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Deal: $10 Metrolink pass could be your ticket to weekend beach escapes

You can hit the beach in Oceanside on summer weekends with a $10 Metrolink pass good for unlimited rides.
(Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

Here’s a chance to leave your car — and all the freeway traffic — behind when you escape from L.A. to beach cities San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside. Metrolink will take you there with $10 day passes good for unlimited rides on Saturdays or Sundays.

The deal: Bring Back Summer day passes are easy to purchase online, at a Metrolink station or through a downloadable app on your mobile device.

Here’s how it works: With the $10 pass, you can, say, board in Burbank or downtown L.A. on a Saturday, stop off in San Juan Capistrano for lunch and head down to Oceanside before heading back home.

Or you can stay overnight and buy another $10 pass with unlimited rides Sunday for your return trip — and make as many stops as you like along the way.

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Metrolink pass users can stop off in San Clemente and visit the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.
Metrolink pass users can stop off in San Clemente and visit the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.
(Los Angeles Times )

When: The offer is good through Sept. 5.

Tested: Metrolink tickets between L.A. and Oceanside usually cost $16.75 each way or $33.50 round-trip. Even if you spend $20 per person for two day passes, it’s a bargain.

Other added benefits:

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--Children 5 years old and younger ride free.

--If you need inspiration on what to do at a destination, Metrolink has created some itineraries to consider on its website. Here’s one for San Juan that includes a 2-mile walk.

--You’ll find power outlets and bathrooms on each rail car.

--You can get local discounts (like $1 off the $5 admission to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente). Check out more weekend deals here.

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Info: Metrolink’s Bring Back Summer passes

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