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The best camping near San Clemente State Beach

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Swim, snorkel, or just take in Pacific Ocean views at this Southern California camping beach.

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Top-rated campgrounds near San Clemente State Beach


Splitrock Farm and Retreat

31 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents101 acres 路 Fallbrook, CA
About Splitrock Farm and Retreat Far Away, Close to Home For more information... Visit our website www.splitrock.camp Instagram page @splitrockfarmandretreat. Tag your photos #splitrockfarmandretreat #SplitrockFAR #farawayclosetohome Or, contact the Camp Host through Hipcamp direct message or the direct line 760-645-5431. Splitrock Farm and Retreat started in January 2021 after a global search of a place to set roots, live off the land, and create an amazing place for recreation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Splitrock Farm Splitrock was part of a 160-acre avocado farm that prospered from 1970 to 2017, generating over 1million pounds of avocados per year until the previous owners switched off the water in 2017. Ben purchased 101 acres in 2021 with plans to harvest the dead avocado trees for firewood and replant with organic, sustainable crops such as grapes, citrus trees, and flowers. Splitrock Retreat Splitrock's attraction comes from its unique groves, magnificent granite boulders, and sweeping vistas. Mixed within the avocado groves are several ancient groves and solitary trees that include 200 foot tall pines, hundreds of old oaks, and soaring palms. Freckled throughout the hillsides are thousands of humongous granite boulders, offering a prehistoric feel to the landscape. Above all, Splitrock offers unrivaled views. Over 40 miles of coastline includes views to Point Loma, the Carlsbad power station, and the Pendleton Hospital. To the northeast are views of near 11K foot snowy peaks of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, with rolling hills of De Luz and Fallbrook in the foreground.
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Campo Nopalito

5 sites 路 Lodging15 acres 路 Valley Center, CA
Welcome to Nopalito Farm! We鈥檙e so happy you鈥檝e decided to spend some time on this beautiful property! In case you鈥檙e interested, here are a few interesting things about our farm. Nopalito Farm has been in operation since late 2014, but the property itself has been a working farm for over 50 years. Lemons and avocados were the primary crops from the 70鈥檚 through the 00鈥檚, and are still prominent throughout our 15 acres. Our predecessors then diversified the growing operation by planting a wide range of fruit trees ranging from guavas and passion fruit to peaches and figs. For a decade, hops were grown on 2 acres and were sold to breweries throughout southern California. We鈥檝e since replaced the hop yard with perennial flowers, but continue to cultivate a wide variety of delicious fruits.
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Bailes Farm

4 sites 路 Lodging80 acres 路 Fallbrook, CA
One of the last remaining undeveloped parts of Southern California, De Luz Heights is located adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, and the Santa Margarita River (just a few miles from the campsite). This 12-month flowing river is the only one in Southern California that has never been altered or dammed by humans, and features a state-managed hiking trail with many water holes along the way with clear, clean water to dip into. On my 80 acres, there are no major roads going through or next to the property. My land is 13 miles from the Pacific ocean and enjoys a relatively mild yearly climate. Giant boulders provide topographical relief and offer platforms from which to enjoy the view of the nearby Santa Margarita Mountains. The valley views are filled with olive and avocado groves, vineyards, and horse ranches. The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base is nearby, so you might hear some artillery in the distance on some occasions. The campsite embraces all the comforts of "glamping": a hot shower, composting toilet, beds with sheets provided, gas grill with a stovetop, pots and pans, kitchenware, a sink, picnic table, shaded deck, sofa, lounge chairs, and propane fire pit. The basics are provided: toilet paper, paper towels, purified drinking water, towels, sheets, cooking oil, etc. Campers need to bring their own blankets. I've created a network of hiking trails for especially fit hikers looking for a more rigorous hike than the nearby Santa Margarita River Trail. My trails lead through creek beds, over boulders, through rocky crags, with views of the Pacific ocean on a clear day. Hikers on my trails need to wear proper hiking boots with good traction. Sections of my trails will require bouldering with hands and feet. Expect to have fatigued quadriceps, some scrapes, and a sweaty hat brim. The campsite is accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle; I drive a Kia Forte out there regularly. However, some tips when driving a two-wheel drive car: when going uphill on a dirt road, try to keep some momentum of about 12-15 MPH. If you stop and try to start again, your tires will spin out. If that happens, just reverse down the hill, and try it again with more momentum.
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Lakeshore Retreat

