Dana Point, California

  • Catch a ferry to Catalina Island from Dana Point Harbor.
  • The shallow and calm waters of Harbor Beach, otherwise known as “Baby Beach,” make it a family-friendly destination.
  • Hike Bluff Top Trail for breathtaking views of the marina and to learn more about historic landmarks.
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Orange County's Hidden Gem

Dana Point has long been considered the premier retreat destination in greater Orange County, California. Conveniently midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the community and its miles of beaches boast a rich history of surfing, foothill trails prime for mountain biking and plentiful sunshine year-round. Dana Point is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest and Dana Point on the southeast, offering up ample access to a wide variety of watersports, sightseeing and dining options for the whole family. 

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    SNA or LGB
  • Pageant of the Masters
    July through August
  • Climate
  • Average High Temperature
    72° F
  • Average Low Temperature
    52° F

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity

  • Dining in Dana Point

    Much of the premium dining in Orange County is situated along seven miles of coastal bluffs in scenic Dana Point.

    Ramos House. In the heart of the Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano sits the Ramos House. The herbs used in the dishes here are grown right outside in the garden. Handmade ice cream is churned in their backyard each day. Visit for brunch and try the crab hash with bacon scrambled eggs and citrus cream.

    Stella's Serious Italian Restaurant. For a quiet, intimate dinner, visit the small dining room at Stella's. Their menu features goodies such as sesame crusted ahi tuna and linguini tossed with fresh clams. Save room for their famous cannolis.

    Stonehill Tavern. Inside Monarch Beach Resort is a Forbes FourStar rated establishment with a fireside dining room. Best known for Chef Michael Mina's signature dish, lobster pot pie, the restaurant sources its ingredients regionally. Wine aficionados will relish the collection of more than 400 bottles, recently recognized by Wine Spectator in 2014.

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Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Dana Point Vacation

    Picture a classic southern California scene and it's likely you're envisioning Dana Point. Blazing sunsets, gentle waves and golden sun-kissed beaches will greet you just about any time you visit. Ocean breezes help keep extreme summer heat at bay and while the brief winter - roughly January through March - is the rainiest time, reliably mild temperatures make Dana Point a welcome retreat even during this time.


Map of Dana Point, California

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