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San Onofre Bluffs Campground (California)

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5200 Pacific Coast Highway
San Clemente, California 92672
33.36056, -117.53944

San Onofre Bluffs Campground at San Onofre State Beach has 175 campsites along old U.S. Route 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluff. The campsites are small and tight. About half are designated for self-contained RVs and the other half are for tents. Group camping is available. The parking lot/parking pads are paved. Each campsite has a fire pit, grate and table. The campground has vault toilets, drinking water, an RV dump station and cold showers. There are no hookups.

There are not many campsites that have shade at San Onofre Bluffs. Your best bet would be Campsites 23, 24, 25, 93, 94 and 105-119 may have a few campsites that get shade from taller trees. Tent campsites 46-64 and 67-93 have a bit more privacy.

There are 6 trails leading from the campground down to the beach. The campground has beach is very popular with surfers, swimmers, surf fisherman, kayakers and sunbathers. In fact, San Onofre is world famous for its historic surf break. Popular surf locations here includes ‘Trestles, Church, Surf Beach (The Point, Old Mans and Dogpatch), and Trails.

Day Use Areas

There are two day-use areas ($15 per day entrance fee for day-use), located at the South and North ends of San Onofre Bluffs Campground.  In addition, the San Onofre Surf Beach offers a day use area with parking right next to the sand. This area is about 1 mile north of the campground and is usually full by 8:00 a.m. on weekends (so get in line by about 6:30 a.m. for a good chance at getting in and finding a parking spot). You can also drive down to drop off stuff, but would need to park your vehicle up in the overflow area.

Also keep in mind that Highway 5 is very close to the campground and you’ll hear the traffic rather than the surf break.

San Onofre – San Mateo Campground is another option. This campground is 3.5 miles inland from San Onofre State Beach.

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16 Replies to “San Onofre Bluffs”

  1. S.Clark says:

    We are trying to plan a weekend little getaway camp trip in August… I have read tha the spaces are small and close together, this may be a dumb question but… what spaces would you say have the best view of the beach for tent camping and or slightly more privacy than the others. Maybe a spot with trees or not close to a busy area where there is constant foot traffic. I/we have never been here before, so it’s hard to plan without ever seeing the area. Just from looking at the map, it’s hard to tell. Thank you so much in advance. 😁

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi S.Clark,

      None of the campsites have a view of the beach at San Onofre Bluffs Campground. You may be able to sneak a peak of the ocean when standing on top of your table. All sites are about 1/2 mile from the edge of the bluff/cliff that overlooks the beach/ocean. There are six trails from the campground area you can take to the beach. You won’t find many sites with privacy either. Canmpsites that are on the end of each section may offer a bit more privacy. Tent campsites 46-64 and 67-93 also have a bit more privacy (bushes in between the sites).

      Also there are not many campsites that have shade at San Onofre Bluffs. Your best bet would be Campsites 23, 24, 25, 93, 94 and 105-119 may have a few campsites that get shade from taller trees.

  2. Lisa says:

    Are the handicap spots close to the restrooms ?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes, the handicap (ADA) campsites are located next two the bathrooms at San Onofre Bluffs State Beach campground.

  3. Sha says:

    Hi Camp Ranger,

    We would love to plan a visit to spend the weekend at San Onofre Bluffs. We would be tent only camping. I was turned off of San Mateo due to the long one-way walk to the beach. I understand we will need to walk down to the beach, but is it easy for body-able folks to haul a small cooler, umbrella, towels and sand toys to the water from the Bluffs? I do not mind a lack of an ocean view from our site, the freeway sounds, lack of shade (we have a canopy) but the quickest/shortest walk to the beach is my main concern….Any suggestions on best tent sites to book in advance for? (I assume we will need to call for costs etc.) I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Shea,

      The trails from San Onofre Bluffs campground are about 1/2 mile to the beach. Their a bit ‘rugged’ and steep (dropping down to the sand). They probably would not be the easiest to pull anything, but you could carry and make it okay. Another option is to drive about a mile to the San Onofre Surf Beach day-use area. Here you’ll find a great beach, waves and parking that is right next to the sand. There is an entrance fee ($15) and is open from 6:00AM to 10:00PM. Keep in mind that (especially on weekends and during the summer mid-week), all parking will be taken by 7:00AM, if not earlier. We recommend you get in line at 5:00AM (but it’ll be worth it!). You can drive down to drop off stuff, but would need to park your vehicle up in the overflow area.

      As for best tent campsites – they are all about the same (and small). Click HERE for a write up and recommendations for best campsites at San Onofre Bluffs Campground.

  4. Keith says:

    Hi camp ranger,
    Is tent camping allowed on RV sites?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Keith, the self-contained RV sites at San Onofre Bluffs campground do now allow tents.

  5. Alicia Rodriguez says:

    I am looking for a site for tonight. I have reserved tomorrow thru Thurs but would love it if I could get a spot tonight

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Alicia,
      Campsitephotos.com is not associated with the campgrounds we have listed on our site. We provide the photos of each campsite, campground information and links to check availability/make a reservation. Your reservation window (arriving tonight) for San Onofre Bluffs campground is too short. You’ll need to have to go to the campground and see if there is a spot (cancelation) available. No guarantees.

  6. Erik says:

    Hello.. where is the best place to day park at the Bluffs Campground and surf fish below the bluffs? And does each trail have restrooms near them? Thank you.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Erik,
      The San Onofre Bluffs day use parking is located before and after the campground. There are a few day-use parking spots scattered throughout the campground. There are about 14 restrooms in the campground/day use area – each about 1/4 to 1/2 mile part. Some of the restrooms have trailheads closely and down to the beach/ocean where you can surf fish. Restroom #4 has a trailhead to the beach and day-use parking. Might want to give that a try. Good luck and have fun!

  7. Joie says:

    Hi. We booked two campsite and per camp site is max of 8 people. Is per campsite only can have one tent? If not can it be next to each other?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Joie,
      The campsites at San Onofre Bluffs campground are pretty small (for where you can pitch a tent), but if there’s room in your site – you can pitch two tents.

  8. Robert says:

    Hi Camp Ranger,
    How much is the entrance fee for a day use, just for fishing? (Tomorrow-Sunday)

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Robert,
      The entrance fee for day use at San Onofre Bluffs is $15 per day.

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This state beach is 3 miles south of the city of San Clemente on Interstate 5 at Basilone Road. San Onofre Bluffs and San Onofre Surf Beach are located south of San Clemente on I-5 (Exit Basilone Road).

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