Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

3.8
#4 of 9 in Nature in Orange County
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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Dana Point fast, fun, and easy.
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  • Clean beach, rocks, not a lot of layout room near our hotel...maybe other parts of the beach. Train runs all day off and on  more »
  • New surfers, especially children, surf at the far end of the beach. There's a rubber-ish sidewalk to the beach for those using a walker or wheelchair who want to sit closer to the water. Various toys ...  more »
  • We love this beach. It has paid parking which wards off any issues at regular beaches. It has a snack bar, bike paths, and one can rent bikes, kayaks, etc. it has a large area with bbq’s and tables. T...  more »
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  • I was very disappointed, Doheny State Beach has changed so much. The ocean water use to be a good distance away from the campground but now it's right next to the beach front campsites. Also the sand use to be nice and leveled but now you'll have to climb a steep hill of sand. Once you get to the top don't get too comfortable because the beach front campers have already claimed that area by setting up their chairs. This place is definitely not worth it, price is too high and the sites are too small.
  • We have gone her for the last 17 years every 4th of July. This was a fun place to go but now the entire beach is gone. You use to be able to set up volleyball nets , play catch, fly kites and even swim but now you can't even access the water without the feeling of intruding on someone's campsite. If you try to swim now you just get pounded by a wave right on the shore. Camping here now is pretty much like camping in a parking lot.
  • Secluded and quaint. Nice for a romantic afternoon or outing with the family. One of the cleaner beaches in so. Cal
  • Ocean side music venue. Great environment. Neighboring city of Capistrano offers great eating venues. Fun environment.
  • We are currently camping here in site 36. We like it here and usually camp here yearly with no issues. This site however has a huge infestation of brown recluse spiders in the bushes surrounding the site. We told the grounds personnel with no seeming worry about it at all...

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