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San-Juan-Capistrano is located in southern Orange County about 23 miles southeast of downtown Santa Ana. It is called the "Birthplace of Orange County," because it is here that the Franciscan missionaries founded the Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776. Today the city has a population of over 36,000 residents. Nearly 40 percent of the land in San Juan Capistrano is open space and parkland and the picturesque town offers much to see and do; including a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown district. There are many shops and restaurants to enjoy and both the Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente Pier are just a short drive away. A Farmer's Market is held each Wednesday, year round, in San Juan Capistrano and offers fresh produce, specialty foods and flowers. The Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the major attractions in town - a monument to California's multi-cultural history that celebrates its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Inside the serene mission, visitors can walk down the paths amid ten acres of lush gardens and cool fountains. The old adobe walls of the mission offer visitors a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The Mission is located on Ortega Highway west of Interstate 5. Other attractions in San Juan Capistrano include the two-month long Swallows Festival, which begins each year in late February, the Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, Zoomars Petting Zoo & Bird Park and the Camino Real Playhouse.

Surrounding areas: Dana Point, California (2.7 mi), Capistrano Beach, California (2.8 mi), Laguna Niguel, California (3.0 mi), San Clemente, California (5.0 mi), Laguna Beach, California (6.5 mi), Mission Viejo, California (6.8 mi), Laguna Hills, California (7.1 mi)

San Juan Capistrano Vacation Rentals

San Juan Capistrano Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Capistrano Inn27174 Ortega HwySan Juan Capistrano, CA (949) 493-5661
Doubletree Guest Suites-Doheny Beach34402 Pacific Coast HwyDana Point, CA2.9 mi.(949) 661-1100
Capistrano Surfside Inn Resort34680 Pacific Coast HwyCapistrano Beach, CA3.0 mi.(949) 240-7681
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites34280 Pacific Coast HwyDana Point, CA3.0 mi.(800) 232-3262
Clarion Suites Inn34734 Pacific Coast HwyCapistrano Beach, CA3.1 mi.(949) 248-1316
Best Western Dana Point Inn By The Sea34744 Pacific Coast HwyDana Point, CA3.1 mi.(949) 240-0150
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort And Spa25135 Park LanternDana Point, CA3.1 mi.(949) 661-5000
Blue Lantern Inn34343 Blue Lantern StDana Point, CA3.6 mi.(949) 661-1304
Ritz-carlton1 Ritz Carlton DrDana Point, CA3.7 mi.(949) 240-2000
Ritz Carlton Hotel Laguna Niguel33533 Ritz Carlton DrLaguna Niguel, CA3.8 mi.(714) 240-2000
Best Western Casablanca Inn1601 N El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA5.2 mi.(949) 361-1644
Days Inn1301 N El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA5.3 mi.(949) 361-0636
Fairfield Inn26328 Oso PkwyMission Viejo, CA5.6 mi.(949) 582-7100
Country Plaza Inn35 Via Pico PlzSan Clemente, CA5.9 mi.(949) 498-8800
Holiday Inn San Clemente Resort111 S Ave De Ln EstrellaSan Clemente, CA5.9 mi.(949) 361-3000
Canyon Point22681 Oakgrove AveAliso Viejo, CA6.1 mi.(949) 716-6100
Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach2300 W Coast HwyNewport Beach, CA6.3 mi.(949) 722-2999
Best Western Laguna Brisas1600 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA6.7 mi.(949) 497-7272
Motel San Clemente1819 S El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA6.7 mi.(949) 492-1960
La Casa Del Camino1289 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA6.9 mi.(949) 497-2446
Alize2 EnterpriseAliso Viejo, CA7.2 mi.(949) 176-5600
Holiday Inn-laguna Beach696 S Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA7.2 mi.(949) 494-1001
Travelodge-san Clemente Beach2441 S El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA7.2 mi.(800) 843-1706
Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente2481 S El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA7.3 mi.(949) 366-1000
Inn At Laguna Beach211 N Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA7.7 mi.(949) 497-9722
Comfort Suites3701 S El Camino RealSan Clemente, CA8.1 mi.(949) 361-6600
Courtyard By Marriott Laguna Hills23175 Avenida De Ln CarlotaLaguna Hills, CA8.2 mi.(949) 859-5500
The Comfort Inn Laguna Hills23061 Avenida De Ln CarlotaLaguna Hills, CA8.2 mi.(949) 859-0166
Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods24341 El Toro RdLaguna Woods, CA8.4 mi.(949) 588-0131
Best Inn1404 N Coast HwyLaguna Beach, CA8.7 mi.(877) 363-7229
Ayres Suites Mission Viejo28941 Los Alisos BlvdMission Viejo, CA8.7 mi.(949) 455-2545
Irvine Suites23192 LK CTR DrEl Toro, CA10.1 mi.(949) 380-9888
Americas Best Value Inn - Irvine23150 Lk Center DrLake Forest, CA10.2 mi.(949) 855-1000
Comfort Suites20768 Lk Forest DrLake Forest, CA10.2 mi.(949) 900-1288
Extended Stay America20251 Lk Forest DrLake Forest, CA10.2 mi.(949) 598-1898
Staybridge Suites Lake Forest2 OrchLake Forest, CA10.2 mi.(949) 462-9500
Residence Inn By Marriott10 MorganIrvine, CA10.9 mi.(949) 380-3000
Candlewood Suites Irvine East3 S Pointe DrLake Forest, CA11.2 mi.(949) 598-9105
Homestead Studio Suites Hotels30 Technology DrIrvine, CA11.5 mi.(949) 727-4228
Courtyard By Marriott27492 Portola PkwyFoothill Ranch, CA12.1 mi.(949) 951-5700

