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San Clemente State Beach
Location / Directions :
Avenida Calafia, San Clemente
The beach is located near the south end of San Clemente on I-5 (Basilone Road.) The park entrance is reached via the Avenida Calafia exit, off I-5 near the south end of San Clemente. (949) 492-3156
San Clemente is a camping park along a scenic stretch of California coast that evokes the Golden Era of the 1920s. There are 157 campsites, of which 72 offer RV hookups.Trails lead to a mile of beach that is popular with surfers, body surfers, swimmers. Accessible camping, restrooms, picnicking, trail, and exhibits. Call ahead to use the beach wheelchair (949) 492-3156.
Popular with surfers on the north end of the one-mile beach. Other popular activities are skin diving and hiking along the trails on the bluffs. The beach has a landscaped bluff top with picnic areas. Trails lead down to the beach, which is also popular for body surfing, swimming, and skin diving.
Beach Wheelchair, Exhibits & Programs, Family Campsites, Fishing, Group Campsites, Hike or Bike Campsites, Nature Trails, Swimming
Campers (Max. Length) 28', Picnic Areas, Restrooms, RV Dump Station, RV Hookups, Showers, Trailers (Max. Length) 24', Reservations Recommended
Shop online, check out the free summer tram, get set to go whale watching or just check out the restaurants
Panoramic views abound in the natural cove that author and seaman Richard Henry Dana called, "The only romantic spot on the coast." Dana landed here during the hide trading days of the 1830's and described the charm of the steep cliff cove in his renowned book, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. In the days of the square rigged sailing ships, the rugged cove was known as BAHIA CAPISTRANO and was the major port between San Diego and Santa Barbara. It seemed only natural that this scenic cove was destined to become one of the most beautiful recreational harbors on the west coast.
The Dana Point Harbor Youth and Group Facility is a center dedicated to the promotion of boating, sailing and safety around the water. The one-acre site is the nucleus of many youth and group programs. Girl Scouts, Saddleback College, Boy Scouts, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are just a few of the organizations that use the facility for public instruction, and recreation.