Doheny State Beach Campground California

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
949 496-6171
Lat / Long:

33.46222, -117.68

Doheny State Beach Campground has 121 standard campsites (no hookups) and is located right on the beach in one of the premier Southern California coastal areas. There are 33 premium beachfront sites and all can accommodate tents, trailers or RVs (up to 35 feet). Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate. Group camping is also available (4o people).

Check in time is 2pm and check out time is noon at Doheny State Beach. Generators are allowed between 10:00pm and 8:00am.

Campground amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers ($) and a dump station.  There’s also an amphitheater, beautiful 5-acre picnic area (with pavilions, tables and BBQs), volleyball court, walking trails and ranger station. The camp host also sells firewood.

Doheny State Beach – Area Recreation

The 62-acre park is at the mouth of San Juan Creek in Dana Point.  There’s over a mile of white, sandy beach and some of the warmest water and surfing (north end of beach) in Southern California. Outdoor recreation includes swimming, hiking, biking, beach combing, volleyball, horseshoes, surf fishing and much more. There is also a marina, boat launch, shops and restaurants within a mile of the campground.

San Onofre Bluffs and San Mateo are two other campground options. Both are about 12 miles south on Highway 5.

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Best Campsites

On Beach: 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45, 57, 72, 73, 75, 85, 92, 93, 94 Off Beach: 13, 21, 30, 35, 120, 122

Regions
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

5

# of Campsites:

121

Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Camp Store
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Concession Stand
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Pavilion
  • Lifeguards
  • Marina
  • Pay Phone
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
Activities
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Body Surfing
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Kayaking
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skin Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sports Field
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

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  1. In and out in camp sites

    • Hi Natividad,
      All campsites are reservable at Doheny State Beach campground. There are no walk-in campsites. It’s a popular campground and is usually booked throughout the summer months.

  2. What is the cost of RV parking
    over nite ?
    dottythomas@aol.com

  3. Is the group site on the beach?

    • Hi Phil,
      If you click on the Doheny State Beach campground page (here) and scroll down – the link to the campground map is on the right. It shows the group camping area location (and it is on the beach).

  4. ScottyCR says:

    How many persons will a group site accommodate?

  5. Andrew Growcock says:

    I know, 38′ feet is over the 35′ restriction, but is 3 extra feet an absolute no?

    • Hi Andrew,
      As long as your rig and all vehicles are within the campsite – it should be fine. However, the Dohney State Beach campground host makes the final call.

  6. Are there firepits on the beach at the campground?

    • Hi Jo,
      The beachfront campsites do have fire pits on the beach in front of their campsites. There are no beach fire pits over in the beach day-use area though.

  7. Kamil Kovalcik says:

    Is it possoble to make a reservation on the day of arrivig in the campsite?

    • Hi Kamil,
      The only way you can get a campsite (on day of arrival) at Doheny State Beach without having a prior reservation is if there is a site available through a cancelation (or no show). If a site is available the day you arrive, the ranger will assign it to you for the number of days it is available. Doheny State Beach campground is very popular so usually there are several people waiting in line (starting at about 7am) to try and get any sites that are released because of cancelations/no show.

  8. Pam Walker says:

    My husband and I are 1 of 2 families headed your way (Doheney State Beach Campground) Mon 5/27. If we are near the park prior to 2:00, where is there space to park and wait until we can in to the park and to our site?

    • Hi Pam,

      After turning off of Highway One onto Dana Point Harbor Drive (heading west) – continue on past the Doheny State Beach park entrance and in about 1/2 mile you’ll come to the marina area where there are large parking lots, shops, etc. You can park there if you find a space. Doheny State Beach also has a large day-use area (with a very large parking lot), but not sure if the Ranger will let you enter w/o paying day-use fee. Worth a shot though.

  9. We absolutely love camping at Doheny! Everything about it is perfect. Beach spots are of course the best but if you don’t have one, the park is small enough that even a site on the back row is just a few steps to the beach. Camp hosts are always friendly and helpful. The people in the visitors center are friendly and helpful too as well are the rangers in the entrance kiosk. Bathrooms are always clean. The only problem I have is that because it’s the only (I think) campsite of its kind, on the beach it’s hard to get a spot especially when u don’t plan ahead. But that’s not your fault it’s mine. Look fwd to being a better planner for next summer and booking a spot as many times as I can afford. We live in Covina but Doheny is the only beach we go to now…… just for a day at the beach.

  10. Hi! What time is check-out and check-in? Thanks!

  11. Why are no reservations available for the South Loop after January 1, 2020?

    • Hi Brian,
      Sometimes campgrounds will close loops during the off-season. Not sure if this is the case with Doheny State Beach, but you could try calling ReserveCalifornia to confirm: 1-800-444-7275

  12. Hi,

    Can someone tell me why there are some sites at the campground that don’t allow campfires even though there is a fire pit at the site?

