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 Intimidating

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

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Nowhere near as crowded as Trestles.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

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

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out until the swell gets well overhead.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

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

Additional Information


Groms, mid-morning onshores.


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

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

Summer and autumn bring south swells and good conditions.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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