Dana Point, California

Doheny State Beach

Dana Point, California



Dana Point, California
Phone: (949) 496-6171

Sites: 118
Recent Rate: $35 3/2015

Latitude: 33.463859803961
Longitude: -117.687205219436

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.50 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.50
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone ?
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

20 Reviews

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National RV Dolphin

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground, clean, quite for the most part. You can hear the train but is not very loud, at least at our site #63. Had a nice view of the ocean. Park Service employees are always cleaning. Campground is kept very clean, except for people that don't think they need to clean up after their pets. The people in two sites next to us didn't think the generator run hours rules apply to them. Site #61 was going all day on the 17th, they had two small dogs they left in a small cage all day. About 6:00 PM the dogs started barking at everything. Someone showed up around 7:00 PM turn on the porch light started the generator and left. They came back around 9 to shut of the generator. The people at site #121 were also going all day and left the generator running all day, not a quiet one either. Around 10 PM either the generator ran out of gas or someone shut it off. The Camp Host was at both sites around 8:30 PM to get them to shut off the generators but no one was around. Was told by the Camp Host they can't turn off the generators as directed by the Park Service Rangers. All the sites parking areas is asphalt. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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The Camper

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Where else in Southern California can you camp right on the beach! You can have a real camp fire. Ocean is only footsteps away, not down some steep road or path. Highway is not too close, so noise is minimal. Campsites are situated between tall plants so you don't really see your neighbor. Surfing beach is great. Millions times better than Crystal Cove. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Tent.

Tips for other Campers:

Great restaurants within walking distance. Fantastic bike trails. Good bird watching.

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Tom_OC

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean and wonderful. We only stayed one night so can't really tell you a bunch. It was easy to find and get to. Backing up was a bit tight but then again most state parks are. Overall a great place. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Showers

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DayTripper2015

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent State Beach Park. Ocean access is easy and great surfing available. Site #19 is 2 rows from the oceanfront, but more than adequate for my 21' rig. Clean restrooms and showers. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Pamela & Gerald

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Space was nice and level with no hookups or Wi-Fi. The campground sits on the water, with many sites on the beach. The campground also sits next to the train tracks and they run all day and a couple after midnight to early morning. Each camp site has a picnic bench and fire pit. Pet friendly, we were traveling with our 3 cats. The camp host was not the most friendly or helpful person....maybe was having a bad day. Had asked for some help or info re: our dead battery and basically ignored us. Other Camper helped. We will go back here to stay again. The beach is beautiful. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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SargeW

Review Count: 326
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $35.00
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The current budget crisis in CA has really driven up the prices, but this is still a very nice beach campground. No hookups of any kind, but the beach views are great. Note though that if you pull into one of the beach side sites in a motorhome that your door will be on the wrong side and you will step out into your neighbors site. Backing into a second row site will give you a view out of the front of the rig, and put your living space on the correct side of the rig. One other note, the dump station can be very tight so pull in carefully. I would stay here again. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Dayle Tedrow

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We have had a wonderful time beachfront camping at Doheny. We loved having a sandy beach of our own in front of our paved pad for the table and fire ring. The sandy berm would have been perfect for grandkids and cars and trucks. This park is very well maintained, including a very nice dump station. There are lots of little places to walk for something to eat it you don't feel like cooking, or the marina is a very short drive. You are also within 15 minutes of Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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User1835

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $35.00
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I stayed here for one night only, spot #35. The park is very clean and well maintained. It is very popular, thus requiring advanced reservations. During my stay the park kept some spots available on a first come/first serve basis. Wi-Fi is available at a concession stand but I wasn't able to connect from within the park. Trains pass on a regular basis, weren't bothersome. Some fast food restaurants within walking distance and the marina. Some great bike riding areas. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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User1132

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $60.00
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Doheny is a very nice state beach. A beach front (premium) site is a must for the full effect. Many of the beach front sites can flood on rainy days. Maintenance personnel (state employees) are visible all day cleaning and repairing as needed. Campground "hosts" are invisible. I never saw one come out of their rigs over an entire week to do anything such as to enforce the park rules. There is absolutely no enforcement of the no dogs on the beach, or on a 6' leash rule. There is absolutely no enforcement of the no generator use between 8PM and 10AM. Of course there must always be campers who just feel they are exempt from the rules and hosts who feel it's not their job to enforce them. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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MisoSoup

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Great beach campground with easy access. Stayed in site 58, which is a pull through. Had plenty of room. Campground was well kept with maintenance people in clear view. Only minor bummer was the new "surf berm" that was apparently put in place due to a high swell that swamped some campsites. It blocked the view of the ocean. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

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BaileyCampingFamily

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $60.00
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Stayed here for 4 nights in beachfront site #60. Next to public path to beach access resulted in many people cutting through the back or our site through our campfire/chairs and picnic table area. Minor bummer but not too bad. Major negative for a couple of sites is that they have beach showers, for spraying off after a swim, installed right in the back of the sites where you put your tents and picnic table/chairs. These are not marked on the campground map online or in printed version. I would have been very disappointed to show up and have that in my site. Campground has 2 shower buildings at either end of the camp with 6 showers at each building. $.25 for 2.5 minutes and it was always warm water, which was nice. Not bad, but did get lines at prime shower time in evenings. One shower building had 3 showers out of service so could have been overflow too. They do not police the amount of people allowed at each site so it gets really crowded from Friday - Sunday. Beach is a shore break which makes it rough for young kids to play in and very rocky with little pebbles in the break. Good sand castle building though. Would only stay here if have a beach front site, which is a $$ premium. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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KristenS

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here on a beautiful January weekend and were very pleased with the location of our site (#116) and the condition of the park. Trains go by very frequently (several times per hour), but this wasn't as bothersome as I had feared. Beach is lovely; next time we will for sure try to get a beachfront site. We used our generator in the morning and evening- there seemed to be a lot of people doing the same. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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tsparky

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $25.00
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The beach is nice, the kids spent most of the time in the water. The sites are a decent size and double wide for parking a car or tow vehicle. The beach had several lifeguards in the towers and patrolling on an ATV and truck. However, there was no enforcement of the campground rules. There were quite a few campsites with more than the max number of people. The sites on both sides of us had at least 12 people. Generators ran from early in the morning to 10pm. Not once did I see one of the camp hosts making the rounds, even though there are 4 of them in the campground. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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curlyp

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a family reunion at the park for 4 nights. Spaces 62 and 63. Clean Park. It was full. Beach is not the best for swimming as entry is through pebbles not sand. Surf was high with a lot of kelp from an off shore storm. Metrolink/Amtrak runs next to campground so you will have some train noise. Will stay again. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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seeshell

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is state camping at its best. We love this campground. The showers and restrooms were clean. It is great to be right on the beach. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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