San Onofre State Beach is a 3000acre state park located in San Diego County, California, USA. The beach is 3mi south of the city of San Clemente on Interstate 5 at Basilone Road. The state park is leased to the state of California by the United States Marine Corps. Governor Ronald Reagan established San Onofre State Beach in 1971. With over 2.5 million visitors per year, it is one of the five most-visited state parks in California, hosting swimmers, campers, kayakers, birders, fishermen, off-duty Marines, bicyclists, sunbathers, surfers, and the sacred Native American site of Panhe. It is named after the fourth-century saint Onuphrius.Located between San Onofre Bluffs and San Onofre Surf Beach is the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which was officially shut down in June 2013.Park attractionsThe San Onofre Bluffs portion of San Onofre State Beach features 3.5mi of sandy beaches with six access trails cut into the bluff above. The campground is along the old U.S. Route 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. San Onofre includes San Onofre Bluffs and Beach areas; San Onofre Surf Beach, a day use facility; San Mateo campgrounds and day use facility; and Trestles, accessible via a nature trail from San Mateo Campgrounds. Alcohol is banned from all beaches within the State Park.Put San Onofre State Beach into our San Clemente trip maker site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Clemente.
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San Onofre State Beach Reviews
sjworldtravelsSeptember 15, 2017
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... more »
briansocal1September 7, 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. more »
Jeff ESeptember 3, 2017
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 g... more »
Katherine B.July 6, 2017
This is a surfer beach, not really and chilling beach. Shallow beach, surrounded by big cliffs. Some parts of the beach you will have to hike down (like at the campsite) to some very rocky beaches (there is small sandy beach). Parking is very limited not recommended if you have a sports car because of the dirt road is very uneven. Overall if you like surfing, this would be good place, not too far from car to water, waves are good, and you have restrooms and showers.
Pablo GrabielJune 14, 2017
There is a good surf break. The beach is cobbled in spots and the state has removed the showers that were in place in the past. Old time surfers and their families still come to enjoy surfing and mingling.
Megan ChumbleyJune 19, 2017
We had a great spot that was pretty private. The train didn't bother us at all and neither did the freeway. The bathrooms were fairly clean too which was nice.
Jason smootJune 25, 2017
Great 'undeveloped' SoCal Beach known for surfing but is cool for a little off the beaten track beach day. Not easy for some to get to as it requires a decent walk from the highway to reach but if you're capable it's a great place to check out.
Danny OwsnettJune 20, 2017
The traffic on I5 at night was soothing and actually sounded like the ocean waves. Nude beach was fun too.
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