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In Dana Point, you’ll discover the great outdoors are inspiringly beautiful. Dana Point surrounds visitors with a seven-mile playground of coastal bluffs, sparkling shorelines and the stunning blue Pacific. Famous for its stand-up paddling (SUP) and surfing, Dana Point’s seaside setting of nearly two dozen parks and miles of beach-side trails is a mix of land and sea unlike any Southern California destination. And one of the most memorable with visitors is The Headlands – a 50-acre beautifully protected site with spectacular views overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coast. Enjoy a peek at the most popular recreation, and find Dana Point’s best outdoor activities.



The City of Dana Point has 23 beautiful parks available for use by the public. You are welcome to utilize the City’s parks without charge or reservation, on first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to use a City park for such events as a wedding, large group picnic or gathering, please call 949-248-3530.

(949) 248-3530
Dana Strand Road

The City of Dana Point is characterized by its seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and scenic rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. County, State and private beaches adorn the coastline, including world-famous surfing spots such as Dana Strands.

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Monarch Beach is named after its most prominent geological feature “Monarch Bay” aptly named as its rolling hills of Sagebrush and Manzanita were once a breeding ground for the Monarch Butterfly.

31131 S. Pacific Coast Highway

Aliso Beach offers an area for swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. You can also enjoy fishing or exploring the tide pools. A concession stand offers rentals for fishing, food and beverages and other beach supplies. 31131 South Pacific Coast Highway.

(949) 492-4872
El Camino Real

Enjoy 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.

107 South Coast Highway

Main Beach, the largest stretch of beach in Laguna, is located in the heart of Laguna Beach. The beach is known for its white lifeguard tower located in the middle of the beach. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf, making it popular for swimming, body boarding and surfing. Surfing is not permitted during the summer months because the surf can be dangerous with strong rip currents and heavy shore break waves. The beach offers basketball , volleyball and a variety of sand activities. There is also a boardwalk runs the length of the beach.

(949) 497-0310
Basilone Road

San Onofre Beach has several surf breaks on its more than three miles of coast, ranging from the beginner’s gentle breaking waves to one of the premiere surf breaks, Trestles. Trestles surfing area is known for its consistent waves. Surf Beach is divided into three breaks spots known as The Point, Old Man’s and Dogpatch (named from north to south). All perform best on a south swell, though the beach takes any surf and slows it down to a very slow pace. Trails is the most southern of surf spots at San Onofre and includes both rock bottom and sandy breaks.

(949) 492-4872
Ninth Ave and Pacific Coast Hwy

Thousand Steps Beach is located between 9th and 10th streets in South Laguna. The beach features sand volleyball courts and is a great location for body surfing.

(949) 661-7013
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Experience the world’s only Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods aboard Capt. Dave’s hi-tech Sailing Catamaran where you can see and hear whales and dolphins up close in their own underwater environment. Capt. Dave, an award winning filmmaker and author, has also outfitted his vessel with three Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets, research quality hydrophone, micro-museum, and production quality cameras for the world’s only live whale watching broadcast on the web at! Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy Triple Fudge Brownies are served on every trip.
Experienced marine naturalists narrate your 2 1/2 hour ocean adventure. We leave from Dana Point Harbor daily. Photo courtesy Barry Curtis/Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari.

(949) 488-2828
34675 Golden Lantern

Within just a few miles of the Dana Point Harbor, you can catch Halibut, Barracuda, Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Sand Bass, Calico Bass, Bonito, and even Tuna. And with Dana Wharf’s expert crew, you know you’re going to find your way to the best waters imaginable.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers fishing trips all year long and anyone can go – young, old, experienced or those out for their first trip. Dana Wharf caters to the novice as well as the seasoned angler with knowledgeable crew and expert skippers who are always helpful with instruction (if needed!).

Dana Wharf offers a variety of fishing boat excursions and charter, from kid-oriented trips to half-day fishing, all-day fishing, overnight trips and Halibut Derbys on Sundays. Check out Dana Wharf’s fishing calendar here.

Dana Wharf owns a number of modern fishing boats, each of which offers a full galley of hot and cold food. Beer, soda, chips and candy are available for purchase, If you do not have fishing gear, Dana Wharf supplies the rods and reels to rent from $14 – $18.

A day license for anyone over 16 years of age is required. Please purchase your fishing licenses online PRIOR to your trip, and print them out to bring with you. Free parking is always available.

Looking for a more intimate adventure? Charter any one of our smaller vessels for your personalized trip. Our fleet of 14 vessels feature small 6-packs, mid-sized boats, and a Schooner sailboat, the Curlew.

(949) 496-5794
Dana Point, Southern California

Dana Point, Southern California