San Juan Capistrano California
San Juan Capistrano is probably most famous for the swallows that return from their winter migration on the same day every year (March 19 to be exact). It is also home to the jewel of the California missions, the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano considered to be the oldest building in California. Population: As of 2011, San Juan Capistrano's population was 41,379.
Climate: Many retirees consider coastal Southern California an ideal climate, where there is rainfall of only 13 inches per year, no snow, and on average there are 284 sunny days in which to play golf or enjoy being outside.
Cost of living: Similar to other upscale locations in Southern California, the cost of living in San Juan Capistrano is 43% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: The price of a retirement home will run approximately 160% greater than the national average, at a whopping $586,700 which is the median cost.
Colleges and Universities: Saddleback College in nearby Mission Viejo is probably the best bet for courses geared toward learning in retirement.
Transportation:Amtrak provides train service, and John Wayne is the nearest international airport. Orange County Transit Association offers local bus service.
Travel and tourism: San Juan Capistrano is a historic cultural center full of art and music and magic. This train town is situated around the historic Capistrano Depot, and retirees can enjoy the Historic Los Rios District in addition to the famous Mission. And of course, not to be missed, is the festival and celebration of the return of the swallows.
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