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San Clemente State Beach

I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA
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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You need to book this area early...it sells out quickly during peak travel times. We were at Groupside 2...you really want to book site 1....it is closer to the cliff/beach....but overall, a fantastic place to camp. We had a bit of seasonal rain but it was still mild, and not too cold. The fire pit in the group sites is... More 

Thank Bzymamacee
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46 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love that it is not crowded. There are a lot of rocks though. The beach is a short walk from my house and it stays pretty quiet. It is very clean. Nice beach to go to when you want to relax and enjoy the ocean. Our girls love it and have so much space to run without bothering anyone.... More 

Thank Britny H
Redlands, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Upon arrival, the staff are friendly and helpful. There is the sound of the freeway during the middle of the night, but it becomes a part of the ambience. The walk to the beach is great. Also, it is a great walk to the pier, a little more than a mile. The campground does have an amphitheatre, which is available... More 

Thank Melody R
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Always been a real nice beach and area. Go there as often as possible. Nice and clean and not too awful crowded. Love the pier and the Beachcomber Hotel in the general area. Lots of open space still around which is pretty rare for southern California.

Thank Quadyak
San Clemente, California
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72 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

The campground sprawls in land from the cliff above the Ocean. There's really only a couple handfuls of choice spots adjacent to the ocean. I suppose if you've gotten your fill from the beach during the daytime it may not matter. Other than that there are plenty of bathrooms with full plumbing and hot showers for a couple bucks in... More 

1 Thank Hutchonthego
Chatsworth, California, United States
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74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

As previous reviewers noted, this is not a quiet campground. Not by far. The noise from the freeway is loud at all times. Even louder than the ocean. Depending on your spot, it might be slightly better or worse. We camped (TENT) at 87 which was close to the ridge and the little tower which has a few benches overlooking... More 

1 Thank Robert H
Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

If you are okay with surrounding noises then you probably will like this place. It's next to the freeway, Amtrack railroad, construction, and next to camp Pendleton practice navy base. My boyfriend doesn't mind all that. I myself like walking the trail to the beach. They have a picnic table and fire ring with grate for cooking too. Overall it... More 

1 Thank Annchalee
Ladera Ranch, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a great spot. But if you are group camping, they no longer allow vehicles 15 minutes to drop off gear if there are more vehicles in your group than there are spots (they do not provide adequate parking spots for group sites - probably just another dishonest California revenue-raiser - remember that the state park system is the... More 

5 Thank Matt B
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Our family has been to many California beach campgrounds and with budget cuts and all, this campground and facilities are the cleanest. Appreciate the hot showers and all but you can get away with showering at the outside showers for free. You don't even have to bring quarters for the shower anymore, they have tokens for bills.

5 Thank Shawn M
Goleta, California
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143 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We rented a condo walking distance from this beach. It has paid parking in the lot, street parking with meters and then free parking farther up the hill. It has a snack bar and bathrooms. My son and his buddy caught some nice waves in the early evening and it wasn't crowded (on the surf line up at least!) This... More 

1 Thank Valerie K
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