San Onofre State Beach RV & Campground Guide


San Onofre State Beach offers amazing surfing and beautiful bluffs, and the tidal wetlands are stupendous in this unspoiled, rugged wonderland. It is located in the North Coastal region of San Diego, California, just north of Agra and south of San Clemente. You will find three excellent beaches at San Onofre — Trails, Old Man's and Trestles — and with camping nearby, there is a lot to love for RV enthusiasts. 

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Summer 62-87 F
Fall 61-80 F
Winter 48-67 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in San Onofre State Beach

There is an abundance of camping and RVing opportunities at San Onofre State Beach. RV fanatics know that RVing is a splendid way to enjoy California's state parks and beaches.

If you do not currently own an RV, it is simple to rent one from RVshare that will make your stay in the area an enjoyable one. You can find an RV that suits your particular budget and size requirements while including the features you want most. 

San Mateo Campground

San Onofre State Beach offers 157 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents at its inland campground called San Mateo Campground. These all feature electric and water hookups. The campground also features picnic tables, fire pits, an amphitheater, nature trails, restrooms, and hot showers. 

San Onofre Bluffs Campground

The San Onofre Bluffs Campground features 157 sites for tents and RVs. There are no hookups at this campground, but it does feature restrooms, hot showers, fire pits, picnic tables, and trails directly down to the beach.

San Onofre Beach Camp Pendleton

San Onofre Beach Camp Pendleton is located just a few hundred meters from San Onofre Beach. It features a serene oceanfront camping setting with RV spaces and cottages for rent. It also offers guests the ability to rent surfboards and paddleboards. Rates start at just $35 per night for an RV campsite with water hookups.

San Onofre Beach Camp Pendleton features sites with and without electric hookups. All sites have water and sewer hookups. There is Wi-Fi, and it is a pet-friendly campground with some breed restrictions. It also features recreational equipment rentals for football and volleyball.

Paradise by the Sea RV Resort

Paradise by the Sea RV Resort is located just southeast of San Onofre State Beach in Oceanside. It is near Buccaneer Beach and the historic California Highway 101. It offers full hookups, cable television, free Wi-Fi and pristine cleanliness. It's very close to the West Coast's longest wooden pier. Rates start at $52 for a premium back-in site that faces south.

There are 91 sites at Paradise by the Sea RV Resort, and the campground is home to spectacular amenities such as restrooms, laundry facilities, a grocery and RV supplies store, a recreation room, a nearby beach, a pool and a hot tub.

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What to Do at
San Onofre State Beach

Inside San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach offers plenty of fun for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers, campers, fishermen, bicyclists, and kayakers. Over 2.5 million people a year visit San Onofre. You can see sea lions, whales and dolphins as you take in the magnificent scenery. 

San Onofre features world-class surfing at Surf Beach. The beach is only for use during the day and does not allow camping. It does, however, offer fire pits. There are surf breaks that beginners can surf on and also areas like Trestles Beach that have some of the best waves in the United States. Surf Beach has three breaks called Old Man's, Dogpatch and The Point. They perform optimally on a south swell. It is difficult to walk into the water in this area because it is completely covered by a rock reef.

Trails is an area that is farthest to the south. It has a rocky bottom and sandy surf breaks. This is the last point you can camp at the scenic San Onofre. It's rustic with cold showers on the bluffs and flush pits close by.

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How to Get to
San Onofre State Beach

From San Diego, drive north on Interstate 5 and look for the park several miles before San Clemente on the left side of the interstate on the ocean. Coming from the north, drive south on I-5 and go past San Clemente. San Onofre will be on your right-hand side about 3 miles after San Clemente.

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Entering San Onofre State Beach

Surf Beach is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from April 15 through September 31. From October 1 through April 14, it is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bluffs/Trails is open from 6:00 a.m. to sunset. San Mateo Campground is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

San Onofre State Beach Per vehicle : $0.0

There is no fee to enter San Onofre State Beach if you are not camping. 

RVshare is thrilled that you are interested in visiting San Onofre State Beach. After you have explored the beautiful beaches, you can also have fun in the places nearby. Please be sure to tag RVshare in your social media posts. Also, be certain to email your most exciting photos to the site at [email protected] so that the team can share your adventure! RVshare might even share your trip with its readers on its blog or social media channels.

Frequently Asked Questions About San Onofre State Beach

What is the best time of year to visit San Onofre State Beach?

The best time to visit San Onofre State Beach is during summer. The warm summer weather makes swimming, surfing, and sunbathing more enjoyable. Also, enjoy fishing, hiking, and whale watching on these lovely shores.

What is the climate of San Onofre State Beach?

San Onofre has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, sunny, and dry summers. The winters are often cool and wet. Summer temperatures reach 87 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures can go down to 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are there designated RV camping spots in San Onofre State Beach?

There are 157 designated campsites in San Mateo Campground with RV sites and another 157 campsites at San Onofre Bluffs Campground. The campsites at San Mateo Campground are the only ones that have electricity, water, picnic tables, and grills. In addition, there is an RV dump station at the San Onofre Bluffs campground.

Are pets allowed at San Onofre State Beach?

Pets are allowed at San Onofre State Beach Park. However, for their safety and the safety of others, pets are not permitted on the beach. Pets may join excursions on the trials and at campsites provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet, monitored, cleaned up after, and well-behaved.

Is San Onofre State Beach accessible for disabled visitors?

The beach park is handicap-accessible with ramps, parking spaces, and trail access. Accessible restrooms and showers are available. A beach wheelchair is free to use and available at the lifeguard station.