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San Onofre State Beach

Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
916-653-6995
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Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Surfing, Walking
Description: Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
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San anofre
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time Beach camping and it is By Far the worst experience I have had. You have to walk down these long trails some non kid friendly and when you finally get to the beach Its 95% rocks. I will never come back to the bluffs again.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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47 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We just visited to go for a nice walk on the beach. We had our dog with us and he was allowed to go on trails 1 and 6. Once we got way down the beach, and there wasn't a soul in sight, we let our dog off leash so he could play in the water. The beach was very... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I expected campers to party all night and the beach trail to be very treacherous, but in fact, my campsite neighbors were quiet, polite, and the trails were a little steep, but nothing I couldn't do with sandals on. Yes, a train came by every so often during the night, but I was able to sleep though it. The campsites... More

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Westchester (LA), CA
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36 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed 3 nights over Memorial Day wknd. site 116 (initially rsvp'd in Jan. via ReserveAmerica website) and was lucky to have chosen a site that had shade trees (there are very few with shade) and room enough for 2 hexagon tents, both close to the fire ring which was somewhat poorly placed. The campsite were fairly level and this end... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

San Onofre is a beautiful beach. It has great waves and is a favorite spot for many local surfers. The views are beautiful. It is near Camp Pendleton. The beach is rocky, however! I have gone surfing and boarding in this water. Make sure young children stay away from the surfing area. The beach is free, but you may need... More

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Nice place to hang out for a couple nights. See the beach from great vantage points out the window of your camper. Nice.

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San Clemente, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I hate reviewing this, as it's a local "secret" spot. I'd like to keep it that way, but for those looking for a unique experience it's to be enjoyed. You pay $10 (last I checked) to attain entrance to a rugged, dirt lined pathway down to the beach. You actually park right ON the beach. Not many places you can... More

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Vancouver, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

It costs $2/hr to park here, but the stroll along the beach is great with wonderful views of the surfers and sunsets

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California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I know this is a surfing beach, however it was a nice spot to sit and have lunch. We would not go in the water as it is really close to the nuclear power plant.

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Catawba Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Great location for a day trip to the beach. Make sure you have cash or credit card for the parking machines. $2 an hour or you can pay a daily rate as well. The beaches are clean and you can always find a spot to relax.

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