San Clemente

San Clemente is a city by the beach in Orange County in Southern California. It is called the "little Spanish village by the sea" because many of the buildings have a rustic and antique Spanish look to them.

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Avenida Del Mar

this street is the heart of Village San Clemente. There are a lot of charming shops, cafés, and restaurants on this historic stretch. If you are looking to bring something for the kids, just stop in '''Petit Bonhomme'''. They have reasonable prices and they carry from infants up to size 16 for both boys and girls. If you are looking for a souvenir, they have adult and matching kid button up shirts boy the men and dresses for girls with all the local cities from San Clemente to Laguna Beach. For the older kids, there is '''Killer Dana''' for the sporty beachy wear and lots of cute stuff for the ladies at shops like '''Rascal's''', '''Angel Wings''' and '''Bliss''' which is more upscale. There are a lot of stores with fun home décor items like '''Christopher Lee Ltd.''' They carry beautiful items. Visit '''Russel’s Stationary''' for your souvenirs like shells and shirts and lots of other items. There are a lot of cute antique stores up and down Del Mar that you should at least poke into. They even have ice cream and sandwiches. Right next door is '''Auntie Dee’s Jerky Store'''. They have all sorts of goodies including vegan beef jerky.

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South of Nick's

This restaurant branches off of the southern California favorite "Nick's" which is detailed above. South of Nicks differs because it features a high class Mexican menu with items that originate from south of the border. Keeping consistent with the fairly high pricing of Nick's, this place is of a more formal nature than most Mexican restaurants in the San Clemente area.


A sports bar and restaurant. They serve a plethora of dishes ranging from enchiladas to cheeseburgers. A standard bar scene. There are also a few Billiards tables as well as video games. People of all ages gather here. It is a family restaurant that usually transforms into a place only for adults later into the night.

Leslie Park

Some inexpensive ways to enjoy what SC has to offer is to check out the scenery. Leslie Park is a small park that overlooks a beach where most locals visit. From this point, you can see all the way down to the edge of State Beach, the Pier, and even down to Dana Point.

Stewart Surfboards

Stewart Surfboards is a fixture in the surfing community, A great place to get started with surfing they offer surf lessons as well as surfboard rentals.Legendary longboard shaper, Bill Stewart creator of the modern longboard still owns and runs the store

Beach Trail

It is easier to exercise when you have a view like this to look at. From Riviera Beach to the pier is one mile, and from the pier to North Beach is one mile. If you’re looking to step up the rigor of your work out, you can run the stairs along the way.

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Cafe Calypso

Open for breakfast and lunch. Home of San Clemente's famous Acai Bowls and amazing Chinese Chicken Salad. Prices range from $8-$10 for a salad, and about $7 for the Acai Bowl (this is fairly standard in comparison to other restaurants of this nature).

OC Tavern

A bar where many youngsters congregate. Sports bar with multiple TVs, Billiards tables, video games, and a restaurant in the back. OC Tavern also offers amazing appetizers and happy hour specials.

Trestle's Outlet

Trestles outlet is in south side San Clemente. They sell the overstocked bathing suits and beachwear from companies such as RipCurl that are also in department stores, but they are much cheaper.

Hampton Inn and Suites San Clemente

This hotel has a rather confusing format to it, but the employees are all very friendly and accommodating. It is right next to the San Clemente Golf Course. It has a weight room and a pool.

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This is a rather formal restaurant and the prices tend to be high, but there are also items on the menu that are less expensive.

Cafe del Sol

Another great place for Mexican food. Very affordable and tasty, and theres a drive-through window for your convenience.

Hapa J's

Unique cuisine with a Hawaiian influence. Family owned and affordable. Very tasty "Man Fries" and "Khalua Pig Nachos"

Carbonara’s Trattoria

Warm friendly service, great food and family atmosphere makes it a San Clemente locals' favorite for Italian food.

Velvet Yogurt

Creamy frozen yogurt that is perfect after a long day spent at the beach. And it's a healthy indulgence!

La Tiendita

Family owned and operated, delicious Mexican food made by locals who are originally from Mexico.


Best deep dish pizza in town. Also must try the "mothership" cookie and ice cream for dessert.

Casa Romantica

former home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, , there's usually a good art exhibit going on

The Fisherman

For good seafood in the best location in town on the pier. Expect a bit of a wait in summer.

La Rocco's

Famous for their "Whitestone" Pizza. Inexpensive and informal dining.

Schmid's Fine Chocolates

For dessert, chocolate dipped strawberries or a special treat.


Great breakfasts on Camino Real in the heart of the village.

Tina & Vince's

Italian deli with great pizza and homemade specialties

Iva Lee's

For San Clemente's take on Cajun cuisine.


For the best burritos in town .

Cafe Mimosa

French style food

Oles Tavern

sports bar

The Cellar

wine bar

San Clemente Pier

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