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“nice but not like San Diego”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Dana Point
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Owner description: Located adjacent to a popular campsite, this scenic beach provides a peaceful outdoor experience.
Chula Vista Ca
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“nice but not like San Diego”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I spent a really nice day at this multi attraction beach. but was very disappointed in the sheer drop off and the amount of rocks. easy free parking on Coast highway with foot bridge to the beach. life guards and changing rooms/restrooms very handy. great view in both directions. but unswimmable with the drop off making huge dangerous waves and rocks that pummel your feet. great walking beach towards camp ground and surfing day use area. also a nature area with water fowl. we saw a lot of paddle boarders an surfers really enjoying some gentle waves for beginners, in the protected day use area. Very close to Dana Harbor for restaurants not to mention across the street from a classic Mexican restaurant, Olamedis which is a review on to itself (yummmy). Anyway - Mission Beach in san diego, my home town, is a much nicer beach with clear water, no rocks, great boogie boarding waves and long walks.

Visited July 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Not good for anything but surfing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a surfers beach. A good part of the beach is pebbles and where it's not there are lots of seaweed blowing in so not a good beach for swimming in the sea

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Lovely beach - but take your own drinks - couldn't buy a bottle of water anywhere. Portakabin toilets were disgusting but are building new toilets.

Visited July 2013
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Surrey, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great for families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Good calm waves, great for swimming with small children. Plenty of washroom facilities for changing. When other beaches in Laguna had warnings signs this one was safe.

Visited July 2013
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Orange County, CA
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Looks can be Deceiving”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

If you're looking for a place to stroll or enjoy a picnic, Doheny is a great place to do that. However, it was rated one of the dirtiest beaches in Orange County for the past five years. According to the 2013 NRDC Annual Beach Report, 11 U.S. beaches (including Doheny) have stood out as having persistent contamination problems, with water samples violating public health standards more than 25 percent of the time for each year from 2008 to 2012.

Visited November 2012
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