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San Clemente State Beach

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Address: I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA 92672
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Spent the day sunning on the beach and fishing on the pier. The pier has an excellent restaurant with indoor bathrooms and the prices are reasonable. The view is stunning any time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Spent the day sunning on the beach and fishing on the pier. The pier has an excellent restaurant with indoor bathrooms and the prices are reasonable. The view is stunning any time of day or night!

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Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Locals take advantage of this beach early in the morning for walking, running, and surfing. The parking lots are free in the morning.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is a great little beach in San Clemente. We went mid morning on a Monday and the beach was nearly empty which we appreciated. The parking is $1-2 per hour which is typical for the area.

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Naches, Wa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

The beach is pristine. It is peaceful and clean. We camped on a cliff. There were raccoons and critters and birds just like home.

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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

It's definitely a great beach good for families with lots of lifeguards. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the fact that the showers are turned off I guess because of the draught. I went to North Beach just up the road (supervised by the city) and the showers were fully operational. On the brighter side, there's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We love this beach! It is clean and not to crowded. The kids love the train and there are nice restaurants as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

i have been coming to this beach and pier all my life. there is an outstanding beach and pier here to enjoy. its always relaxing and enjoyable. now there is a recreational trail going north, so bring your walking shoes or a bicycle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We rented a house just a short walk from this beach for a week and had a great time. The beach was very family friendly with lifeguard stations and plenty of room to spread out in the sand. My 8 1/2 year old grandson had such a blast playing in the water that we could hardly get him out when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

While staying in san clemente to attend a wedding, I drove down to check out San Clemente State Park and Beach. Very nice area. Numerous families enjoying South California beach with numerous children. Lots of parking (there is a day fee charge) and an ice cream/hamburger convience area. Lifeguards on the beach plus a patrol boat in the water for... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Want a nearly flat walking/running trail with an oceanview? This phenomenal. You can start at the state park, south end, and go south along the rock trail next to the railroad tracks, for a private less traveled area. That ends at Nixon's old home/compound. Or head north for a easier well beaten dirt/sand path. This direction is busiest and you... More 

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