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San Onofre State Beach was created by Presidential Decree in 1971. The current park acreage is just over 2,000 with five and a half miles of coast line. The property is leased from the Department of the Navy for 50 years. The park is among the top five most visited State Parks in California with annual attendance exceeding 2 million. San Onofre "Surf Beach" is the most popular surfing beach in the United States. More than 12 million people live within a 2 hour drive from the parks. San Onofre contains two of the most popular campgrounds in California. The surf break at "Trestles Beach" is considered the best year round surf break in America.

San Clemente State Beach was acquired in 1933 and was home to a three hundred man CCC camp during the depression years. The park is 90 acres with 1.1 miles of beach frontage. The CCC's built the San Clemente campground and developed the State Park at Doheny, six miles to the north. San Clemente is also one of the most popular campgrounds in California. The small visitor center at San Clemente State Beach is an historic Ole Hansen era cottage which now hosts special events on a charming Spanish style courtyard with ocean views.

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