Best Place to Stand-Up Paddle Into a Nuclear Intake Valve (2013)

Old Man's Surf Beach

Why wave at the late, never-great San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from the freeway when you can stand-up paddle right past it? Start from the south end of Old Man's Surf Beach (a.k.a. San Onofre State Surfing Beach), and you can get a pretty close look at SoCal's grand experiment with nuclear energy. Of course, after the plant's ignominious closure, there's no danger of growing a third eye . . . we hope.

Location Details

Basilone Road & 5 Freeway
San Clemente CA 92672


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