Neighborhoods: Making Waves in San Clemente

Bear Coast Coffee. Photo credit: Morgan McCarty

The southernmost town in Orange County is known for its world-class surf spots, but it’s enjoying an on-shore cultural revival. Stroll through downtown San Clemente and pick up a coffee, a new summer outfit, a custom-made piece of furniture, and a poke bowl you can enjoy in a laid-back atmosphere.




Bear Coast Coffee

From Jeff Clinard, previously of Portola Coffee Lab, comes a pop-up coffee service nestled in local restaurant The Cellar. Launching this summer: beach-safe bottled iced coffee ($5). 156 Avenida Del Mar, 949-492-3663,







Discover custom furniture repurposed from century-old barn wood, stoplights refashioned into floor lamps, as well as eco-friendly art and decor in this shop owned by two Long Island ex-pats. 105 Avenida Del Mar, 949-545-6100,






Isabelle’s Cabinet

After the success of her first O.C. shop in Seal Beach, Yeon Son opened the next two in San Clemente and Balboa Island. Browse soft, draping T’s, youthful rompers, and edgy booties. 141 Avenida Del Mar, 949-492-2266,


Nomads Canteen

At this comfort food spot with an ocean view, try the Cool Cuke or Jaco Poke Bowls ($14 each) and one of the 32 beers on tap. Check out the vintage surfboard collection hanging from the ceiling. 102 Avenida Cabrillo, 949-481-4153, 


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