Pet friendly San Clemente State Beach is a gorgeous family-style beach with a pier and an amazing walk along the Amtrak train tracks. With bluffs on one side and the ocean on another, it’s also interesting. The beach is a stones throw away from a quaint yet quite lively town. The sunsets are in full view without obstruction. It’s fun to see people fishing from small bluffs on the oceanside, walking their pooches along a well-worn trail and stopping for the best smoothie ever on the small, but very cool pier.