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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. Check in time is 2pm and check out time is 12pm.

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. Generators are permitted from 10am to 8pm. Overflow parking for campers is also available.

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
  • Overflow Parking
  • 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
  • ADA
  • 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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112 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,

      Campsites 1-23, 99-119, and 146-174 have a view of the beach at San Onofre Bluffs Campground. 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.

      • Bridget says:

        Why does it say Campsites with views of the ocean include 1-23, 99-119, and 146-174 if you mentioned in your above comment that no sites have a view? Thank you! Hoping to go tomorrow actually just need to book a spot!

      • Good catch Bridget!
        I’ll get that copy updated. Actually those campsites we listed (recently photographed a few months ago), do have a view of the Pacific Ocean. Have a great time!

      • It looks like you can see the ocean in the distance looking at sites 47-66. I’m interested in 51 and 52. Can you see the ocean beyond the shrubs?
        Thanks!

      • Hi Susan,
        Yes, if you’re standing next to the fence (or on to of the table) you can see the ocean/water from campsite #51 and #52. You can’t see the beach though.

  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.

      • Vanessa says:

        Regarding Campsite B093, what is the tent setup size? And, dies tent set up behind picnic table or on asphalt?

      • HI Vanessa,
        Tents need to be set up on the dirt area. There is an area about 20 feet wide by 10 feet deep behind the table/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.

  23. Christian Loewy says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to reserve site 133 for a few days in August. Just for my sanity, I am allowed to tent camp at this site, yes? To be clear, I would be tent camping ONLY, as I do not own an RV.

    It is a bit unclear if tent camping ONLY is allowed at ALL RV sites, or just a select few.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Christian,
      Although ReserveCalifornia has site #133 designated as ‘trailer/rv/primitive’, tent camping is allowed if a tent can fit on the dirt area. There is room for a tent (perhaps two small ones) at campsite #133 so you’re good to go. Have fun!

  24. Hi ,

    Which spots can you have tent camping and have a trailer ?

    • Hi Cale,

      Although ReserveCalifornia has some campsites designated as ‘trailer/rv/primitive’, tent camping is allowed if a tent can fit on the dirt area. Most have enough room (in dirt area) for a tent, but there are a few campsites that do not.

  25. I am looking to do tent camping on site B167, we do not own and rv, could we still camp here if we pitch a tent on the dirt area and bring 2 cars (non RV) ?

  26. Hi,
    We are coming to San Mateo Campground tomorrow. From the site I can’t tell if the “primitive tent” sites 148 or 155 can ONLY allow tents or can they fit trailers?
    We can do tent only but have a 28′ travel trailer we’d prefer to bring. I’ve read everything I can find and can’t find if trailers are allowed in that loop.

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Keith,
      Both of those campsites can fit up to three vehicles and 8 people max. Pad length on both is around 45 feet. Generally it is okay (reference campsite photos #141, #142, and #146 (has trailer). The final call is made by the camp host though. I’ve never heard of anyone not being able to park a trailer in the ‘primitive tent’ campsites at SAN MATEO campground.

  27. Hi,

    I have campsite 156 at the bbluffs allow a tent?

  28. Unit: San Onofre SB – Bluff Camp (sites 120-145) – Primitive Campsite

    I just reserved a spot for camping, yet the reservation was not specific, whether it had an ocean view or not, and if the trails go to the ocean or not and what is the distance to the ocean if so.

    • Hi Jazmin,
      Did your confirmation indicate which campsite you chose?
      San Onfore 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. You can also click on the Campground Map to see where the trails are that go to the beach.

  29. I have a tiny 12’ pop up trailer (“Aliner”) and a Honda CRV, from the pictures it feels like we could squeeze into one of sites 79-85 which are available for our trip dates. Would this be permitted? How long/wide are the spaces?

    • Hi Michael,
      Your Aliner and Honda CRV will fit in those campsite parking areas (79-85). The parking pad width is 16 feet (length 20 feet). Campsite #85 has a large tree (overhang) that may be an issue, but parking your Honda under the limbs should be fine.

  30. Suzette End says:

    We reserved #93 at the bluff campsite for mid June.
    We will have 4 adults/2 tents/2 cars. Is this site to small for us?

    • Hi Suzette,
      Campsite #93 will accommodate 4 adults (up to 8), two cars and two (small) tents. The tent pad area is about 12 feet deep by 16 feet wide.

  31. Hi There!

    My girlfriend reserved campsite BF137 for Saturday. Is this an RV campsite or a tent site? We do not own an RV so just wanted to make sure we are all good!

    Thanks!

  32. Morning Ranger,

    I reserved site BF031 can I fit my 26’ RV and setup one tent in the dirt area?

  33. Hello Ranger,
    We are RV camping in mid June and I know there are no hook ups, but is there a location to fill up our RV water tank before we set up in our site?
    Thanks.

    • HI Chuck,
      There are accessible water spigots throughout San Onofre State Beach Bluffs campground. Not positive on the policy on filling up RV/trailer tanks though. There’s also an RV dump station at the campground.

