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El Portal Beach in San Clemente, California

This beach goes by two names, El Portal Beach and Buena Vista Beach. That’s because the public access entrance is at the intersection of Buena Vista and El Portal streets. Portal Beach, as it is best known, is a San Clemente City Beach with a long steep trail with stairs down to the train tracks and the beach. It’s a narrow beach that is better suited for surfing than sunbathing or beach sports as the beach is mostly wet at high tide. That said, when the tide is out locals will be enjoying this hidden gem. The famous “204” surf spot is between the Portal access and the one just north at Dije Court. Back in the 1950’s local surfers named this place after a number sign on the railroad tracks. The San Clemente Coastal Trail passes by this spot with access to North Beach and San Clemente Pier. Find a parking spot near the Portal access, but be careful not to block any driveways.

Address
1100 Buena Vista
San Clemente, CA 92672
Owner
City Beach
Other Names
Buena Vista Beach, 204
Activities
Surfing, Walking, Running, Sunbathing
Amenities
Bike Path, Trail, No Facilities
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Free street parking

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