San Juan Capistrano Travel Guide

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San Juan Capistrano Overview

Incorporated in 1961, San Juan Capistrano has grown into a city of more than 33,000 people. It has a long history. It is named for the Catholic mission of the same name. Mission San Juan Capistrano, which dates back to 1776, is widely thought of as the most beautiful of all the missions in California.

San Juan Capistrano is located between Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. The historical district is easy to walk and see in a day. Sites include the aforementioned mission, Rios Street (a California historical site), and multiple Mexican food restaurants (some of which are very good). An Amtrak train station lets you off almost right in the middle of the historical district. The train goes south to San Diego, and north to Los Angeles (or on select trains to Santa Barbara).

In March, San Juan Capistrano holds the Swallow Festival and Parade. It is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. The cliff swallows regularly migrate to SJC from South America, then migrate back around October.

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