SURFING IN San Clemente, California, USA
San Clemente, California, USA has a variety of great surf spots. The crowd is local tribe-like, but really good people just a tad frustrated at the growing surf crowds in their favorite spots. Surf respectfully and it will be no problem.
Break Type: Beach
Gear: Wetsuit seasonally
Ambience: This is a large beach that stretches out long and is great for walking and hanging out. Because it is about a 20 minute walk from the parking area to the beach, and generally Americans don't like to be far from their automobiles :) this beach is relatively uncrowded and feels remote and wild (except for the train that zips by every so often).
Main Surf Spot: Trestles
Link to current conditions: Surfline
Public Parking: Yes. Note that the beach is about a 20 minute walk from the parking area. You can park on the street if there are spaces or a paid list here. Here is where you park and then walk back across the highway and look for the trail next to the on-ramp for 5 South. Follow the trail for about 5 minutes and when you see the sign Trestles Wetlands Natural Preserve" turn right. The beach is another 1/4 mile down this path. There are no services at the beach so bring food and water.
Public Showers: No.
Public Restrooms: No.
Transportation: Need a car.
Nearest Airport: Nearest Airport: Los Angeles (LAX) or Orange County (SNA) - fly into SNA if you can much easier airport then LAX.
Alternative Surf Spots
San Onofre Beach - note this is a CA State Park so you pay $15/day or buy a CA State Park pass.
T-Street Beach - Here you can park right across from the beach and there are showers and bathrooms.
Lots of hotel and AirBnB options
Adele's at the San Clemente Inn