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    Dana Point (pop: 35,110) has one of the few harbors for South Orange County and is a popular local destination for surfing. Popular dining and entertainment destination.

    Dana Point Harbor can hold 2,500 yachts with complete harbor facilities that include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jetskiing, kataking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers.

    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Mission San Juan Capistrano is the seventh mission founded November 1, 1776, by early Franciscan priests. Today it is a monument to California’s multicultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.

    Orange County Ocean Institute
    24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629; 949-496-2274; Institute Website;
    Open to Public on Weekends : 10AM-3PM;

    Nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 110,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them.

    Dana Point Whale Festival
    Dana Point Harbor / 1st and 2nd Weekends in March; Festival Website;
    During the peak of whale migration season, 40 – 50 whales pass by Dana Point each day, using the Dana Point Headland’s 200-foot cliffs near the harbor as a landmark to check their migration path.

  • Open House - OC Sailing and Events Center will be offering sail boat rides, kid kayaking trips, kids carnival, kid crafts, tours, food and more.
  • Festival of Whales Parade - along Pacific Coast Highway
  • Street Faire - with many new booths and more activities for children and families.
  • Ocean Institute - the learning labs will be open to share on new discoveries in marine mammal science and research.
  • Fine Arts Show -
  • Harbor Music Series - Enjoy a variety of musical styles and sounds
  • Junior Charity Regatta - Sailing Race

    Tall Ships Festival - Labor Day Weekend
    Dana Point Harbor; Festival Website;
    The Tall Ships Festival begins with a parade of Tall Ships entering Dana Point Harbor. Good views of the parade can be seen from the breakwater and the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge. Tours of the Tall Ships and displays end at 5:00 each day but visitors are encouraged to watch the ships from shore as they participate in cannon battles just out side the harbor both Saturday and Sunday. Event includes sea chantey story-telling, art show and pirate camp.

    St Regis Monarch Beach Resort
    1 Monarch Beach Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629;
    Location: Just of Pacific Coast Hwy on Westside of Dana Point

    Situated on 200 acres above the Pacific Ocean stands one of California's most famous vacation resorts. Few hotels in the world can match this outstanding property. The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, built in Tuscan-style, is devoted to the pursuit of service and elegance with a seamless blend of comfort and technology.

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    Dana Point Ritz Carlton
    One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629;
    Located off Pacific Coast Highway near Salt Creek Beach Park

    Situated on a 150 foot bluff in the heart of the California Riviera is this fine vacation resort. Guests are adjcent to the Pacific Ocean and the Monarch Beach Golf Links. This peaceful sanctuary soars above the standard Laguna hotels with refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere, and impeccable service. The onsite spa features massage therapies, a fitness center, full-service beauty salon, exercise classes, and spa treatments. Come visit the four tennis courts, complimentary beach equipment, two outdoor pools, poolside ping-pong, and watersports on site.

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Hyatt Newporter Resort
Orange County's prime spot for meetings, dining, sports and entertainment. Featuring 403 luxury guestrooms, suites, Hyatt Business Plan services and four bungalows with private pools.


Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront Inn
A 100% non-smoking resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean and miles of white sand beaches, the Huntington Beach Hilton hotel offers a casually elegant destination for a family vacation, business meeting, or romantic vacation getaway.



Tour Aliso Viejo - Upscale residential community border several wilderness parks.
Tour Dana Point - South Orange County's upscale harbor and seasode resort.
Tour Laguna Beach - Popular seaside vacation resort and artistic community that hosts several major annual art festivals.
Tour Laguna Hills - Upscale residential community border several wilderness parks.
Tour Laguna Niguel - Upscale residential community border several wilderness parks.
Tour Laguna Woods - Upscale residential community border several wilderness parks.


Doheny Blues Festival - Capistrano Beach [MAY]
Major concert event with 26 musical acts on 3 stages - Blues, Rock & Soul music. A waterfront grass park with two main stages at opposite ends of the venue.

Historic Los Rios District
Location: Ortega Highway (SR-74) just west of I-5 Freeway near SJC Mission.
It is the oldest remaining residential street in California, Los Rios dates back to 1794 when about 40 adobe structures were constructed to house soldiers and workers overseeing construction of the Mission. The district's quaint cottages and 200-year-old adobes are nestled in willows, bougainvillea and cactus.


Dana Point City Services
Local Resources:
City of Dana Point - City Services
Dana Point Visitors Bureau - Tourism Info
Dana Point Times - Local Newspaper
Chamber of Commerce - Local Business Alliance and Visitors Guide
Capostrano School District - Public Schools in South Orange County.


