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San Onofre Beach

San Diego County

San Onofre State Beach


San Clemente, CA
Basilone Road exit off Interstate 5
(949) 492-4872


Day Use Parking: $15
Day Use Hours:
6 AM to 10 PM
Surf Beach closes at 8 PM during Standard Time, Bluffs closes at sunset.

Main Attractions

Facilities and Features


Hazards Include

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

Regulations (partial list)

  1. Do not climb the bluffs - unstable and dangerous.
  2. Collecting dead wood is prohibited.
  3. No alcohol except in campsites.
  4. Dogs are not permitted on trails or the beach.
  5. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  6. No collecting or disturbing natural features.
  7. No fires on the beach.


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San Onofre Beach, CA

San Onofre Beach

San Onofre Beach attracts surfers, swimmers, sun bathers, kayakers, cyclists, nature lovers, campers. It draws nearly 2½ million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular of California's beaches.

The state beach includes the main Surf Beach, the San Onofre Bluffs area with camping and beach access, and the San Mateo Campground. Coastal sections of the state beach leap-frog past the Camp Pendleton Beach Club and the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (shut down in 2013), both off limits to the public.

San Onofre State Beach map,  San Diego County, CA

San Onofre State Beach


The main parking lot for San Onofre State Beach is 3 miles south of San Clemente off Interstate 5 via Basilone Road. After exiting on Basilone, head south on old Pacific Coast Highway to Beach Club Road. Parking is $15 per vehicle. The lot is located on the sandstone bluffs overlooking the ocean.

To the south beyond the power plant, parking is available along the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in the area known as the Bluffs. Steep trails lead down to the beach. Trails, actually a number of locations along this section of the coast, are popular surfing areas.

To access the Trestles surfing area, some visitors park outside the state beach around Cristianitos Road and then head down the trail to the beach. Others park in the main state beach parking lot and walk up the coast to Trestles. For those camped at San Mateo Campground, a 1½-mile trail leads down to the beach.

Beach Facilities

At the main Surf Beach visitors will find chemical toilets, outdoor showers, volleyball courts, and a limited number of fire pits. Trails lead down to the beach. Surfers gather at Old Man's, one of the most popular surfing destinations along the coast.

Restrooms are also found at the San Mateo campground and the San Onofre Bluffs Campground.

three surfers on the beach

Nearby Restaurants

Groceries and Beach Supplies

Nearby Beaches

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at
CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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