Right in the heart of Capistrano Beach, there’s this gem of a park called Pines Park.
True to its name, the park is dotted with pine trees–so many that you might forget you’re near the beach. In fact, you’re right next to the beach. This park has some of the best views in Capo Beach, which explains the high price tag on homes near it. My wife and I have come here to watch many a sunset.
Amenities include a playground–great for kids–as well as BBQs, picnic tables, and benches. If it’s a holiday weekend (like 4th of July), be sure to snag a table early. Speaking of 4th of July, this is a great spot for watching fireworks. You can see from San Clemente to the Dana Point Harbor. Most people leave their beach chairs there in the morning to save a spot.
Every time we visit this park, there are rose petals, remnants of a recent wedding ceremony (yes, the park allows weddings. Learn more here). We see lots of people doing prom pictures here, too. Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks this park is something special.
One note: This is in a residential neighborhood, so there is no parking lot. You just park on the street. Oh, and don’t just trust what I have to say about this park. It’s got 5 stars on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Enjoy!