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Doheny State Beach

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Great Gentle Beach

This is a gentle beach that is kid safe for a long way out. Not a huge beach. Bit rocky sand and it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Throw back to the advent of surfing and the Beach Boys.

This is not a glitz and shine beach, rather a family friendly comfortable beach. Bring the wood or... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
John C
Mission Viejo, California
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Located adjacent to a popular campsite, this scenic beach provides a peaceful outdoor experience.
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25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6171
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a State Beach with easy parking access and a wonderful location to take the family for the day. There is food, fun and sun, and oh B T W small waves with shallow water for teaching kids to surf, rocky bottom

1  Thank William S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent parking, bicycles rental, wide flat area to walk or bike or skate. Pleasant shady lawn under tall palm trees, very clean public rest rooms, out showers, BBQs and wide tables. Quite an unforgettable beach!

1  Thank Bfamily777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a gentle beach that is kid safe for a long way out. Not a huge beach. Bit rocky sand and it s a bit rocky in water too but minimal waves so good for kids besides rock bottom. When tide goes out great...More

1  Thank Lovetabemom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and i enjoyed our day at the beach. There was ample parking with flexible payment plans, by the hour (cost us $9 for three hours), as well as a day pass for $15. There are lifeguards present. The beach has a rocky shore....More

1  Thank pwillard
Reviewed 19 August 2018

This is a easy to access beach with picnic tables, parking, snack bar, rest rooms and plenty of sand for a nice day at the beach.

1  Thank FLJackfruit
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This beach is best used by surf board riders or SUPs. The shore line is very very rocky and makes for a difficult entry. The storms from this winter have washed lots of sea weed up to the beach. I would go to another local...More

1  Thank Sanjuanites
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This is not a glitz and shine beach, rather a family friendly comfortable beach. Bring the wood or char coal and do your own burgers, hotdogs, or walk a few blocks to the harbor and get some fresh local caught fish to BBQ. Sand to...More

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Beach was dirty with trash and seaweed was stacked in piles and covered with swarms of flies. Difficult to fine a spot to set up without being adjacent to the seaweed/flies. Needs to be cleaned badly.

1  Thank Ray W
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

The Best keep secret is the free Aquarium at Doheny State Beach. Who Knew? Just inside the ticket booth at Doheny State Beach is the free Aquarium with free parking. Please take 20 minutes to visit an amazing aquarium for young and old. This unique...More

1  Thank Murry2014
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Located on the other side of the harbor from the Catalina Ferry, Doheny State Park has something for everybody. We rented 4 bikes from the kiosk on the beach and used Doheny State Park as the starting point of a LONG ride along the PCH....More

1  Thank RockyTagliata
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TaPa to Kate L
24 September 2018|
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Response from William S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Doheny State Beach is one of only a few state beaches in California where alcohol is allowed in the park and on the beach, but not after 11pm. Just to be on the safe side check with the officers when you pull into the... More
Greg B
29 June 2018|
Response from Pam B | Reviewed this property |
True. I don't know why
sonia S
9 June 2018|
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Response from anengineeredtraveler | Reviewed this property |
I know there is a venue on the north side of doheny Best baby Beach that I have been to for events. Safer on that side then the main part of doheny...