San Onofre Recreation Beach

 
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San Onofre Recreation Beach

Location

Installation
Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, CA
GPS Coordinates
33.37978, -117.5721
Location Information
Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, CA
RV Gate Coordinates
33.37809, -117.56831

Directions

Directions
From I-5 take Basilone Rd Exit (Exit 71) and turn east and proceed to the gate. (You will need an ID card and sticker on the windshield helps.) Proceed about 1/2 mile past commissary/BX/gas station to Beach Club Road which is the first stop light. Turn right and follow into the campground. You will need to go past about 23 sites on the left and then turn left at the stop sign and go up the hill, following the road to the office.

Map

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Map of San Onofre Recreation Beach

Contact Information

Phone Number
(760) 763-7263/7873
Fax Number
(760) 763-7422
Mailing Address
MWR (Attn: Finance Division), Box 555020, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5020

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD civilians, MWR employees, Guests
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Reservations will be taken up to 3 months in advance. 1st Day of the Month – Active Duty Personnel, 2nd Day of the Month - Reservists & Retired Military, 3rd Day of the Month – DOD Patrons, 4th Day of the Month – ALL Eligible Patrons & Group Bookings. Payment is due 2 weeks in advance. -- Cancellation & refund policy: Altering reservations that include a holiday will be canceled. Reservations for periods that include holidays are FINAL. Payment is final, NO REFUNDS will be given.
Internet Access
None available in the recreation area.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local General Delivery.
Pet Information
Pets are allowed. However, restricted breeds include Full or mixed breeds of Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers and Candid/Wolf Hybrids or any dog with at least 50 percent ancestry of one of the above breeds. Pets not allowed on the beach. 2 pet limit per site. $2 per pet - per night fee.
Campground Information
Cottage rates vary on size, season, and rank. $10 fee for extra tents. Group camping is $18 per person. Summer rates are charged on all holidays.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Propane
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Golf
  • Library
  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Lodge
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Marina
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum
  • Post Office
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Camper
46
W/30,50A/S
$45
N/A
N/A
Camper
75
W/30,50A
$35
N/A
N/A
Camper/Tent
23
W/15A
$40
N/A
N/A
Camper/Tent
?
W
$35
N/A
N/A
Overflow
21
None
$30
N/A
N/A
Cottages
37
Full
$72 - $123
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms must be registered within 24 hours of arrival at the Provost Marshal's office.
DoD Interactive Comment Evaluation

The Department of Defense (DoD) Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is a web-based tool that collects feedback on services provided by various organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Click the ICE logo to submit your evaluation on this campground directly to the responsible department.

Weather Information

Another hidden jewel of a military campground. Large recreation area with plenty of beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Photos

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Videos

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May 1-5, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Our all time favorite campground. On the beach. Close to an exchange store and gas station. 
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5-10 March 2019
(Updated: March 15, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Our site (#35) was just across the road from the surf. The views and ocean surf sounds were phenomenal. The regular entrance was closed, consequentially the entry into the park was a bit of a mess, however is was workable with our 65' motorhome and TOAD. We seen seals, dolphins and a daily groups of surfers. We very much enjoyed our stay, wish had stayed longer. There is a good bit of renovation and construction on-going while we were there, they are replacing some of the "cottages" and working on some of the beach-front sites, removing old trees, etc. The showers were a bit of a mess, (although we never use them) all-in-all the location makes up for the other short-comings. A Marine Exchange, commissary and gas station (with diesel) is a short trip to the east-side of Interstate 5. We took a day-trip to San Diego via the rail system from Oceanside, economical @ $12 regional day pass, which allowed use of virtually all the public transportation for 24 hours. We'd certainly return.
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Feb 19-28, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Had a wonderful time at San Onofre! The only reason I don't give them "5 stars" is the showers and bathrooms need serious help. It takes forever to get hot water to the open air showers and there was sand all over all the floors. Parking pads are nowhere near level and some of the "big rigs" had the front tires a foot off the pavement. Ya gotta love the surf pounding on the beach!
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August 2018
Overall rating 
 
