Sun, Sand, and Serenity: Camping at San Clemente State Beach

Discover the coastal allure of Southern California at San Clemente State Beach Campgrounds, located at 225 Avenida Calafia in San Clemente. Boasting two distinct campgrounds—one catering to RVs and trailers with full hook-ups, the other a tent-centric haven—the site provides a perfect blend of seaside tranquility and outdoor adventure. As you plan your beachside retreat, follow our top tips, strategies, and gear recommendations for an unforgettable camping experience.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Embrace Beachside Bliss: Explore the Tent Campground, welcoming both tents and small RVs, for an authentic coastal camping experience.
  • Optimal Reservation Strategy: Secure your spot up to 6 months in advance, ensuring availability during peak seasons and preferred sites.
  • Group Getaways: If camping with a larger group, consider the Group Sites with stunning ocean views and accommodating up to 50 people.
  • Beach Access Insight: Navigate to the beach via the paved trail for RV campers or the service roads for those in the tent-only area.
  • Seaside Serenade: Capture the essence of your coastal surroundings by attending campfire programs and guided nature walks.

Top Strategies and Tactics for Camping Success:

  • Seasonal Sunshine: Plan your visit between May and October to relish Southern California’s pleasant weather, ideal for sun-soaked beach days.
  • Early Arrival Advantage: Arrive early in the day to secure your preferred campsite, optimizing shade and minimizing noise exposure.
  • RV Relaxation: For RV enthusiasts, indulge in the RV campground’s full hook-ups, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay.
  • Premium Perks: Consider upgrading to premium sites for enhanced amenities and a more luxurious camping experience.
  • Exploring Excellence: Immerse yourself in nearby attractions, from the iconic San Clemente Pier to the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Garden.

Recommendations on Camping Gear:

  • Picnic Perfection: Pack a durable picnic table cloth for comfortable outdoor meals amidst the ocean breeze.
  • Shower Essentials: Enhance your camping hygiene with quick-dry towels and essential toiletries for the campground’s hot showers.
  • Fire Ring Essentials: Enjoy cozy evenings by bringing firewood sourced locally for designated concrete fire rings.
  • Coastal Exploration Gear: Invest in beach-friendly gear like comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, and a beach volleyball for seaside entertainment.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

Check out our Gearlist for the gear we use for trips like this

Our Gearlist account lists all of the gear we use. Discover our top picks, where to snag them, and stay informed with our regular updates.

Bask in the beauty of San Clemente State Beach, where the Pacific waves meet the golden shores, creating a captivating backdrop for your camping getaway. With our curated tips, strategies, and gear suggestions, embark on a journey to unwind, explore, and create lasting memories along the Southern California coast.