San Onofre State Beach, San Clemente

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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.
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  • Beach was indeed from San Clemente station down a little to the South, where there are popular as the surf point. I felt the culture, California seems to be able to see near the campground, enjoy surfing relax stay, campers and people.
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  • 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 th...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a really beautiful piece of the California Coastline! It is a great place to collect seashells, fantastic place to surf, and you park right next to the beach area, with only a few steps to the shoreline from your vehicle (makes for very easy loading and unloading with small kids or a family). There are public restrooms, and the folks who go here always seem laid back, good natured, and friendly. Wonderful place to sit back and watch the tide go in or out, too! Best of all, entry is free if you are camping at San Onofre or San Mateo Campground. Gotta love saving $15 per day!
  • Outstanding beach and park conveniently off the I-5. Location provides a amazing view of the ocean off a large cliff. Access trails down to the beach provide a perfect place to enjoy an outing.
  • Super cool experience if you reserve certain campgrounds. Make sure you do some research before you make reservation. The actual beach at the campgrounds is very rocky! There is another more swimable beach down a ways more comfortable for playing and all the parking was included with purchase of campground.
  • Beautiful. We stopped into the campground for a restroom and found some beautiful paths and lookouts on the cliffs as well. Neat place 🌟
  • One of the classic surf breaks. Loads of fun. Awesome atmosphere. Long paddles out.

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