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Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Enhance your visit with our new multi-language Audio Tour available in English, Spanish, French and...more
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26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
+1 949-234-1300
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 October 2010

One of the nicest missions we have visited in California, and we have been to quite a few. The gardens are lovely. I don't understand the reviews of visitors who saw no swallows. There were lots of them! Flying all over the place and making...More

5  Thank AcornNYNY
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 September 2006

Was one of three missions we saw in California and probably the best. Went during the week so the downside was the groups of school kids. Parking not great eaither. Worth the stop between LA and San Diego.

5  Thank TravelChick78
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All reviews audio tour california history gardens are beautiful old church gift shop self guided own pace interesting history native americans serra chapel the great stone church take your time swallows return great place to visit two hours father serra los rios
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you enjoy seeing the various architecture in SoCal or historic buildings and ruins, the Missions are interesting. The Mission at SJC is partly visible from the street so makes a nice landmark. Parking is free on the street or in the parking structure 2...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped off at this mission on the way back to San Diego from LA. We passed the road signs on the freeway many times and never stopped before. Was worth the stop I think at least once as the mission is great to see,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

was attending the Ohana fest at Doheny beach. had some time to kill and realized that the mission was close by. hadnt been in 40yrs. it was beautiful, so glad I went. just wandered in and out of the buildings and stopped to read about...More

Thank stacey w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This historic site is like no other. Adobe walls, tile roofs and peaceful courtyards provide a great background for learning some interesting history about missions in early California. Don't miss this unique history experience!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbelievable destination. Easily accessible off the highway, so if you haven't seen this site, take the time to stop and visit. Parking is a bit difficult since it is off site and can be scarce on a busy day, but it is a small town...More

Thank ReadRibbet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit SJC and the Mission and loved the city. It was like going back on time. The Mission has so much history. It was great.

Thank Voyager827751
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This mission is truly beautiful. there is so much history. It's peaceful and relaxing and the staff is very helpful

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to learn about California history, the missions of California are the place to start. There are 22 of them, but most don't have the mystic of the swallows returning each year on St Joseph's day, March 22nd. There is also a hit...More

1  Thank Kittycat1923
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to San Juan Capistrano 1 year ago, with my husband and daughter. The place is simply amazing, big and has a beautiful garden around. It is a nice plac the surrounding is beutiful and there are few cosy nice restaurants in the...More

Thank Hedia S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was like stepping back in history over 200 years. Lots to see and you can take an audio tour or just read all the info. I spent over an hour there is so much to see.

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Jen V
17 June 2018|
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Response from NurseKaren44 | Reviewed this property |
The little town has Antique shops , boutique s and many restaurants. If you cross the railroad tracks to the “ Rios” section there is a Tea room , Coffee House , cafes and Art Galleries, very quaint and historic part of SJC... More
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Response from lindaeddie | Reviewed this property |
This area is famous for swallows. There were no butterflies when we went.
David I
5 March 2017|
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Response from Ctaylor42 | Reviewed this property |
On or around March 19th