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San Onofre State Beach Bluffs Campground California

San Onofre State Beach Bluffs Overview

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San Onofre State Beach Bluffs Campground has 175 campsites along old U.S. Route 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluff above the Pacific Ocean. About half are designated for self-contained RVs and the other half are for tents. There are also 3 group campsites available.

Campsites with views of the ocean include 1-23, 99-119, and 146-174.  The rest have a berm or bushes blocking your ocean view. Sites 46-93 have trees and vegetation in between the parking pads – offering some privacy, but these sites are pretty small. Campsites 103 and 104 are for camp host.

The parking lot/parking pads are paved. Each campsite also 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 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.

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

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Amenities
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Showers
Activities
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skin Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking Trails
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wind Surfing
5200 Pacific Coast Highway
San Clemente, California 92672
Lat / Long:

33.36056, -117.53944

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Campsite Types
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

100

# of Campsites:

175

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San Onofre State Beach Bluffs Comments & Reviews

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47 Comments on “San Onofre State Beach Bluffs”

  1. 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. 😁

    • 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. Are the handicap spots close to the restrooms ?

  3. 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!

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

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

      • Just to clarify, in a site like 31 we would be able to use it for tent camping?

      • Hi Molly,
        Yes – you can pitch a tent at site like #31 (and similar sites) at San Onofre State Beach – Bluffs campground. Tents must be on the dirt area though.

      • Tony Armer says:

        I have a truck bed tent – does this fall into the allowed use – it would not be on the ground it would be in the bed of the truck

      • Hi Tony,

        Yes, you can camp using your truck bed tent site at the San Onofre State Beach campsites.

  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

    • 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. 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.

    • 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. 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?

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

  9. Rachel D says:

    Do you know if camping spot 52 allows a tent trailer? Are the restrooms porta-pottys? Is there warm showers available for purchase?

    • Hi Rachel,
      San Onofre Bluffs has vault toilet (porta-pottys) and cold (free) showers. There are no warm showers available at the campground. A small tent-trailer will fill fit in site 52.
      FYI – we will be taking photos of each website for San Onofre Bluffs and will have those on the site in the next few weeks.

  10. Antonio Parker says:

    Would I be able to fit both a 22′ RV and a tent at spots 1-23? Or 2 tents in one spot? thanks

    • Hi Antonio,
      We actually just took photos of all campsites an San Onofre Bluffs and hope to have those up later next week. I did check sites 1-23 and they are large enough for a 22′ RV. Most all sites will also accommodate 1 tent and 2 small tents should work, but it’d be tight.

  11. RACHEL BRIGNONI says:

    So, can you for sure tent camp at site #98 & #97?

    • Hi Rachel,

      On double checking, campsites #97 and #98 at San Onofre State Beach are designated trailer/RV (up to three vehicles). With that said, you can pitch a tent on the dirt area by the picnic table/fire ring if there is room. Might be best to triple check with ReserveCalifornia at 800-444-7275.

  12. Hi there. Thank you for a great post! Do you know what’s the different between “Primitive campsite” (1-23) and “Tent primitive campsite” (67-93)? My friends and I are planning to go there, we have 3 people, 1 car and 1 tent, we don’t have an RV or trailer. Will we be able to stay at a RV/trailer site like 1-23 or will we have to stay at a tent site 67-93?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Ryan,

      Great question! To our knowledge the “primitive campsite” (1-23) can accommodate an RV, trailer, OR tent – but there are no hookups. The “tent primitive campsite” (67-93) are just for tents. As noted, you can tent camp in sites 1-23. Have a great time!

  13. Eric Blaes says:

    can anyone reserve a handicap spot at your campground?

    • Hi Eric,
      Only campers that have an ADA/handicap license plate and/or sticker can camp at handicapped sites at San Onofre State Beach Bluffs campground.

  14. Joan Donoghue says:

    The system will not let me reserve a campsite, it is an endless cycle of signing in – reserve site – hello! – sign in – reserve site – hello – endlessly, so frustrating. Am I do something wrong or is your site not working?

    • Hi Joan,
      Sorry you’re having problems with ReserveCalifornia (the agency that handles reservations at San Onofre State Beach Bluffs campground). It’s been known to have a glitch or two. You might try calling ReserveCalifornia directly at: 800-444-7275

  15. What does “primitive campsite” mean? I’d like to book camping but unsure if 1) can we have tents? 2) Will picnic table be there? 3) Firepit? 4) Bathrooms? Nearby or a bit of a walk is fine 5) Will we need to walk to the campsite? That’s ok – I’d just like to know what to expect

    • Hi Gabby,
      Great question and I think “primitive” doesn’t really apply to the campsites at San Onofre State Beach.
      Each of the campsites (including “primitive”) at San Onofre State Beach Bluffs has a parking pad, table, fire ring and grate. There’s also water spigots, vault toilets, cold showers and an RV dump station. About 1/2 the sites are for tents and the others are for self-contained RVs. FYI – most don’t have a ton of room for tents so it’s good to check out the photos.

  16. Natascha Kroger says:

    Hi, what sites # are designated for tent camping on the bluff

  17. We have reservations for Primitive Campsite #9 in September. Will a 34 foot motorhome fit in that spot?

  18. Is tent camping allowed at RV sites ? site 149 ?

  19. Hello! Was wondering if the showers were private closed showers ?

  20. Fire pit? Why when I click on certain campsites it says Fire Ring NO Fire Ring with Grill YES? This is terribly confusing. Does it have a fire pit or not? Thanks.

    • Hi Susan,

      Not sure why Reserve California lists some campsites as having a fire pit and others without (and grill too). We photographed all campsites this year and ALL have a fire ring. To our knowledge, all also have a grate (or grill) that folds over the fire ring.

  21. Hello,
    I have reserved Unit: San Onofre SB – Bluff Camp (sites 1-23) – Primitive Campsite – BF012

    Is that considered ok for tent camping? I don’t want to end up in an RV only spot
    Thanks

  22. Adam Campbell says:

    Can you park a travel trailer (21′) at surf beach for day use?

    -Adam

    • Hi Adam,
      Unfortunately you can not. No vehicles over 25 feet are permitted in the day-use (Surf Beach) area of San Onofre, and no towed vehicles are allowed.

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