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Doheny State Beach

Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Ranked #7 of 14 attractions in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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San Francisco California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Great time. Nice family beach. Not crowded. Easy to walk to from hotel. Also can ride bikes on frontage road near beach.

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Provo, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This beach is by far our favorite. All of my children learned to surf here. The waves are small enough for novice surfers to learn on, but big enough in the evenings for more experienced surfers. There's a shop there where you can rent bikes for the whole family to ride in which my kids love to do each time... More

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Southern Cal
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
19 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Too bad but the sewer smelling outfall of a drainage and a rocky bottom makes this ideal location a no go. Good for beginners to learn to surf as the true local surfers won't be there to chastise them it needs a good cleaning and a water treatment solution. NEVER go here after a rainfall as all the mung of... More

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San Clemente, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Locals know that there are better beaches up and down this stretch of California waterfront. However, Doheny does offer excellent conditions for first-time surfers as well as facilities including restrooms, picnic tables, volleyball nets, grassy areas for frisbee and so on. Though typically a busy beach there is usually ample places to park yourself on the sand. One note of... More

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Doheny State Beach is very long, mostly clean, with picnic facilities. What's a little off putting is its proximity to the Pacific Coast Highway and the busy train tracks. Hard to have an idyllic day at the beach with the hum of cars speeding past on their way to San Clemente and what seemed to be the constant droning from... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were driving up and down the California coast and decided to stop here for a couple of minutes. The beach was pristine and it was a perfect place if you wanted to try surfing. The sand was golden and clean. Stay on the northern point of the beach because there are less rocks.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Too many rocks and birds and bird droppings and rocky sand. Too many beautiful beaches up and down the coast to spend much time here.

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Leawood, Kansas, Usa
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

We loved walking on the beach for hours. Great bird watching area. Didn't like the Amtrak next to the beach....

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Sonora, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great place to learn to surf. The waves roll in a lot like Waikiki. Easy to learn on. The atmosphere here is very laid back and old school. Big, wide open beach with plenty of tables, parking, a campgound nearby, great area to go for a run or a long walk on the beach. No dogs allowed.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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106 reviews 106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is a nice, quiet beach only minutes away walking from the Marriott Laguna Cliffs resort. The sand was clean, shallow water and the view absolutely stunning. Dana Point harbor with restaurants and parking is right around the corner. Wheelchair friendly path makes it easy for handicapped people.

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