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February 20, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Rick Vanderknyff, Susan Greene, and Henry Rivero / Los Angeles Times
Address: Off Avenida Calafia, San Clemente Phone number: (714) 492-3156 Facilities: Surfing is allowed at the north end of the beach. The day-use area offers picnic areas with grills and tables, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Fire rings are provided on the beach. General campsites have stoves and cupboards, tables and water. Trailer campsites have water, electrical and sewer hookups. Each campground has hot showers, restrooms and laundry tubs. There is a group campground for 50 people.
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March 25, 2007 | Scott Doggett, Special to The Times
WITH its wide swath of sugary sand tucked between lovely sandstone bluffs and waves that often curl into perfect surfer pipelines, mile-long San Clemente State Beach ought to be blanketed with sun worshipers and board riders year-round. Its daytime temperature rarely dips below 60 degrees, and nighttime lows hover in the 40s or 50s -- ideal temps for walking down short (though steep) paved paths to cool sand.
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March 25, 2007 | Scott Doggett, Special to The Times
WITH its wide swath of sugary sand tucked between lovely sandstone bluffs and waves that often curl into perfect surfer pipelines, mile-long San Clemente State Beach ought to be blanketed with sun worshipers and board riders year-round. Its daytime temperature rarely dips below 60 degrees, and nighttime lows hover in the 40s or 50s -- ideal temps for walking down short (though steep) paved paths to cool sand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
San Clemente might become the second city in California to ban smoking along its beaches. The city's parks and recreation commission will discuss at its 7 p.m. meeting today whether to urge the City Council to prohibit cigarette and cigar smoking at the city beach and pier and possibly city parks. The smoking ban would not apply to San Clemente State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A spill of about 420 gallons of raw sewage forced the temporary closure of 600 feet of San Clemente State Beach to swimming and surfing. City workers were able to recover about 200 gallons after the spill was detected at 8:40 a.m., but the remainder washed down a storm drain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several hundred mourners attended a series of memorial services Saturday for three San Clemente High School alumni who died recently in two separate automobile collisions. In a grim reunion for scores of recent San Clemente graduates, former classmates of Dana Ambrose, Jessica Daniel and David Russell recalled their friends' youthful exuberance and warmth in ceremonies that ranged from open-form testimonials to a spreading of ashes on local waters. Ambrose, 19, died on Oct. 7 in Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a ceremony to celebrate the ocean culture that Dana Ambrose loved, 150 lifeguards will paddle out beyond the surf off San Clemente State Beach on Saturday to say goodbye to the young woman, who was killed two weeks ago in a car accident in Honolulu. "She loved the beach," Rod Ambrose said of his daughter, who was 19 when she died Oct. 7 after being broadsided as she drove home from work. "I think it's just what she would have wanted."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995
A camper suffocated after falling asleep near a charcoal grill lit inside his van during a weekend trip, authorities said Wednesday. Attendants at San Clemente State Beach found the body of Vern R. Brown, 57, of San Clemente, on Tuesday near the shore, according to coroner's deputy Lorence J. Esslinger. Brown, a hairdresser, was on one of his regular overnight camping trips, according to family members. Brown, who had been working for Carlisle's Hair since 1986, moved to San Clemente in 1965.
NEWS
April 7, 1990 | JOHN McKINNEY
"Our beach shall always be free from hurdy-gurdies and defilement. We believe beauty to be an asset as well as gold and silver, or cabbage and potatoes." This was the pledge of Norwegian immigrant Ole Hanson, who began the town of San Clemente in 1925. It was quite a promise from a real-estate developer, quite a promise in those days of shameless boosterism half a century before the California Coastal Commission was established.
