Doheny SB

State Beach

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Doheny State Beach is located in the city of Dana Point, California and is one of California's most popular state beaches and attracts almost one million visitors per year. Doheny has a day use surfing beach at its northern end and a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts.

The southern end of the state beach has campgrounds, with some of the campsites only steps away from the beach. The state beach has tide pools and a visitor center with several aquariums. Surf fishing is also popular among visitors.

The beach property was donated by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny for public use in 1931 and was California's first state beach. It was official named Doheny State Beach in 1963.

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Location - Directions
This state beach is on Del Obispo/Dana Harbor Drive, approximately one mile north of I-5 and about three miles from the San Juan Capistrano Mission.



Lifeguard Services
Doheny State Beach aquatic safety is provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year-round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Lifeguard Program Supervisor:
Mike Brousard- LGS II

Seasonal Coordinator:
Dan Newberry - Seasonal LG II
dnewberry@parks.ca.gov

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Call the park

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (949) 496-6172

  • Region

    Orange County

    County

    Orange

  • Max Camper Length:

    35 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    35 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Doheny State Beach Information

Phone: 949-496-6172
Email:  doheny@parks.ca.gov

Doheny State Beach Address

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA  92629