* Dana Point Restaurants *

    Harbor Area Restaurants
    Dining Adventures at over 40 fine restaurants on the Harborfront in Dana Point:
    Baskin Robbins - 31 Flavors - 33621 Del Obispo St - Ice cream desserts Beach Cities Pizza - 34473 Golden Lantern St
    Beach House Restaurant - 25001 Dana Dr - lobster, fresh fish, steak, oyster bar & grill located on east end of Dana Island.
    Bella Napoli - 34212 Pacific Coast Hwy - Neighborhood Italian Pizzeria
    Blue Dolphin Restaurant - 34130 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Bonjour Cafe - 24633 Del Prado - authentic French Bistro
    Brig Restaurant - 34461 Golden Lantern St - Dana Point's favorite home cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Bubba Kahuna's - 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy - Pizza and Barbeque Company
    Cannons Seafood Restaurant - 34344 Green Lantern St - menu features fresh fish, fine seafood and choice beef - traditional and creative choices of the Pacific Rim.
    Chart House Restaurant - 34442 Green Lantern St - exceptional views and spectacular dining adventure - top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts.
    Carlos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina - 34224 Pacific Coast Hwy - Authentic Mexican cuisine
    Charo Chicken - 24831 Del Prado - unique fire=grilled chicken and Mexican food.
    Cassanova Italian Restaurant - 33585 Del Obispo St - offers authentic Venetian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere.
    Chronic Tacos - 34255 Pacific Coast Hwy -
    Denny's Restaurant - 34242 Del Obispo St - Family restaurant with traditional American cuisine.
    El Pollo Loco - 32535 Golden Lantern St - Mexican flame-grilled chicken
    El Torito Mexican Restaurant - 34521 Golden Lantern St - serving our guests authentic Mexican dishes made with the finest ingredients available.
    Ferrantelli's Restaurant - 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
    Gemmel's French Restaurant - 34471 Golden Lantern St - Chef Byron Gemmell creates a unique experience in fine dining with a combination of traditional, classic, nouvelle, and his own artistry and innovation.
    Harbor Grill Restaurant - 34499 Golden Lantern St - featuring mesquite grilled seafood and sunday champaign breakfast.
    Harbor House Cafe - 34157 Pacific Coast Hwy - Since 1939, the Harbor House Café has been serving to local residents, surfers, night owls, fishermen, bikers, out-of-towners and anybody else who loves good cooking.
    Harpoon Henry's Seafood Restaurant - 34555 Golden Lantern St
    Hennessey's Tavern - 34111 La Plz
    Luciano's Ristorante - 24312 Del Prado - reminiscent of a cozy European style inn.
    Maki Yaki Japanese Restaurant - 34119 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Mario's By The Sea - 32545 Golden Lantern St - Italian Ristorante
    Peking Dragon Restaurant - 34171 Pacific Coast Hwy - Mandarin Szechaun cuisine prepared for healthy lifestyles - chicken, duck, beef, pork and seafood.
    Pick Up Stix - 32525 Golden Lantern St - Fresh Asian Flavors
    Pizza Hut - 34119 Pacific Coast Hwy -
    Proud Mary's Restaurant - 34689 Golden Lantern St - a unique combination of fast, friendly service and good, quality home-cooked food.
    Renaissance Dana Point - 24701 Del Prado - fine dining and entertainment
    RJ's Cafe - 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr - family style breakfast and lunch restaurant
    Round Table Pizza - 32525 Golden Lantern St
    Stuft Pizza - 24821 Del Prado
    Taco Surf - 34195 Pacific Coast Hwy - Mexican Cantina
    Thai This Lunch & Dinner - 24501 Del Prado - Spice up your life with Thai Food
    Tutor and Spunky's Deli - 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy - located in the Blue Lantern Shopping Plaza - business lunch catering
    Wicked Garden - 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Wind and Sea Restaurant - 34699 Golden Lantern St
    Zushi Japanese Restaurant - 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr - Lively Teppan style cuisine and modern fine dining.

    Monarch Bay Plaza Restaurants
    Dining Adventures in West Dana Point:
    Brio Tuscany Grille - 24050 Camino Del Avion - features contemporary Italian cuisine, a full bar and live entertainment in addition to both fine Italian and California wines.
    Club 19 Restaurant - 1 Monarch Beach Resort - Located inside the St Regis Monarch Bay Resort.
    Crab Cove Restaurant - 8 Monarch Bay Plaza - quaint boutique style restaurant, dimly lit with candles and a Koi pond running the length of the restaurant serving Euro-Asian and American cuisine.
    Dana Kai - 24050 Camino Del Avion-
    Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant - 16 Monarch Bay Plaza
    Salt Creek Grill - 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy - classic American grill serving fabulous food at a distinctive location with live entertainment.
    Stella's Italian Restaurant - 17 Monarch Bay Plaza - serious Italian cuisine with the freshest organic products, housemade cheeses and carefully selected Italian flavors.
    Stonehill Tavern - 1 Monarch Beach Resort -

