Stay in one of the Doheny State Beach cabins and explore the surrounding coastline via one of the many hiking trails and paths in this part of California.
It takes about an hour to walk from one end of Doheny State Beach to the other, along a pleasant flat promenade or along the sand itself. If the weather is nice enough, why not spend some time relaxing on the beach before returning to your Doheny State Beach hotels.
There is a network of trails taking you from Doheny State Beach to nearby Dana Point, a headland with great views of the coast and Pacific Ocean. Some of the these trails can climb quite steeply but the photo opportunities make it worthwhile!
The San Juan Creek Trail is a path shared by hikers and cyclists which heads inland for six miles from Doheny State Beach, following the route of the San Juan Creek.
Doheny State Beach cabins are a great choice for family vacations. The beach itself is ideal for children, while there are plenty of attractions and activities nearby.
Start your trip to Doheny State Beach at the visitor center, where you can see live and preserved examples of some of the wildlife found in the area. The visitor center's tide pools allow you to get up close with some of the Pacific's marine life.
Teenagers will want to head to the north end of Doheny State Beach, where the waves are best suited for surfing. Surf boards can be hired in Dana Point and you can even sign the kids up for surfing lessons.
Several companies run boat trips out into the Pacific from Dana Point harbour, at the end of Doheny State Beach. Make the journey out to Catalina Island, or take a whale and dolphin watching cruise up and down the Californian coast.
Watch local teams playing baseball in the nearby Del Obispo Community Park, or hit a few shots yourself with the kids. Local parks offer the chance to shelter from the Californian sunshine.