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San Onofre State Beach

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Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
Phone Number: 916-653-6995
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Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of...

Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.

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Lonesome beach at times

If you don't mind whaling beside an old nuclear power plant, this beach is fine. It is less traveled by tourists.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Palm Springs, California
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First off this is a "dry" campground on bluffs above the beach. There are trails down to the beach. Some quite steep and others not so steep. You actually can drive right to the water level as you first enter State Beach, however parking is limited in this area and fills up on weekends. The campsites sit along a paved... More 

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Southern AZ
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind whaling beside an old nuclear power plant, this beach is fine. It is less traveled by tourists.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice beach that offers amazing surfing. It has an area for camping and for motor homes. There is a lot of rocks on the beach so you need to be careful getting in and out. No food facilities available on the beac. A must go place for surfers!

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San Clemente, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great surfing location, but be prepared to traverse large rocks in shallow water to get to the waves. Sandy beaches, but not a good place to swim because of the rocks in shallow water. Excellent place to have a picnic and stroll along the beach. Parking is $15 per car, no charge per person. No public transport. Walk down the... More 

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Florianopolis, SC
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is inside a state park. Easy to access, but a little bit different to find. There are good waves and it is easy to park. Good for families and surfers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We camped two nights for a family reunion. The group camp site was nice. The area was flat with lots of places to put tents and some nice trees for shade. The fence was especially nice to keep young children contained. The restrooms were as clean as could be expected and the beach not crowded. The biggest problem was the... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Volleyball courts, grills, shade, bathrooms, accessible, great waves! Such a fun place to bring teenagers to enjoy the beach!

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Thank climbergirly
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Stayed 1 night at site 18, had a great view! The camp ground only had a few visitors so our experience was very peaceful and quiet. The trails 1&6 have trails to beaches dogs are welcome on. Had the beach all to ourselves. Great surf- warned from life guards there were shark sightings and sting rays; didn't seem to keep... More 

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Tustin, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Having camped all over the Western US this overpriced, loud, glorified parking lot may be the worst place I've stayed. Don't think you're close to the beach! The long and steep walk is nearly perilous in places. Spaces are tight together and if not the train noise then surely the loudspeakers from the Truck Weigh Station will ruin your day.... More 

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San Clemente, California
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Great longboard spot. Lines to get in on weekends. Picks up a lot of different swells. Always crowded, very mellow break so good place to learn.

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