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San Onofre State Beach

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Address: Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
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+1 916-653-6995

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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Winter Camping

We have visited this campsite 2x's in the last month.... and I love it considering it's been freezing. Both times that we have stayed the campground is very peaceful and quite... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Whittier, California
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San Clemente, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably the best surf anywhere on the west coast is just north of SanO ... Trestles. If you never heard of it then this is not your place.

Thank Steve J
San Marcos, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Weed garden. Very sad to see as a California native the poor condition of the grounds. No access to anything. Very little maintenance even though we pay the highest taxes in the nation.Indifferent employees wondering where they went wrong. They should be energetic stewards of the treasure they are entrusted with. The bluff campground and actual beach is miles away.... More 

Thank sdw10729
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

There's a reason why some of the best surfers come to this beach: the waves are always great year-round, the beach is well-maintained and there are fewer tourists roaming around. The lower trestles area is my go-to spot next the wedge in Newport.

Thank Richard C
Henderson, Nevada
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770 reviews
320 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 467 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Really good surfing area, especially a bit south. Can park up alongside the freeway and walk down the pathway. Or park in the neighborhoods and walk the beach. Surfers build shelters here for chilling out after some tough riding. Bring your own refreshments. Can bike the pathway behind the beach down to the Marine base.

Thank Zoom_Gotti
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Terrible park! Numerous trains, noisy highway, discusting rest rooms, crappy beach, and no cable. Never again

Thank chrishouston3
Whittier, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We have visited this campsite 2x's in the last month.... and I love it considering it's been freezing. Both times that we have stayed the campground is very peaceful and quite. Walk to the beach is a little further than expected but once you get there it is beautiful and calm. I have booked my 3rd stay here for February... More 

Thank mariagonz1979
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I grew up at this beach...Every weekend throughout every summer, we camped here, fished here, body surfed. It was always clean, great place for families to visit and go camping for a summer holiday.

2 Thank Mindy H
Irvine, California
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135 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We came wanting to body board, but the beach is mostly large rocks and was not usable for us. Unfortunately, our $15 admission was wasted on a short visit and then on to Laguna Beach. This beach appears to be suffering in the summer of '16 from fairly severe beach erosion. There was very little sandy beach left and it... More 

Thank Rexflash
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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278 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

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

Thank JimH88011
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64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

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 

1 Thank MasColorado

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