  34. I reserved site B150 for a tent. Will a tent fit in that spot? Thank you!

    • Hi Nancy,
      Yes, you can have a tent on the dirt area, but it’ll be a bit tight. As shown in the photo, you have about a 10×10 area, but you might be able to move the table around to give you more room and away from fire ring.

  35. Hi. We have site BF015. Are we able to have a tent on this site? We primarily camp in our truck but were curious if we could have a tent as well?

  36. We reserved #BF110 at the bluff campsite for August.
    We will have 4 adults/2 tents/2 cars. Is this site to small for us and does it allow tent camping? A friend also booked site 111 and has the same question.

    • Hi Rayna,
      You can have up to 3 vehicles and 8 people at campsite 110 and/or 111. However, the tent pad area (on the dirt is small – about 5×5. You may be able to fit another tent, but it’ll be very tight (in either site).

      • Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

        Do you know if site 115 is the same way?

  37. Also, for sites 110 & 111 & 115, are we able to put our tent on the concrete instead of the dirt? Thank you for all of your help!

  38. Is the San Onofre Bluff campsite 118 big enough for a 18×10 tent? I just purchased a tent but wasn’t sure if the space can accommodate that size.

    • Hi Angela,
      It looks like campsite #118 has a little bit more room for a tent – compared to the other sites, but it’s hard to tell if an 18×10 foot tent will fit in that spot. ReserveCalifornia.com has the tent pad size as 8×6, so you’re larger tent probably won’t fit.

  39. I will be in campsite 107, can park a 29ft rv there

  40. Courtney says:

    I heard from a friend that the bluffs are dangerous for smaller children and they could fall off. In one comment you mentioned that the drop off is 1/2 mile from the sites which seems far enough. Do you feel this is a good campsite option for children or is safety a concern? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Courtney,
      Good question. The campground/campsites are a good distance from the bluffs/cliffs above the beach. As noted – probably about 1/2 mile. The campsites are flat and safe for children – no hazards nearby other than keeping an eye out for occasional campground road traffic that will pass by your campsite. FYI – there are trails from the campground/campsites to the beach.

  41. We will be camping at site 118 next week. What is the size of the tent pad area?

  42. Frank Durham says:

    Hi, we have camp site # 64 at the San Onofre Bluffs starting 7/9/2021. Can I bring my 24′ RV and park in the parking spot instead of using a tent? I know there are no hook ups but that is ok, we don’t need them. Thanks,

    • Hi Frank,
      Campsite #64 can accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 8 people. The parking pad length is listed as 20 feet. You can park a trailer or RV there, but not quite sure if your 24′ RV will fit. There is some overhang off the back, but might not be enough to keep the front of your RV out of the camp road.

      • Frank Durham says:

        Fantastic, thank you. I’ll check the overhang length on the RV to be sure.

  43. Hi is there room for a tent at campsite B095?

    • Hi Kellyn,
      Campsite #95 is designated for trailer or RV. You can have up to 3 vehicles and 8 people on the site. The dirt area will not have room for a tent unfortunately.

  44. Mamabear says:

    What size tent can be pitched at site B61? Also, can the ocean be seen from that site or how far is it walking distance? I am going with 3 children, and 4 adults including myself, knowing where the facilities are relative to this site would be most helpful. We have 2 trucks and want to give the kids a camping experience. Thank you!

    • Hi Mamabear,
      Campsite B61 does not have an ocean view. It can accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 8 people. The tent pad area is 12×12. You can click on the campground map to get an idea of facilities/trails close to the campground. Trail #3 South is the nearest trail to the beach (from your campsite). It’s about a 1/2 mile walk down to the beach.

  45. Magin J Magoski says:

    Hello, I booked 2 campsites for tomorrow. It says it allows 2 cars per site. We have 4 cars but we have a 5th car coming up (driving solo). Is there overnight overflow parking?

    • Hi Magin,
      Yes – San Onofre State Park does have overflow parking for campers.

      • Thanks for this info! Is the overflow parking for campers free? And does it typically fill up, or is there usually space on a Friday evening? Last question, is it far from the campsite 080?

        We’d really like to bring an extra car with some equipment, but if there’s a chance that it’ll be a hassle to find parking, we might just try to cram.

      • Hi Bob,
        There is quite a number of overflowing parking spaces so they don’t usually fill up. You can check out where the overflow parking is located (P) by clicking on the campground map button. There is some parking really close to campsite #80.

      • Oh, and I’m not sure if they charge for overflow parking.

  46. Space Sm64 states Sub Administrative site. Is this open to the public to make reservations!

    Thank you

    • Hi Helene,

      Great question. If it is listed as an admin site, then it is usually not reservable. Occcasionaly they may open it up, but most often not.

  47. Hi, I was able to reserve BF010 last minute for this week . Can we tent camp only here? Get confused with the RV site but many comments say you can tent camp at certain sites . Thanks

  48. I am staying at San OnoFre SB Bluff primitive campsite BF 155 & also 156. How big of an trailer or RV can I park there?

  49. We have camp site BF086 at San Onofre, do we know the tent pad size. Hard to tell in the picture. You mention its small, we have 8 adults little concerned about now

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