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San Clemente State Beach

I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA
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Redlands, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Upon arrival, the staff are friendly and helpful. There is the sound of the freeway during the middle of the night, but it becomes a part of the ambience. The walk to the beach is great. Also, it is a great walk to the pier, a little more than a mile. The campground does have an amphitheatre, which is available... More 

Thank Melody R
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Always been a real nice beach and area. Go there as often as possible. Nice and clean and not too awful crowded. Love the pier and the Beachcomber Hotel in the general area. Lots of open space still around which is pretty rare for southern California.

Thank Quadyak
San Clemente, California
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69 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

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 

1 Thank Hutchonthego
Chatsworth, California, United States
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68 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 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 

Thank Robert H
Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank Annchalee
Ladera Ranch, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

5 Thank Matt B
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135 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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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.

5 Thank Shawn M
Goleta, California
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141 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 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 

1 Thank GoletaMom
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110 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

1 Thank campfamily50
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89 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 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 

5 Thank muchfuntotravel
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