Bluffs Campground at San Onofre State Beach is one of three large beachfront campgrounds on the border of Orange and San Diego Counties. This campground is located in San Onofre State Beach, which features nearly 4 miles of sandy beaches. The campground itself is on a large bluff that overlooks the ocean and the railroad tracks, just west of Interstate 5. You should expect Bluffs Campground to be noisy from the highway, railroad, and activities at nearby Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. The other campgrounds in the area are San Clemente State Beach Campground and San Mateo Campground, which is located inland within San Onofre State Beach.
San Onofre State Beach is a popular surfing destination with miles of sandy beaches. There are also a number of hiking trails available on the inland portion of the park near the San Mateo Campground. The Bluffs Campground is largely a developed RV campground spread across 3.5 miles, and would not be ideal for a great tent camping get away, although campsites 46-93 are designated as tent-only campsites. The campsites are situated as parking spaces with a picnic tables and fire rings at the end of the parking spot. Dogs are allowed on the beach but only in the areas around Trails 1 & 6 that lead to the beach from the campground. There are additional day use areas north of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which divides the beach in half.
There are 175 campsites at The Bluffs Campground at San Onofre State Beach, all of which offer picnic tables, fire rings and access to (cold) outdoor showers, drinking water, and bathrooms with flush toilets. A dump station is available, and camping supplies are available within a few miles.
San Onofre State Beach – Bluffs Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||175 Campsites|
|Showers:||Yes – Outdoor Showers|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground open mid-may through October.|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.37794, -117.56815|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Clemente, California|
|Location:||San Diego County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||5 Miles|
From I-5 near San Clemente, take the Basilone Road exit. Drive south on Basilone Road for a couple of miles to the campground entrance.
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When To Go
Spring & Fall – Like most beaches in Southern California, San Onofre State Beach is busiest in the summer, but Spring and Fall also still offer great weather. The best surfing on the north end of the beach is in the summertime
What To Do
Surfing – Surfing and surfing competitions are popular at the north end of San Onofre State Beach
Hiking – There are several hiking trails that head inland from the north end of the beach
Relax on the beach – The beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.
Image Credits: Lars Dugaiczyk via Flickr