San Clemente State Beach is located in Southern California and is one of four beaches along a four-mile stretch of Coastline in San Clemente. It is a very popular beach area, but the dog rules are a bit confusing. The San Clemente website says there are no dogs allowed on the beach or trails, but then it also says dogs must be on leashes and “attended at all times.” Reviews of the beach also turn up mixed reviews. So, It’s hard to say either way, but you can always check with the lifeguard or rangers if you have questions.
San Clemente State Beach, itself, stretches for a mile down the coastline. The trail down to the beach is a bit steep, so keep that in mind as you make plans. If you need help getting down to the beach, the website mentions you can call ahead for help. The beach is sandy and covered in palm trees. It is very popular with surfers, snorkelers, sunbathers, picnickers, fishers, and more. The beach is located close to a butterfly trail and also features a visitors center as well as campgrounds. There aren’t any fees listed other than a $15 parking fee for those using the beach for the day.
As for your dog, again, it’s hard to say either way if dogs are allowed or not since their website and reviews seem to conflict. However, if they are allowed on the beach, it’s important to be good ambassadors for pets and pet parents so dogs continue to be allowed. Make sure your pooch doesn’t bother other people, pets, or anything on the beach. Also, be sure to clean up after your dog. There’s nothing yuckier than stepping in dog poop. It’s even more awful if you’re on a beach, because you’re probably barefoot. Ew! Also, it’s always good to bring supplies for your pup, like a towel, a bowl, food, and water.
San Clemente State Beach is a lovely place to visit. So, if you’re in the area stop by and take a stroll.