San Clemente Beach Campgrounds

Orange County

San Clemente Beach

San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, CA

San Clemente Pier

Southern California Beach Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches have so many places to explore and enjoy.

  • Surfing on some of the best waves in California at places like San Onofre, Black's Beach, and Tourmaline
  • Excellent pier fishing for a wide variety of fish at spots like Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach, and San Clemente
  • Enjoying strolling along glistening sand and watching the sunset at beaches like Coronado, Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Zuma
  • Watch top-rated beach volleyball competition at venues such as Manhattan Beach and Hermosa.
  • Immerse yourself in the fun and excitement of destination beaches like Venice, Redondo, and Santa Monica
  • Watch surfing competitions at Huntington Beach, Salt Creek, Oceanside, and Coronado
  • Attend the San Clemente Ocean Festival and the Carlsbad Beach Fest held in July

San Clemente State Beach Campgrounds

San Clemente State Beach campgrounds are located at 225 Avenida Calafia in San Clemente. The state beach offers two campgrounds, one designated for RVs or trailers and providing them with full hook-ups. The other called the Tent Campground actually can accept small RVs, but there are no hook-ups. In addition, there are two Group Sites adjacent to the tent campground.

Visitors to San Clemente beaches enjoy fishing and sight-seeing from the San Clemente Pier, relaxing at Calafia Beach, strolling along the San Clemente Beach Trail, and surfing at spots like T Street and Toads. The visitor center has programs for Junior Rangers and Ranger Buddies.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Interstate 5, 225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 160
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (949) 492-3156

Reservations available up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum Vehicle Length: 42 feet at the RV campground
Accessible Sites: #20, 54, 56, 104, 134, 156
Fees: RV sites with hook-ups -$60 peak season, $25 in winter,
Standard sites - $35, $25 in winter
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: San Clemente State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

San Clemente Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, RV sites with full hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, WiFi, amphitheater; store and laundry in town
Showers: Hot showers
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: San Clemente Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Sam Clemente Pier, Calafia Beach, beach trail, surfing, fishing, Junior Rangers (ages 7-12), Ranger Buddies (ages 4-6) campfire programs, guided nature walks, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Garden, Surfing Heritage Foundation museum in San Clemente

General Camping Information

  1. Vehicles must be parked on the pavement within the campsite area.
  2. Fires must be in designated concrete fire rings only.
  3. Pets are not allowed on the beach. They must be in vehicle or tent at night.
  4. Generators may only be operated between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM.

Be careful when you make your reservation that your vehicles will fit within the space allowed at your site.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

San Clemente Group Campsites

San Clemente State Beach has two group sites adjoined to its tent campground. Group Camp 1 can accommodate up to 50 people and 20 vehicles. It is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Beach access is via a steep, paved trail. Group Camp 2 is a tent-only camping area for up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. The maximum vehicle length is 20 feet. Access to the beach is by way of two somewhat steep service roads.
Fees: $200 - $280
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
San Clemente State Beach Group Campsite Reservations

Calafia Beach, San Clemente, CA

Calafia Beach

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