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.
San Clemete State Beach Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||160 Campsites|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin Operated|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Address:||225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, California 92672|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.404064, -117.602221|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Clemente, California|
|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.
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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
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.
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