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San Clemente State Beach

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

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one of my favorite places to visit.

i have been coming to this beach and pier all my life. there is an outstanding beach and pier here to enjoy. its always relaxing and enjoyable. now there is a recreational... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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verde valley
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verde valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

i have been coming to this beach and pier all my life. there is an outstanding beach and pier here to enjoy. its always relaxing and enjoyable. now there is a recreational trail going north, so bring your walking shoes or a bicycle.

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Frederick, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We rented a house just a short walk from this beach for a week and had a great time. The beach was very family friendly with lifeguard stations and plenty of room to spread out in the sand. My 8 1/2 year old grandson had such a blast playing in the water that we could hardly get him out when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

While staying in san clemente to attend a wedding, I drove down to check out San Clemente State Park and Beach. Very nice area. Numerous families enjoying South California beach with numerous children. Lots of parking (there is a day fee charge) and an ice cream/hamburger convience area. Lifeguards on the beach plus a patrol boat in the water for... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Want a nearly flat walking/running trail with an oceanview? This phenomenal. You can start at the state park, south end, and go south along the rock trail next to the railroad tracks, for a private less traveled area. That ends at Nixon's old home/compound. Or head north for a easier well beaten dirt/sand path. This direction is busiest and you... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The sand was a bit rocky for my liking and the stairs were a bit much but once you hit the water it was wonderful

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went for a lovely swim here, it gets a bit too crowded during the weekend, but on weekdays it's quiet. Once you're past the waves, the swimming is great. Clear and clean, with no undertow.

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Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Where do I start? San Clemente beach is clean, safe, not overly crowded, very family friendly, great for surfing, body boarding, train watching, etc. There are firepits, lifeguards, and a few places to eat across the street. We visited the beach for 4 days in a row and we did not want to leave! We can't wait to come back... More 

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Bristol, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very clean Beach, but not located near any facilities. Or at least I didn't find any. Had a hard time finding parking, but since I am not from the area, maybe I just didn't know where to go.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I LOVE this beach! The water is clear, the sand is clean, and the waves are great! Downsides - because it is a great beach, you need to get there early to stake a great place to sit down. Never fails that every time I come, some one plops down in front of my towels and umbrellas and ruins the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was the perfect Beach for our family. It was clean, not over crowded and didn't have tons of seaweed and sea grass in the water, which my kids freak out about. We stayed well past sunset and watched the train go by, and watched the sun go down past the pier, it was gorgeous. We would love to come... More 

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