With its historical charm and quaint vibe, San Juan Capistrano is one of the hidden gems of Orange County. Here are some of the best things to do in San Juan Capistrano on a day trip or weekend getaway.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The jewel of the city and one of the most fascinating historical sites in Orange County, visiting the mission  is one of the top things to do in San Juan Capistrano.

Los Rios Historic District

Known as the oldest neighborhood in California, this charming district is filled with quaint storefronts and historic homes. 


One of the newest and trendiest restaurants in Orange County, Mayfield serves delicious California-Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails in an airy, stylishly decorated space. 

Historic Downtown

San Juan Capistrano’s historic downtown area is located within the streets that immediately surround the mission and is lined with restaurants, antique shops, and other local businesses.

Heritage Barbeque

You'll often find a long line here, but it's worth it - you'll find some of the best brisket outside of Texas. Also try the pastrami if they have it. Also grab a beer at the attached Capo Brewing!