San Clemente State Beach

UPDATE (July 16, 2020) - California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting San Clemente State Beach:

What is open now?
  • All day-use parking lots are open at full capacity.
  • Camping is now available at San Clemente State Beach, San Mateo Campground and San Onofre Bluffs. Group campsites will remain closed. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this Park:
  • San Clemente State Beach Historic Cottage and visitor center
  • San Clemente Group camps 1 and 2

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.  
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(949) 492-3156

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet

Park Hours

6:00 AM -10:00 PM
Everyday

Visitor Center:
Daily - 10am - 2pm

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Except for service animals, dogs not allowed on trails or the beach.

Driving Directions to San Clemente SB

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

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San Clemente State Beach is located at the south end of the city of San Clemente, California. The area around San Clemente is known for its ocean, hill, and mountain views, a pleasant climate and its Spanish Colonial style architecture. The city slogan is "Spanish Village by the Sea."  Visitors are attracted to the San Clemente area for its intense winds and dramatic location. ENTRANCE GATE IS LOCKED CLOSED FROM 10:00PM- 6:00AM


San Clemente has been a California state beach since 1937 and is popular among water sport enthusiasts, and anyone who wishes to escape from inland heat and nearby metropolitan areas for the day. The beautiful mile long beach stretches between the curling ocean surf and the foot of a steep bluff.

 

Additional Visitor Services
  • Calafia Beach Café (Calafia Beach stand)
  • LUV-2-CAMP, LLC (Camp Trailer Rentals)

 

Location-Directions
San Clemente State Beach is located at 225W. Calafia Ave, San Clemente, CA, 92672 in Orange County and is halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Interstate 5 South
Exit Ave. Calafia
Proceed straight onto Ave. Calafia
State Beach entrance will be on your left side in ¼ mile

Interstate 5 North
Exit Cristianitos Road
Turn left and proceed over the freeway
Turn right onto Ave. del Presidente
Turn left onto Ave. Calafia
State Beach entrance will be on your left side in ¼ mile

The entrance to San Clemente State Beach will be locked & closed daily from 10pm until 6am. Please make arrangements prior to your arrival if you need to check in for your reservation after that time.