San Juan Capistrano

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Local Leisure Activities

Our home is located within the San Juan Hills Country Club:  Orange County's best golf value nestled in the rolling hills of San Juan Capistrano, the facility includes a Championship Par 71 Golf Course with a state of the art Driving Range, and new Sports Bar & Grill. 

The Golf Course's Country Club also has large Banquet Facilities available for wedding receptions, celebrations or business conferences. 

Our guests are provided with two sets of golf clubs for their use during their stay.

San Juan Capistrano is well known as an equestrian destination with many
stables and boarding facilities.
With over 53 miles of local trails and the Olympic Field Trials, San Juan truly has something to offer every equestrian.

We are probably one of the only cities with a hitching rail and corral with shady eucalyptus trees and a water trough AT THE GOLF COURSE.

Oh, and horse riders get happy-hour drink prices all day year-round in the Golf Course sports bar. For more information on boarding or riding, click on the website below. 

By now you I am sure you can see that San Juan Capistrano is a small town with a big reputation. This historic rarity is full of history, equestrian and mystery. The gateway of the Gold Coast is known for its rich Native American history, famous missions, and the world-renowned annual migration of cliff swallows that travel from Argentina. Home of the state’s oldest neighborhood, this birthplace of Orange County provides a wonderful adventure. Enjoy local tourist sites such as the San Juan Capistrano Mission, the train depot, the oldest neighborhood in Orange County (Los Rios District), downtown dining and shopping, antiques galore, and many annual festivals.

The city developed around the San Juan Capistrano mission. The mission is famous for the swallows who leave on Oct 23 (St. John's day) and return each year on March 19. (St. Joseph's day).

The Serra chapel is one of the oldest buildings still in use in the entire state. It is known as the "Jewel of the Missions" because it is such a beautiful mission and area.


San Juan Capistrano has many antique shops and historic buildings area. 

The Los Rios District lies directly across the railroad tracks from the Capistrano Depot and is the oldest neighborhood in California. The forty homes that remain here include three original adobe structures.
Most of the homes are private residences, but there are many businesses open to the public. This area provides a relaxing and enchanting experience for locals and tourists alike. To walk the streets of the Los Rios District is to recapture the tranquillity of the slower pace of life that existed before the turn of the century

     Zoomars Petting Zoo

ZOOMARS is home to hundreds of friendly animals to feed, pet, love and learn from. There are goats, emus, llamas, donkeys, alpacas, sheep, geese, ducks, guinea pigs and a bunny patch. After petting the animals, youngsters can saddle up for a pony ride or hop aboard the miniature train. At the front of the property is the century-old Olivares House, listed on the National Registry. Behind it sits an 1890’s bathhouse and picnic area available for birthday parties or family gatherings.

Nearby communities within a few miles boast world-famous beaches, whale watching, and day trips to Catalina Island.  

You ar
e only 5 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Doheny & San Clemente State Beaches and Dana Point harbor, where you can rent boats, jet skis, go whale and dolphin watching.

Everything you need for some fun in the sun is provided: Bicycles, beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, beach toys, ice chests and picnic supplies which leaves you more of your vacation budget for all the things you want to do

There is an awesome fireworks show in town and at the Harbor every 4th of July.  During the holidays, there is a boat parade of lights in the harbor. 


The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (formerly Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre) is located in Irvine, 14 miles north of SJC.  It is the larage amphitheater in Orange County.  It is the summer home of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to the annual KROQ Weenie Roast and many, many concerts and festivals.

Go 10 minutes north and you are in Laguna Beach; Home of the Pageant of The Masters & Festival of the Arts, with dozens of art galleries, art festivals, and fabulous restaurants for dining and entertainment.

Theme parks such as Disneyland, Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Legoland, are all within 45 minutes to 1 hour drive.  Click on the links attached to this Home Page for more info.

There are also numerous five star resorts nearby such as the Ritz Carlton, St Regis and the Montage for spa treatments if you so desire. The surrounding areas of the Dana Point Harbor, Laguna Beach and San Clemente have some fabulous restaurants if you don’t want to be creative in the state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen.

The Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum started from the oil millionair's private colletion and was house for many years in a Roman-Style villa in Malibu, which is now the Getty Villa. 

Today's Getty Museum, occupies 750 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills.  It includes an art collection so large it takes four exhibit pavilions just to show part of it, and the comlex includes nine buildings in total.

 Bowers Museum & Kidseum
The Bowers Museum is a highly acclaimed institution of cultural art that has organized some of the biggest and most culturally significant exhibits in history.   Bowers Kidseum, both an interactive children's museum and learning center, serves as an extension of the main Bowers Museum, offering multi-faceted art and cultural experiences for young children, their families and the community. Primarily dedicated to the pre-school and early elementary age, Kidseum's central focus is providing a 'hands-on' experience in keeping with the museum's mission to 'promote education and understanding by bringing the world's great cultural art to people of all ages'.
Temecula Wine Country

There are over 35 wineries only one hour from San Juan Capistrano.
The Temecula Valley is a veritable paradise encompassing an area that includes over 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards. Rural in nature, sustainable in farming practices and including an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the Temecula Valley is widely recognized as the 'jewel' of Riverside County.  
Wine tasting, winery tours and an array of winery events are offered daily throughout the region. Along with fabulous wines, you'll find incredible winery restaurants, splendid gift shops and beautiful picnic grounds.  Or try a hot air balloon ride over the wine country.  They can be packaged with horseback riding, jeep tours, Cadillac Escalade Wine Tours, helicopter tours, and more!  Scenic tour flights are 60 minutes. Onboard a gourmet champagne picnic is served. Every flight is treated as a special occasion.

Pechanga Resort and Casino
is an Indian Casino on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula, California. Pechanga Resort and Casino is the largest casino in the state of California, with 3400 slot machines and approximately 188000 sqft of gaming space.

Del Mar Racetrack is an American Thoroughbred horse racing track at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the seaside city of Del Mar, 45 minutes south of SJC.  It is known for the slogan: "Where The Turf Meets The Surf." You can take the train from San Juan Capistrano, only 2 miles from the Villa to the Del Mar Racetrack.

Los Alamitos Race Course is a horse racing track in Cypress, 35 miles from San Juan Capistrano. The track hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing.  The track has the distinction of holding four quarter horse stakes races with purses over $1 million, more than any other track in the United States.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
is a modern-style ballpark located in Anaheim, California, app

roximately 35 minutes from San Juan Capistrano.  It is home ballpark to Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of the American League. 

San Diego Zoo
One of the world's largest collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles, located in San Diego (Approx. 50 minute drive from SJC). The 100-acre zoo, founded in 1916, has more than 800 animal species and more than 6,500 plant species. The 1,800-acre San Diego Wild Animal Park opened in 1972; there some 400 species of animals roam through simulated Asian and African habitats. The research department Conservation and Research for Endangered Species has contributed to the zoo's
success in managing and breeding endangered species.

Check out photos at the bottom of this page that we took ourselves when visiting the Zoo. You get really close to the animals.

Below are San Diego Zoo Photos We Took Ourselves:


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