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San Onofre State Beach

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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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Good Place for Surfing

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Toledo, Ohio
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Toledo, Ohio
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266 reviews 266 reviews
43 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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San Clemente, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I hit this almost every weekend as part of a bike ride from San Clemente down to the backside of pendleton or further south. Little to no traffic and you cannot beat the views of the pacific. Lots of other cyclists in the area so if you are solo there is always a group or other solos to ride or... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Right next to main rail line and I-5. If your in a tent even earplugs won't do it. Cold outdoor showers with no curtain or privacy so u can't really shower. "Camp sites" if u can call them that, are basically on the shoulder of the now abandoned highway. Lucky if u have 20 ft between u and your neighbor.... More 

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Saint George, Utah, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
20 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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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165 reviews 165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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