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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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Family Surf Beaches

San Onofre State Beach has a few different choices (several day use areas and camping), so be sure what you want. Day use at the main surfing beach is our usual visit. Having... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
BrownGirl2
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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204 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Long strands of beach that are located beyond the parking areas and sand dunes. Restroom facilities are scattered all along the parking areas

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Boulder
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58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were working our way up the SoCal coast exploring beach towns and hanging out on the beaches. Coming up from San Elijo State Beach Campground, we were so disappointed by San Onofre. Not only is the area/beach right next to the nuclear power plant, but the campsites are terrible. They are packed in, right on top of each other,... More 

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Irvine, California
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a wonderful half-day escape near OC. The beach was very secluded, therefore less crowded. Even with the Surfing World Cup coming up, it's still considered quiet compare to other popular beaches in OC. The water was exceptionally clear, you could see sand crabs moving among rocks between the waves. Because of the serenity, it's not hard to discover... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great local beach, old time San Clemente Feel. Love the laid back vibe and hanging with the locals. I would recommend for any out of town visitors or locals alike.

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Murrieta, California
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479 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

6 trails take you down to the beach. We always chose trail 6. It is the furthest south. At the parking area there is a public restroom. Follow the trail just to the right of the restroom and you will come to the bluff. There is a bench there where you can rest and take in the view of the... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

San Onofre State Beach has a few different choices (several day use areas and camping), so be sure what you want. Day use at the main surfing beach is our usual visit. Having been among the original "San Onofre Surfing Club" members since 1956, we have enjoyed this beach through 4 generations of family! That being said, it is important... More 

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Mission Viejo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are going to stay here you are going to need to get friendly with your neighbors because you are right on top of each other. Also, if you are a light sleeper, good luck. The train coming through the camping grounds every 30-45 minutes at a night is loud and woke me up every time it came through.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

We choose trail one because we heard that it was dog friendly. We enjoyed taking our pitbull mix out for a day at the beach. We celebrated my husbands birthday at the beach and he loved it. The weather was hot so the water was perfect. I can't wait to go back...ok we can't wait to go back.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

We went on a Saturday in July, so expected a wait. Got there at about 8am and waited an hour to enter. $15 per car entrance. Our kids had fun learning, but the shoreline is rocky so they didn't last too long before becoming discouraged by hitting a few rocks. But seems like seasoned surfers did great. Everyone there was... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

I took a chance and just drove down here in the hopes there was a site open, and there were plenty on a Thursday! I come here because there are two places you can take your dog. The camping sites are asphalt, along the bluffs and along the train track. The train doesn't bug me at all; it doesn't come... More 

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