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“Hidden Gem”

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA is south Orange County's major cultural institution. We are enhanced by our location in a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival registered historic landmark, the home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson. Casa Romantica has developed a reputation for wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and a lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County. Casa Romantica's estate, gardens, and exhibition galleries are open to the public daily during our normal hours. Onsite parking is FREE. No outside food and beverages are permitted. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, pastries, and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Casa Cafe.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 5 January 2012

This is a lovely museum overlooking the ocean just north of the San Clemente pier. It's the home of the founder of San Clemente, now turned into a musuem and gardens. The gardens and views are spectacular, affording high views north, west, and south of the ocean and surrounding areas.

The home itself is a beautiful villa-style home with some of the original furnishings and accessories. In other cases, they use the space for rotating art exhibits. I enjoyed the old photos of southern Californina (Venice Beach, surfing, etc.) and learning about the history of San Clemente in the main living room.

Casa Romantica is a nice way to spend an afternoon in San Clemente. You're just a short walk to the restaurants near the pier, too.

Thank msinwdc
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

What a neat place to have a wedding. The location is just great with the view of San Clemente Pier below and the beautiful ocean. The food was great too. Really enjoyed this place.

1  Thank Bonana
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

Casa Romantica is a home on the ocean that has been converted into a cultural center. The home itself is Spanish architecture complete with sunken floors, tiles, and arches. The views of the ocean are spectacular. There are many gardens ranging from native plants, succulents, herbs, rose and butterfy. Benches are prevalent along the way so you can sit and enjoy the view and the fragrance of the flowers. The butterfly garden is a Monarch waystop. When I was there in late August there were many Monarchs flying all around. Beautiful stop for all the senses if you take time to relax and enjoy. Cost was $5.

5  Thank Ohio_couple_movin_on
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

We had our dream wedding here catered by Iva lees flowered by Pam lowe and coordinated by stacie Truitt. We had Hawaiian dancers and live music with a photo booth coffee bar and a whole chocolate room and fountain !!
We said our vows looking at perfect left hand surf off he pier!

3  Thank SheaLopez
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

Wonderful example of 1920's spanish architecture. The views arebreathtaking and landscaping is amazing. Loads of beautiful butterflies

3  Thank Zeegy
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