San Clemente State Beach

3030 Avenida del Presidente
San Clemente, CA 92672



The ocean dominates the park’s activities. Trails follow two of the scenic ravines that cut through steep sandstone cliffs, providing easy access to the beach from the day-use parking area. Swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, body surfing, snorkeling, and sunbathing are equally popular. While experienced surfers appreciate the cresting surf breaks, the beach also accommodates beginning board riders.

Surf-fishing enthusiasts catch bass, croaker, corbina, and barred perch. In season during high tide, grunion come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Grunion may be caught only by hand. A valid California fishing license is required for all anglers age 16 and over.

The Nature Trail and the Butterfly Trail skirt the edge of the park. In summer, park staff conduct campfire programs, Junior Ranger programs, and hikes. Event schedules are posted around the park.


The family campground sits high atop the bluffs. Each of 160 sites has a fire ring and picnic table. Water faucets are nearby. The family campground has 72 RV spots, with electric and water hookups.

Two group-camping areas can each hold 50 people. Each campground has hot showers, flush toilets, and sinks. Group camp #1 holds up to 20 RVs; Group camp #2 takes tent-only campers with a maximum of 10 vehicles.

A picnic area displays sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean from bluffs 150 feet above the beach. Two group picnic areas are also available. The visitor center adjoins the 200-space parking area.

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access

Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs

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