San Clemente Beaches
Surfing, Paddle boarding, biking, and campfires are just the startSan Clemente beaches are some of the nicest in Orange County. There are many beaches along the coastline in San Clemente stretching from the north to the southern area of the city near San Onofre. The northernmost beach in San Clemente gets its name from the location. North Beach is located across the railroad tracks at the Metrolink station. The beach can be accessed from the parking lot along Avenida Estacion, just off of the corner of Avenida Pico and El Camino Real. North Beach is connected to other beaches via bike and walking paths that follow the railroad south towards the San Clemente Pier.
San Clemente Beach TrailThese paths are great for biking and walking. Dogs are allowed along the paths, but not on the beach itself. North Beach is a great spot to park and go for a walk down the beachfront. Dije Court is just a short distance further down the beach and can be accessed by a pedestrian railroad crossing. El Portal is another stretch down the beach and can also be accessed via pedestrian crossing, or by an small crossing underneath the railroad tracks.
Linda Lane & The PierLinda Lane is one of the nicer beaches with a view in San Clemente. This beach has a great spot to visit on the sand which is easily accessible via a concrete under-crossing beneath the railroad tracks. It is one of the best spots along the San Clemente Beach Trail, because it combines the fun of the beach and a park. Plus Linda Lane Beach and Linda Lane Park have a dedicated parking lot that is metered from 9am until 5pm daily. Corto Lane and the San Clemente Pier are two of the most well-known and most visited beaches in San Clemente. Food, restrooms, barbecue grills, bonfire pits, swings, and plenty of sandy beaches for everyone to enjoy. If you get bored, you can always take a stroll down the pier and enjoy the best free view of downtown San Clemente. Casa Romantica has the best view of the pier bowl and pier area from the elevated hill estate just north of the pier. This is one of the best spots to visit and one of the cheapest things to do in San Clemente. Casa Romantica costs just $5 to get in, and is worth every cent. Casa Romantica - the best and cheapest date in the city.
South of the PierMeandering further down the coastline you will find T-Street, Calafia, San Clemente State Beach, and San Onofre State Beach which are some of the most well-known beaches in San Clemente. These are some of the best spots for surfing, camping, beach-bumming, and hosting day-trip cookouts. The San Clemente Beach Trail extends 2.3 miles from the trailhead at North Beach to the end at Calafia State Beach. You can venture even farther south along the sand towards San Mateo Point and San Onofre State beach if you walk far enough.
San Clemente Beach AmenitiesAmenities are not available at all beaches, but check information on individual beaches for the amenities at each beach in the Beaches navigation and sidebar navigation.
- Metered Parking (9am-6pm)
- Food & Concessions
- Swings & Playground Equipment
- Picknick Tables
- Fire & Barbecue Pits
San Clemente PierThe pier is one of the best spots to visit at any part of the day. Sunrise, sunset, or an afternoon lunch, the San Clemente Pier is a great place to relax, sit on the beach, or grab a bite to eat. The beach has concessions that are open during the day and offer a wide selection of grilled snacks and other treats. Read More about the attractions at the pier.
Parking Lots at the BeachesMetered parking is available at these beaches during the hours posted below. Parking in these lots outside of metered hours is free. Meters are patrolled regularly, to avoid parking tickets make sure that you pay meters.
- Calafia - 9am – 6pm
- Camino Capistrano - 9am – 6pm
- North Beach - 9am-6pm - More Info
- Linda Lane - 10am-5pm - More Info
- Pier Bowl - 10am-5pm - More Info
- T-Street - 9am-7pm - More Info
These Items are Prohibited At San Clemente Beaches
- Overnight Camping
- Dangerous, loud, or disruptive activity