Doheny State Beach was deemed California’s first state beach in 1931 when the property was donated for public use by Edward L. Doheny. Since then, Doheny SB has remained a Southern California favorite by both Dana Point locals and tourists alike.
Doheny State Beach is one of the most popular beaches in California. This Dana Point beach is known to draw about one million visitors each year. Doheny State Beach is a popular surf spot, campsite, fishing area and picnic area.
Doheny State Beach welcomes everyone – from surfers to sunbathers. New and seasoned surfers appreciate the iconic waves of Doheny State Beach; it’s the perfect place to catch a wave. Spend the day sunbathing, explore the tide pools during low tide, and play beach volleyball during a day in the sun.
This sought-after surfing location is nestled right at the mouth of San Juan Creek. Surfers of all levels travel to this specific spot for smooth and gentle waves that are protected by the Dana Point Harbor. These tame waters make this beach the perfect place to learn how to surf. Plan your surfing visit by previewing the current conditions using Doheny State Beach Surf Report and Forecast.
The available volleyball courts offer a competitive activity for friends and family to enjoy either while camping or just visiting for the day. There are several courts that can be reserved on a first come first serve basis, while others can be reserved for $150 per day and $75 for a half day. Make sure to bring your own volleyball!
Kayaking and paddle boarding are fantastic activities to take advantage of while at Doheny Beach. However, be aware that it is restricted to the south end of the beach, unless otherwise noted by the lifeguard. Being in close proximity to Dana Point Harbor there are many options for renting paddle boards and kayaks nearby.
Warm waters and sandy fire pits earn Doheny State Beach “Orange County’s Best Camping Site” title consistently. With over 100 campsites, 33 of which are beachfront, and a beautiful picnic area Doheny State Beach is the perfect campsite to spend your vacation by the crashing waves. Beachfront campsites are $60 per night, and all other sites are $40 per night.
Doheny State Beach Campground is a ‘dry campground’, so there is no electrical, water, or sewage hook-ups. For RV’s staying at the campground, potable water and dump stations are provided. Other facilities like picnic tables and hot showers make camping at Doheny State Beach feel like home during your stay.
Where many similarly desirable camping locations throughout the United States require reservations months in advance, Doheny State Beach also offers day-use spots with easy beach access. However, travelers can make reservations up to six months in advance through the California State Park System.
Doheny State Beach is accessible from the north and south route of I-5. The entrance is located off of Highway 1, better known as Pacific Coast Highway. Once you’re traveling on PCH, turn onto Dana Point Harbor Drive and Doheny State Beach entrance will be on your left.
Doheny State Beach Address: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Doheny State Beach Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
There is no charge to walk or ride your bike into Doheny State Beach. Although, if you choose to park a vehicle in one of the three parking lots there will be a fee depending on your length of stay.
Parking fees for day use at Doheny State Beach is $15 and is available on a first come, first served basis. Annual parking passes are also available for $195. Be prepared to pay for parking at one of the pay stations on your arrival date. However, if you have a camping reservation it will cover the cost of the primary vehicle, where additional vehicles will be required to pay the parking fee. Fees can be paid in cash or by credit card, excluding American Express.