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San Clemente State Beach

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Camping Never Looked So Good


Blue water, white sandy beaches, and camping! My favorite three things.

Imagine the feel of a campfire warming your exhausted sunburt body after an epic day of surfing , boogey boarding, swimming, and body surfing. That, my friend, is San Clemente State Beach.

Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this popular beach park attracts water enthusiasts and those seeking a break from city life.

Mild temperatures range between the 60’s and 70’s during the day and between 40’s and 50’s in the evenings, almost year round.

The less than 10 inches of annual rain falls primarily December to March.

The camping park was a gift from the H.H. Cotton Company, the developer of the city of San Clemente. Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente, designed the park as the new coastal community’s outdoor amenity.

The trademark of San Clemente State Beach Park is its sandstone bluffs formed under the ocean some 30,000 years ago.

Native plants are abundant throughout the park. A rock garden at the campground hookups area display species native to the area. Wild hyacinths, scarlet pimpernel, mariposa lilies and California poppies decorate the park in a rainbow of colors.

Expect to see gray foxes, coyotes, squirrels, opossums, raccoons and skunks. In the winter, monarch butterflies migrate past and come to rest in the eucalyptus trees on the east side of the park.

The avid bird watcher will be in heaven here with the highly visible avian population – mourning doves, hawks, ravens, northern mockingbirds, and even wild flocks of green Amazon parrots.

On the north side of the park, be sure to visit the tide pools at low tide where you will see starfish, urchins, crabs, mussels, and limpets.

California Sea lions can be seen resting on the rocks and in early winter and spring, migrating California gray whales pass by.

Directions to the park: From I-5 exit Avenida Califia and go west. Entrance is a left off of Avenida Califia approximately 300 meters from the freeway.

Price: Call the park before you go because the price changes and varies depending on size of vehicle, type of site, and length of stay. You can reach the park directly at (949) 492-3156.

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