    • Hi Erica,
      We’re not aware that fires are not allowed at some campsite fire pits. Perhaps someone here can help to confirm / answer your question.

  13. How is the cell service at Doheny SB? Is it good enough to work on the internet?

    • Hi Linda,
      Yes, Doheny State Beach campground has very good cell service, although it does not have WiFi. You’d need to set up a hot-spot from your phone/provider.

  14. Dave McDuell says:

    Does the camp host always have firewood ? How much does it cost ?

    • Hi Dave,
      Rarely does the camp host run out of firewood at Doheny State Beach, but it does happen occasionally. There are also a few convenience/grocery stores with a few miles that sell firewood.

  15. Richard Glancy says:

    Does spot 66 have electric hook ups

  16. Ron Vallery says:

    We have site 116 reserved. Two questions. Does a 19 ft trailer, truck, car and tent fit on that site AND may be burn fires in our campring at night? The website says no fires.
    Thanks, Ronaldo

    • Hi Ron,

      Doheny State Beach campsite #116 will fit a 19 foot trailer, truck, car and tent. The site can accommodate a maximum of 3 vehicles and 8 people. The pad length is 34 feet. I believe campfires are allowed. I have not heard of any restrictions.

  17. We have site #23. Will it fit a 19ft camper van and a 19ft airstream trailer? We will have to park our extra car in the lot. I can’t tell if it’s a split site or just 2 small parking spots.

    • Hi Sara,
      Yes – Doheny State Beach has two side-by-side parking spaces and the parking area is big enough to fit both your 19ft camper van and 19 ft Airstream.

    • Hi Sara,
      Yes – Doheny State Beach campsite #23 has two side-by-side parking spaces and the parking area is big enough to fit both your 19ft camper van and 19 ft Airstream.

  18. We have spot #51 booked. Can we fit 2 cars on the site and/or 2 tents? And is the beach rocky or sandy? We have a little one that I’m worried about their feet

    • Hello Tracy!
      If you view the Doheny State Beach campsite photos – you’ll see Campsite #51 is a mighty fine beachfront campsite and does have room for two vehicles. Also, per the picture (included here) there’s lots of sand (no rocks) at Doheny State Beach. Mind the surf break though – it can be nasty right in front of the campground. Have fun!

  19. On the reservation site it looks like all sites are completely booked for the next six months, not a single night is available?

    • Hi Melody,
      I checked Doheny State Beach campground out too for availability and ReserveCalifornia.com site shows all sites booked solid for six months. That seems a bit odd – especially mid-week over the winter. ReserveCalifornia is known for having glitches though. Another option is to try our Campsite Assist tool. It will alert you (one time fee) when a campsite becomes available on the dates you want to camp. Campsite Assist will send you a text and email alert, with a link to try and reserve the campsite.

  20. will a 27 foot trailer fit in 111?

    • Hi Paul,
      The pad length for Doheny State Beach campsite is listed as 17 feet, but I believe that is for the parking spot on the right. You should have a few more feet for the spot on the left, then an overhang beyond the curb of a few feet. It’ll be close.

  21. I’m homeless cause of Covid. Can I sleep in my car there

    • Hi Andrew,
      Sorry to hear about your situation. The campground at Doheny State Beach does allow you to sleep in your car if you have a campsite reservation.

  22. Where can you see which sites have hookups?

  23. Will a 29 ft trailer fit in Site 71. The site behind it looks close. Thanks!

  24. I have a reservation for Sunday but would like to get on standby for Saturday. Are they doing that noon lotto drawing or do you have to be there early in the morning to grab a spot?

    • Hi Jason,
      Unfortunately they no longer do either the noon lotto drawing or early morning attempt to get an available campsite for one night. You can keep checking ReserveCalifornia.com for Saturday availability. I’d also recommend our Campsite Assist tool – which would (for a fee) alert you if a campsite becomes available so you can try and reserve; but since it is so close to your arrival date the chances are slim.

  25. We reserved spot 89 and have a trailer 29 ft total, will this spot fit our trailer and truck?

    • Hi Raven,

      Yes your 29′ trailer will fit. The pad length for campsite #89 is 34 feet. The site can accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 8 people. Have fun – that’s a nice campsite!

  26. Jim Church says:

    How long is site 35?

  27. Michelle Lucero says:

    Do you know the size of the picnic table? Would like to purchase a fitted table cloths.

  28. Tyler Swapp says:

    Trying to figure out if my 35’ fifth wheel will fit in site 5. 35’ is my total over all length and 27’ from the front to my back tires. If not we’ll be packing the tents.

