Dana Point-The Most Romantic Place in California
Year Round Surfing and Sunbathing
Shop, Dine, and Play at Dana Point Harbor
Sea Adventures Begin Here

You can learn more about DanaPoint by going to http://danapointvisitorcenter.com/

 

Dana Point - The Most Romantic Place in California

Richard Henry Dana, an ordinary seaman aboard the “Pilgrim,” one of the trading ships from New England, wrote about his voyage in his classic book, “Two Years Before the Mast.” In it he called the local coastal scenery “the only romantic spot in California.” And so the headlands were named for him in 1884, as was the beach town that grew beside them. Dana Point Harbor was built in the historic bay, opening to small craft in 1971. Dana Point became a city in 1989.

 

Year Round Surfing and Sunbathing

Dana Point's beaches are known to be some of the best in California, with year round surfing and sunbathing. One sunset from Strands or Salt Creek beach and you'll be hooked!

Doheny State Beach features over one mile of sandy beach and some of the best swimming and surfing in California. During Low Tide, the tide pools attract young and old for exploring.  The State Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing, bicycling, tide pool exploration and more.

The Dana Point Marine Life Refuge contains some of the best rocky intertidal habitat in Southern California. At low tide sea anemones, star fish, octopus as well as a variety of shell fish can be observed.  Dolphins can often be seen just off shore feeding on the abundant marine life.  A walk along the rocky beach reveals sea caves, ancient earthquake faults and the unique geology of the Dana Point Headlands.

 

Shop, dine and play at Dana Point Harbor
 
The Harbor houses 2,500 yachts within its two marinas, inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. Complete harbor facilities include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers.

Thirty (30) intriguing shops are loaded with unexpected treasures. Visitors discover custom-designed jewelry and Indian artifacts, art collectibles, hand-formed chocolates, unique gifts, toiletries, fragrant oils, designer perfumes and sunglasses, ecologically “sound” gifts, leisure clothing for men and women, full service hair salon & art gallery, unique cards & tee shirts, international coffees and teas and quality ice cream. Seventeen different restaurants are at the Harbor to please every palate.



Sea Adventures Begin Here

Dana Point is the home of the popular sport fishing vessels owned and operated by Dana Wharf Sport fishing. They are available for charter and/or a day of fishing. The Ocean Institute offers a variety of programs for the whole family as well. Enjoy sea adventure cruises day and evening and summer programs on the Brig “Pilgrim”.  The Dana Point Youth and Group facility attracts hundreds each week for its wide variety of programs for all ages.  Catalina Island is just a boat ride away.