2.8
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
Our RV site was in Palm Tree Lane and site was extremely unlevel as were all other sites in this section. Most units were up on several blocks so if you stay there be prepared. Unfortunately I didn't have any and I think it caused a problem with my leverlers. Beach was covered with dried seaweed along with the bugs that came with it. Was disappointed with the camp. Staff was friendly and location is great but it has problems that need to be addressed.
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02 Aug - 05 Aug 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Camp in a 29' 5th Wheel Toy Hauler Site 41, full hook ups, end site across from the Life Guard Station. This is one of our favorite RV parks, San Onofre Beach. When I had a 24' bumper pull Toy Hauler we would stay in the RV sites on the beach. They say my 5th Wheel it to big to park on the beach. As a previous camper stated, this is an aging RV park, the bushes, trees, ice plant are at best hanging on and not groomed or trimmed up. There are a lot of issues that need to be address that I have made reported on the ICE communication card web site. We like camping on base and we feel it provides more security and safety. However, during our stay the group camping area next to the Life Guard station where loud until midnight. In addition, people do not abide by the speed limit and park in No Parking zones, one car parked in the ice plant. These issues were not addressed by security. This could be a world class RV park just with some minor improvements. Aside from the above, you cannot beat the sound of the ocean when you go to sleep and just watch the waves during the day. It is nice to have the Life Guards on station and making important announcements. In my opinion on the beach camping is the best, next is on the bluff especially when the Toy Hauler back end is down. You will notice the issues mentioned above but at this point the good out weighs the bad and it is totally worth the trip to camp here. Pt. Magu is also another good beach camping. 
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June 23-25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Stayed at the San Onofre RV park, Camp Pendleton, with our 5th wheel toy hauler the weekend of 23 - 25 Jun 2017. Excellent location with older facilities that are showing a bit of wear, tear, and age. Check-in personnel were helpful and polite. Although the park was almost at capacity, nearly all of the RV sites on the beach (45-72) were closed (temporarily??) due to excessively high tides and beach erosion. At high tide ocean water actually washed across the paved portion of the road into some of the occupied RV sites (1-24). They've dumped tons of grapefruit sized rocks on the beach to control erosion. What I've been told used to be a nice, sandy beach is now half covered in these rocks. For those that use Google Maps or Earth (in satellite mode), note sites (73-91) at the SE end of the park that are on the immediate NE edge of the long, grassy area (which runs NW to SE) are actually on a large bluff/knoll about 30-40 feet higher in elevation than the beach. If you're able to backup a toy hauler into these sites and open you're ramp door, you'll be treated to quite a view! Be prepared to inhale a bit of smoke during your stay. Most sites have large concrete fire pits which are very popular, especially during the weekend. The exchange, commissary, and gas station are only 5 minutes away. Overall it was an enjoyable stay. If you're into surfing bring your surfboard!
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Sept. 26-29, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
The location of this park is great. The views of the Pacific and the coastal area packed with surfers is a freebee. During check-in we were advised that the computers had been down and had some problems getting our rv sites due to RVers that decided to stay a couple days extra. Got that fixed and everything fine. My guest use the facilities and advised that he found them to be disgusting. I figured it was due to the non-stop traffic of surfers traveling from the state park along the beach to the military side beach for waves. The sites did not appear to be well maintained as trash and food was littered around my site as well as my guest's site. Anyway, still a great park. On check out day, I almost go a shock of my life when the 50amp box facing came out when I tried to unplug. Fortunately, I was able to keep my fingers out of the opening and not let the wires touch the metal box. I should have flagged the Marine Corps Safety vehicle traveling thru the park when I pulled out of my site. Even with the negatives, this park is great, it just needs a little more TLC in the maintenance area. 
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April 2016
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
We spent 3 days on the bluff this trip (we've been going to San Onofre every year for the past 4 year).  There must have been a bad storm that hit the area because San Onofre is bad shape this year.  The 1st 20 sites that are opposite the beach (as you go into the camp - they have W/Elec/Sewer) are all closed down and the parking area along the beach is washed away.  That only leaves a handful of sites available with all utilities.  The beach has been eroded tremendously from what it has been in previous years, the life guard station used to have a buffer zone but there is washout right up to the building now.  Walking the beach is a real challenge as it is filled up with rocks and only a small cleared area is available for beachgoers.  It was nice up until the weekend when the place suddenly became wall to wall campers to the point of being over crowded and extremely noisy and the bathroom facilities could not handle the crowd, toilets were stopped up and it became a challenge to beat the crowd to get to a working toilet.  We were surprised that no one told us of the conditions there when we reserved our site.  The place has really taking a nose dive and is looking run down.  Views of the coast are still great from the bluff though.  The newly renovated clubhouse still was not open even though construction was completed last year.  We stayed at Del Mar, just down the road about 30 miles prior to coming to San Onofre and there just isn't any comparison.  Del Mar is much nicer.  We should have stayed there instead of coming to San Onofre.
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March 1, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
The days of large rigs on the beach at San Onofre are over. The recent El Nino's effects reduced the maximum size for beach sites down to 25 feet. This is good and bad news.
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November 2015
Overall rating 
 
