San Onofre Beach Campgrounds

San Diego County

San Onofre Beach

San Onofre  Beach, San Diego County, CA

San Onofre Beach

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 Onofre State Beach Campgrounds

San Onfore Beach in northern San Diego County is easy to pick out along the coast by the now-defunct nuclear power plant. The state beach includes areas on either side of the power plant. Surfers gather at places like Trestles Beach, Old Man's and The Point.

San Mateo Campground is situated inland off Christianitos Road. There visitors find exclusive trailer or RV loops along with sites for tents. Electric and water hook-ups are available at some sites. A Group Site is located and the southern end of the campground. A 1½ mile trail leads down to Trestles Beach.

Bluffs Campground is spread along Old Pacific Coast Highway. This campground is only open from mid-May through September. There are no hook-ups. Another Group Site is found here.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Interstate 5, 3 miles south of San Clemente
Campground Open: San Mateo Campground open year-round, but some sites closed in off-season
Bluffs open in summer
Number of Sites: 309 (about 150 in each campground)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (949) 361-2531

Reservations available up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum Vehicle Length: San Mateo - 45 feet
Bluffs - 38 feet
Accessible Sites: San Mateo: #1, 65, 78, 139, 156,
Bluffs: #23, 24, 34, 45, 46, 93, 95, 120, 124, 125, 145, 146, 164, 165
Favorite Campsites: San Mateo Campground: #21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 88, 91, 92, 122, 123, 125, 145, 152
Campground Maps: San Mateo Campground Map
Bluffs Campground Map
Fees: Standard site - $35,
Hook-up site - $60 ($45 in winter)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: San Onofre State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

San Onofre Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, some sites with partial hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, store, amphitheater
Showers: Hot showers
Dump Station: Yes
Nearby Attractions: Surfing, Bluff's Beach Trail, Panhe Nature Trail, fishing,Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, Surfing Heritage Foundation museum in San Clemente

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 Onofre Group Campsites

San Onofre State Beach has 2 group campsites, one at San Mateo Campground and the other at Bluffs Campground. The San Mateo group site is at the southern end of the campground and can accommodate up to 40 people and 8 vehicles. It is a tents-only site. Sleeping in vehicles is not allowed. The campground is wheelchair accessible. The group site has 2 fire pits, one standard and one ADA, as well as one large BBQ (charcoal or wood), 6 picnic tables, 2 shade Ramadas, and potable water.

The Bluffs Group Campground can accommodate from 9 to 50 people and up to 12 vehicles. Maximum vehicle length is 18 feet. The camp has a large area for tents, outdoor showers, and a nice ocean view.
Fees: San Mateo - $200, Bluffs - $225
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
San Onofre State Beach Group Campsite Reservations

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.

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