The unique seaside city of Dana Point is in Orange County, Southern California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Dana Point is a favorite central point, bordered by the cities of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente.
Dana Point offers plenty of pristine oceanscapes, romantic overlooks and beach strolls – it’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. One of the most famous surf breaks in the world, Killer Dana, attracted thousands of ocean-loving fans in the 1950s and 1960s. It proved so inspiring, in fact, that Hobie Alter created the world’s first retail surf shop. It stands today, still abuzz with a relaxed and friendly surfer vibe.
Today’s Dana Point Harbor is a welcoming community, serving as hub to more than 2,500 boats and yachts. Three yacht clubs, stand-up paddle (SUP) and kayaking companies, as well as “pirate ship” adventures, whale watching, deep sea fishing and sunset wine cruises offer endless options.
Known for its four breathtaking coastal resorts, Dana Point offers accommodations for every lifestyle. Nearby airport access offers easy transport for visitors and large groups. Planning a meeting? These dazzling resorts provide state-of-the-art facilities, impressive ballrooms, and meeting rooms that rise majestically above the ocean below.
Choose the resort that best fits your lifestyle, from world-class spas, chefs and pools to endless resort activities. Venture to nearby gourmet restaurants and casual comfort eateries that offer diverse menu choices. Whether shopping or browsing, you’ll find plenty to wear and items to share with those back home.
Dana Point attracts visitors from all points of the globe, and for good reason: It’s a perfect blend and meld of the natural and beautiful harmony of the cliffs, the beaches, the harbor, the stunning world-class resorts … and the people who appreciate and treasure their moments in this paradise.
Salt Creek Beach County Park
33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Salt Creek offers access to 18 acres of public beaches. It is a popular surfing location, with a small, offshore reef that creates some of the best left swells along the entire shoreline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tide pool exploration are other beach activities. The parking is located on the bluff above the beach; the beach can be reached via a set of stairs or a funicular.
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
California's first state beach, Doheny covers 62 acres of scenic oceanfront. Beach activities include volleyball, swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, windsurfing and tide pool exploration at low tide. This is a great beach for beginning surfers; surfing is restricted to the day-use beach north of San Juan Creek. Doheny's westerly swells are best during the summer months. Beachside tent and RV camping is available. With over a mile of sandy beach and some of the warmest water in California, Doheny was voted OC's "best camping site" for 14 consecutive years. Popular events at Doheny include: Doheny Blues Festival (May), Surf-a-Rama (surf expo, June) and Battle of the Paddle (surf contest, October).
Capistrano Beach County Park
35005 Beach Rd.
Capistrano Beach, CA 92675
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.