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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 #7 of 20 attractions in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We was told you have to surf this beach to really experience the sport. Well we did and even though my surfing is some what up and down, it was brilliant.

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Corona, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We camped at site 113 which had no neighbors to the right of us and had an ocean view. The campground was nice and close to trail 4. There are two drawbacks to camping here: it can be crowded and the train comes through all night. Not the greatest night sleep. That said, you are there for the beach! We... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is a very beautiful area, but it is a state beach so there is a $15 day-use fee. When I visitied I got the impression that this was largely a surfer beach. I pulled into one of the areas where you can drive down to the beach (there are other areas further south where you park and then walk... More

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Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

parking lot is dusty and the road is a bit rough but the waves are great for long boards. Bathrooms are public so be warned.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Nice people, no attitudes in the water. Little crowded . Get their early in the summer or when there is good waves

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Redlands, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

First of all, the train is RIGHT on the beach--so cool. After we couldn't find parking at the city beach, we pulled right into a spot practically on the sand at the state beach. It seemed very private, but they did have a snack bar and bathrooms. This is exactly the beach I will go to next time.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I loved being here.It was relaxing even though it was busy. Everyone was having fun. The beach was clean and the facilities were good.

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Pasadena, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We love going to SanO, AKA old mans. Very special beach where you can park right on the beach. The place has bathrooms and shoers are on the sand between plants and plam trees. there are fire pits and a perfect beach for people that wants to leanr to surf. Be aware on busy weekends and holidays if you dont... More

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