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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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A Wind Swept but Beautiful Beach Environment

San Onofre is best known for the two old domes that comprise the nuclear plant that used to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Granite Bay, California
Beautiful Bike Ride Along the Coast

We are spoiled in Southern California with stretches of gorgeous coast. We took a gorgeous bike... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
San Clemente, California
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Popular with swimmers and surfers, this state park features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good23%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible8%
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“state beach” (8 reviews)
“surfing area” (3 reviews)
“park your car” (3 reviews)
Off Interstate 5 at Basilone Road, San Clemente, CA 92055
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank porsche74s
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

Thank sjworldtravels
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.

Thank briansocal1
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
Reviewed 2 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

Thank Carles C
Reviewed 15 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

Thank MagicIslandTeam
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

Thank christinawaldao
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Was in sites 112-114 for 4 nights. The good: beautiful. Nice shade. Lots of rangers around. Fire pits, picnic tables and big sites. The bad: Noisy. Highway and train tracks are close. Only an issue at night for those who like quiet. Beach is not...More

1  Thank coronella
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The worse ever. Now if your a surfer and you just want a place to sleep and you don't care that you are sleeping on the side of a freeway than this place is ok for you. But it is unbelievable no privacy since your...More

Thank Love2_Travel-Cook
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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
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