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San Clemente State Beach

I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA
San Clemente State Beach
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Clemente, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The campground sprawls in land from the cliff above the Ocean. There's really only a couple handfuls of choice spots adjacent to the ocean. I suppose if you've gotten your fill from the beach during the daytime it may not matter. Other than that there are plenty of bathrooms with full plumbing and hot showers for a couple bucks in... More 

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Chatsworth, California, United States
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21 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

As previous reviewers noted, this is not a quiet campground. Not by far. The noise from the freeway is loud at all times. Even louder than the ocean. Depending on your spot, it might be slightly better or worse. We camped (TENT) at 87 which was close to the ridge and the little tower which has a few benches overlooking... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you are okay with surrounding noises then you probably will like this place. It's next to the freeway, Amtrack railroad, construction, and next to camp Pendleton practice navy base. My boyfriend doesn't mind all that. I myself like walking the trail to the beach. They have a picnic table and fire ring with grate for cooking too. Overall it... More 

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Ladera Ranch, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a great spot. But if you are group camping, they no longer allow vehicles 15 minutes to drop off gear if there are more vehicles in your group than there are spots (they do not provide adequate parking spots for group sites - probably just another dishonest California revenue-raiser - remember that the state park system is the... More 

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92 reviews 92 reviews
9 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Our family has been to many California beach campgrounds and with budget cuts and all, this campground and facilities are the cleanest. Appreciate the hot showers and all but you can get away with showering at the outside showers for free. You don't even have to bring quarters for the shower anymore, they have tokens for bills.

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Goleta, California
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25 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We rented a condo walking distance from this beach. It has paid parking in the lot, street parking with meters and then free parking farther up the hill. It has a snack bar and bathrooms. My son and his buddy caught some nice waves in the early evening and it wasn't crowded (on the surf line up at least!) This... More 

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Irvine
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14 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice place to camp near the beach. The sites are on the cliff above the beach so it is a short steep walk down to the beach. Be prepared as you'll have to carry up what you carry down. The best non-hookup sites are the ones along the fence on cliff edge. But those are extremely popular... More 

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Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We caped at site #160 in July. Not being from the area, we didn't realize that we should've done something to prevent the little ants from coming in our tent during the night! It was a bit noisy during the night too. There were some people that came in driving and yelling around in the early am hours (when it... More 

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I love San Clemente state beach, went here when I was younger many times and then went with a couple friends to spend the night last night. The night was awesome, we were hanging out around the fire and drinking, not being particularly loud, but EVERYONE was loud (little kids running around on bikes, dogs barking, etc)... around 8:30 -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

San Clemente state beach is a wonderful place for a relaxing camping experience! The water is beautiful & warm & you can see dolphins swimming right from the sand:) Firepits at camp sites are large which is great for cooking for a large group or staying warm & cozy. The facilities (shower & bathrooms) are well maintained & stocked. Also... More 

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