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Location and Access

San Mateo Campground lies within San Onofre State Beach in California, and it's one of the state's most popular camping spots. The campground is not located directly on the beach but is a short drive from it. San Mateo Campground is part of San Diego County but lies near the border with Orange County. To access the campground:

  • Address: The address for navigation is San Mateo Campground, San Clemente, CA 92672.
  • Driving Directions: It's accessible via Interstate 5 by taking the Cristianitos Road exit. From there, you will follow the signs leading towards the campground.

Camping Facilities

  • Campsites: There are over 150 campsites available for tents, RVs, and trailers, including sites with electrical hookups. Each campsite typically includes a fire ring and a picnic table.
  • Amenities: The campground provides hot showers, flush toilets, and a dump station. Drinking water is available throughout the park.


  • Booking: Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak season, and can be made up to six months in advance. They can be booked through the ReserveCalifornia website or by calling their toll-free number.
  • Occupancy: Each campsite usually allows up to 8 people.


  • Hiking: Numerous trails can be found in the park, offering a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife of the area.
  • Surfing: San Onofre State Beach is well-known for its surfing spots, including Trestles, which is accessible from the campground.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing on the beachfront, but they must adhere to California fishing regulations.

Safety and Regulations

  • Wildlife: As with any park, visitors should be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to avoid attracting animals to the campsite. Properly store food and dispose of garbage.
  • Fires: Campfires must be confined to the provided rings or barbecues, and fire regulations are subject to change based on conditions.
  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed in the campground but must be kept on a leash at all times and are not permitted on the beach.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours typically from 10 PM to 6 AM, to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

  • Weather: Coastal weather can be variable, with cooler temperatures and fog common in the mornings, clearing up to sunshine later in the day.
  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from late spring through early fall when the weather is more predictable and warmer, although the park remains open year-round.

Contact Information

  • Campground Office: For any questions, you can contact the campground directly. The phone number or email for the San Mateo Campground or San Onofre State Beach is generally provided on the state park's official website.

Please note: The information provided above is intended for San Mateo County Memorial Park within the context of San Onofre State Beach. There can sometimes be confusion due to the existence of a separate San Mateo County Memorial Park located in Loma Mar, California, which is not part of San Onofre State Beach. Always double-check the desired destination while planning your camping trip.

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