    • Hi Tyler,
      The parking pad length for campsite #5 is listed as 30 feet. There is a bit of overhang/room off the back but unfortunately I’m pretty sure that concrete picnic table is unmovable. If you could move the table, you could back your RV all the way back and make it work.

      • Thank you so much it’s so hard to tell from the picture. I wish I could move it but I’ll be coming in solo and those tables are tanks any chance you know what the length is to the table?

      • Hi Tyler,
        Not sure on table measurements, but I’d guess about 7 feet long.

  29. Evan Walsh says:

    Hi, what is the pad length on spot #108?

  30. Danny Grane says:

    Hi what is the pad length on #81 and #85? It seems to accommodate a longer rig with the overhang but I can’t tell from the pics how close the table and/or fire pit is.

    • Hi Danny,
      Both campsites #81 and #85 are listed as having a parking pad length of 34 feet and both have about 5′ feet of overhang off the back before you reach the table/fire ring. You can also have up to 3 vehicles and 8 people per site.

  31. Christopher M Russell says:

    We have site #097 in October. What is the length and width of the site? Thank you.
    I tried looking at various places for lot dimensions and had no luck, sorry for the bother.

    • Hi Christopher,
      No bother at all!
      Campsite #97 has a pad length of 27 feet and you have a little room (overhang) out the back – maybe another foot or two. Not sure about the width, but you can park two vehicles side-by-side, so it’s probably about 14-15 feet wide.
      Hope this helps!

  32. We’re in ADA spot 117, we have a 29’ trailer, 1 tow vehicle & 1 additional truck. Will we fit?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Darin,
      The site lists that you can have up to 3 vehicles and 8 people in that site. This is a “split-length pad”. The longer pad length is 34 feet for the primary parking area and the secondary parking area is 20 fee long.
      Not sure if all of your 3 vehicles will fit, but you may be able to park the towing vehicle at an angle.
      This is also an ADA site: Visitors reserving accessible campsites must possess a DMV Disabled Placard or license plates issued by DMV (or a similar agency of another state). A Disabled Veterans license plate will also be accepted when reserving or occupying an accessible campsite. At the time of check-in, visitors must show the DMV placard. The disabled visitor must be an occupant of the site for the entire reservation period.

  33. No dogs allowed at the campground?

  34. jim sappington says:

    On ReserveCA space 64 is listed as a 17′ site with a 17′ pad length. From looking at Google maps and the ReserveCA reservation site campground map it appears to be the same length as the adjacent sites (62 and 66) which is 34′. It looks like ReserveCA has mistakenly listed it as 17′. I have a 27′ trailer and would like to know if this will actually fit. I’ve been attempting to reach someone at the campground (949-496-6171) for about a month but only hear a “full voicemail” message. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jim,
      You’re correct in that ReserveCA has mistakenly listed the site has having a 17 foot pad. That is most likely the length of just the shorter pad (on left). The longer pad (on right) is closer to 27 feet and you’ll have some over hang off the back of another few feet (beyond the curb). Our photos are current (March 2021). Your 27′ trailer will fit fine (parking your tow vehicle in shorter pad). Have fun!

  35. Michelle L Adams says:

    What does it mean when it says split pad. The Site length is 35′ and the pad length is 19′. Will a 35′ RV fit on a site that is listed as “split”?
    “Beachfront Site This is a “Split-Length Pad.” Primary length is listed at the top of AMENITIES under Pad Length, while secondary length is listed under Site Length(Camp Space/Unit Max Length). 2 large tents”

    • Hi Michelle,
      Several campsites at Doheny State Beach have a shorter and longer parking pad. The shorter one is 19′ and the longer one is around 35′. Most sites also have a bit of overhang space out the back. What campsite do you have reserved?

  36. I have a 35 ft 5th wheel will our trailer fit on any of the beach front spots? If not which sites would? Thanks

    • Hi Darlene,
      There are several beachfront campsites at Doheny State Beach that have 35′ parking pads (with a little overhang out the back). These also have a 2nd parking pad (19′) for your towing vehicle. I recommend clicking on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button. This will direct you to the reservation website where you can check out the size of the campsites.

  37. I have site 34 reserved. Would 2 medium sized tents (6 person tents) fit on this site together?

  38. Do you allow generators and have hours of operation for them?

  39. I booked site #110. Will a pop out trailer that is 18 feet closed and each side pops out 5 feet fit on that site?

    • Hi Marissa,
      The parking pad length is 18 feet (and you have a feet of overhang off the back. The pad width is about 20 feet so with your pop out extended it’s going to be tight to fit the trailer and towing vehicle. I think you can make it work.

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