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Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

3.8
#4 of 9 in Nature in Orange County
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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  • Lots of space for families and groups. The snack bar was open and accessible and there were bikes and surfboards available for rent.  more »
  • Beach is in a nice location right near the harbor. Sand could be a lot better, though. Lots of sticks and rocks all over makes for a tough walk. There is a concession stand and rentals onsite.  more »
  • Nice beach pretty views clean sand loved the free trolley bbq grills and tables everywhere Great place to relax  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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