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April 17, 1991 | KATHIE BOZANICH
Orange Countians have the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities--bicycling, surfing, fishing and boating, to name but a few. And as summer approaches, camping takes the spotlight. There are five park and beach sites in the county where people can sleep under the stars. For the "mountain" camping experience, three regional parks have overnight public camping facilities. There is a $10-per-night fee at each, and campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ronald W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A spill of about 420 gallons of raw sewage forced the temporary closure of 600 feet of San Clemente State Beach to swimming and surfing. City workers were able to recover about 200 gallons after the spill was detected at 8:40 a.m., but the remainder washed down a storm drain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several hundred mourners attended a series of memorial services Saturday for three San Clemente High School alumni who died recently in two separate automobile collisions. In a grim reunion for scores of recent San Clemente graduates, former classmates of Dana Ambrose, Jessica Daniel and David Russell recalled their friends' youthful exuberance and warmth in ceremonies that ranged from open-form testimonials to a spreading of ashes on local waters. Ambrose, 19, died on Oct. 7 in Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a ceremony to celebrate the ocean culture that Dana Ambrose loved, 150 lifeguards will paddle out beyond the surf off San Clemente State Beach on Saturday to say goodbye to the young woman, who was killed two weeks ago in a car accident in Honolulu. "She loved the beach," Rod Ambrose said of his daughter, who was 19 when she died Oct. 7 after being broadsided as she drove home from work. "I think it's just what she would have wanted."
NEWS
June 26, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You might say that Orange County campers have it two good: Freeway-close wilderness in two regional parks. Two sites in a national forest. Two state beaches. Even "en route" camping at a couple of spots along the coast. There's also easy access just over the county line to two coastal campgrounds (one with views of a nuclear reactor) and two more national forest campgrounds. What's it all add up to?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995
A camper suffocated after falling asleep near a charcoal grill lit inside his van during a weekend trip, authorities said Wednesday. Attendants at San Clemente State Beach found the body of Vern R. Brown, 57, of San Clemente, on Tuesday near the shore, according to coroner's deputy Lorence J. Esslinger. Brown, a hairdresser, was on one of his regular overnight camping trips, according to family members. Brown, who had been working for Carlisle's Hair since 1986, moved to San Clemente in 1965.
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October 15, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the passenger seat of a lifeguard Jeep, Scott Stuart dropped to the beach and pulled himself into the crashing gray surf for his ritual morning swim, his paralyzed legs leaving a squiggly trail in the sand. On other mornings, if the conditions are right, the state lifeguard, who was paralyzed in a diving accident four years ago, hits the waves on his customized surfboard, riding on his stomach as if he's on a boogie board.
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October 15, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the passenger seat of a lifeguard Jeep, Scott Stuart dropped to the beach and pulled himself into the crashing gray surf for his ritual morning swim, his paralyzed legs leaving a squiggly trail in the sand. On other mornings, if the conditions are right, the state lifeguard, who was paralyzed in a diving accident four years ago, hits the waves on his customized surfboard, riding on his stomach as if he's on a boogie board.
NEWS
June 26, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You might say that Orange County campers have it two good: Freeway-close wilderness in two regional parks. Two sites in a national forest. Two state beaches. Even "en route" camping at a couple of spots along the coast. There's also easy access just over the county line to two coastal campgrounds (one with views of a nuclear reactor) and two more national forest campgrounds. What's it all add up to?
NEWS
April 17, 1991 | KATHIE BOZANICH
Orange Countians have the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities--bicycling, surfing, fishing and boating, to name but a few. And as summer approaches, camping takes the spotlight. There are five park and beach sites in the county where people can sleep under the stars. For the "mountain" camping experience, three regional parks have overnight public camping facilities. There is a $10-per-night fee at each, and campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ronald W.
NEWS
August 10, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staying overnight at Orange County's state beaches can have less to do with traditional camping than with, well, parking . The actual campgrounds at San Clemente and Doheny state beaches (and at San Onofre State Beach, just south of the county line) are something less than attractive: lots of asphalt, few trees, hard-packed-gravel tent sites and bumper-to-bumper Winnebagos. If solitude is your goal, it might be best to look elsewhere, as beach camping here is a decidedly urban experience.
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