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Lake Elsinore, CA
Enjoy a private lakefront camping area on Lake Elsinore. You will never get tired of the beautiful sunsets, night sky, or all the water-sports on the lake. Historic downtown is just minutes away where you will find restaurants, and stores all within walking distance. Perfect place for a basecamp for nearby hiking, biking, off-roading. Amenities include private dock, potable water, deluxe porta-potty, fire ring, 2 picnic tables(under a 10' x 10' canopy with water mister), and some shady trees馃尨
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Native Falls Campground

61 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres 路 Temecula, CA
The reimagined Native Falls Campground is conveniently located only minutes from Temecula Valley wine country, yet offers a totally unique and serene lodging experience unlike anything in the area! Accommodations include fully furnished cabins, RV sites, and tent camping. The campground includes a lake with a waterfall, a sandy beach, lake toys, and catch & release fishing. Additional amenities include a Pickleball Court, shuffleboard, Pool Table, fire pits, picnic tables, hiking trails, and more!
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Reid Ranch

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Vista, CA
Reid Ranch is located in North County less than 10 miles from the beach. You will have your own site with a private fire pit uniquely placed in the natural Granite rocks. Your experience will be one of a kind. So many activities near by. Close to numerous breweries and great wineries. I have lived in San Diego for over 30 years so I can give recommendations to the best of what San Diego has to offer. Downtown is a 45 minute drive or you have access to the train nearby. We have 2 hold tubs that can be added on that over look the coast. Located in the Mar Vista Valley only eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. We enjoy the best weather in the world. The ocean breeze along with gorgeous sunsets adds to the experience. Our private fire pit nestled in the granite boulders is truly one of a kind. We hope you come experience our slice of heaven for yourself soon.
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Howe Ranch Petting Zoo Camp

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents4 acres 路 Wildomar, CA
Come on up and spend some time with the sweet farm animals! Nestled on just under 4 foothill acres backing against the wilderness of the Santa Rosa Plateau, but only 2 minutes from shopping, coffee, and dining, our small, family and veteran owned petting zoo ranch provides a charming and picturesque setting that encompasses the essence of rustic hospitality. All proceeds from HipCamp directly support the feed and care for our farm animals, of which most are rescues (501c and private). Serving as a versatile special event venue, an engaging farm animal camp, and a small bed and breakfast, our homestead offers a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the neighborhood as you explore the many offerings of the area, connect with our friendly farm animals, or unwind with fellow guests. Our campers are self-sufficient and arrive with their own picnic and other supplies, as well as entertainment for their family members. Hosts may or may not be onsite and have no capacity to answer questions about information that is shared in the listing. There are lots of fun things to do in the area. Please reference our VISITOR GUIDE on thehoweranch.com and linked to in the photo section here.
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Thundering Hawk Retreat

10 sites 路 Lodging50 acres 路 Valley Center, CA
Welcome to our hipcamp located on a 50-acre flower farm in the heart of Valley Center. As soon as you arrive, you'll be surrounded by lush greenery, and the sound of the creek flowing nearby will immediately put you at ease. Our serene setting is the perfect place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Our property is bursting with color and nature, thanks to the many types of flowers and plants that we cultivate here. You'll love wandering through the fields and taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Whether you're a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful getaway, our hipcamp is the perfect place to disconnect and recharge. At night, the stars shine bright overhead, and the peaceful sounds of the creek and wildlife create a calming atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're camping in a tent, staying in a camper, or enjoying one of our clamping bell tents, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our farm. We can't wait to share our little slice of paradise with you! Follow us on Instagram @thunderinghawkretreat
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Down-to-Earth Ecoshire

248 sites 路 RVs, Tents35 acres 路 CA
Private 35 acre Private Land Restoration Project surrounded by rolling hills, mountain views and open sky. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular year round. Stars and open skies that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else in southern California. Just 15 minutes from Temecula wineries, 40 minutes from the alpine, artsy town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, and just 15 minutes from the 215 in Menifee toward Hemet. Best to visit from early autumn to lush springtime where we have great wildflower blooms. Cooperative managers Jim and Dawn host visitors who want to enjoy nature, participate in regenerative gardening all while off-setting their travel footprint. Fees go to our not for profit land restoration which includes planting trees, improving aquifers and enriching the soil. The property is a owned by a restorative co-op (turning a former illegal dump into an oasis of hope) where we invite you to participate in creative local solutions to our larger global problems. * If your group is larger than six adults, pease visit our group listings page. If your group needs special privacy and sound requirements and you'd like to reserve the entirer property, you will need to contact us directly. * Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. * Our visitor support pricing is $20 for the first person and $15 for all additional adults. Kids 6 - 12 are $5 per night. We don't want to charge for kids 6 and under, so do not include them in your booking. Thanks! * Campfire rings are only in common clearing, designated and permitted areas. Please check for seasonal fire restrictions.
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Magical Harrison Serenity Ranch

