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San Onofre State Beach

World Famous Surfing Beach

San Onofre State Beach is a 3000 acre park with two campgrounds and multiple surf spots. Without the right direction one could get lost and never see the best the park has to offer.

There are 3 areas of San Onofre; San Mateo, The Bluffs, and San Onofre Surf Beach area.


San Onofre Surf Beach is the area you have probably heard about with world famous surfing, cars parked right on the sand, and a history of surf legends that rivals that of any popular Hawaiian break.

Die hard surfers join the San Onofre State Beach Surfing Club which supports the preservation of the state park and it’s history.

You cannot camp in this area but you can pay the day use fee and drive your car right up to the sand, which makes for an easy unload for day camp. The State beach comes equipped with bathrooms, fire pits, shade palapas, and pay telephones. There are cold showers out in the open.

On any weekend and everyday in the summer you have to get there early because this part of the park gets filled up fast. It is not unusual to wait in a line for two hours on a Sunday around 11am just to be let into the park. If you get there around 7am you should sail right in.

No reservations are taken for the San Onofre State Beach day use area. First come, first served.


San Mateo Campground has 65 campsites with all the hook ups and a trail that leads directly to well known Trestles Surf Break.

There is also 90 tent sites, hot showers, and fun campfire programs.

The San Mateo Campground is located off of the Cristianitos Road Exit off the I-5 in San Clemente, one mile east of the freeway.


The Bluffs Campground has 173 non developed campsites which means no hot showers, folks.

However the campsites are located right on the Bluffs overlooking the beach with access to 3 miles of unspoiled coastline for surfing, fishing, sunbathing (nude in one area), hiking, bike riding, and more.

To get to The Bluffs Campground exit Basilone Road off of I-5 in San Clemente headed west. Take Basilone all the way past the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant until it ends at the entrance gate to the campground.

To make reservations for either The Bluffs Campground or San Mateo call Reserv America at 800-444-Park (7275).

To see adjacent San Clemente State Beach Click here

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