Last Stop: San Clemente Pier

I lied. San Clemente Pier wasn’t our last stop on our way home from our road trip – it was Lake Elsinore Outlets. This might as well have been the last stop though! San Clemente is around 30-minutes from Oceanside and they have really good seafood. Since we had visitors from Canada, we decided to have a quick lunch at The Fisherman’s Restaurant on the pier.

Prior to lunch, we strolled on the pier for a few minutes. The pier in San Clemente is significantly shorter than the one at Oceanside, and was rather busy during this time.

For lunch, we sat at the corner of the restaurant that had a clear view of the beach. I got my clam chowder in a bread bowl, as did my other brother; the youngest one ordered chicken strips – could you ever go wrong with chicken strips though?

We didn’t stay too long. After this, we drove to Lake Elsinore Outlets, passing through the Cleveland National Forest which proved to be the scariest drive I ever did – I didn’t expect my dad to route us through the forest and I was surprised at all the sharp twists and turns the road had (but I mean, it is a forest after all…). When we got to the outlets, we spent a good three hours before heading back home.

This Christmas trip was definitely one for the books. Despite all the driving and having to freeze my butt off, I would definitely do this trip again! And maybe take my vitamins next time because I came down with the worst case of acute bronchitis a week after.


  • Nancy
    February 10, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Ok, Eena. You’re awarded a Cali Girl award! Haha, seriously you highlight all of what California has to offer like a rockstar! I haven’t been to San Clemente Pier before. It’s a better drive than going to Oceanside from LA XD. The views look astonishing!

    What do I need to do to get a beach house? lolol

    The food looks delicious! I love those bread bowls! How do they compare to Boudin’s? LOL. Good job on driving through those sharp twists!

  • Sharon
    February 12, 2018 at 1:50 AM

    I hope you’re all better now! It looks like such a nice roadtrip, well any trip is good if it involve the beach 🙂 oh I love breadbowls.

  • nat
    February 12, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    LOVE THE NEW BANNER! The font is awesome.

    The clam chowder looks amazing! I also wish that more / any places near me did bread bowls.

    Are you feeling better now?

    nat //

  • Emily
    February 13, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Gorgeous photos! Sounds like you guys had a great time. I’ve actually never been to San Clemente! But looks gorgeous.


  • Kasie
    February 13, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    I love San Clemente, it’s such a unique town with a very different feel from Oceanside or Orange County beach towns. I’m going to have to try that restaurant next time I’m there!

  • Sera
    February 14, 2018 at 4:42 AM

    the photos are amazing, as well as the view! i hope i get to set foot there 🙁

    – Sera ;

  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    February 14, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Oh my gosh… Should soup EVER come in anything other than a sourdough bread bowl?! I think not. I love that this was the perfect topper of your Christmas travels (although the terrifying drive doesn’t sound so fun…).
    Traveling is always a surefire way for me to get sick too. I hope it didn’t last too long!

    Susie |

  • Valerie
    February 15, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    I love these photos! It looks like it was such a beautiful day to explore the pier!

  • Alyse
    February 15, 2018 at 9:08 PM

    I was down south this past weekend as well! What a coinkidink.
    I love piers — they’re calming and I love the coastal air. The drive through the forest sounds scary, but exciting at the same time. Must’ve been cool to see all that wilderness!

  • E.
    February 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM

    I love sea cities! They use to be so charming and sea helps me to desconect. In love with your pics and how you shot places as we were there.

  • Elise
    February 16, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    clam chowder in a bread bowl!? omg, i’ve never heard of that. but then again soup in a bread bowl will always fit no matter what (as long as it’s a cream based soup of course) ah, you make me want a cream soup with puff pastry on top!

  • Pauline
    February 17, 2018 at 2:48 AM

    Looking at these photos of San Clemente Pier reminds me of Blackpool in the UK, although not as beautiful and warm – you’d definitely need to wear 10 layers not just a t-shirt and jeans! 😆

    You can never ever go wrong with Chicken Strips, I think I always look for chicken when I go and eat out. It’s just natural 😉

    Thanks for sharing Eena!

  • Freeoversea
    February 19, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    That place looks wonderful, totally worthy 🙂
    Sending love,

    Patricia & Miguel

  • Allie Mackin
    February 19, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    OMG road trips are so much fun, you made me so jelly, I have not been on a road trip since I lived on the west coast which was almost a decade ago. Love your photos and thanks for sharing.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Heather Rowland
    February 20, 2018 at 12:02 AM

    I love the look of those bread bowls – I’ve never tried soup in a bread bowl before but it looks super tasty! Gorgeous location too – I love all of your photos!!

    Heather xoxo

  • Kim
    March 10, 2018 at 5:41 AM

    This place looks really nice! So many palm trees!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds


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