Contact Number

  • (949) 492-3156

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • 6:00 AM -10:00 PM

    Visitor Center:
    Daily - 10am - 2pm

Park Activities

Except for service animals, dogs not allowed on trails or the beach.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 30 Feet
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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.

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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

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

Attention all visitors and campers! 

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing exceptional outdoor recreational facilities and experiences. As part of this ongoing effort, we have undertaken construction works to upgrade and replace the entrance kiosk and office at San Clemente State Beach Campground.

The construction is expected to last until the end of Spring 2024. During this time, please be aware there may be delays entering the campground.

We understand the impact this may have on your visit and thank you for your patience and understanding. We believe these improvements will significantly enhance the camping experience for all visitors in the future.

To ensure your visit is as smooth as possible during this period, we advise all campers to plan their arrival and check-in accordingly. You may wish to allow extra time for entrance due to potential traffic delays.

Our team will do their best to minimize disruption and ensure all campers and visitors still have a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of San Clemente State Beach.

For the most up-to-date information, please check our website and social media channels regularly, where we'll keep you informed of any significant updates regarding the construction progress and any changes that might affect campground accessibility.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We're excited to welcome you to the improved San Clemente State Beach Campground in 2024!

Happy Camping!

California Department of Parks and Recreation

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.