San Juan Capistrano Weather & Climate

The Southern Pacific coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, enjoys some of the most beautiful weather in the state year round. This region boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year, balmy days and cool evenings - perfect for beachcombing, tennis, golf and other outdoor activities. The rainy season runs November through early April, with dry conditions and low humidity the rest of the year. It's not unusual to go all summer with no precipitation at all. Low clouds and fog are usually present right along the coastline on warmer summer days, but clears up by early afternoon. The summer heat is moderated by cool ocean breezes, but keep in mind that as you travel inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean, the temperatures rise (although not to uncomfortable levels.) Thunderstorms in this area are infrequent and light.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 66°F 43°F 2.75 in. 57°F
February 67°F 44°F 2.96 in. 57°F
March 67°F 46°F 2.58 in. 59°F
April 70°F 48°F 0.84 in. 62°F
May 71°F 53°F 0.25 in. 62°F
June 74°F 56°F 0.13 in. 66°F
July 77°F 60°F 0.04 in. 67°F
August 78°F 59°F 0.12 in. 68°F
September 78°F 59°F 0.35 in. 66°F
October 75°F 54°F 0.47 in. 64°F
November 71°F 47°F 1.23 in. 61°F
December 67°F 43°F 1.84 in. 58°F

San Juan Capistrano Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the John Wayne Orange County airport (SNA) located about 16 miles northwest of San Juan Capistrano in Santa Ana, California, the Chino airport (CNO) located approximately 32 miles north of San Juan Capistrano in Chino, California, the Long Beach airport (LGB) located roughly 35 miles northwest of San Juan Capistrano in Long Beach, California, and finally the Ontario International airport (ONT) located around 38 miles north of San Juan Capistrano in Ontario, California.

San Juan Capistrano Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Adventure CityAnaheimCA27.2 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA27.2 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA27.2 mi.
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA29.8 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA31.8 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA34.8 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA38.8 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA41.2 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA47.2 mi.
Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal CityCA59.3 mi.
Pacific ParkSanta MonicaCA59.5 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA61.7 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA61.7 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA63.5 mi.
Six Flags Magic MountainValenciaCA84.7 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA22.5 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA31.8 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA42.6 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA47.2 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA68.2 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA79.5 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA84.7 mi.
Golf Courses
San Juan Hills Country ClubSan Juan CapistranoCA 
San Clemente Municipal Golf CourseSan ClementeCA5.0 mi.
Shorecliffs Golf ClubSan ClementeCA5.0 mi.
Talega Golf ClubSan ClementeCA5.0 mi.
Aliso Viejo Golf ClubAliso ViejoCA8.2 mi.
Casta del Sol Golf CourseMission ViejoCA8.2 mi.
Lake Forest Golf & Practice CenterLake ForestCA9.8 mi.
Tijeras Creek Golf ClubRancho Santa MargaritaCA10.2 mi.
Robinson RanchSanta ClaritaCA11.7 mi.
El Toro Golf CourseIrvineCA14.2 mi.
Oak Creek Golf ClubIrvineCA14.2 mi.
Strawberry Farms Golf ClubIrvineCA14.2 mi.
Rancho San Joaquin Golf CourseIrvineCA14.9 mi.
Back Bay Golf CourseNewport BeachCA15.7 mi.
Newport Beach Golf CourseNewport BeachCA16.6 mi.
Costa Mesa Golf & Country ClubCosta MesaCA17.6 mi.
Tustin Ranch Golf ClubTustinCA18.8 mi.
River View Golf CourseSanta AnaCA20.0 mi.
Willowick Golf CourseSanta AnaCA20.0 mi.
Ridgeline Executive Golf CourseOrangeCA22.1 mi.
David L Baker Memorial GolfFountain ValleyCA22.2 mi.
Mile Square Golf CourseFountain ValleyCA22.3 mi.
Anaheim Hills Golf CourseAnaheimCA24.3 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA26.1 mi.
Mountain View Country ClubCoronaCA26.1 mi.
Colony Country ClubMurrietaCA26.2 mi.
SCGA Members Club at Rancho CaliforniaMurrietaCA26.2 mi.
Eagle Glen Golf ClubCoronaCA26.4 mi.
Green River Golf ClubCoronaCA26.4 mi.
Mountain SpringsCoronaCA26.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA58.2 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA59.4 mi.
State Parks
Crystal Cove State ParkCA9.8 mi. 
Huntington Beach State ParkCA19.8 mi. 
Bolsa Chica Beach State ParkCA25.4 mi. 
Chino Hills State ParkCA29.8 mi. 
Alamitos Bay State ParkCA30.6 mi. 
White Point State ParkCA40.0 mi. 
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA5.9 mi.(History)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA14.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA14.8 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA20.6 mi.(Technology)
Bowers Museum of Cultural ArtSanta AnaCA20.6 mi.(History)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA26.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA26.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Contemporary Art San DiegoLa JollaCA27.5 mi.(Art)
Fullerton Railway Plaza AssociationFullertonCA29.6 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA29.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Motts Miniatures MuseumBuena ParkCA31.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA32.0 mi.(Technology)
Riverside Municipal MuseumRiversideCA34.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Long Beach Museum of ArtLong BeachCA35.4 mi.(Art)
Museum of Latin American ArtLong BeachCA35.4 mi.(Art)
Cooper Regional History MuseumUplandCA41.2 mi.(History)
American military museumEl MonteCA44.4 mi.(Technology)
San Bernardino County MuseumRedlandsCA47.2 mi.(History)
Museum of ToleranceLos AngelesCA50.6 mi.(History)
Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of MiniaturesLos AngelesCA50.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA20.6 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA27.5 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA50.6 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA61.7 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA61.7 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA61.7 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA75.7 mi.

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