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Doheny State Beach

Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-496-6172
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Dana Point
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Activities: Camping, Camping/rv
Description: Located adjacent to a popular campsite, this scenic beach provides a peaceful outdoor experience.
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Fullerton, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is not the most beautiful beach in the area, but it's ok for a little sun and just hanging out. We went to the Day Use area. Pros: Parking right next to sand and beach. Actual bathrooms; not outhouse style. Dolphins. Fire pits. More of a family beach, not a teen beach, so not as crowded as some. Cons:... More

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Sydney
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Got in late ranger still on duty and helped with all our questions. The camp ground was crowded as we parked our RV but lights out by 9.30pm very quiet except the freight trains that run all night. Bring your ear plugs.

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My husband and I got a site and it was a tight fit, so we asked to move to a larger site next to it but the woman worker was to lazy to fill out the form and told us no and the site we wanted never got used. Some genuis built bathrooms with two toilets and six showers like... More

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Laguna Hills, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great place to take out of town guest! Also fun beach to hold large party's or gatherings! Fun place to people watch you can choose either the beach or the grass area to hang out!

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Auburn
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Well, we are done with the California State Parks system. It used to be that our utility trailer with the motorcycles on it counted for a legally towed vehicle. -No extra charge. A few years back they changed it to only one motorcycle and the other was charged at 10 dollars per day. Now they only count the utility trailer... More

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Port Ludlow
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are loads of beaches along the coast of Orange County, but this one is one of the best family beaches for those who don't live by the ocean. Also, just north is a lovely Dana Point Harbor ...especially nice for young families with pretty grassy areas and close parking. And, there are shops and eateries, too.

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Emmaus
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was fun watching surfers patiently waiting for waves and then catching the waves and riding them into shore.

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Escondido, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have camped at California beach state parks up and down the coast for years and always love it, so we decided to try Doheny for Labor Day Weekend. We were very disappointed for several reasons. To begin with, check-in at the ranger station was different from any we have ever experienced. When you arrive, the rangers have you drive... More

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A great place to plunk down your blanket and beach chair and become hypnotized by the sounds of the shore. When you've had enough of that, dig into your favorite book!

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Place was very easy to get to and parking was a freeze. These two things are very important in California beaches. Doheny has enough parking, that's always a plus in my book. There is enough green area for setting up, place also has area for BBQ. There is a rental place for bikes and other beach equipment. Lots of volleyball... More

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