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Fringed by rolling waves, rugged sandstone bluffs, and lush tidal wetlands, San Onofre State Beach showcases the very best of Southern California. Take your pick of three unspoiled beaches, all with their own unique appeal. Set at the mouth of San Mateo Creek, Trestles lures surfers with a world-class break. Gentle waves make Old Man's popular with beginners, while Trails boasts three miles of golden sand and rocky tidepools.

The 3,000-acre enclave welcomes more than two million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular state parks in California. For beachgoers wanting to stay the night, a pair of campgrounds offer more than 300 RV-friendly sites. Planning a getaway to Southern California? RV rentals in San Diego County make it easy to discover San Onofre State Beach, as well as other stretches of sand like Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas.

Getting Outdoors

Whether you're sunbathing, surfing, or building sandcastles, beaches are the main event at San Onofre. Experienced surfers make a beeline for Trestles, a notorious surf break known for monster waves. Surfers have been riding redwood boards here since the 1940s, though today you'll see modern foam and fiberglass thrusters. As well as surfers, watch for whales, dolphins, and sea lions splashing offshore.

Old Man's is a firm favorite, with soft sand and beginner-friendly waves. The parking lot is a great place to tailgate, chat to locals, and watch surfers hang ten. Trails Beach is fringed by the San Onofre State Beach Campground and promises a lively atmosphere. At low tide, check out the rock pools filled with colorful sea stars and anemones.

If you're not into surfing, why not hit one of the well-marked mountain biking trails near Trestles? You can also stretch your legs on scenic blufftop walking trails or paths that wind through the lush riparian and wetland habitats near San Mateo Creek. In spring, the area comes alive with a blanket of colorful wildflowers.

Camping at San Onofre State Beach

RV camping at San Onofre State Beach means you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and wake up to fresh Pacific breezes. The spacious San Onofre Bluffs State Campground features more than 157 sites suitable for both RV camping and tents. The elevated location means you'll enjoy stunning views over the shimmering Pacific Ocean. All sites include picnic tables and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. Trails wind down to the sand and make it easy to access the beach. There are no utility hookups, which makes San Onofre State Beach a great option if you're looking for an off-the-grid experience. That said, like most state park RV campgrounds, San Onofre offers access to bathroom blocks with chemical toilets and outdoor showers for rinsing off the saltwater. There are also dump stations for RVs.

If you want to maximize your time on the beach, you'll love the San Mateo Campground. It features more than 150 sites, all RV-friendly. You'll enjoy electric and water hookups, as well as modern restroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers. A mile-and-a-half-long trail leads to Trestles and makes it easy to access the beach and surf breaks. Pets are welcome; just be sure to keep your dog leashed. After dark, stroll down to the sand and roast s'mores around one of the beachside fire rings. Both campgrounds fill up fast in the summer, so it's best to make reservations in advance. Generally, most sites can accommodate RV rentals of up to 36 feet in length.

Exploring the Area

San Onofre State Beach is a fantastic base for exploring San Diego's sun-drenched North Coastal region. The legendary Highway 101 winds along the coast and takes you to laid-back surf towns and postcard-perfect beaches. Along the way, you'll find a bounty of craft breweries, boutique wineries, and you-pick orchards. Families love big-ticket attractions like Legoland California in Carlsbad and SeaLife Aquarium, both an easy drive from San Onofre State Beach.

A ten-minute drive from the San Mateo Campground, San Clemente is a laid-back surf town where bare feet and sun-bleached hair are the norm. Allow time to stroll around the relaxed downtown district, browse retro boutiques, and grab a bite to eat at one of the friendly cafes. For a glimpse of how the local surf scene evolved, don't miss the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center. San Clemente is also a great place to rent a camper near San Onofre State Beach or stock up on gas and groceries. A one-hour drive south, San Diego offers a huge selection of RV rentals near San Onofre State Beach.

RV Rentals in San Onofre State Beach, CA

San Onofre State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in San Onofre State Beach. Outdoorsy's San Onofre State Beach RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around San Onofre State Beach, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Bluffs Beach Trail San Onofre State Beach, CA
Trestles Beach San Clemente, CA
San Clemente State Beach San Onofre State Beach, CA
San Mateo Canyon Loop Trail San Onofre State Beach, CA
Roller Coaster Cleveland National Forest, CA
Patriot Trail San Juan Capistrano, CA
Doheny Beach Trail Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach Walk Dana Point, CA
Dana Hills Loop Trail San Juan Capistrano, CA
Heritage Park Trail Dana Point, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Pechanga RV Resort Riverside County, CA
Canyon RV Park Orange County, CA
Tucalota Springs RV Resort & Campground Riverside County, CA
Reflection Lake RV Park & Campground Riverside County, CA
Campland On the Bay San Diego County, CA
Heaven's Up North Family Campground Oconto County, WI
Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA Los Angeles County, CA
Lake Jennings Campground San Diego County, CA
Banning Stagecoach KOA Riverside County, CA
Bogart Park Riverside County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for San Onofre State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Doheny State Beach

One of the last spots you can actually camp on the beach. I have been going there for 20 years.

May 31, 2018
Doheny State Beach

Very nice campground right on the beach. Reserving a spot well in advance is a must.

Mar 28, 2018
Crystal Cove State Park Moro Campground

Good campground near beach with Full Hook Ups, dump station, etc.

Oct 14, 2017
Crown Valley-Greenfield

Grocery store and restaurants. Ralph's grocery store, Thai Bite (Great Thai food), Chick-fila, Romeo's (Good Italian food). Next center to the North has New York Pizza, Los Golindrinas (Mexican).

Oct 14, 2017
Doheny State Beach

Chevron Crown Valley Pkwy and Niguel road for Diesel, Crown Valley Shell on Crown Valley and Moulton Pkwy for Propane

Nearest to Dropoff
Oct 14, 2017
Tamarack Surf Beach

Carlsbad state beach is a great local hot spot with white sand, blue water, food, shops and more!

Dog-friendly Cheap Sightseeing Day trip
Jun 13, 2017
Oceanside Harbor & Beaches

Oceanside Harbor features everything you'd want in a San Diego day trip! Beaches, surfing, body boarding, sand, waterfront dining, boat rentals and much more.

Fishing Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Good weather Day trip
Apr 5, 2017
Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort

Perfect beach access...no stairs and its a stroll through a playground and grassy park. They even have a cafe at the beach. The RV parks is clean and has full amenities so its easy to camp there.

Dog-friendly Bike Rental Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Mar 23, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to San Onofre State Beach, CA


Fallbrook

Family time!

Jan 4, 2020
Oceanside

Camp.

Dec 5, 2019
Oceanside

We enjoyed the beach, park, fire pits, and ocean view!

Dog-friendly Snack Bar Ocean View Quiet Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly Dog-friendly Kid-friendly
Dec 3, 2019
San Clemente

Visited friends at local beach camp site.

Has Air Has Coffee Dog-friendly Ocean View Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Dec 2, 2019
Carlsbad

Surfing trip....dry camping.

Local Fave Boondocking Dog-friendly
Nov 29, 2019
San Clemente

Surf. Beach camping.

Nov 21, 2019
Carlsbad

Surf 🏄‍♀️

Nov 13, 2019
San Clemente

We used the vehicle for a photo shoot. It was a place for our models to change, relax, eat and get their make-up done.

Nov 12, 2019
Carlsbad

Stayed at south carlsbad state beach campground

Oct 30, 2019
Carlsbad

Beach camping

Oct 14, 2019
Doheny State Beach

Great ocean front camp ground that is dog friendly and an easy to get to location

Dog-friendly
Feb 13, 2018