March 2020: The much loved Doheny Whale Walk on the promenade is disappearing. Due to the repiping of water and sewer lines, our critters are being cut up and slurried over. The good news is that Doheny State Beach Foundation is committed to bringing back our whales as soon as possible. We will, of course, need volunteers to repaint our cetaceans, so if you’re interested, check back in, but probably not until 2021.

The Doheny Whale Walk is made up of life size paintings of the whales that swim passed our shores. It’s located on the asphalt promenade between the green lawn of the park and the sand, stretching from the lifeguard headquarters tower to the Dana Point Harbor breakwater. The Whale Walk is maintained by the Doheny State Beach Foundation with financial support from Dana Wharf Sports Fishing and Whale Watching. It is repainted by volunteers in March of each year during the Dana Point Festival of Whales. An interpretive brochure with QR codes is available to borrow in the Visitor Center.

Some of our 2019 whale painters

Some of our 2019 Whale Painters

Gray Whale and Baby