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Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

(3.2/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Nice clean beach. Lots of parking. There is all day parking, metered parking and free parking but you would have to do so walking for the free parking. We just go and sit for about a half hour and lea...  more »
  • We stopped off at the visitors center and had a great mini-tour! The staff were very knowledgeable. The park was a great place to walk around while we waited for our whale excursion. And the beach was...  more »
  • Off grid beach camping. Some spaces are very small but a few accommodate big rigs so check the space length when you book.. Beach is a great area for newby surfers, kayakers, and SUPs. Lots of bike ri...  more »