San Mateo Campground is only a short distance inland from San Onofre’s sandy beaches. Since the San Mateo Creek flows past the campground in the east, the campground itself is situated in a wetland-like habitat. There are 157 campsites at this campground, each with access to fire pits, picnic tables, restrooms and hot showers. The campsites have an 8 person maximum occupancy but truly can’t be beat in terms of great beach access. We aren’t the only ones who think that, however, so make sure if you’re booking here to book early – especially for summer months.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
309 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


San Onofre State Beach is a great place for road bikers and mountain bikers to get their fix of two-wheeled action. Most of the...Read more


San Onofre is home to some seriously classic California surfing spots . The state beach has three different spots, making it ...Read more


Old Man’s at San Onofre State Beach is a great, relatively calm place to head for a swim. Old Man’s is a clean, sandy beach ma...Read more

Wildlife watching

Between Eucalyptus trees and brush-covered slope, this state beach is teeming with wildlife. The Eucalyptus trees are home to m...Read more


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Hipcamper Rheanne
Rheanne G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 9th, 2015

The showers run on tokens, you can use the machine to exchange single dollar bills for tokens only. Machine does not accept higher denominations!

Hipcamper Rick Kelli
Rick Kelli D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 19th, 2017

Love this camp site. You can stay in camp or go city style. Sometimes you can watch the activities at the marine base. There is a great dog beach near by , just south of Old Man's surf spot. Also a great place for a last minute trip, lots of grocery shopping spots in town.

Hipcamper john
John M.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017

1 mile from beach.

Hipcamper Michael
Michael C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 31st, 2017

Awesome campsite with a nature trail hike-able to the beach. Yelling distance to camp neighbors, but still private among the bushes & trees. Close proximity to LA and SD, making this a super beneficial weekend get-a-way.

Beautiful small meadows surround the campsite loops, giving opportunity to great morning sunrise walks.Evening night around the fire to cap off a great camp day. Sunrise over the horizon setting the mood for a peaceful day at San Mateo Campground.Ample space to set up your campsite, with neighbors in close proximity but plenty of bushes for privacy.
Hipcamper Belinda Bj
Belinda Bj Y.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 12th, 2017

I decided t solo camp here and it was a great pick. The camp sites are private and spacious. I reserved a spot but it was taken when I arrived. That was fine because I drove round and round the perfect spot. It was nice to have a hot shower every night. I walked the trails to the beach and watched the surfers then headed back to camp and enjoyed a camp fire. I am looking forward to my next solo camping trip.

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Hipcamper Christine
Christine S.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2018

Had a great experience camping here with friends overall. It was a bit louder than other places we've been, but the tent sites were fairly private, and the walkable shoreline access was a huge plus! Would camp here again.

Our pup enjoying the fresh air and shady space.Our private little tent site. Perfect for a two-tent setup.
Hipcamper Amy
Amy G.
doesn't recommend this listing.
April 28th, 2019

This isn't a great place for solo campers or families. The campgrounds are close and there were at least three big parties being thrown with far more than 8 people in a campsite. The family next to me packed up and went home a day early.

That said, the flowers along the nature trail to the beach are quite pretty in late April and the bathroom facilities were clean.

Hipcamper Amanda L.
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September 13th, 2018
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February 11th, 2019
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January 22nd, 2019
Hipcamper Jean S.
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January 22nd, 2019
Hipcamper Alana D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
November 1st, 2018
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October 22nd, 2018
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October 22nd, 2018
Hipcamper Greg L.
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October 2nd, 2018
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September 25th, 2018
Hipcamper Tom D.
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July 6th, 2018
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June 26th, 2018
Hipcamper Kat D.
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June 21st, 2018
Hipcamper Megan D.
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May 30th, 2018
Hipcamper Meryl A.
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April 28th, 2018
Hipcamper John D.
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April 26th, 2018
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April 20th, 2018
Hipcamper Emelia N.
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April 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Mary C.
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April 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Ashley F.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 11th, 2018
Hipcamper John N.
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April 5th, 2018
Hipcamper Christoph E.
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April 4th, 2018
Hipcamper Anjanae C.
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February 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Matthew S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
January 17th, 2018
Hipcamper Matt F.
doesn't recommend this listing.
December 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Deleted H.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2017
Hipcamper Belinda Bj Y.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2017
Hipcamper Molly M.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2017
Hipcamper Chelsea D.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Matt C.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2017
Hipcamper Pat R.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2017
Hipcamper Michael C.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017
Hipcamper Sourannha C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 23rd, 2017
Hipcamper Eric S.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2017
Hipcamper Susan E.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 9th, 2017
Hipcamper Rick Kelli D.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2017
Hipcamper Kristi R.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2017
Hipcamper Melissa M.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2017
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March 20th, 2017
Hipcamper Maria M.
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February 23rd, 2017
Hipcamper Tina O.
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January 31st, 2017
San Onofre State Beach
United States
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33.406° N, 117.584° W
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