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Doheny State Beach
Location / Directions :
The beach is on Del Obispo/Dana Harbor Drive, approximately one mile north of I-5 and about three miles from San Juan Capistrano Mission.
The entrance is on Dana Point Harbor Dr., off Pacific Coast Hwy. in Dana Point.
(949) 496-6171 or 492-0802.
This 62-acre park has 120 developed campsites, some only steps from the beach. Many campsites (some accessible) are within walking distance of picturesque Dana Point Harbor and only 4 miles from San Juan Capistrano Mission. The south day use area is popular for beach parties and evening campfires, and large groups can enjoy the shaded beach areas of the north day use area. Accessible picnicking, visitor center, indoor tide pool, aquariums, food service, and beach wheelchair.
Doheny State Beach is two parks in one - with camping in the southern area (with some campsites only steps away from the beach) and day use in the northern area, where there is a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts. Surfing is popular, but is restricted to the north end of the beach. Surf fishing is also popular.
Beach Wheelchair, Bike Trails, Hike or Bike Campsites, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Windsurfing, Exhibits & Programs, Surfing, Swimming
Parking, Food Service, Picnic Area, Restrooms, and RV Dump Station, Campers (Max 28'), Trailers ( Max 24'), Visitor Center, Reservations Recommended
Check here to get a schedule and stop locations for the complimentary summer trolley service to get around Dana Point. Also check here to get a schedule of events in the Dana Point area. Shop online, check out the free summer tram, get set to go whale watching or just check out the restaurants
Panoramic views abound in the natural cove that author and seaman Richard Henry Dana called, "The only romantic spot on the coast." Dana landed here during the hide trading days of the 1830's and described the charm of the steep cliff cove in his renowned book, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. In the days of the square rigged sailing ships, the rugged cove was known as BAHIA CAPISTRANO and was the major port between San Diego and Santa Barbara. It seemed only natural that this scenic cove was destined to become one of the most beautiful recreational harbors on the west coast.
The Dana Point Harbor Youth and Group Facility is a center dedicated to the promotion of boating, sailing and safety around the water. The one-acre site is the nucleus of many youth and group programs. Girl Scouts, Saddleback College, Boy Scouts, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are just a few of the organizations that use the facility for public instruction, and recreation.
These boats depart frequently for Catalina Island. Check their web site for departure times and more information on the types of boats they provide. Have a great time on Catalina Island.
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