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Address: Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 949-496-6172
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Activities: Camping, Camping/rv
Description: Located adjacent to a popular campsite, this scenic beach provides a...
Located adjacent to a popular campsite, this scenic beach provides a peaceful outdoor experience.
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mushy rollers

be careful for hidden rocks in the sand! great beach though. great for beginners who want to learn how to surf and great for SUP surfing on a decent size day

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Capistrano Beach, California
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Laguna Beach, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This beach has a lot of parking right close to the Sand and it is beautiful! The water here seems much "bluer" than Newport, and having the restaurants and boating excursions right next door make it an PERFECT beach for a week or day visit. Its not the Biggest Beach in OC , but it is one of the VERY... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Beautiful sandy beach. Volleyball courts, lots of tables, fire pits, open space to play any type of game you would like. Lots of parking. $2 per hour parking fee.

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Southern Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Neat, clean & lots of wide sand beach to be enjoyed! There were obviously a lot of people taking surfing and paddle board lessons which was very fun to watch!

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Capistrano Beach, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

be careful for hidden rocks in the sand! great beach though. great for beginners who want to learn how to surf and great for SUP surfing on a decent size day

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San Francisco, CA
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Didn't seem like much of a surfer beach, but a great place for the kids and really good camping facilities.

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Olathe, Kansas
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

the beach is fine, but the crowds were heavy on the weekend. Parking in this area is always interesting, but it is possible to find it. Happened to be down this way for awhile and gave it a go - but it isn't the best in my opinion

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Parker, Colorado
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We have loved this beach for years. Now they have hourly parking! No longer have to pay for a whole day just to spend an hour or two on the beach. Great option!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

A very good beach for whatever it is you like to do. Surfing, paddle boarding, volley ball or picknicking. You can rent bicycles and surf boards. Food stand open during high season. Very well maintained. Camp ground as well. Be advised, it's dry camping but shower/restroom facilities on hand and also well maintained. Many spaces right on the beach! Love... More 

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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Please not that I did visit this place in the off season: Jan. So the beach is dirty with trash all over the place and the water itself is quite dingy looking.We only stopped by for a short walk along the beach, but not even my girls who will usually take their shoes off and at least get their feet... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love. Love. Love. Spent the day at the beach in my bikini, and then in the evening in jeans and a sweatshirt in front of a bonfire, listening to the waves and looking at the stars. It was perfect. Definitely a true California day!

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