Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach was the first beach in California to be designated as a state beach. Found in the Orange County city of Dana Point, the park that revolves around this strip of sand covers 62 acres and has overnight camping on the southern end. The northern side is a day use area. On an annual basis, Doheny State Beach ranks high among the very best campsites in the California. This is largely due to its wonderful beachfront location and its activity options. Also of interest are the nearby shops, restaurants, and area hiking trails.

Doheny State Beach Camping

Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach  Image: Gerry & Bonni (flickr)
Doheny Beach Camping
Doheny Beach Camping

The Doheny State Beach campground offers no less than 122 campsites. Many of these campsites face the beach, and regardless of which site you ultimately secure, it will be just a short walk from the sand. This helps to explain why the Doheny State Beach campground is one of California’s most popular places to camp. On an annual basis, more than 850,000 people spend at least one night there. Most of the campsites at Doheny State Beach are tent sites, though there are also some RV sites. Group sites are available. Amenities at the campground include restrooms, showers, a snack bar with Wi-Fi access, dump sites, a picnic area, and fire rings. Dogs are allowed in the campground, though they must be leashed and attended to by an adult at all times. They must also be confined to a tent or vehicle overnight. Dogs are also allowed in other parts of the park, though it is important to note that they are not allowed on the beach.

Doheny State Beach Surfing

Doheny Beach Surfing
Doheny Beach Surfing

Being that this is Southern California, many Doheny State Beach visitors have surfing in mind. Surfing is restricted to the northern day use area. This area is also a popular place to go surf fishing, and its five-acre lawn has picnic facilities and volleyball courts. It is interesting to note that Doheny State Beach first became a major focal point for the surfing counterculture in the 1950s and 60s. This was spurred by its name being used in such songs as Surfer Joe by the Safaris and Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys.

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