Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California Central Coast
Like most OC 'burbs, San Juan is spread out and mostly residential. However, it is a mission town with a 200-year history, which distinguishes it from the rest. Mission San Juan Capistrano is interesting to visit but will take no more than an hour to walk through.
For good beer and Mexican food, go to the Swallows Inn, about a block south of the mission.
Presumably you'll fly into John Wayne and rent a car. If you have a couple of hours, drive east on Ortega Highway (state route 74), a great sportbike road that has now become a congested commute route between southern Riverside County and southern Orange County. About 20 miles from San Juan, you'll find The Lookout, a legendary weekend motorcycle hangout. I haven't eaten there for several years, but the food is generally edible.