San Clemente State Beach Campground is a large campground that provides access to scenic beaches that are popular for swimming, body surfing, and diving. The north end of San Clemente State Beach (near Doheny State Beach) is popular for surfing. The campground itself, is very developed and is actually located on a bluff overlooking the beach, with only a handful of campsites that have a view of the ocean. There is also a 2 mile long walking trail that runs through San Clemente State Beach.

There are 160 campsites at San Clemente State Beach, all of which offer picnic tables, fire rings and access to coin-operated showers and bathrooms. A handful of hike-in/bike-in campsites are also available. Of the 160 campsites, 72 offer full RV hookups. Wifi and a dump station are also available. Camping supplies are available near the campground at a season store.

Online Campsite Reservations

San Clemete State Beach Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 160 Campsites
  • $35/night for Tent Campsites
  • $60/night for RV Full Hookup Campsites
  • $5/night for hike-in/bike-in campsites
Use Level: Heavy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin Operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Address: 225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, California 92672
Geo Coordinates: 33.404064, -117.602221
Nearest City/Town: San Clemente, California
Elevation: 90 Feet
Location: Orange County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Less than one mile

From I-5, take the Avenida Calafia exit. Head west to the entrance to San Clemente State Beach.


Phone: (949) 492-3156 Facebook:
Web: California State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Like most beaches in Southern California, San Clemente State Beach Campground 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

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What To Do

Surfing – The summertime offers surfing at the north end of San Clemente State Beach

Relax on the beach – The beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.

Online Campsite Reservations

Fun Facts

San Clemente State Beach was partially developed by the H.H. Cotton Company, which built the city of San Clemente. The buildings on the grounds of state beach feature the mission style buildings that are prevelant in the city. One of the cotton company’s project managers is credited with first envisioning a large beach park on this location.

Image Credits: Jeremy Pawlowski via Flickr

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