To live in San Juan Capistrano is to share a rich historical legacy. Walk through the Mission, Historic Los Rios District and the downtown area as part of your daily life and you began to feel a part of the history here. You feel the same adobe, old brick, and dust beneath your feet that the previous generations of Native American Indians, Spanish, Rancheros, European settlers, outlaws and even pirates walked upon more than 200 years ago. Recent history also breaths of nostalgia. The Swallows Inn with all itís character and characters is still making history for itís "life in a western town" ambiance.
Today San Juan Capistrano is a historic cultural center full of art, music and magic. Most every restaurant is family owned and operated treasured memorable recipes or an American classic diner feel.
Situated around the historic Capistrano Depot, this train town can bring you back in time intstantly. The geography of San Juan Capistrano makes for a perfect climate as this little hilly valley nestled next to the ocean. The smell of the brush covered hillsides that bloom in spring with wildflowers, the changing colors of trees in fall and the many species of birds are some of the things that make San Juan Capistrano living so special.
Founded in 1965, Capistrano Unified (School District) encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County. With 55 campuses, it is the largest employer in south Orange County. The District includes all or part of the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, and the communities of Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, and Wagon Wheel.
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