San Clemente - Poche Beach

San Clemente, California

This small poche, or “pocket” beach is located at the northern most end of San Clemente. It can be accessed by a stairway on the inland side of Pacific Coast Hwy, just south of the end of Camino Capistrano leads to an underpass beneath the highway and the railroad tracks; follow this path to the beach, which has a volleyball court. On the beach is Shorecliffs Beach Club- member's only (source: CA Coastal Commission). There is no beach side parking, there are meters on Camino Capistrano.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on April 5th, 2020. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on April 5th, 2020 at 5:38 PM.
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Current Weather
18°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
Monitoring Frequency

San Clemente - Poche Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

Water Quality Graph

San Clemente - Poche Beach

San Clemente, California

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on April 5th, 2020. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on April 5th, 2020 at 5:38 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
18°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

This small poche, or “pocket” beach is located at the northern most end of San Clemente. It can be accessed by a stairway on the inland side of Pacific Coast Hwy, just south of the end of Camino Capistrano leads to an underpass beneath the highway and the railroad tracks; follow this path to the beach, which has a volleyball court. On the beach is Shorecliffs Beach Club- member's only (source: CA Coastal Commission). There is no beach side parking, there are meters on Camino Capistrano.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

Monitoring Frequency

San Clemente - Poche Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

Water Quality Graph

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