San Clemente Pier


San Clemente Pier is a wonderful place to spend the day for any van or RV nomad. The pier area has many good restaurants and bars. The beach is known for its great surfing, fishing, and beautiful sands. There’s a big parking lot at the pier to park your van or RV. Just make sure you arrive early. 


The San Clemente Pier is one of my favorite places to work on this website. The wooden pier is 1296 feet long and popular with fishermen. It makes a great location for any van or RV nomad to spend the day. 

The pier and surrounding area offer great restaurants, a few bars, excellent surfing, restrooms, picnic tables, shower, and good cell service—all the things you need to work from your van or RV. 

Located on the pier is Fishermans Restaurant and Bar. They have the best clam chowder in a bread bowl outside Boston. I recommend you give it a try. 

San Clement Coastal Trail

The San Clemente Coastal Trail runs in front of the pier and is 2.5 miles. It goes from San Clemente State Beach to the south to North Beach. This makes for a great walk or workout. 


The main activity in San Clemente is surfing and bodyboarding. The pier is where I learned to surf many years ago, but the best waves are a 5-min walk south to T-Street. 
San Clemente offers miles of unspolied beachs to explore. So if you are looking for a little solitude and a surf spot all to yourself, you will be able to find one. 


The closest campground to the pier in San Clemente State Beach.  The campground offers both full RV hooks and dry camping. The park is located on a bluff above the beach.

Other campgrounds in the area include San Mateo, San Onofre State Beach, and San Onofre Beach Camp Pendleton. 

Parking Fee:

All parking fees in San Clemente are $1.50 per hour. You can pay for those hours on Parking Meters and Pay Station Machines. 

References and Other Adventures:


San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach is a wonderful place for any van lifer to spend time camping and surfing on the California coast. The park is a 3,000-acre and 3 miles south of San Clemente on Interstate 5 at Basilone Road. The state park is leased to California by the United States Marine Corps.

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Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore the Southern California coast while in the middle of Orange County California. The park has camping, hiking, surfing, and a federally listed Historic District, an enclave of vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony.

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