Looking south from Doheny Beach to Capistrano Beach with
the hills, sand beaches and ocean that seem to stretch
forever, it's understandable why locals think this special portion of the
Orange County, California coastline is best kept unpublicized.
Capistrano Beach is one of those great beaches that offers a friendly,
small town atmosphere with so many things to do. Unlike the wide and sandy beaches to the north in
Newport and Huntington Beach, this area's beaches are generally narrower
stretches at the base of hills and cliffs. South Orange County is also
a bit further from the big theme park draws, Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Tourists on 3-day trips don't have time to explore the California coast
and tend to pick the closest beaches to the parks.
Capistrano Beach has great sand for volleyball, basketball
and other beach activities. During the summer months, a concession building
offers fishing gear rental and sales, food and beverages, and beach supplies.
Public restrooms, outside showers, seven volleyball courts, a basketball
court with lighting and fire rings are offered. A paved parking lot for
140 cars is provided.
Capistrano Beach Park was opened to the public in 1980.
The result of an agreement between the Orange county Harbors, Beaches and
Parks District and the Jack G. Raub Company in 1977 delegated the Jack
G. Raub Company responsibility in preparing a General Development Plan
and contract document for Capistrano Beach Park. Included in that plan
were a variety of amenities to make the beach more user friendly.
For convenience to the public a concessionaire is at Capistrano
Beach during the summer months offering cold drinks, ice cream, candy and
other food items. There are also surf boards, roller blades and bicycles
available for rent.
Location & Hours - Capistrano Beach is located approximately
2 miles south of Dana Point Harbor in Capistrano Beach at Pacific Coast
Highway and Beach Road.
Open - Daily 6:00a.m. until 10:00p.m. everyday of the
Parking Meters OR an annual County day use parking pass,
valid at most County Beaches.
Contact - Capistrano Beach 34551 Puerto Place
Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 661-7013 Information: