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San Clemente Pier Reviews and Ratings

(Orange County, USA)

Visitor reviews of San Clemente Pier surf break

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San Clemente Pier Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 4 votes. Vote

Quality on a good day: 4.0

(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

Consistency of Surf: 4.0

(1: San Clemente Pier is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

Regional Rating: 4.5

(1: San Clemente Pier is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Orange County. 5: the best break in Orange County).

Difficulty Level: 3.0

(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

Onshore Wind: 4.0

(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: San Clemente Pier can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

Other Options: 5.0

(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at San Clemente Pier, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).

Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.7

(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at San Clemente Pier are often excellent).

Water Quality: 4.2

(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

Crowds: 2.8

(1: Often too crowded. 5: San Clemente Pier is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

Access: 4.2

(1: Getting to San Clemente Pier requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

Scenery: 5.0

(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

Local Attitude: 4.0

(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

Accommodation: 4.7

(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near San Clemente Pier for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

Camping: 2.5

(1: Camping at San Clemente Pier is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

Entertainment: 5.0

(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: San Clemente Pier is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).

Equipment and Repairs: 4.5

(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).

Eating: 5.0

(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at San Clemente Pier, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

Drinking: 4.5

(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near San Clemente Pier where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.