Dana Point, California

Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Whale Watchers, Families

  • This relaxed California paradise is located on the coast approximately 60 miles from Los Angeles to the north and San Diego to the south.
  • The original SoCal surf town, Dana Point is also known for its eclectic boutiques, a thriving artists’ community, and a bustling harbor where you can hop on a whale-watching cruise.
  • Hit the beach or take in the surf from a bird’s-eye view with a hike to the top of Dana Point's 150-foot-high bluffs via 11 miles of surrounding trails.
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Originally established as a trading post in the early 1800s, this laidback California paradise has long been a destination for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts alike thanks to its 6.5 miles of beaches, 36 parks, four area golf-courses, bustling marinas, and 11 miles of multi-use trails for hikers and bikers. Spend a day learning about marine life at the Ocean Institute, head down to the harbor for a paddleboard excursion, explore the local boutiques and restaurants, or watch the sunset from high bluffs overlooking the coastline’s secluded coves and tidal pools.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
  • Average Temperature
    78℉ in summer; 69℉ in winter
  • Average Water Temperature
    59℉
  • Car Recommended
    Yes
  • Time Zone
    3 hours behind NYC

Fresh Things to Do

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  • 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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  • 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.

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