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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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TripAdvisor
  • 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 priva...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Weed garden. Very sad to see as a California native the poor condition of the grounds. No access to anything. Very little maintenance even though we pay the highest taxes in the nation.Indifferent emp...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Stayed at site 174 ocean view with vegitation, about a 15 min walk down to the beach, was able to ride my bike, skateboard, fire pits where there, not all sites have a ocean view. Had a great time.
  • I love it here. I go camping here twice every year. It's beautiful.
  • Good place for family fun. Bring your own shade because it gets hot.
  • Great spot for longboarding. Convenient camp spot if you live in the O.C.