July 6, 2017

Best of San Clemente: Top Spots for Icy Treats

Best icy treats in San Clemente  Beachside Vacation Rentals

Summer is here, and long warm days at California beaches in the bright blazing Orange County sun pair perfectly with a ice cream cone, smoothie, or chilly cup of shaved ice. Whether you're planning to surf at Salt Creek Beach, hang out at the Outlets at San Clemente, relax at a San Clemente spa, take some San Clemente surf lessons, or stroll through downtown San Clemente, you’ll probably end up craving some sort of icy treat.

You're in luck! We’ve put together a list of our favorite icy treats in San Clemente to keep you cool and satisfied throughout the Southern California summer!

South Swell Hand Dipped Ice Cream
137 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Located just 5 minutes from the San Clemente Pier, South Swell Hand Dipped Ice Cream is the place to be this summer. South Swell offers a variety of hand-dipped ice cream bars with fun names like The Parent Trap (oreo and peanut butter), The Grandma (oatmeal raisin cookie and icing), and The Sunburn (hot Cheetos). With these creative combinations and ability to customize your own ice cream bar, we love this new up-and-coming joint.

Prices are on the steeper end, so we suggest splitting one of their giant bars (or fizzy floats) with a friend, and parking is free on the street in Downtown San Clemente. If you're staying at one of our San Clemente vacation rentals in the pier area you'll even be able to walk to South Swell, so be sure to visit!

Juice Stop
641 Camino De Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673

If ice cream bars aren’t really your style, we suggest Juice Stop for a delicious and refreshing smoothie! Owned by a local family and priced reasonably, Juice Stop offers a wide variety of smoothies that will fit anyone’s taste buds, whether you're craving tropical fruits, berries, or chocolate. We suggest trying the Slapshot (filled with every kind of berry),the Coach's Choice (with mocha cappuccino blend and chocolate) or one of their many Acai flavors for that extra nutritious boost! All smoothies come in one size and include three free boosts, making it even more convenient to customize your smoothie to fit your craving.

Juice My Heart
804 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Perhaps one of the most popular icy treats in Orange County is Acai Bowls. Take a walk around any Southern California beach town in the summer and you’ll find plenty of folks carrying large cups filled with a smoothie-looking combination topped with bananas, cacao nibs, and granola. These Acai Bowls are packed with nutritious ingredients, like kale, acai, spinach, fruit, and sometimes peanut butter, and if you're a light eater they can even double as a healthy breakfast or lunch.

Try Juice my Heart's Trestles Bowl with peanut butter, cacao, and cacao nibs, for an extra sweet treat, or the Pier Bowl with spinach, celery and avocado if you're feeling a little more green. We also recommend trying any of their freshly squeezed juices or smoothies, for a thoroughly healthy pick me up during your busy day!

Banzai Bowls
120 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Sometimes, you just have to go back to the beginning and try something classic. Banzai Bowls is where some claim the Acai Bowl trend really came to life in major Orange County beach towns. With classic surf décor, large portions, and consistently quality bowls, Banzai Bowls is a good place to stop by for an Acai Bowl, especially if you have never tried a banzai bowl before. Our favorites include the Maui Sunrise, and Off the Wall!

U-Swirl at the Outlets at San Clemente
101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa
Ste 612
San Clemente, CA 92672

Sometimes only frozen yogurt will do, and at self-serve shops like U-Swirl you can easily customize your cup with the perfect flavors and over 50 toppings to suit your taste. If you're a fan of Yogurtland, then U-Swirl is a great option for trying some new and different flavors. Some visitors say that the froyo at U-Swirl is even better than Yogurtland... but we'll leave that up to you to decide.

This new froyo spot is located at the oceanfront Outlets at San Clemente , making it a convenient and refreshing option if you're spending the day shopping at the outlets. Even if you're not planning to shop, strolling through the outlets with a cup of froyo is a great way to spend an afternoon!

Kaylani Coffee
1844 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, 92672

Their coffee receives mixed reviews, but if you're looking for a spot to get some shaved ice in San Clemente, Kaylani Coffee is the place for you. The colorful sweet shaved ice options are great to cool down a hot summer's day, and since Kaylani is right next to North Beach San Clemente it's a great pit stop during a family beach day. In the mood for something a little more creamy? Kaylani also serves up thick, flavorful nitrogen infused ice cream!

La Galette Creperie
612 Avenida Victoria
Ste E
San Clemente, CA 92672

Although you won't find ice cream or smoothies at La Galette , we couldn't leave out one of our favorite spots for sweet treats in San Clemente. La Galette offers the most delicious crepes at affordable prices and great service too! It is the perfect stop for those who aren’t quite craving a cold snack, but still want some sweetness in the middle of a busy day. Beware of crowds on weekends, and plan to park on the street! We recommend Banana Nutella crepe, or the Campfire Crepe (topped with graham crackers and sprinkles!).

P.S. If you're staying at our Big Fish or Sand & Sea vacation rentals, La Galette is just down the street! Stroll over for a delightful breakfast or lunch before La Galette closes at 3:00.

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