The Point: Arrive early for games, giveaways before riding Metrolink to San Clemente’s Ocean Festival

Let’s go to the beach! The San Clemente Ocean Festival returns July 20, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission is hosting a “Before the Beach Bash” at the Metrolink Riverside-Downtown Station that day at 8 a.m.

Riders of the 9:20 a.m. Metrolink train can arrive early for games and giveaways, and the first 100 people to check in will receive FREE Metrolink round-trip rides to and from the San Clemente Pier, home of the Ocean Festival, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Surf.” The festival includes surfing contests, lifeguard competitions, a woody car show exhibit, art show, bodyboarding and

bodysurfing clinics, a fishing derby, and other family-friendly events.

Can’t make it on July 20? The festival continues on July 21, and visitors can ride Metrolink that day, too. Please note that the “Before the Beach Bash” is only on July 20.

Getting to the beach any time of year is a breeze with Metrolink. Cruise past traffic on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line to San Clemente and Oceanside beach for a fun day at the beach.

Metrolink offers a $10 Weekend Day Pass good for unlimited travel throughout the system on Saturday and Sunday. Mini beach-goers (children under five) ride free with a paying adult.  Get tickets on the Metrolink App or at ticket vending machines located at all stations. Please see schedule below.

Metrolink also makes it easy to bring beach gear. See below for list of allowable items and visit metrolinktrains.com for more information.

  • Bodyboards/Boogie Boards (Store beneath seat or in designated storage area)
  • Surfboards (Up to 6 ft. 4 in. in length)
  • Beach chairs, toys, umbrellas, towels
  • Bicycles (Secure and store in designated storage area. Special Bike Cars can hold up to nine bicycles on lower level)
  • Strollers (Secure designated storage area)
  • Fishing poles
  • Ice chests

Other Upcoming Beach Events:

  • July 26-28 – Supergirl Pro Surf Contest in Oceanside
  • August 10-11 – Long Board Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival in Oceanside
  • August 11 – Fiesta Music Festival in San Clemente
  • August 17-18 – World Body Surfing Championship in Oceanside
  • September 21-22 – Oceanside Harbor Days
  • October 6 – San Clemente SeaFest