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Reviewed 6 August 2018

Each site at this campground is very spacious so you never feel too close to your neighbors. The bathrooms are stocked and generally very clean. You will need coins for the showers. There are electrical outlets in the bathrooms.

The site is across the freeway from the beach so you will either need to bike or drive to get to the beach. You could walk but it would be a long walk and potentially tricky if lugging a lot of gear.

The campground backs up to Camp Pendelton so be prepared to hear machine guns, and military operations going on all hours of the day. It costs $15 to park per car; they take cash or card.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Angie R
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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We camp camp on average about twice a year and always have a good time. The short. Price availability leads to a lot of riff-raft in the park so keep your bikes locked up and valuables out of site after hours.

When we were there in May of this year I went use the restroom and there was a guy that had just passed out on the sidewalk outside the rest room (11:00 PM) and when I went there in the AM he was still in the same spot so there isn't much security going on after 10 PM and the gates are wide open.

The facilities are pretty slim, rest rooms and showers mostly and besides the amphitheater there isn't much for the kids to do unless you're planning on going to the beach. The walk to the beach is a challenge as well so, if you're taking little ones you might consider and day trip to State Park beach where you can use your site pass to park in the beach parking lot off of Califia.

All in all not a bad spot to camp at but, it could use a little TLC and someone at the gate watching after hours.

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

We stayed here mid-week in June 2017. The campground was not full but it is well-used. The hike to Trestles surfing beach is 1.8 miles, not 1.5 miles as stated some places. We walked there and rode bikes but it's not for swimming. However, your camping permits get you free parking at San Clemente State Beach up the road. You can also visit the Bluffs campground and beaches. We tried Trails 2, 3, and 6. Only 6 had a swimming beach with a lifeguard. Otherwise the beach is mostly dense cobblestones that could break an ankle.

The sound of war games from Camp Pendleton was a curious effect but the campsites are very pleasant and seem always available during the week. We liked the ones located on the outer edges. We would certainly visit again.

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Vicki B
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

There are a lot of positives about this place. Our site (#134 this time but we've stayed in other areas, too) was private, quiet, near the toilets/showers and came with a delightful abundance of rock squirrels, bunnies, the occasional lizard, wrentits, towhees and crows. Vultures, too, but we won't go there. The paved road and site pads were in good condition as was the fire ring. The picnic table has had a lot of use. The showers are turbo-charged. Keep your tender bits out of the direct stream. I like this CG better than the beach ones because it's less damp, sunnier and not so windy. It's a nice walk to the beach from camp. You get the occasional muffled serenade from the troops at Camp P next door but that wasn't bothersome. Next to zero road noise.
What could've been better? Mirrors and decent lighting in the bathrooms would've been helpful. I was also very surprised to not find any recycling bins. I would hope to see those at all CGs.

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank TnBsMom
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Memorial Day weekend was supposedly sold out but I could see sites not being used. Stayed in spot 21 electric & water hook ups. Had another family meet us out there and they stayed in a large tent (20x10?). Had plenty of room for our 19' trailer, tables, chairs, my pickup and their Excursion.

Used the fire pit one night - each site has one. Surprised we could use actual wood in southern California.

There are bigger sites in the middle, if you plan ahead, other families had huge set ups between sites that backed up to each other. It is more open that way and our site was much more secluded. Depends upon preference.

Cool spin was astronomy night with volunteers and their giant telescopes.

Went to the beach one day. You can ride bikes or drive. Don't pack a lot because it's still a good walk. My wife & daughter made the bike ride (I had a flat) so I can't comment on too much except that it was dirt and hilly. Your parking pass works for the parking up by the Carl's Jr about a mile closer to the beach (recommended).

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank jakestraub
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