Doheny State Beach is a beach in the city of Dana Point open year round for the public. It’s one of the most popular beaches in the state and they’ll see up to one million visitors annually. Many people use it for surfing if they are on the northern side or they will enjoy the volleyball courts and picnic facilities.
At the southern end of the beach are campgrounds and the beach offers tide pools, a visitor center with aquariums and surf fishing. Here is a look at everything you need to know about visiting Doheny State Beach.
The beach opened in 1931 when it was donated by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny for public use. It was California’s first state beach and it was officially named Dohney State Beach in 1963.
The state beach is located on Del Obispo/Dana Harbor Drive. It’s one mile north of I-5 and just three miles from the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The address is 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point. The Beach is open from 6am-10pm year round.
What to do at the beach
You can enjoy several activities when you visit Doheny. It’s one of the most popular state beaches because of the surfing opportunities at the northern end, the picnic facilities and the volleyball courts. It’s a great place to campout in the campgrounds at the southern end of the beach. Many people visit the tide pools, the visitor center to see the several aquariums and to go surf fishing.
There are bike and hiking trails that are popular as well. There are en route campsites, family and group campsites, plus RV access. During the day there are exhibits and programs, a historical and cultural site, nature and wildlife viewing, family programs and windsurfing or surfing options. The beach has restrooms, showers, parking and food service available.
Come see why Doheny State Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the OC.