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Free Things To Do In San Diego County - Northwest Corner

Updated on June 8, 2012

The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base occupies the northwest corner of San Diego County. It contains several buildings of historical significance, including the Santa Margarita y Las Flores Ranch House and the Las Flores Adobe, and also serves as an active military base. It is open to the public for free if you'd like to stop in and roam around on your own, so long as you can provide a valid driver's license or photo identification and proof of vehicle registration and insurance. It is also possible to arrange a free guided tour, but you have to do so at least 60 days in advance. The guided tours are designed for groups of 50-75 people, and usually take place on the first and third Fridays of each month from 9 - 2 (except for Fridays just before a Federal holiday). However if you have a smaller group or did not make reservations in advance, it is sometimes possible to join up with someone else's tour if space permits. For more information on tours of the base, call The Camp Pendleton Office of Public Affairs at 760 725 5799, or visit the following website:

The adjacent San Onofre State Beach is leased to the State of California by the United States Department of the Navy. Although there is currently a $15 parking fee, you can enter by bike or on foot for free if you wish to pursue this endeavor, which, due to the surrounding base camp and nuclear generating facility, entails parking approximately 10 miles south at Las Pulgas Canyon.


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