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San Onofre State Beach

Old Pacific Highway, San Clemente, CA 92672
+1 949-492-4872
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Like camping in a parking lot!

Our 7yr old had been wanting to spend extended time at the beach and for a camping experience. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sharin K
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Tustin, California
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They simply don’t care

We visited the San Onofre state park beach for the day. We paid the $15 entrance fee. The agent... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ludovic M
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Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible10%
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Old Pacific Highway, San Clemente, CA 92672
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+1 949-492-4872
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Sharin K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

2  Thank Ludovic M
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Reviewed 26 June 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

3  Thank antoniog19999
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Reviewed 11 November 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

3  Thank porsche74s
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Reviewed 16 September 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

3  Thank sjworldtravels
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a beautiful and uncrowded beach. It's important to know that you need to buy a pass to park. The pass will get you in to any state park.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Very spacious. I think you have to book a year or so in advance to get electric hook up. Nice area and your booking allows you into all state reserve parks ie san onofre surf beach for free which is good although California camp sites...More

Thank Jeff E
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

If you surf with a shortboard, longboard or SUP surf board. Don't miss it!!!. Rent the craft of your choice and Don't miss the oportunity to surf this mythical surfing beach. Tip: if you go with a surfboard and act as a local surfing there,...More

1  Thank Carles C
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

It looks like a parking lot but they overcharge. The staff is very rude and really only have a job but they do not care to do a good job! Very disappointing as I know many state parks that have great staff

1  Thank MagicIslandTeam
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Review is specific to bluff camping area and beach. I had 5 children ranging from 3-9, a dog and a special needs adult (no physical limits). We got two spots next to each other which I would recommend if you have more than 1 small...More

2  Thank christinawaldao
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