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San Onofre State Beach

Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
+1 916-653-6995
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Not very accessible. That's not so bad. 15-20 mins hike to beach on a walk path. Cross a train... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Great for surfing and bringing your dog

Nice surf beach, you can bring your dog and there are fire pits for cooking or enjoying a fire on a... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2015
Karen W
San Clemente, California
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Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good24%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible8%
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“state beach” (8 reviews)
“surfing area” (3 reviews)
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Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Not very accessible. That's not so bad. 15-20 mins hike to beach on a walk path. Cross a train track that does not warn you of its approach at all times. The entrance/exit into surf at low tide can be tricky since it has a...More

2  Thank rightcoastplayer
Reviewed December 20, 2015

Nice surf beach, you can bring your dog and there are fire pits for cooking or enjoying a fire on a cool night.

1  Thank Karen W
Reviewed December 10, 2015

Considered as one of the most visited venues in California. Not only popular surfer venue but also ideal camper and swimmer destination. San Onofre State Beach is located next to inactive nuclear power plant, which only emphasizes its unusual character.

Thank Agnieszka N
Reviewed November 6, 2015

Friends brought me here in May 2015 for surf fishing mid-afternoon on a Saturday. Had fun fishing and caught fish in a span of two hours. We used clams for bait. The people around us were caught by surprise at the good sized croakers. The...More

Thank butchrey
Reviewed October 23, 2015

I have been surfing and camping at San Onofre over the years and the waves, warm waters, and classic weather keep surfers coming back to this gem with miles of beach breaks, camping up on the bluff and San Clemente nearby for dining and supplies.

1  Thank Tom R
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Amazing place! Great waves, clear water, stones and Amtrak train often coming, which make the beach weirdly awesome. The blue water is beautiful and you can watch surfers very clear. You need to hike for 10 or 15 minutes to get on the beach, a...More

Thank Car0lca
Reviewed September 21, 2015

We spent Labor Day weekend camping at San Onofre State Beach this year. We had a large party, with a total of 14 people and 6 tents. Usually the camping sites only allow 2 tents, but the Rangers are pretty mellow and as long as...More

1  Thank shobufamily
Reviewed August 28, 2015

Park the car at the Tresles beach parking near the south end of El Camino Real and follow the first group of surfers. They will guide you under interstate 5 , across a rail track to a secluded beach with great waves, better than what...More

2  Thank DdeKerf
Reviewed August 25, 2015

I went for a climb on the rocks with a friend of mine. We had a great time. I do not think that we were supposed to. Had some watchers from above. The beach was beautiful and so was the ocean. it was a great...More

1  Thank EveNParadise
Reviewed August 18, 2015

The epicenter of surf culture and also the epicenter of nothing on a flat uncrowded day. I love this place. I walk here from home. Peaceful, tranquil, with an edge of excitement in the water if the surf is good and the waves are choreographing...More

1  Thank KimBenTravelin
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