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Beautiful Bike Ride Along the Coast

We are spoiled in Southern California with stretches of gorgeous coast. We took a gorgeous bike... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2017
San Clemente, California
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Well Maintained and Safe With Lots of Washrooms

I used to walk down the hill from the San Clemente Inn to the beach and then walk along the beach... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
Calgary, United Kingdom
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Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
Old Pacific Highway, San Clemente, CA 92672
+1 949-492-4872
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

I used to walk down the hill from the San Clemente Inn to the beach and then walk along the beach pathway to the very end and take the bus back to the San Clemente Inn. The beach pathway is really well maintained and safe...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank notjudgemental1
Reviewed November 15, 2018

It's not for everyone, as the line to get in the beach can be a pain. If you love to surf, this is an old school throwback beach with perfect waves. Would recommend going super early am...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Forresthroughthetree
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I am there 4 days a week, all year long. Nothing compares for a surfer if you live in CA. In the summer, too many non locals, but otherwise the place is great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank deanoff52
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Huge surf, nice white sand, not many people. We went mid December on our way to the Redwood National Forest. There are many beaches along the way but we randomly ended up stopping at this one. It was amazing.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank andrewmJ6890YT
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Even if you don’t surf grab your cooler, pay the entry fee, and be entertained by one of my favorite scenes. Very cool vibe just be respectful of the surfers if you enter the water. Don’t get in their way - They don’t have brakes!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TheSarasotaRealtor
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Our 7yr old had been wanting to spend extended time at the beach and for a camping experience. We had booked a 2 night camping trip at this location and we stayed only 1 night. The campsite location is literally next to the freeway and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 223sharink
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

We visited the San Onofre state park beach for the day. We paid the $15 entrance fee. The agent doesn’t give you information about parking. There is long stretch of parking spots on the right side. At the beginning at the park,there are parking restrictions...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Ludovic M
Reviewed June 26, 2018

I would not recommend this beach to any beach goer. I do not know the name of the architect who designed this beach but he did a horrible design. The architect who designed this beach has you waiting in line in a dirt road with...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank antoniog19999
Reviewed November 10, 2017

San Onofre is best known for the two old domes that comprise the nuclear plant that used to generate electricity. It's usually a windy beach, and there's not much attraction here except the roar of the ocean waves as they crash on the beach. Still,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank porsche74s
Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

We are spoiled in Southern California with stretches of gorgeous coast. We took a gorgeous bike ride from San Clemente to San Onofre beach. Lovely flat road that is safe without highway traffic. Takes you by Trestles Beach a fabulous surfer destination in san Clemente....More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank sjworldtravels
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Best Secluded Malibu Beaches (1 Replies)
My fiancé & I are in the process of planning a California coast road trip honeymoon. I have been looking at what seem to be some of the more scenic & secluded beaches in the Malibu area & was looking for opinions on which might be the best. The beaches I've been looking at so far are Point Mugu State Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach, Surfrider Beach, El Pescador State Park, & San Onofre State Beach. Thanks!
September 10, 2013|
Response fromElleBe_LA|
All of the beaches are secluded because they're mostly private, with private homes sitting on them (although the beach itself is open to the public). Point Magu is extremely far north of Malibu. Surfrider is not in any way secluded, it's a major surf spot and the site of the Malibu Pier. San Onofre is not in Malibu, but about 2 hours south of LA (Malibu is north). I would look into Leo Carrillo and Point Dume (especially the Rock, in front of the restaurant The Sunset).
So Cal coast tent camping sites (1 Replies)
We are fleeing the sub-zero cold and dark of Alaska next week, and would really like to find a nice place to camp between LA and San Diego- preferrably near the ocean. I found San Onofre State Beach has tent sites, but it is near the highway and RR tracks. A bit noisy in the campground, and we would appreciate more the sound of surf. We are heading also to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and would appreciate any information on remote car camping there. Thanks for any info!
February 03, 2006|
Response fromalaurelc1|
Where did you end up camping in San Diego? We are going next month and looking for a great park along the beach.