The San Clemente Pier, San Clemente CA is one of the most well-known structures in the city of San Clemente. The first constructed pier, which was 1,200 feet in length, was built in 1928. This pier was constructed at no expense to the locals, and it was intended to be used for fishing and recreational purposes. Although the pier was damaged by storms in both 1939 and 1983, it has since been renovated into the structure that it is today.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar is located on the pier, where people may dine while watching the waves smash below them. The pier runs perpendicular to the San Clemente Beach route, which begins at North Beach and extends 2.6 miles out along the beaches of San Clemente. The track begins at North Beach and ends in Califia. For residents, the San Clemente Beach route is a popular spot to walk or run, with the busiest times of day being early in the morning and just before dusk. Dogs are permitted on the beach trail, but are not permitted on the beach itself.
Located near the San Clemente Pier in San Clemente, California, the San Clemente Pier station is a passenger train station that serves the surrounding area. As a result, only four Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains per day stop at the station (two trains in each direction), while Metrolink’s Orange County Line and Inland Empire–Orange County Line only serve the station on weekends and holidays (see below) (on Monday thru Friday, all Metrolink passengers must instead get off at the San Clemente station just north of this station).
During the 2013 fiscal year, a total of 15,017 Amtrak passengers boarded or detrained at San Clemente Pier, an average of nearly 41 passengers per day, representing a more than 50 percent increase over the previous year’s total. During the 2013 fiscal year, San Clemente Pier was the 54th busiest of the 74 Amtrak stations in California that service passengers. Ridership at the station plummeted by 57.4 percent in 2020, to a total of 6,707 passengers, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic-related consequences.
The station was previously a stop on the Santa Fe’s San Diegan line, which ran through the city.