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Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

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State Park Beach
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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  • Beautiful waves and surf, the sand was somewhat coarse but that makes it easy to clean off (!) and the amenities were great: access to bike and equipment rental, food, bathrooms. Note: the bathrooms w...  more »
  • Not many people around when we were first there which made it a relaxing experience. Not the most scenic beach but clean and sunny and nice surf to gaze at. We came back a few weeks later for the Dohe...  more »
  • Went into the state park when we went to the whale watching next door. Great beach with picnic tables.  more »
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  • Great place to stay. Fishing, laying out or kicking back. Good family fun memories.
  • One of our favorite, local, family surf spots. Been coming here since I was a kid. Gentle, easy waves, volleyball nets, fire pits and barbeque spots with tables bathrooms, snack shack and rentals. The large grass areas were great for games until California had them stop watering it and it became an ugly, scratchy dead grass wasteland. Thank goodness for all of the recent rain! The sand is gritty and often dirty at this beach. The tidepools are fun in the winter. Plenty of parking and nice that you can use the city or state parking options. We love the updated interpretive center. The butterfly garden has seen better days. Capo Beach end is a less crowded, pretty spot. Free parking on the street if you don't mind walking up the stairs and over the bridge.
  • I love to have breakfast over a fire grill and watch the view. So peaceful and serene
  • All time favorite music festivals. The beer and music was amazing! Four hours of drinking and great concerts!
  • A surf beach that has been part of many surf songs of the old days. The beach has the boneyard restaurant which is open in the summer and serves wine and beer. There are picnic tables to sit and watch the wave and volleyball players. Small surf which is good for learning to surf.