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Doheny State Beach is one of Southern California’s most popular campgrounds and beaches. It’s located in the city of Dana Point, which sits right between Los Angeles and San Diego. Established in 1931 as California’s first state beach, Doheny spans 62 acres of beautiful oceanfront fun.

You can reserve campsites on the beachfront or in the park year-round. The beach is famous for surfing. It’s even mentioned in a couple of songs by the Beach Boys! But regardless of whether you want to catch some waves, go for a picnic with the family, play some volleyball, or just sunbathe, you’ll find Doheny has all you need to relax and have a great time. Check out all the RV rentals in Orange County and get ready for a vacation you’ll never forget.

Getting Outdoors

The number of activities available in and around Doheny State Beach is one reason it’s so popular. The beach is a surfing hotspot for experts and novices alike. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also popular among campers. Be sure to explore the tide pools, home to several species of creatures. During low tide, you will find sea stars, crabs, mollusks, limpets and anemones. Just remember to tread lightly; marine life isn’t to be observed, not disturbed.

One of the best parts about camping with an RV is the time you spend outside in the fresh air. The average sunny and 70-degree weather in Dana Point perfectly accommodates the RV camping lifestyle. Picnic tables and volleyball courts are first-come, first-served. But you can also reserve a table or court up to seven months in advance, which might be a good idea considering this park can get pretty busy during the peak season. You can also rent pretty much anything else that won’t fit into your RV rental while camping at Doheny State Beach. The beach rental shops offer surfing equipment, toys, beach chairs, and more.

Another great perk? Much of the beach and campground facilities are wheelchair-accessible. There are wheelchair-accessible campsites, a beach boardwalk, trails, restrooms, showers, and more. Beach wheelchairs are also available.

Camping at Doheny State Beach

On the north side of Doheny State Beach, you can find fun activities, such as surfing, volleyball, and picnicking on the five-acre lawn. The campground is on the south side of the beach. There are 16 sites designated for RVs up to 35 feet long; a few of the sites are only a short distance from the water. Each site comes with the standard fire pit and picnic table. You’ll also find two restroom and shower buildings to use while camping at Doheny State Beach.

An important note: Doheny is a dry campground. This means that, while the park provides a sanitation station, there are no hookups at all.

Doheny is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash and in the campsite and picnic areas; the beach is off limits to furry friends. Bring Fido into your RV rental with you at night. Also, you must reserve your site at least 48 hours in advance, as the park doesn’t allow same-day reservations.

Exploring the Area

The city boasts a number of activities for Dana Point campers outside of the state beach. Catch a whale watching tour off the Orange County coast. Get ready to see whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Parasailing and surf fishing are also popular pastimes for visitors to the area.

Dana Point hosts multiple exciting festivals throughout the year, including the Festival of Whales in March, the Blues Festival in May, the Surf and Art Festival in June, and the Tall Ships Festival in September. If you’re interested in learning about the state’s maritime history, take a field trip to the Ocean Institute, located just a few miles from the state beach.

While camping at Doheny, you’ll find plenty of eatery options in the area. Take your pick between a lobster dish at an ocean-view restaurant, barbecue ribs at a local joint, or a quick bite at a convenient fast food chain. You can also find grocery stores and gas stations in Dana Point. You can find fresh produce at the city’s monthly farmers’ market.

If you’re looking to explore the surrounding area, take the quick 40-minute drive to Disneyland in Anaheim. Additionally, Los Angeles and San Diego are each less than 90 minutes away. Return to your cozy rental RV after a long day of exploring the best of sunny Southern California.

RV Rentals in Doheny State Beach, CA

Doheny State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Doheny State Beach. Outdoorsy's Doheny State Beach RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Doheny State Beach, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

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Doheny State Beach Walk Dana Point, CA
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Recommendations for Doheny State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Doheny State Beach

One of the last spots you can actually camp on the beach. I have been going there for 20 years.

May 31, 2018
Doheny State Beach

Very nice campground right on the beach. Reserving a spot well in advance is a must.

Mar 28, 2018
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

This is where we celebrate our annual Father's Day Weekend. We love the spot 3101 because it's right on the beach and great access to the water toys. The RV park has a pool and Jacuzzi too.

Feb 28, 2018
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

This place have everything! Both kids and adults love all the amenities that this resort has to offer. Great location, lots of amenities, clean, etc.

Nov 16, 2017
Crystal Cove State Park Moro Campground

Good campground near beach with Full Hook Ups, dump station, etc.

Oct 14, 2017
Crown Valley-Greenfield

Grocery store and restaurants. Ralph's grocery store, Thai Bite (Great Thai food), Chick-fila, Romeo's (Good Italian food). Next center to the North has New York Pizza, Los Golindrinas (Mexican).

Oct 14, 2017
Doheny State Beach

Chevron Crown Valley Pkwy and Niguel road for Diesel, Crown Valley Shell on Crown Valley and Moulton Pkwy for Propane

Nearest to Dropoff
Oct 14, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Doheny State Beach, CA


Orange County

We camped at a beautiful RV campground. The travel trailer had everything we needed - comfy beds, kitchenette, bathroom, and storage space. We had a great time visiting with family and friends and slept well each night!

Jan 1, 2020
San Clemente

Visited friends at local beach camp site.

Has Air Has Coffee Dog-friendly Ocean View Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Dec 2, 2019
San Clemente

Surf. Beach camping.

Nov 21, 2019
San Clemente

We used the vehicle for a photo shoot. It was a place for our models to change, relax, eat and get their make-up done.

Nov 12, 2019
Doheny State Beach

Great ocean front camp ground that is dog friendly and an easy to get to location

Dog-friendly
Feb 13, 2018