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Dana Point: Southern California's Best-Kept Secret

Dana Point is more than just a destination—it's a way of life. Known for its laid-back California cool vibe, this charming seaside town offers a relaxed and approachable atmosphere that invites visitors to kick off their shoes and stay a while.

We embrace what makes Dana Point unique and what also sets us apart from our Orange County neighbors. Our pristine beaches, trails from the Harbor to the Headlands, surfing and maritime history, whale watching, and our amazing businesses that makes this coastal paradise an AMAZING destination!!

From our outdoor excursions to the vibrant array of shops, services, and of course the hotels, is what makes us the coolest bucket list place to visit in Southern California.

Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World™ and tour boats leave daily from the 2,500 boat and yacht slip marina in Dana Point Harbor. Located halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, the destination offers everything from sunset wine cruises and luxury spas to surfing and ocean view golfing. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking rentals, as well as “pirate ship” adventures, beach and aerial yoga classes, and deep sea fishing offer endless options for making memories. Experience Dana Point for yourself!

While you’re here, enjoy Dana Point hotels on the beach with rooms that overlook the Southern California coastline within a short drive of LAX, SAN and John Wayne Airport. Whether you’re looking to work on your golf swing, catch some rad waves, sip cocktails at sunset, or experience California cuisine at its finest, Dana Point’s hotels and resorts allow visitors to work, play and stay steps from the Pacific Ocean.

Fast Facts about Dana Point 

ℹ️ The history of Dana Point 

Dana Point boasts a rich heritage that reaches back to the early 1800s. Dana Point was once home to the Acjachemen people, also known as the Juaneño Indians.

As time marched on, the mid-19th century brought the first Spanish explorers to these shores, followed by a wave of American settlers who established the charming community of Capistrano Beach in the 1920s.

Named in honor of Richard Henry Dana Jr, who visited the area in the 1830s and extolled its beauty in his book “Two Years Before the Mast,” Dana Point has long captured the hearts and imaginations of those who explore its enchanting landscape. 

Richard Dana himself declared it “the only romantic spot on the coast,” and to this day, we couldn’t agree more!


This laid-back paradise is located in the heart of Orange County between San Diego and Los Angeles in California, just a stone’s throw away from John Wayne Airport. Dana Point is your gateway to the Southern California coast!


Dana Point is a paradise for those seeking sun, surf, and endless outdoor adventures. With its year-round Mediterranean climate, visitors can expect warm, sunny days and cool, refreshing evenings. The summers are jam-packed with clear days perfect for hitting the beach or exploring Dana Point Harbor. And in the winter, the cool and partly cloudy weather provides the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a warm drink and take in the stunning coastal views.

For those looking to soak up the sun and enjoy warm-weather activities, the best time to visit Dana Point is from early June to mid-October. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 77°F, and is rarely below 44°F or above 84°F.

Why Visit Dana Point?

Visit Dana Point to immerse yourself in the enchanting fusion of California cool, breathtaking coastal beauty, and a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, world-class dining, and unique shopping experiences that create unforgettable memories in this sun-kissed seaside haven!

Visitors can indulge in various outdoor activities and adventures. Whether looking for outdoor adventures like year-round whale watching and thrilling surfing opportunities, or simply a place to unwind and recharge, Dana Point will help you find your bliss! 

But that’s not all—Dana Point also boasts world-class dining and unique shopping experiences, making it a destination for foodies and fashionistas. 

So explore the beauty and wonder of Dana Point, and discover the true meaning of California cool! 

Whale Watching Capital of the World

Dana Point is known as the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World,” and for good reason!  Every year, thousands of gray whales migrate along the coastline, making their way from the Arctic to the warmer waters of Mexico. 

Visitors to Dana Point can see the whales from December to May when whale-watching tours depart daily from the harbor. These tours offer a chance to see gray whales, humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, and several species of dolphins and porpoises. 

With expert guides and state-of-the-art vessels, a whale-watching tour in Dana Point is a truly unforgettable experience! 

Discover Dana Point Harbor 

Dana Point Harbor offers an unforgettable seaside adventure for the whole family. When visiting the whale capital, don’t forget to add a visit to Dana Point Harbor to your list!  

This popular destination in Dana Point is perfect for boating enthusiasts of all levels. Whether looking for a yacht charter, an open party sail, sailing lessons, or sailboat rentals, you will find a range of boater facilities within Dana Point Harbor. Boating enthusiasts can set sail and explore Catalina Island. 

