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The San Clemente Beach Coastal Trail is a 2.3 mile long trail with access to the uninterrupted sandy shoreline of San Clemente in Orange County. This wide dirt path is popular with cyclists, walkers, and runners. Beach goers can park at any of the beaches along the route to access the beaches (see the map above and read the individual beach pages for directions). However, for biking it is best to start at either end to avoid carrying a bike down a steep set of stairs.

The northern trailhead of the San Clemente Coastal Trail is at North Beach where you’ll find a popular beach with restrooms and a beachside cafe.

The southern trailhead is at Calafia Beach which also has a cafe and fine facilities.

The midpoint of the trail is at San Clemente Pier Beach where tourists abound. This is a good place to start if you don’t intend to travel the entire trail.

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PARKING: There is a fee to park at the endpoints and near the San Clemente Pier. The neighborhood beach access points have free street parking, but it’s usually high on the bluff above the trail and beach. If you are not biking, any of these beach accesses are a good option.

HOURS: Most of the trail is open from 4 in the morning to midnight every day. The exception is the southern segment from the south T-Street restrooms to Calafia Beach where the hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

DOGS: They are allowed on the trail if they are kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Because there are bikers on the trail it is important to keep your dog close-by.

NEARBY AMENITIES: The “Pier Bowl” area near the pier is always a highlight on a visit to San Clemente. There are several hotels near the beach in San Clemente if you are not a local area resident. The Fisherman’s Restaurant on the pier is highly recommended but there are many other nearby restaurants in San Clemente. For shopping, one of the best options is Outlets at San Clemente, an outdoor mall with nearly 50 different outlet stores.

BIKE RENTALS: Bikes can be rented at Bicycles San Clemente near North Beach.

CAUTION: Trains go whizzing by on the railroad tracks between the San Clemente Coastal Trail and the beach. Use the tunnels under the tracks (where they are provided) to access the beaches. Stay out of the train right-of-way as it is illegal and citations are given for those who trespass.

Beaches on this map

  • Calafia Beach

    Calafia Beach is city-operated park and beach on state park property in San Clemente, CA. The park is called Calafia Beach Park and it is adjacent San Clemente State Beach. […]

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  • Riviera Beach

    Riviera Beach is a public beach with access from a hard to find spot in south San Clemente, CA. The beach is wide enough that even at high tide you’ll […]

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  • Lost Winds Beach (Lasuens)

    Lost Winds Beach is situated below a housing development high on the bluff in southern San Clemente. The entrance is between homes at 2006 Calle De Los Alamos just south […]

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  • The Hole

    Boca del Canon Beach is better-known as “The Hole” by San Clemente local surfers. It’s is a San Clemente Municipal Beach about half-way between San Clemente Pier and Calafia Park […]

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  • T Street Beach

    T Street Beach is found at the west end of Esplanade Street in San Clemente and that is why it is sometimes referred to as Esplanade Beach. T-Street is part […]

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  • San Clemente Pier City Beach

    San Clemente Pier Beach is the main city beach of San Clemente, California. The beach is a wide sandy spot on both sides of the pier between T-Street Beach and […]

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  • Linda Lane Park Beach

    Linda Lane Park is a family-friendly park north of the San Clemente Pier and downtown area. A tunnel under the railroad tracks provides access to the beach from the parking […]

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  • Mariposa Beach

    Mariposa Beach is a San Clemente City Beach access point in northern San Clemente, CA. The entrance to this long walkway begins where West Mariposa and West Escalones avenues meet […]

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  • El Portal Beach

    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. […]

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  • Dije Court Beach

    Dije Court Beach Access is one of many ways to access San Clemente City Beach. This access is a long steep stair that begins high on the bluff in a […]

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  • North Beach

    North Beach in San Clemente is in front of the Ole Hanson Beach Club near the intersection of El Camino Real and Avenida Estacion. North Beach is wider than the […]

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