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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 1 week ago
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We live in the area. Unlike the main San Clemente beach this one is less crowded. It's best to arrive before noon for close parking. We arrived around 9am and the half to the beach stairs was about 50' The sand is normally void of rocks and the surf is at it's best. They have a pretty good snack bar... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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