Juan to San Diego, Here’s How to Spend a Perfect Day Jumping On and Off the Metrolink

Travel SoCal on the Wallet-Friendly Metrolink Rails

The easiest way to explore the California coast? Hopping on and off the Metrolink! With stops all along the coast, the Metrolink will make you rethink the common commute. With a $10 flat fee on the weekends and the freedom to come and go as you please, taking the Metrolink is a fun way to explore the sights and sounds of SoCal. Start in historic San Juan Capistrano, make a stop in San Clemente and finish off the day in Oceanside for a perfect, seamless day of exploring! Metrolink Itinerary


Stop 1 | San Juan Capistrano

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The first stop on this train trip is Trevor’s at the Tracks. This legendary restaurant is conveniently located at the train depot in San Juan Capistrano. Their seasonal menu features flavors from around the world, all while using locally sourced ingredients. From poke nachos to chimichurri steak fries, diners can enjoy a savory spread, live music and a couple cocktails before venturing out for a tour of the historical Mission. If you happen to be in town on March 12, you’ll want to make time for the annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire. Then, before hopping back on the train, fuel up with a cup of joe from Hidden House Coffee to charge up for the next stop!

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Stop 2 | San Clemente

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After a quick 15-minute cruise along the coastline, it’s already time to jump off and start exploring San Clemente. This Spanish-style beach town has more to offer than it’s beautiful beaches and stellar surf breaks; it’s also home to a handful of charming local restaurants. We suggest sipping on a hand-crafted cocktail from Landers Liquor Bar and taking in views of North Beach. Then, if you’re feeling hungry, take a short walk to The Rider’s Club Cafe for one of their famous juicy burgers. Their beef patties are ground in-house daily and are served with homemade condiments and house pickles.

At this point, it’s time to take a leisurely stroll down the beach path to the San Clemente Pier. From North Beach to the pier, it’s a one-mile, 15 minute flat walk full of coastal views. Located near the heart of downtown San Clemente, the pier offers direct access to the beach (if you’re looking to soak up the sun). If you still have an appetite, stop by Fisherman’s at the base of the pier for some stellar seafood! Enjoy fresh oysters while admiring the breathtaking views of the Pacific before walking the path back to the train and heading down to the final stop of the day.



Stop 3 | Oceanside

If you are a thrillseeker or watersports lover, then Oceanside is the place for you! From surf competitions to outrigger boat races, there is no shortage of activity at this exciting beach town. Get a taste of the community’s vibes with a visit to Tremont Collective. With a focus on fitness, art and dining, Tremont is a shopping center created for the people. Once you’ve shopped and snacked, end the day with a drink at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel. There’s no better place to catch a sunset and raise a glass to a memorable day along the coast.

Metrolink Itinerary

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