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Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach Review
At the south end of Dana Point, Doheny State Beach is one of Southern California's top surfing destinations, but there's a lot more to do within this 61-acre area. There are five indoor tanks and an interpretive center devoted to the wildlife of the Doheny Marine Refuge, as well as food stands and shops, picnic facilities, volleyball courts, and a pier for fishing. Divers and anglers hang out at the beach's western end, and during low tide, the tide pools beckon both young and old. The beachfront campground, with 120 no-hookup sites that rent for $35 (inland) or $60 (beachfront) per night, is one of the most popular in the state; reservations are essential and should be made through Reserve America. Be aware that the waters here periodically do not meet health standards established by California (warning signs are posted if that's the case). Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.
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