San Clemente Surf School was recommended by a Montage Resort Concierge, and is excellent! They offer a surf camp for a week every summer for ages 9-15. The instructors give each student individual time and attention. Also, they do solo or group lessons all year-round.
If you want to learn to surf, I recommend learning from Chris!
Pure Light is the great little candle shop located next to the Sawdust Festival. You can buy already made candles and home furnishings/accessories. But what I recommend is going to make your own candles!You can custom make your own candle, choosing from different scents, colors, and additions. They show you how to make your candle. You can bring your own wine and appetizer/snacks. I recommend talking with Judy, the owner, about coming in with a group and all making candles. This is a great idea for holiday gifts also!Definitely check this little gem out!
What I love most about flowers and friends is that you can either have a very specific price range and arrangement in mind, and they can make it exactly like you picture it... OR, you can say "here's $30 bucks, make me something tropical" and what you get will far exceed your expectations. I buy my flower arrangements and bouquets here exclusively.Not only are they very fast, but if you give the florist free-range you will not be disappointed. They will work within your price range, and they almost always throw in a few flowers for free, because they want the arrangement to look perfect just as much as you do!
Kaylani Coffee has the best coffee ever. I absolutely love their non-fat vanilla lattes. You have friendly Francisco behind the counter who will not only remember what you order, but strike up intelligent conversation, and have your drink ready almost before you have the chance to order it! Don't waste your time at other coffee chains. Kaylani's has the best coffee anywhere. Plus, they are Right by the beach, so you can grab a cup and go watch the waves!
This is a great little breakfast joint in SC! They have donuts for the kids, but they also have a full kitchen and serve some mean breakfast burritos and other specials. Also, if you are a fan of Deidrich's coffee, which is hard to come by now, they serve it there.You'll find some cute surfer girls and guys behind the counter, and they are super friendly... I definitely love having breakfast here! So do a lot of other people, just look at how many people are lined up on the weekends to order breakfast!
Sam's looks like an "old people shoe store" from the outside. But if you need work shoes for construction, they are a great resource! Also, they have a very knowledgeable man running the shop. He knows A LOT about all different kinds of shoes.Better yet, if you need shoe repair, they are 5 star! Plus, there is a reason that they have been open longer than I have been alive! Good customer service.
I have been to Cafe Mimosa a few times, and have had basically the same experience both times. The service is good. they are very friendly and chatty. However, that may be because they actually have the time to chat, since it is usually pretty quite there.
The food there is just so-so. Honestly, it's a little pricey for the quality of the food. But the mimosas make up for it. They have all sorts of different fresh squeezed juices that they make their mimosas with. It might be fun to just go for mimosas!
I am using SC Party Makers for my wedding at the Ole Hanson Beach Club.
They have the best prices in the area on all rentals. Plus, their website offers a 10% off, just for mentioning the add. The only items that they will not discount are linens, so you might want to try another company for that.
Overall, they get back to you in a timely manner. They are very easy to work with. Plus they have another office in Newport Beach if you can't find what you are looking for in San Clemente.
My first experience with Paradise Jewelers was when I took my engagement ring in to get sized down. The owner, and jeweler, took one look at my hand, and without measuring guessed my exact ring size! He got my ring back to me (same-day) and they are very cost-effective. My engagement ring is an art-deco piece from the 1920's, and lucky for me, Paradise Jewelers has a wonderful selection of jewelry pieces from that era. I have ended up purchasing my wedding band from them, and my fiance's wedding band.As a side note, they also can custom-make almost anything to your request.If you are looking for a trustworthy and economical jeweler, do not pass them up!
La Rocco's is my favorite pizza in all of Orange County. The owner's name is Pauly and he is a sweetheart who's purpose in life is to make you eat and almost more importantly, to make you laugh! They serve authentic "New York" pizza, says my New Yorker friend. Also, to make things even better... They deliver!Don't miss out on the white-stone pizza. We add jalapenos, and it is by far my favorite!!!