2.2
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
The amenities at San Onofre Beach are adequate and well placed allowing all campers to enjoy the beach setting.  What was very disappointing is the apparent lack of efficient management, state of repair of laundry/restroom facilities, and overall cleanliness of the campground.  Several times prior to arriving I called reservations asking if any full service sites had become available as my reservation was for water and electric only.  I was told during all calls that no full service sites were available.  Upon arrival, the assigned site was too small for my RV and I was reassigned a full service site which I remained at throughout my planned stay.  I also noted that several full service sites were always available during my stay; very puzzling.  Unfortunately the entire campground is littered and unkempt with several washers/dryers and toilets out of service.  It seems that no one is caring for the amenities, landscaping, and enforcing campground rules.  San Onofre Beach could be a real gem conveniently located to many local restaurants, activities, and beaches but considering the state of affairs and depressing condition, it rates an overall two stars at best.  Somebody at MWR needs to step up and return the campground to its former condition.
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Sept. 27, 2015
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
The men's and women's bathrooms were filthy when we checked in on Sun. 9/27. There was no toilet paper in any of the stalls, the trash was over flowing, and feces were on the floors. The RV sites, surrounding roads, bathrooms, and laundry facility are in serious need of repair and maintenance. Our power box was surrounded by several large holes and the front cover had been torn off of its hinges. The office staff were very pleasant and helpful and the views and location of this facility are amazing. We paid $35 per night for water and electric but no sewer hook up. This is top dollar for a military facility. The RV park is frequently sold out on weekends creating a substantial cash flow for the MWR fund. Why isn't this money being used to maintain this crumbling facility? Please hire a Camp Host to help supervise the RV park and address after hours issues regarding excessive noise, loose dogs, leaking faucets, etc.
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March 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
This is difficult because, like all good things, my favorite place is being loved to death. The environmental degradation is obvious. The sand and beach sites are permeated with fragments of plastic fringes from toys, pieces of candy wrappers, juice pack straws. Instead of using the beach, I saw parents digging away huge chunks of the berm to make play areas. Apparently it is a trend, erosion be darned. The lack of environmental concern is concerning. We watched kids tear down the shrubbery from the adjacent state park to bring back into the base to make campfires. Management are into groups because they are profitable, and they are many. The parking and traffic resembles any popular Southern California beach on weekend evenings. On the weekends and holidays, some regular sites had 20 occupants. This, of course, has had an impact on the facilities. Nevertheless, the location is spectacular and the beach can be empty during the week. Beach sites are discounted $8/night from November through March. Hospitality shines, cleanliness is taxed by the crowds. The beach sites are scheduled (once again) to be closed for renovation in January. Word is that the remaining vegetation will be taken out to squeeze in more spaces, which can't be good.
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Winter/Spring 2012-2013
(Updated: December 29, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
This is our favorite West Coast campground. Super convenient, adjacent to everything, on an iconic Southern California surfing beach. It can get hectic during holidays but during the off-season it is Valhalla. This is especially true for the beach sites. We stayed the limit twice with no discount whatsoever, $35/night despite relentless attempts at bartering, last winter and spring on two stays culminating with the New Years or Easter holiday. Beach sites do not offer sewer (duh - beach) but offer weekly drainage service for $10. Sites across the street from the beach with full hookups are like living on a main street with a beautiful view. Traffic is surprisingly plentiful but unnoticeable from beachfront sites. The bluff sites are close, very close, you will get to know your neighbor, but the views are spectacular and the traffic unnoticeable. Any other site is like camping on I-5, seriously, literally on I-5, with a high speed rail line for a buffer. The staff is nice and accommodating, but it is difficult to understand the placement system since one cannot reserve a particular site. We came back once from a day out to find a neighbor right next to us on an otherwise empty beach. We were also scheduled to move a couple of times, but they worked it out and we did not have to move. We did, however, ask to be moved to the north end of the beach during the King Tide, and they could not have been more accommodating. Considering the mega-campgrounds in San Diego where campers cannot fully extend their awnings without intruding in their neighbors' space for $70/night, and the CA state campgrounds that charge $60 for "premium" beach sites, San Onofre is a bargain. It has indoor and outdoor showers, two laundry rooms, a workout area, a commissary and exchange, gas station, and a library hidden in plain sight off the freeway near San Clemente, and it has the beach. The beach is alive with dolphins, avians, seals, whales, amphibians - the Marines landed one morning, views of Santa Catalina on clear days, and the entertaining antics of surfers, many of whom we got to know as they walked between beaches. The Marine gate guards are polite, respectful, and make entry uncomplicated. It really is a fabulous place.
