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San Clemente State Beach

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Address: I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA
Activities: Camping, Camping/rv

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City Camping At Its Finest

This review is for tent camping facilities. Overall the camp is great, especially for families with kids. Very close to the beach, easy access and you can hear the waves crashing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This review is for tent camping facilities. Overall the camp is great, especially for families with kids. Very close to the beach, easy access and you can hear the waves crashing at night. Not a peaceful retreat in nature, it's a bit noisy during the day but perfect if you want to be close to the beach. Very developed camp... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

While there are many other reasons to visit, my favorite is overlook the Pacific Ocean and watch the sunset and waves break. What a beautiful place.

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London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The beach is beautiful and has fantastic views of the ocean (obviously) and the coastline. The beach itself is located pretty close to the train lines which i personally think gives it a bit of character.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Beach was beautiful. Loved seeing all of the houses on the cliffs along the coast. The water was so pretty and it was fun to see the waves coming in. Sand was a little rocky until you got closer to the water. Water was super cold. We stuck our feet in and that was about it. (which was all we... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great beach for the family . Beautiful white sand and glistening ocean. Parking is close by and great snack bar and bathrooms too. Easy to get to the beach from the parking lot.

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Cathedral City, California, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The Campground at San Clemente is part of the state park system and choice sites overlook beautiful beach and endless sand. There are 160 sites located here with varying features, including hook-ups. We are tent/car campers and with this in mind the best sites include 82, 83, 84 and 88 as these sites overlook the ocean and one can hear... More 

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Cathedral City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The State Beach at San Clemente is one of the best SoCal beaches. Everything that you desire in a beach is here...fire rings, shaded areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic tables, volleyball, great surf and clean, seemingly endless beach. There are pelicans to be seen, porpose or dolphins frolicking in the waves and surfers. A great place for day dreaming, outdoor... More 

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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We enjoyed strolling along the dirt path in the early morning. Lots of locals exercise there. Swings are there for kids to enjoy. Tables and barbeque pits are available with palm trees. The sand is not too clean due to cigarette butts left everywhere.

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Roxborough Park, Colorado, United States
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17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great to visit with a group of friends, wether cool or warm weather, just so refreshing to be out in the fresh ocean breeze with sand between your toes and the wind caressing your skin. Love the place!

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Hesperia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This beach is clean, there's ton's of people watching to do, whether its the surfers or the grass dwellers. The small "boardwalk" has a couple of sidewalk cafe's, a convenience store with snacks/wine/souvenirs a B&B or two and the famous Amtrak Surfliner is always whizzing by- be sure to wave! The pier is sprinkled with plenty of local fisherman fighting... More 

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