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San Onofre State Beach Camping

San Diego County

San Onofre State Beach Camping


Interstate 5. 3 miles south of
San Clemente, CA
(949) 492-3156


Day-Use Parking: $15


Two campgrounds - San Mateo Campground (inland) off Christianitos Road and
San Onofre Bluffs Campground south of main parking area along old Pacific Coast Highway

San Mateo Campground Facilities

San Onofre Bluffs Campground Facilities

Reservations and Fees

San Mateo Campground
Sites 1-100 open to reservations year-round
Sites 101-157 can be reserved April 1 to September 30 and over major holidays (otherwise these sites are closed)
Bluffs Campground open for reservations May 16 to September 30 (otherwise closed)

San Mateo and Bluffs Campgrounds:
  $35 Peak Season*
  $25 Non-peak season

Group sites:
  $200 - $225

*Peak season is April - October

Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
San Onofre State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM>

San Mateo Campground

San Onofre State Beach's San Mateo Campground offers 157 campsites for tents and RVs or trailers. RV or trailer only sites are #1 - #67. Other sites are for tents, trailers, or RVs. Trailer sizes for all sites range from 24 feet to 40 feet.

The 1½-mile Nature/Beach Trail leads to Trestles Beach, an area popular with surfers. To visit San Onofre's main Surf Beach, campers must drive to the main parking lot north of the nuclear power station. (The power station is now closed.)

Camp frees cover one vehicle and 8 persons per site. As many as two additional vehicles may be at your campsite if they fit on the pavement. Trailers and RVs are considered vehicles. There is a fee for additional vehicles. Generators may be operated between 10 AM and 8 PM. Dogs must be kept on leash and confined to a tent or vehicle at night. The showers take quarters.

Campfires are only allowed in the established fire rings. Alcohol is permitted in the campground. The campground fills quickly, so make your reservations early.

map of San Mateo Campground at San Onofre State Beach, CA

San Onofre Bluffs Campground

San Onofre's Bluffs Campground is found along Old Pacific Coast Highway at the southern end of the state beach. The bluff-top campsites are adjacent to the road and overlooking the ocean. The campground is open from May 16 to September 30. A number of trails lead down to the beach.

Unlike San Mateo Campground, Bluff Campground offers no hook-ups. Campsites are designated for either RVs or trailers or for tents. Tent sites are #46 - #93, while RV or trailer sites are #1 - #45 and #94 - #175. A group campsite is located between sites #66 and #67. Restrooms and dump stations are situated at regular intervals along the 3½-mile long campground.

The Bluffs include a day-use area at its northern end.

Nearby State Beach Camping

San Clemente Beach Campgrounds

225 Avenida Calafia
San Clemente, CA
(949) 492-3156

Campground Facilities

Fees and Reservations

RV campsites with hookups:
  $60 Peak Season*
  $45 Non-peak season

Standard sites:
  $35 Peak Season*
  $25 Non-peak season

Group campsites: $200-$280

*Peak season is April - October

Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
San Clemente State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Crystal Cove State Park Campground


8471 N. Coast Hwy., south of Corona Del Mar and north of Laguna Beach
(949) 494-3539

Moro Campground Facilities

1Low Impact = Soft-sided trailers, van conversions, or tents

Camping Fees and Reservations

Discounted Rates: November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014 - $35 per night for standard sites, $55 for sites with hook-ups
Regular Rates: (Beginning May 1, 2014) $50 for standard site, $75 for site with hook-ups
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
Crystal Cove State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Greater Area RV Campgrounds

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA
949) 729-3863
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
RV Sites: 382 RV sites, tent sites
Amenities: Back Bay Bistro, banquet facilities, market place, pool and spa, watersports and beach rentals, playground, fitness center, laundry, restrooms, marina, boat launch
Rates: $$$$

Oceanside RV Park

1510 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
(760) 722-4404   Oceanside RV Park
RV Sites: Full hook-ups, 30 amp, cable TV, tent sites
Amenities: Propane, laundry, bathrooms with showers, meeting room, spa, pool, walk to the beach
Rates: $$

Paradise by the Sea RV Resort

1537 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
(760) 439-1376   Paradise by the Sea RV Resort
RV Sites: 91 sites with Cable TV, WiFi, full hook-ups, 30 amp or 50 amp
Amenities: Pool, hot tub, restrooms, laundry, small grocery/RV store, recreation room, beach rentals, walk to beach
Rates: $$

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