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Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

(3.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Hang ten at Doheny State Beach, popular for its good surfing conditions, picnic and barbeque facilities, volleyball courts, and campgrounds. California's first state beach, this family-friendly area features tide pools and a visitor center, where you can learn about local marine life that includes abalones, anemones, sea bass, crabs, dolphins, seals, morays, sea urchins, octopuses, stingrays, and even Great White sharks. Wear footwear appropriate for rocky coastal terrain. The beach offers restrooms and showers for public use. Make Doheny State Beach a centerpiece of your Dana Point vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dana Point trip itinerary builder.
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  • Every year my husband and I go to the Doheny Blues Festival. It is always a great weekend filled with Blues and other genres of music. It is a totally chill atmosphere, with a ton of fun people and gr...  more »
  • The Beach Boys didn't sing about this place because it was bad. It's a beautiful, quintessential California beach. Our eight year old daughter took her first surf lesson here and loved it.  more »
  • This is part of a state park with BBQ's and easy parking. The beach is sandy and well kept. The waves are easy to surf and paddle board. The only thing is it is next to a river outlet that makes the w...  more »
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  • This beach offers a grassy area a short distance from the beach, tables, bbq pits and a few fire pits you might have to reserve. There is a snack shop nearby that offers coffee, hot dogs, fries, ice cream and those kinds of things. It is beautiful, clean and a great place to spend with your family.
  • Very nice they have hourly parking so you don't have to pay the full $15 for a day parking pass if you only want to stay a few hours. Pretty relaxed area and also a nice big grass area. The sand is coarser than other beaches and can be a little rocky.
  • Dry camping only here. Clean showers, token operated, you will need dollar bills to get tokens. Great place to park your RV and stay a few days. I would not really want to camp in a tent here as there is mostly only blacktop to set-up on, but people were doing it. Some of the sites are very tight so be sure to check out the pictures before you commit. Bring your bicycle. This is a relaxing place to enjoy the cali coast, plus there is the marina and shops to enjoy, as well as the tide pools, all a bike ride away.
  • Right on the beach! It's one of the few beach parks you can have a fire. As tent campers, we didn't like having so many RVs with us. It's also close to roads and train tracks. Do your best to book early and get a spot next to the beach.
  • Spent a weekend camping here with family and friends. We all had a great time! We didn't experience most of the complaints other reviewers talk about (homeless people, loud traffic noise, dirty bathrooms). We had two side by side campsites by the water but there's a large sand berm blocking most of the view of the ocean. It looks like it's manmade to give campers some privacy but it does detract quite a bit from the ocean view. Overall, very good campsites.