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Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
Phone Number: 916-653-6995
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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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Camping at the beach

We spent Labor Day weekend camping at San Onofre State Beach this year. We had a large party, with a total of 14 people and 6 tents. Usually the camping sites only allow 2 tents... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
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San Diego, California
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Carlsbad, California, United States
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67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A SoCal longboard mecca, one of the original surf spots on the coast. You need to have a State Park pass or get ready to pay north of $10-20 to park for the day. On the weekends, the park gets full and you ahve to wait in the overflow lot (they go to a 1 in, 1 out crowd control).... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Not very accessible. That's not so bad. 15-20 mins hike to beach on a walk path. Cross a train track that does not warn you of its approach at all times. The entrance/exit into surf at low tide can be tricky since it has a cobblestone bottom. BUT, this is a world class surf break. With some world class surfers... More 

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1 Thank rightcoastplayer
San Clemente, California
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Nice surf beach, you can bring your dog and there are fire pits for cooking or enjoying a fire on a cool night.

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1 Thank Karen W
Wroclaw, Poland
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57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Considered as one of the most visited venues in California. Not only popular surfer venue but also ideal camper and swimmer destination. San Onofre State Beach is located next to inactive nuclear power plant, which only emphasizes its unusual character.

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Rosemead, California
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Friends brought me here in May 2015 for surf fishing mid-afternoon on a Saturday. Had fun fishing and caught fish in a span of two hours. We used clams for bait. The people around us were caught by surprise at the good sized croakers. The beach entrance is $20 and there are a lot of visitors that day, parking was... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I have been surfing and camping at San Onofre over the years and the waves, warm waters, and classic weather keep surfers coming back to this gem with miles of beach breaks, camping up on the bluff and San Clemente nearby for dining and supplies.

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1 Thank Tom R
Sao Paulo, SP
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Amazing place! Great waves, clear water, stones and Amtrak train often coming, which make the beach weirdly awesome. The blue water is beautiful and you can watch surfers very clear. You need to hike for 10 or 15 minutes to get on the beach, a very nice way to the beach! Beautiful!

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We spent Labor Day weekend camping at San Onofre State Beach this year. We had a large party, with a total of 14 people and 6 tents. Usually the camping sites only allow 2 tents, but the Rangers are pretty mellow and as long as your tents fit within your sites, you are good to go. We brought 3 dogs... More 

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1 Thank shobufamily
Plymouth, Minnesota
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291 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Park the car at the Tresles beach parking near the south end of El Camino Real and follow the first group of surfers. They will guide you under interstate 5 , across a rail track to a secluded beach with great waves, better than what I saw in Huntington Beach, and skilled surfers. There was no lifeguard on duty but... More 

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Riverton, Wyoming
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I went for a climb on the rocks with a friend of mine. We had a great time. I do not think that we were supposed to. Had some watchers from above. The beach was beautiful and so was the ocean. it was a great memory.

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