About San Clemente State Beach

A release valve for the crazy crowds and competitive vibes down at Lowers, San Clemente State Beach is a fun (but not epic) beach break half a mile up the coast from the Trestles area. The lineup stays relatively empty, despite easy access and consistently surfable waves.

Source: San Clemente State Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

User-friendly wave appropriate for all surfers.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Stays pretty mellow, as all the hype and aggression is down at Lowers.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Nowhere near as crowded as Trestles.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Not the best wave in San Clemente, but a fun beach break when the sand is good.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out until the swell gets well overhead.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Bearing in mind that this is Southern California, the water is actually relatively clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Groms, mid-morning onshores.

Access

Parking lot with bathrooms and direct access, or walk/paddle up from Trestles.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Summer and autumn bring south swells and good conditions.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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