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Camping at San Clemente State Beach

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San Clemente State Beach is a popular destination for campers and beach enthusiasts. Located in Southern California, this park features beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and offers a variety of outdoor activities including camping, swimming, surfing, and hiking.

Camping Reservations

Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak season, which generally runs from late spring to early fall. You can make a reservation online through the ReserveCalifornia website or by calling their reservation number. It is advisable to book well in advance as spots can fill up quickly.

Campground Information

Campgrounds at San Clemente State Beach are equipped with amenities such as restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire rings. There are spaces available for both tent camping and RVs, with certain limitations on vehicle length. Some sites offer electric and water hookups.

Operating Hours & Seasons

San Clemente State Beach is open year-round, but campground services and availability might vary by season. Always check the park’s official website before planning your trip for the most current information.

Fees & Passes

Camping fees vary depending on the type of site you reserve. Day-use fees are also charged for those not camping but wishing to use the beach facilities. Annual passes are available that can offer savings for frequent visitors.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Restrictions: Due to high fire danger in California, there may be restrictions on wood and charcoal fires. Propane stoves might be allowed; check current regulations when you arrive or in advance.

  • Pets: They are typically allowed in the campground but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and are not permitted on the beach.

  • Alcohol: Possession and consumption of alcohol might be restricted in certain areas.

  • Quiet Hours: Most campgrounds have enforceable quiet hours, commonly from 10 PM to 6 AM.


  • Beach Access: The beach offers opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing.

  • Trails: There are hiking trails nearby providing scenic views and chances for wildlife observation.

  • Educational Programs: The park may offer interpretive programs and junior ranger programs for children.

Weather Conditions

San Clemente has a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures most of the year. However, be prepared for variable weather, including coastal fog, especially in the early morning or late evening. Evenings can be cool, so bring appropriate clothing.


Efforts are made to accommodate visitors with disabilities, including accessible camping sites and restrooms. Check with the park directly for specific accessibility options.

Nearby Attractions

  • San Clemente Pier: A popular spot for sightseeing and fishing.

  • Dana Point Harbor: Offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and dining.

Before heading to San Clemente State Beach, always verify the most current information with California State Parks or ReserveCalifornia, as regulations and conditions can change.

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