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San Clemente, California

San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground

San Clemente, California



San Clemente, California
Phone: (949) 492-4872

Sites: 157
Recent Rate: $35 6/2016

Latitude: 33.403608764174
Longitude: -117.59812831879

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $1.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 1.00
  • 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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • 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) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • 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 ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

18 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the non-hookup sites. It is a quick bike ride to the beach with a few hills, but to have access to Tressels is great!
Less cost per night than San Clemente, but if you don't tow a car, be prepared to pay $15/night for a car as there is no overflow parking or street parking along the road (only near the highway).
The scenery and view are nice here too. Overall it was a nice place to stay if you can't get near the beach for camping (we prefer San Clemente if we can get it though).
The bathrooms were messy though as there are no garbage cans in the bathrooms and no soap in some and no sink in others.
The campground had a little bit of trash around, although we did see staff picking up, stuff can hide pretty well and a few campers don't care about what they leave behind.
Overall we'd come back again if we can figure out the parking.
We stayed in a motorhome with friends in a tent. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
151
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Bring a bike.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at a non-hook-up site, near facilities. Staff was nice and mostly helpful. The showers cost (fifty cents for 2 minutes) and no hand-soap in the restrooms, so bring your own. Short drive to the beaches, and your fee got you free parking at any of the other state parks/beaches. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
157
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Campground itself is located almost two miles inland from beach! Total bummer if you thought you reserved a spot at "San Onofre State Beach" which is actually located at the beach. Once you explain to the kids the importance of reading everything (even the small print) before buying, you're good to go. Campground is actually very nice. Is on Camp Pendelton Marine Base but open to public. Can see Marines training & working near-by. A shame it's so far inland, but if you can't get in anywhere closer, this is a great alternative. Bad (other than location): No sewer hook-up; water & electric only. No WiFi, and Verizon Data (3G & LTE) is spotty at best. Don't know about other carriers. Good: Somewhat close to beach (quick drive or 45 minute walk). Lots of trails to explore. OTA TV Channel selection better than average. Staff is helpful and nice. Clean. Shopping & Restaurants are within 2 miles. Your reservation allows you to park and use other ON THE BEACH State campgrounds for free (San Clemente & San Onofre). Overall: if you can't get on the beach and you have large grey/black tanks, this is a very good alternative. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely fantastic state park. Layout is great, sites feel private with plenty of room. Many sites have views of valley looking towards Fort Pendelton. You will hear artillery fire from time to time. Great location to access Trestles surf areas. Car sticker gives you free access to San O's beach. Easy access to San Clemete and Dana Point. Staff was very friendly. We stayed here for 2 weeks. Week days are empty, weekends are full. We will be back. Check for park closing due to military ops. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Our second time at this park because of proximity to family. If that weren't the case, we probably wouldn't come here. If San Clemente had any space, we would have gone there instead of here. There's noise from Camp Pendleton and I-5, even though it's a mile away. There's no view of the ocean, or anything else for that matter. Verizon aircard connectivity was sketchy at best. On the positive side, the sites are well spaced and have considerably vegetation between them, so privacy isn't a problem. The rangers and camp hosts were friendly and helpful. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

I like this park. It is dark, no lights at night. It is on a marine base, and sometimes there are loud explosions. No problem during the day, but the dog doesn't like it. There is shrubbery between every campsite so you are not right next to your neighbor. Nice park, not all sites are easy to back into with large trailer, so beware. 28, 23, and 30 are good for large trailers. I will camp here again We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We came to this park to camp with our friends. Large paved sites. Our site included a picnic table and fire ring. The dump station was not available this visit. We needed to go one of the other State campgrounds in the area in order to dump our tanks. We would return to the park again for a getaway, as it is within a 45 minute drive from our home. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice enough for a state park but pricey. I think this is the most expensive place we stayed during this trip and others were RV resorts with FHU, cable and pools, etc. for less than this. You can pick up a few SD TV channels on Antenna here. Some sites are roomier than others with some backing up to common grassy areas (inner circle). Its a long walk to the beach, but since its all back in we drove the toad to the town and beaches. It does fill up on weekends but everyone respected quiet time at 10PM. I might look for another park if I am in this area again. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Enjoyed this park a lot. We had space #3, which is directly across from restrooms/showers. One of the access roads to another area of the campground ran right behind our site, so was a little noisy. Also had some I-5 noise early in the morning, even though it's almost a mile away. The sites are fairly large and level, with lots of vegetation separating them. The E/W hookups worked as expected, and the double sanitation dump was very convenient, and actually very clean for what it is! AT&T cellphones and Verizon Aircard worked well here. We didn't use the showers, and only used the restrooms once or twice. I've marked them clean, but clean is relative. Considering how many campers use them, they weren't bad at all. We like this campground well enough that we'd like to come back. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped at San Mateo campground, the campground about 1.5 miles from the beach. This campground would not be my ultimate favorite to go to. There really isn't much to do. The Beach is far away (and if you take the trail be prepared for TWO big hills). There is no playground. I mean you can hang at camp but the sites aren't all that big either and I know it's summer but all the sites were really brown, as in dirt. And lots of it. We had water and electric hook-ups which were nice. But with CA raising its prices on camping, this campground will now be $60 a night for the partial hook-ups. Definitely not worth it in my opinion. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our absolute favorite campground! Showers are like "fire hoses." Rangers are really nice. Great pizza at Selma's. Calafia Beach is the best for riding boogie boards. Spaces are nice, wide and far apart from your neighbor. Best to use the showers around 3:00pm after the park people have completed their daily cleaning. We paid 1/2 price using our State Disability registration. California has doubled the price of nightly camping fee, and additional vehicles are now $15. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm reviewing The Bluffs only. Total dry camping. Bathrooms but no showers. We couldn't see the ocean. As the name implies, the camp sites are up on the bluff, if we wanted to get to the water we would have had to hike down approximately 50' down a very steep path, as we are disabled we didn't even attempt this. We stayed here only 2 nights, probably won't stay here again. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We found this park very comfortable and pleasant. The bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. The campground had several very nice sites and parking was fairly easy. Although there is no view of the ocean, it was a very close and easy drive to get to the beach. There are several restaurants and stores nearby. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is a gem! Friendly staff, clean sites, quiet, easy access, good security, it has it all. But, if you're afraid of rattlesnakes, I wouldn't stay here. Given the proximity to the freeway, I am surprised to always hear about one or two snakes sighted during our visits. Come to think about it, we saw a very large coyote on our last visit who boldly came into our campsite. Of course, that is what camping is supposed to be about, right? Nature at its best! Keep your dogs close to your rig and they'll be fine. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2008 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great place in the off-season. We were here midweek and lots of sites were available. Weekends and summers fill up fast. It's 1.5 miles on a trail to the beach. There is quite a bit of ups and downs on the trail so it is not just an easy ride or stroll. Sites 1-67 have water & electricity, the rest have no hook ups. Off season rate for hookup sites is $29 with $2 discount for seniors. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Motorhome.

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