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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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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in San Clemente
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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Saint George, Utah, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This was the first beach we visited as we hit the west coast. Very relaxed surfing area. Big fire pits allow you to stay all day. Bathrooms and a beach side shower to get the sand off, but nothing fancy. Really made us feel like we experienced California surfing in the raw.

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Pasadena, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

$15 day use fee. Camping along the parking lot. You have to walk down the paths along the cliffs to get down to the beach. Going down is fine, but coming back up is steep, especially carrying all your beach stuff. Not that many people here. Mostly a place for surfers as the shore is full of rocks that bang... More

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Chartley, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a good location for family beach activities and surfing. The train passing by every now and then keeps things interesting.

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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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131 reviews 131 reviews
47 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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293 reviews 293 reviews
51 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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
25 helpful votes 25 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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