19 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents67 acres 路 Palomar Mountain, CA
This land has been a community gathering space for the Native's Ceremony and Healing Space聽for over a thousand years. Feast your eyes upon the Matates and traces of the people that once gathered here so long ago.Upon the mid 1800's we had a Settler named Nate Harrison find this to be the ideal space, and he set up homestead here, and lived an amazing full life. He was to become the first African American to aquire land here in San Diego County, and his homestead remains to this day; studied by archaeology students to this day.Sensitive habitat and magic lies within our gates, and we must approach the mountain as we would any sacred space; with RESPECT.We welcome you to enjoy Nate's land and inspire who you are deep inside your heart.
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Ohana Goat Ranch and Campsite

1 site 路 RV, Tent41 acres 路 Fallbrook, CA
Learn more about this land:Shaded and聽private camping聽with聽the most affectionate and friendly goats you will ever meet! Enjoy the mindfulness and peace of just sitting and watching these sweet creatures graze, ruminate and snuggle. You can hike and have a picnic anywhere on our 41 acres of rock gardens and oaks in the hills of Fallbrook. Our resident pack goats Segovia and Lassen will bring your gear!!! There are caves in the rocks and when the spring is flowing there is an underground waterfall! In the evenings you'll be transported to what sounds like a rainforest as the peacocks and toucans of our neighbor Emerald Forest Bird Gardens start singing.Santa Margarita Preserve is just a few miles away. You can go for a hike and dip your feet in the water.Bring your bikes-Road or Gravel. There are greats roads in the area and miles of easements for gravel bikes. Check out @ohana_goat_ranch for more photos and updates to the space.
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Faye Park

7 sites 路 Tents2 acres 路 Vista, CA
Hello beautiful humans! Welcome to Faye Park; an Integration Sanctuary. Come here to stop doing and start being. Slow down, connect with nature, lay under elder trees, or sit by the fire. We are located 10 miles inland from the coast, where the ocean breeze still kisses our trees. This neighborhood is pretty rural, where everyone has land and a host of wildlife to encounter. A few artists live on site and love to share live music jam sessions and projects. We also offer add-ons such as fire cupping/body work, meals, and integrative therapy. Just being here will reset your mind, body, and spirit. We and the land look forward to holding space for you.
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The best camping near San Clemente State Beach guide



Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego in Orange County, the mile-long San Clemente State Beach is a popular spot for snorkeling, swimming, water sports, and camping. The San Clemente State Beach Campground has 141 sites split into two sections, one with RV sites with full hookups and another offering tent sites with fire pits, shade ramadas, and picnic tables. Other campground features include flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. There's also a day-use area with picnic areas along with a couple of group camps.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance on the California State Parks website or over the phone.
  2. Campgrounds tend to fill up fast, particularly on weekends and during the summer, so it's wise to book as early as possible.
  3. Each of the two group campsites can accommodate up to 50 campers.
  4. The maximum permitted length for motorhomes and trailers at the RV campground is 30 feet.
  5. If you can鈥檛 secure a campsite at San Clemente State Beach, you may have better luck at San Onofre State Beach just a few minutes' drive down the coast.

When to go

While San Clemente State Beach is a year-round destination, summers are the best time to visit when temperatures are hot and days are long, and there are plenty of lifeguards on duty. However, this season is also the most crowded, and the campground is highly likely to be at full capacity, so if you want a quieter experience, consider the autumn shoulder season. Whale-watching season runs from winter until early spring.

Know before you go

  • You can pick up groceries and supplies in the city of San Clemente, just inland from the beach.
  • The entrance to San Clemente State Beach is locked from 10pm to 6am. If you need to check in during this time, make prior arrangements.
  • Dogs are allowed at the campground, but not on trails or on the beach.
  • San Clemente State Beach offers accessible tent sites and RV sites, accessible restrooms and showers, and accessible parking. The Multi-Use Access Trail and Butterfly Trail are also accessible, as is the visitor center. Beach wheelchairs are available to borrow on request.

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