California's Camping and Surfing Gem, San Clemente

It's definitely summer.

By: Hailey Schnieders + Save to a List

It's Thursday evening, I just found an open chair by the fire, cracked open a beer, and eagerly started reminiscing with close friends about the past several days camping at San Clemente. Days packed with some of the best surf, weather, and community. It is definitely Summer.  

Growing up in Rancho Santa Margarita, not too far from San Clemente, I'm pretty familiar with the area and beaches. I have had some of my fondest childhood memories at T-street, eating soft serve ice cream from the food shack next to the train tracks, and spending weekends camping at San Clemente State Park. This place is the perfect spot for beach lovers, surfers, and new comers visiting from out of the area. 

Visiting this place now, at 22 years old, it's a new experience. It's truly beautiful. The people, the weather, the scenery, the location. With the campground just a short five minute walk from the sand, and a five minute drive from some of the best surf spots in the world, it doesn't get much better.

For surfers, this is a gem of a campground. San Onofre, San Clemente, and Dana Point beaches are within about 10 miles from the sites and the surf community is as incredible as ever. The area and cliff sides offer scenic hikes, bike routes, fishing opportunities, and so much more. While being here for the past week, I have seen families with children, and friends with other friends enjoying and sharing campsites. It is all around an amazing destination for lovers of the outdoors and individuals alike. 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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