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Dana Point Harbor and get some exercise, why not try kayaking or paddle boarding? Also, if it’s a clear day, you will easily find the perfect spot for a little bit of fishing! Are you feeling more adventurous? In that case, rent some gear and go scuba diving to explore the open ocean.

Prefer to stay on land? There is something for you, too! Visitors can enjoy dockside dining with picturesque harbor views at one of the many restaurants and cafes located in the harbor area. Take a leisurely walk along the pier and simply relax and soak up the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean at sunset! 

Paradise Found: Discover the Beauty of Dana Point’s Beaches

Dana Point is the ultimate California surfers’ paradise where laid-back cool meets upscale sophistication. 

Dana Point is a hub for surf culture and history. In fact, the town was home to the influential “Dana Point Mafia,” a group of surf icons in the 1950s and 60s. But the surf culture in Dana Point is more than just history—it’s a way of life. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to catch some waves, Dana Point has the perfect beach for everyone. 

Head over to Doheny State Beach for a beginner-friendly surf lesson, or hit up Salt Creek Beach, one of the locations featured in the classic surf film “Endless Summer.”

Baby Beach is a favorite for families with young children, while Strands Beach is known for its tidal pools and stunning sunsets. For a more luxurious beach experience, Monarch Beach Resort offers the perfect place to soak up the sun and catch some waves! 

Dana Point Is a Foodies’ Paradise 

Dana Point is a foodie’s paradise, serving various delectable dining options for every taste and budget. From oceanfront bistros to cozy cafes, the town’s restaurants offer a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere perfect for indulging in delicious cuisine.

Seafood is a staple in Dana Point, and visitors can feast on fresh catches of the day at many of the town’s seafood restaurants. Those with an appetite for international flavors can explore a wide range of options, from authentic Italian to traditional Mexican cuisine.

With many restaurants offering outdoor seating and picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, visitors can savor their meals while enjoying the ocean breeze. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual breakfast or an elegant dinner, Dana Point has it all.

From Boutiques to Outlets: Dana Point Has a Diverse Shopping Scene

Dana Point offers some of the best shopping in Orange County, with many boutiques and specialty shops to explore. One of the most popular spots for shopping is Dana Point Harbor, home to a collection of charming seaside shops at Dana Wharf, Mariner’s Village, and Mariner’s Alley. 

The harbor shops offer visitors a unique and authentic shopping experience, from souvenirs and beachwear to handmade crafts and jewelry.

Adjacent to the beach, Monarch Bay Plaza is another top shopping destination in Dana Point. The plaza features a variety of upscale fashion boutiques, health and beauty services, and fine furniture stores. For those looking for the hottest brands at discount prices, don’t forget about the outlets at San Clemente! 

Of course, no visit to Dana Point is complete without a visit to the legendary surf and board shops that helped put this town on the map!  Visitors can find a range of surf and beach gear at these iconic stores. 

Local Landmarks 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

While visiting the heart of Orange County, visitors can look forward to explore both the history and culture of this area. Explore the Mission San Juan Capistrano, a historic landmark located just a few miles from Dana Point in the city of San Juan Capistrano.

The mission is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a glimpse into the history of California’s early days. Visitors can admire the beautiful gardens and courtyards, as well as historic buildings—including the Great Stone Church and the Mission Basilica. The mission also features a museum, which houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits detailing the history of the mission and the surrounding area.

Ocean Institute 

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of maritime history and ecology at the Ocean Institute, where captivating exhibits and hands-on experiences bring the past to life. 

The Ocean Institute provides visitors an opportunity to step aboard a replica 18th-century schooner and set sail on a thrilling adventure, reliving the seafaring escapades of intrepid explorers from yesteryear. 

Dana Point Headlands 

Before you bid farewell to Dana Point, be sure to wander the breathtaking trails of the Dana Point Headlands Preserve. Here, the awe-inspiring cliffs, sparkling ocean, and sun-kissed beaches combine to create an unforgettable panorama, further enhanced by the dazzling display of wildflowers that grace the landscape each spring. 

Embark on this journey of discovery and let the magic of Dana Point’s rich heritage and natural beauty captivate your heart and soul!

Visit Dana Point Today! 

Come soak up the sun, surf the waves, and explore the natural beauty of this iconic Southern California destination. With its laid-back vibe and endless array of activities, Dana Point is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and experience the best of what Southern California has to offer! What are you waiting for? Book a trip today!