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Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
Phone Number: 916-653-6995
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Activities: Surfing, Walking
Description: Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of...
Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
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Great surfing beach for beginners, bring booties

Great place to surf a long board if you are not exceptionally skilled. Try starting at "Ols Man's." The beach has lots of rocks and is tough for those with baby feet like me. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
DaraTheExplorer
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Corona del Mar, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is amazing that it is so close to a decommissioned Power Plant on the Edge of the Pacific ocean backing up the largest continuous military base in the Western World.

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Long Beach, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

San-O is a great spot for surfing, especially if you ride a longboard. Catches swells in most directions well. Long rides on rolling swells...kinda reminds me of Waikiki. Mellow vibe, lots of older experienced surfers here that just want to have fun and chill. Nice place to bring the family to relax and hang out on the beach. One of... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Great place to surf a long board if you are not exceptionally skilled. Try starting at "Ols Man's." The beach has lots of rocks and is tough for those with baby feet like me. I wear bootied here. I am a wimp and admit it. There are resident sharks. The surfers and SUP boarders that are regulars are used to... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Love that you can park right next to the sand on the dirt. Easy acces to the beach. Great place to BBQ and have a picnic. Bring your own food no food or stores near by. Showers and bathrooms close by.

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Laguna Beach, California
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292 reviews 292 reviews
47 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Many trails to pick from, we went on trail 6 as suggested by the ranger when you stop and pay. $15 to get in and park, more if you stay and camp. Before we hiked down we stopped at the lookout on top of the bluffs, it has a park bench there too. Fantastic view and you can hear the... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I am a frequent visitor to the park portion with bluffs overlooking the ocean. I ride my bicycle there but it has great hiking trails and great campsite (though I've never camped there). It is worth a look, I recommend it often.

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Orange County, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Trail 6 allows dogs. Yay. Be aware that although it is not permitted by law, this has long been historically a nude bathing beach. Now and again I catch a glimpse (sometimes a bit more) of some nature loving sun worshiper, but is easy enough to continue on my way. Or not. If they're worth looking at then I figure,... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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394 reviews 394 reviews
104 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to surf but where we were, not for swimming. This is due to the rocky shoreline. There is some sand high up on the beach but it was tricky navigating the rocks to get out into the surf.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We had a great time at the Buff sites camping last summer. It is a hike down to the beach. And, if you want to go to Old Man's, you should plan on driving there. I thought the train would be loud, but my whole family slept through it, even my eight year old, who wakes up to everything. We... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This place is a great place to surf, bring your kids and to have fun. The waves are rough but good and their is all kinds of people. Hope you enjoy San onofre! 😀

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Address: Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
Phone Number: 916-653-6995
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente

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