Tiffany Cheng

Find Spanish-inspired architecture and local charms in this Orange County town.

Travel + Leisure
May 29, 2012

With a fun-to-explore downtown, this history-rich laid-back town offers much more than its famous swallows.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Tour the Mission San Juan Capistrano, whose Serra Chapel is the oldest standing church in California (and in whose eaves the famed swallows arrive to nest every spring). The adjoining downtown area, with intimate galleries and caf├ęs, reflects the charm of this Orange County community.

Capistrano Seaside Inn

Many of the 28 basic rooms, set among palms and gardens, have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views. Continental breakfast is served every morning on a pretty patio.

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