Dana Point Marriott Resort
25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629;
Located off Pacific Coast Highway near Lantern Bay County Park

This charming 4 Diamond 4 Star 376 guestroom vacation resort is found overlooking the Pacific Ocean from a romantic hilltop bluff. The vast outdoor space is appreciated by both the leisure and group travelers. The two large outdoor swimming pools also boast a spectacular view of the ocean and harbor.


Dana Point Doubletree Resort
34402 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629;
Located off Pacific Coast Highway near Lantern Bay County Park

Luxury in a quaint seaside escape - perfect for business or leisure travel. Stroll to the beach, bike along the coast, enjoy a variety of water sports or head out to sea from nearby Dana Point Harbor for a day of boating, whale watching, or to explore renowned Catalina Island.


* Dana Point Recreation *

    Shorecliffs Golf Course - San Clemente CA
    Opened in 1964, this 18-hole public golf course features 6,140 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.4 and it has a slope rating of 130.

    Doheny State Beach - Dana Point CA
    Doheny State Beach is two parks in one - with camping in the southern area (with some campsites only steps away from the beach) and day use in the northern area, where there is a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts. Surfing is popular, but is restricted to the north end of the beach. Surf fishing is also popular.

    Monarch Beach Golf Links - Dana Point
    This par-70 course with four sets of tees across 6601 yards features breathtaking views of the California coastline and Pacific Ocean. Here, along the dramatic bluffs of Southern California, master architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has fashioned an intriguing layout in the Scottish links tradition on one of the select few oceanfront golf courses in California.

    Salt Creek Beach Park
    33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.,Dana Point, CA 92629; 949-923-2280; Beach Website;
    18 acre public beach that is popular for surfing is located on the westside of Dana Point. It consists of landscaped parking facility, sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and sheer cliffs. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire coastline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tidepool exploration (all tidepool inhabitants are protected) are other beach activities.

    More Dana Point Beaches
    More beach adventure opportunities:

  • The Strand Beach - popular narrow surfing beach with cliffside multi-use trail.
  • Marine Life Refuge - some of the best rocky intertidal habitat in Southern California.

    Dana Point Yacht Club
    24399 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629; 949-493-8100; Club Website;
    The yacht club is very active in yacht racing, having hosted the PHRF Southern California Championships, various One-Design Regional and National Championship Regattas, SCYA Midwinters, as well as over 65 local races each year. The club has many other activities including an active cruising program to Catalina, as well as up and down the coast, fishing tournaments, an extensive social schedule, the annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta.

    Dana West Yacht Club
    24601 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA. 92629; 949-661-1185; Club Website;
    With an average of ten cruises a year to yacht clubs and destinations such as Avalon, Newport Beach, Long Beach, and San Diego. Also sponsors fishing tournaments designed to challenge even the most experienced fishing person.

    Orange County Sailing and Events Center
    Dana Point Youth & Group Sail Facility

    34451 Ensenada Pl, Dana Point, CA 92629; 949-923-2215; Group Website;
    Three beautiful Cape Cod buildings overlook sparkling Dana Point Harbor, surrounded by extensive docking facilities to accommodate boats used for the many educational sailing programs. Sailing Clinics, Classes, Camps, Clubs and Specialty programs for beginning to advance sailors within the harbor to out in the open seas. Also provides training in kayaking, paddleboards and a outrigger canoe club.

    Dana Point Turket Trot - 5K Race - Thanksgiving Day
    Race Website;
    Tour the Beautiful Beach, Majestic Cliffs and Coves of Dana Point. Enjoy pounding Surf, Rugged Cliffs, and Cool Ocean Breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the Historic Tallship Pilgrim moored in Dana Point Harbor.

Related Dana Point Boating Links
More Boating Adventures:
Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan - outlines various stages of landside and waterside harbor improvements.
OC Sheriff's Harbor Patrol - rescue, enforcement and firefighting.
Westwind Saling - Recreation and Instruction
Dana Point Harbor - Info Services
Dana Wharf Sportsfishing - Ocean Sportsfishing adventures
Embarcadero Marina - Ocean Charters
Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari - Year round dolphin and whale watching trips.
Mariners 936 Sea Scouts - Youth coed program with Classroom instruction, Catalina and Channel Island trips, mariner competitions with other Seascout groups, sailboat racing, maintenece instruction and free sailing.

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