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San Onofre State Beach

Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
Phone Number: 916-653-6995
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Ranked #7 of 14 Activities in San Clemente
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Surfing, Walking
Owner description: Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Surfing, Walking
Owner description: Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 via mobile

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
71 helpful votes 71 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 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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165 reviews 165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
36 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Benicia, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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