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San Clemente, California

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente, California



Edit 3030 Avenida del Presidente
San Clemente, California 92672
Phone: (949) 492-3156

Sites: 144
Recent Rate: $40 1/2017

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Latitude: 33.404034200391
Longitude: -117.60269880295
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

37 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We booked a week at San Clemente State Beach after reading mostly good reviews online and were disappointed with our stay. We stayed in the dry camping area $40 per night plus the reservation fee ($8). The sites are a decent size but grass is sparse, the firepits are so tall that you can't really enjoy the warmth of the fire unless you're standing up. The restrooms are very outdated, coin-operated like most CA state parks but the water was cold and took an entire coin (2 mins & 50 cents) just to get the water lukewarm. No dish station just a very small handwash sink near the bathrooms. Also our site 155 which was DIRECTLY across from the restrooms. When we asked the rangers if we could switch sites they said because we were there for a week they did not have a site available. "well you picked the site online", however when you choose a site online it doesn't reflect actually how close you are to the bathrooms. Whatever. Lastly there were several less than desirable neighbors. We were handed a note that said there had been thefts in the parks so lockup your generators and bikes. I did not feel particularly safe despite the rangers presence. One night the man living in his tent directly next to us (about 10 feet from our camper) was up all night sporadically yelling and cursing keeping me and my husband awake. All in all we felt that for $40 per night we it was not worth our stay. If you are just passing through and need a place to stay for the night it may be okay. Despite the downfalls of this park it was easy to get to and very close to I-5 and downtown San Clemente as well as the beach. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
155
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

I've never been to San Clemente State Beach and I've lived in Southern California for 30 years. I was pleasantly surprised! We stayed in a full hookup, pull-through spot. You won't find many full hookup campgrounds this close to the beach. The site was roomy and fairly level. The spots are close to each other, but it doesn't feel crowded. There's a picnic table and a fire pit. The fire pit had tall walls that made it a little difficult to watch the fire or feel its heat when you're sitting. We wanted to visit the beach, but dogs were not allowed. It looked like it was easy access; maybe a little steep. We had to cut our trip short by 1 day. The rangers were friendly about it. They told us it'll take 6 to 8 weeks to process the refund. Hey, that's fine, I'm surprised they give you a refund for such short notice. All in all, we'll definitely be staying here again. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We used our Mil-disabled status. Stayed in the dry camp area, next to the restrooms. Cleaned regularly and well kept. Only problem we had was the ants, and at night you could smell a nearby skunk, but never saw one. Plan on having ant spray B4 you arrive. We use the Home Defense pest spray, works well.

Nice, level, paved, wide space. There was brush and a tree between our site and the next. Park Rangers made regular security passes through the area.

Park is closed at night. They have a spike-guard exit and you need the code to re-enter after 10pm to open the gate. Would stay here again. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