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February 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Fabulous place! When we called the reservation system they had a special price deal going on and we paid only $20 a night. The RV sites are literally on the beach (I'm not kidding) and also directly across a small street from the beach. You can toss a rock into the surf from most of the sites. We loved this place.
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September 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
I love the place, the location is awesome, well maintained. The downside is there terrible phone systems & reservations system. When you finally get a hold of someone they totally ignore the comments about their phone system and take care of you, it's the dozens of phone calls though looping phone recordings. This has been going on for over a year. Their website & facebook page don't have a email address as an alternative way to contact them. So fustrated, I am looking for other locations that care more about the customers.
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June 7, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
R.D. left this review using the Directory software: - Great view. Price is way too high for a military base. Numerous pot holes. Some RV space are narrow. Great view.
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June 2012
(Updated: June 22, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
The review ratings lump Cleanliness and hospitality into one category, and they aren't even similar. Cleanliness: the bathrooms are unheated, essentially open-air, and really, REALLY need some help. Just go in, do your thing, don't think about it, and get out. Hospitality: these people love living in Southern California, and it shows. I was very happy with the staff. Location: the entire coast from (Long Beach) Seal Beach to San Diego is a very enjoyable train ride (or drive) from San Clemente. San Clemente is only about a three-mile drive. The campground would benefit from a small camp store, but the commissary and exchange and Firestone and gas are but a mile up the road. I really, REALLY would like to see MWR put out the $$ for wifi. Everyone uses wifi for everything these days and to NOT have it is ....well...stifling. The first two times we were there, a man and wife team delivered firewood (fire rings provided, every site), $20 per "unit". In June 2012, they had no supplier, and deliveries were not available. The train goes by at the east side of the campground about 2,000 times per day, but you rarely hear it. Bottom line: we go back every chance we get, to escape the heat of Palm Springs. We stay right on the beach (or we won't go); there is NO sewer hook-up on the beach-front sites. Not a problem; they come by on Thursdays and pump you out, and you don't even have to be there - $10.00. We really like this place!
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May 2012
(Updated: May 18, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Just left there a few days ago. The previous reviewer is absolutely correct about all their comments. We were there for 2 weeks & were lucky enough not to have to move, but several of our neighbors did. The couple next door had to move 3 spots over, but no one ever occupied the spot they moved from while they were there. The views are beautiful, but the beach itself is nothing to brag about. There are tons of rocks- if you want to go in the water bring some kind of shoes that can get wet. The road from the base is closed & you have to go thru the State Park entrance, It only takes about 10 minutes to get to the Basilone Rd gate at the base. There is a small commissary & exchange there. The main gate is about half an hour from there & it has a huge commissary & new exchange. Take the freeway. The roads on the campground are a disgrace. There are so many potholes & if it rains or there is a really bad tide, they stayed filled with water for a week. We didn't use the restrooms, but did use the laundry. It's $1 for a wash or dry. It was clean & there are 3 of each. The people in the office were very nice every time I stopped in there. The sites with the palm trees are definitely not level, most people had the front of their RVs on blocks. They are also quite narrow, so if you have a big rig with slides, you'll have to put the picnic table at the back of the site. I'm not sure about the ones at the north end, didn't really look at the leveling. They were also narrow tho. The previous reviewer was right, the grounds definitely need some attention. We were on the East Coast last year, stayed at plenty of military beach locations & this is by far the most expensive military site we have stayed on. Yes this has a nice view, but so did they & I really can't see any reason why this would be so much.
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May 8, 2012
(Updated: May 08, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
