Seeing San Clemente

Luxuriate in sun and surf in this classic SoCal town

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Cafe Calypso. Coffees and sandwiches in a pretty patio setting. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 114 Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-9386.

Del Mar Ranch Market. Try the fresh tamales. 156 Avenida Del Mar; 949/492-3663.

Gordon James Grill & Bar. An unpretentious steakhouse somewhere between Chart House casual and Morton's chic. Good selection of specialty martinis. $$; lunch Tue-Fri, dinner daily. 110 N. El Camino Real; 949/498-9100.

La Galette Crêperie. Its pierside location makes it a great place to people-watch over a latte and a fresh berry and cream crêpe. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 612 Avenida Victoria; 949/498-5335.

Ole's Tavern. Home to the Blue Bikini drink and a giant fish tank. 127 S. El Camino Real; 949/498-9400.

Shopping

Angel Wings. A fun apparel and accessory shop. Owner Laurie Wodiske also owns Variant Jewelry and Clothing (165-B Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-6264), across the street. 204-C Avenida Del Mar; 949/218-5258.

Antiques & Decorative Art Center. Vintage European furniture as well as Early American and midcentury Baker furniture. 106 Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-6290.

Icons of Surf. The icons of this meaty surf shop are classic board shapers such as Robert August and Hap Jacobs. 217 S. El Camino Real; 949/429-7133.

A Matter of Taste. Stylish furniture, linens, and gifts. 101 Avenida Del Mar; 949/361-4648.

 

 

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