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California: A great day at the beach

California:  A great day at the beach

Packed a lunch, water, and headed to the beach.  I have gone on may camping trips to San Onofre; this is a great spot for just a day trip to the beach too.  San Onofre is located next to a military base in San Diego, California.  Often you can watch the Camp Pendleton Airfield Operations.  I caught a snap of a helicopter maneuver (last photograph).

"San Onofre State Beach is a rare 3,000-acre scenic coastal-canyon park with high environmental values and recreation use.  The park includes three distinct areas: San Onofre Bluffs, San Onofre Surf Beach, and San Mateo Campground.

San Onofre Bluffs offers camping and day-use parking along Old Highway 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs.  The beach below is popular with swimmers and surfers with six rugged dirt access trails cut into the bluff above.  All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table.  The campground offers cold outdoor showers and chemical toilets.  No hookups are available however there is a dump-station.

San Onofre Surf Beach offers a world renowned and historical surf break.  The beach is strictly available for day-use with no camping.  Chemical toilets and a limited number of fire pits are available. 

San Onofre - San Mateo Campground lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach.  A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the campground to Trestles Beach, a world class surfing site.  San Mateo Creek flows just east of the campground outward towards the ocean creating key riparian and wetland habitats which host some rare and even endangered species.  All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table.  Hookup sites are available with electricity and water.  Other amenities includes a dump-station, hot indoor showers, and flush toilets. Camping is available year-round."  For more information on San Onofre go to

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