First time camping here. Parking area is asphalt ours had a slight downward slope rest of sight is dirt. Large picnic table and fire ring. Sites are a little close no shrubs between sites. Most sites have no trees for shade. Our site had a nice view of the ocean in the distance, most sites have no ocean view. It a long walk to the beach, the trail to the beach is paved with asphalt which is nice. Very nice beach once you get down to it. Park is fairly quiet most of the time. The dry camping side of the park as a few site that have very good view of the ocean. If we stay here again that's where we will stay. It looked like they allow people to camp in the day use area. Seen several motorhomes that stayed in the same spot for the three days we were there. Talked to one guy that said he sleeps in his van there. They weren't messy just seemed strange to see them there day after day. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
62
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground with level pull-thru full hook-up asphalt sites that easily fit big rigs. Lots of space between sites. Picnic table and fire pit. Very near beach. Near Interstate 5; some road noise, but not bad. Train near, but again, noise not bad. Biggest complaint is that as soon as reservations are open (7 months in advance) people reserve all the sites for Friday & Saturday nights. Therefore, no RV sites are available for a week. But for retirees or people who can stay during the week (or if you can beat the crowd 7 months in advance), it's very nice. Also, cost is high for no amenities (no pool, hot tub, etc.). But it is California on the beach. There are lots of other campsites; this evaluation is only for RV sites. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1-72
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Beach. Near San Clemente town. Near San Juan Capistrano mission.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I happened to choose a lousy site (#4) without shade trees. The shady locations are more toward the other washroom & camp hosts. Other than that, the site was level, the restrooms and showers were clean and well maintained. The hook-ups all worked well. Verizon MiFi has a 4 bar (or 5 bar) reception. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for 2 nights at site 40. Pros: Most sites are flat and spacious compared to other state campgrounds. Beautiful views overlooking the bluffs. Staff is polite. Pet friendly. Pull thru sites. Cons: Only access to beach is a long walk down a very steep hill, definitely kid friendly. Very little shade. No campground store (definitely didn't see one if there was). Most sites are dirt, concrete and dead grass. Survey says: overall rating of 6.8/10. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has two areas, the full hookup area (where the sites are quite close together with little privacy or space) and the no hookup area (which has more room between sites and is closer to the ocean). We really liked being able to walk on the coast path to the pier (about a mile). If I were to stay here again, I would probably opt to take a site in the lower section without hookups; especially, if I could get one of the sites right on the bluff overlooking the ocean. All-in-all a very decent place if you want to be on the OC coast. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 197
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice pull-through with full hook ups. Beach is just a short walk away. Very nice wide sites with table & fire ring. Only drawback is that there is absolutely no grass, no wood chips, just dirt. But the sites are paved and level and it is a really pretty spot. We are 45 foot long and there is plenty of room for us and our Jeep. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Roads and sites are paved. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Decent site separation even in the full hook up sites. The FHU sites are in rows and don't have a lot of privacy. The no hook up sites are spread around a bluff and some have excellent ocean views but are for smaller rigs. You can hear Interstate 5 24 hours a day. Once you walk down the bluff to the beach you can only hear the ocean, not the freeway! We had fair 4G Verizon signal. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite parks in southern California. Nice facilities and great sunsets with Catalina Island sometimes in sight. This is one of the few state beaches or parks with full hookups available. The rate is with a California Disabled Discount Card. BTW, there is a disabled veterans card available that allows camping with no fees. The only problem we have ever had here is getting reservations. This is also one of the few California State Parks where you can reserve. Reservations for a specific site become available six months before your planned date. For example reservations during June can't be made until the 1st day of January. Reservations are made through reserveamerica.com, and you need to make reservations as soon as they are available. Week ends fill up fast. Stays are limited to 7 days. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice facility. Large sites. A short walk down the bluff to the beach. Great restaurants in downtown San Clemente. The beach trail starts just down the hill from the park, so you can ride bikes along the beach to the pier. Very clean, and the park staff takes good care of the area. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Really nice park for beach views from bluffs which the park sits on. It's a short walk down 1 of 2 steep paved walks to the sand. The beach is very nice and wasn't busy at all. All view sites are in the non hook-up area of the park. The hook-up sites are all pull-through and are OK, but certainly nothing special and not at all private. The three nicest hook-up sites that are closest to the bluff just happen to be occupied by the volunteer campground hosts. If I were to ever stay here again I would stay in the non hook-up for view and a bit more privacy. There are showers and flush toilets there also. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are a couple paved trails down to the beach. I would estimate approximately 1/4 mile down to beach. We stayed for one night. It’s a popular RV park so obtaining reservations can be difficult. Most of the sites are drive through and paved. Each spot that I observed had a picnic table and fire pit ring. The spot we stayed at had electric (30/50 amp) water and sewer connections. Some sites don't have these amenities. The bathrooms/showers are clean. Showers will cost you 25 cents for 2 1/2 minutes. I saw no grocery stores or restaurants within walking distance to the park. We will plan a return trip and bring the bikes next time. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful location but a bit pricey. The park is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Most of the pull through sites are further away from the cliff, so the view isn't as good. I believe most of the dry camping is located closest to the water. Decent showers but they are nothing fancy and are pay for use. The town of San Clemente is close by. We camped at San Clemente State Beach in a Motorhome.

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