San Onofre State Beach RV & Campground Guide

California

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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Weather
Spring 50-73 F
Summer 62-87 F
Fall 61-80 F
Winter 48-67 F
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Nearby Cities
Agra, CA
San Clemente, CA
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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.

Outside San Onofre State Beach

Located only 3 miles from San Clemente, there is a lot of fun to be had outside of San Onofre State Beach. There are restaurants, stores and sights to see that everyone can enjoy.

Restaurants

Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar San Clemente

Located just to the north of San Onofre State Beach, Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar San Clemente is a splendid seafood restaurant in San Clemente. It features spectacular entrees, sandwiches and even an oyster bar menu. You also can experience some beautiful ocean views while you have a bite to eat.

Type: Seafood

Location: San Clemente, CA

Cafe Mimosa

This small eatery features a popular brunch and a very nice patio. It offers New American and French dishes. Cafe Mimosa is known as one of the top brunch spots in all of San Clemente since it opened in the year 2008. Customers line up every week waiting for chorizo scrambles, smoked salmon tartines, croissant French toast and smoked paprika eggs Benedict.

Type: American/French

Location: San Clemente, CA

Vine Restaurant & Bar

This is a rustic, comfortable wine bar that pairs Mediterranean and California bites with a fascinating wine list that is carefully curated. Vine Restaurant & Bar is a wine country experience in Southern California. On offer are craft cocktails, an open kitchen and a semi-private dining table in the wine room. It offers a complete wine and food experience straight out of Napa Valley.

Type: Mediterranian

Location: San Clemente, CA

Shopping

Old Town San Clemente

Located in the heart of downtown San Clemente, Old Town San Clemente is a taste of the Wild West that the entire family can enjoy. It features eight eateries that offer something different for everyone. Grab a delicious pie at Blackbird Pies or a cigar at Casa Carreras Cigar Store. It's a western-style boutique shopping mall with flair. You can find some of the best attractions, restaurants and shops in all of San Clemente here.

Location: San Clemente, CA

Terry Senate Surfboards

Terry Senate Surfboards is a place where you can pick up a surfboard to take to San Onofre State Beach that you'll be able to use for years to come. It's a surf shop in San Clemente that has shaped iconic boards over two decades. Terry opened this shop in 1996 after being the head shaper at Infinity for several years. 

Location: San Clemente, CA

Rip Curl San Clemente

Rip Curl San Clemente has been a staple in the surfing scene since 1969. This store was built for surfers by surfers. It offers wetsuits, boardwear, surfing accessories and other surfing products.

Location: San Clemente, CA

Sightseeing

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach is known for its hill, mountain and ocean views. Featuring a Spanish Colonial style of architecture, it is popular around water sport enthusiasts and has been a state beach since the year 1937. It is located just below a steep bluff with strong winds and amazing campsites.

Location: San Clemente, CA

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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.

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. 

Per vehicle : $0

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

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