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What Do You Love Most About San Juan Capistrano?

For Valentine's Day week, tell us what you love most about the town you call home. Better yet, post a photo!

Whether it’s the local schools, your favorite Mexican joint, or the proximity from home to a great hiking trail, everyone has something they love about their community.

Since it's Valentine's Day week, we want to hear from you about what you love most about San Juan Capistrano and what makes it so special.

Please post comments and pictures here to show us all your favorite things about San Juan Capistrano!

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DVC February 13, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Our family loves the Ghost Train especially when you have an emergency or a need to pick up the kids at school
jody anderson February 13, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I loved, repeat loved.... the small town feeling, which seems to be getting ruined day by day. I used to boast that we were a small town with only 3 exits centered around a beautiful Mission, sad to see this all change.
Matt Gaffney February 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
As a lifetime resident of Capo I love most the idea of seeing my friends that I've grown up with & being able to enjoy the scenery & the upcoming Swallows Day festivities with them.
Smokey Bear February 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I love getting off the train & meeting my husband on Valentines day where we will go to that wonderful Italian restaurant on the corner, maybe catch a movie at the Franciscan theater! Love San Juan, everyone have a happy Valentines Day!!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM
That sounds like a nice date, Leah. Have you tried the VIP theater? Love it!
Ryan Foland February 14, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I am a big fan of Zen Dojos Martial Arts Academy (www.zendojos.com). The training facility is the largest in all of Southern OC. I don't live in San Juan any more, but still commute to train there. I enjoy it so much in fact, I have had the pleasure of teaching Karat there for over 5 years. By far the best Karate studio I am aware of in town. They have been there since 1991, how is that for small business staying power. They have stuck around for a reason! Much Respect Sensei Paul and Sensei Marco!
Clint Worthington February 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Or, your family is waiting the extra five minutes for an emergency vehicle to help your loved one, but that emergency vehicle is stuck by the Ghost Train at the crossing and the subsequent train leaving the station.
Clint Worthington February 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I agree, the VIP theater is awesome and well worth it !
Garry Meeker February 15, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Your right Jody Anderson, It was a small town feeling back in the early forties, untill it became incorporated. I have lived in San Juan for seventy years, and my family goes back ten generations and most of them are burried at the old Historical Cemetery next to the freeway. Old timers sold their properties to the developers then you saw homes, shopping centers, roads, and what knott, soon you have a population growth, and changes to the community. Their once was a great red brick two story hotel where Zia Jewlery is located now, it took one block and it was a great structure. My Fiancee and myself walk our dogs through out the Los Rios District and we stop at the Hidden Cafe for a drink and a roll then at times we converse with Steve Rios my second cousin. So I completly understand the situation on hand. growing up in San Juan was simple, easy and lots of farm land.
Richard February 15, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Jody, you are more than welcome to try and purchase land and keep it from "getting ruined".
Sandra Weaver February 15, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I love the horses, my neighbors, the library, the Swallow's Day Parade, everyone I run into at Von's....I could go on and on. San Juan is the best!


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