Being right on the beach is a huge plus. The employees are friendly but the reservation system and policies are ridiculous. I can guarantee that ANYTIME you call for reservations, you will be on hold for 10 to 45 minutes & don't try to reserve a site even 1 day before your alloted lead time. Check in is at 1 pm for camping, 3 pm for the "cottages". DO NOT try to check in even 5 minutes early even if your site is empty. Of course, you won't know if it is empty as they'll not tell you what site you are in until you check in. If you have to move from one site to another during your stay, you may not be able to find out where you will be moving & have to check out at noon but not be able to move into the next site- even if empty- til 1. This has happened to us numerous times. Once we moved 1 whole space & that space had been empty the entire time we were there so we could have been in that one to begin with & not had to move. We have been coming here for 6 years, & my parents came her over 30 years ago. There has been very little maintenance or updating in the last 30 years. In the last 6 years, they have put a nice childs' play area on the beach and on one the bluff. They have not done any road repair & the roads are in horrendous shape. The blacktop sites are very old, unlevel, have large holes & cracks. There used to be gravel between the hardtop sites, now there is mostly weeds. It is obvious that they have not done any weed abatement or cutting this year. The weeds are full of foxtails which is not good for the dogs. There is no grassy area for dogs or kids & dogs aren't allowed on the beach. There is a large dirt/weed field that is called a ballfield. Dogs are not allowed on the field but on summer weekends, it is filled with tents. We've never seen anyone actually play ball on it. Note that they say they have 23 camper/tent spaces & some overflow. What is not mentioned is that they have a couple group camping areas plus the ball field which are often rented to non military groups and add at least 100 additional tents on busy weekends. A couple years ago there were some extremely high tides & much of the beach was washed out at the north end of the campground. The large shade covers on the beach were all removed & have not been replaced. The main road was washed out at that time & has been closed off & on since (it's closed now) so there is no direct access to the base. Of course, the rates continue to increase with no improvement in the facilities. With the exception of the beach location, this place is an embarrassment to the Marine Corps.
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June 30th, 2011
(Updated: September 06, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
THE ROAD IS FIXED AND YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE SAN ONOFRE STATE PARK ENTRANCE!! California beach camping doesn't get any better than this if you like the beach at your doorstep. It's hard for me and my family to go any place else because it just doesn't compare. If you want a beach front site where you're literally on the beach or if you would rather be back off the beach a little, you have the choice (beach sites go fast). The bluff sites on top have spectacular views of the ocean as well. For as crowded as the facility gets because of its popularity, it's clean. I would rather tell everyone this is a horrible place to camp so it wouldn't be so hard to get in but I just can't. For peak times, you really do have to be right on it if you want a spot. It fills up fast in the summer and on holiday weekends. It's close to EVERYTHING if you want to make a day trip someplace in So. Cal. Commissary is right up the street and so is the exchange and the gas station. It's also close to freeway entrance to the 5 freeway. This is seriously the best military camping spot around if you love the beach. My only complaint is this- The reservation policy is ridiculous at times and very hard to get if you don't call the day you're allowed according to your military status. I hate that you're allowed to sponsor up to 3 spots. I feel this allows too many non-military folks to utilize the park which leaves no space available for the people it was designed for - MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES. I would say 75% of the people in the park camping are not military and are there as a guest. So 2 out of 3 campsites are non military guest most of the time. I am guilty of using the sites for friends as well because you become everyone's best friend once they know you have access to such a great place to camp but we are always on site with them. I don't think they police this policy to make sure the host is actually there with the guest they check in. I would definitely support a change if they did decide to change this policy and allow 1 guest versus 2 like most other military camping facilities still do. This would free up the spots and make the awful task of getting a spot here a little easier. Also, a word to the folks who camp in tents and for those who throw up extra tents on their sites along with your RV. There is a 10 dollar per night fee for each additional tent. I think that is high. So if you have 5 tents on your site, the first one is the main tent and the other 4 you have to pay 10 bucks each for. That's an additional 40 buck per night for your site!!! Most people are not aware of that especially if you have all tents on your site. So, there you have it. I still love this place and go back every chance I get. Love it.
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