Discover Dana Point California

Group 6 Dana Point is located 60 miles south of Los Angeles and 65 miles north of San Diego in Orange County, California. It's the perfect quiet beach town neighboring Laguna Beach and San Clemente.
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About the location

Life in Dana Point gravitates outside and if you are craving to learn more about area you will find the influence of it's past as a seaport for trading from the Spanish and Mexican era via the Mission system in relation to what is now our beautiful Dana Point Harbor. The weather in Dana Point averages in the 70's all year long and the sun sparkles over the sweeping ocean views and the trails that wind through the Dana Point Headlands. Known as the Whale Watching and Dolphin Capital of the World along with the creation of the surf board, Dana Point is a MUST visit!!

Guide Highlights

Whale Watching is a must in Dana Point

Dana Point was recently trademarked at as The Whale Watching and Dolphin Capital of the World!

Beach Days are the BEST DAYS

A day at the beach is better than a day at the office, or right now you can do both?!!

Guide Summary

Stay and play in Dana Point via one of their luxury resorts and moderately priced hotels. The Waldorf Astoria at Monarch Beach is has a breath taking view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Perched on a bluff this beautiful resort was most acquired as part of the Waldorf Astoria portfolio, making it the perfect time to both splurge and get quite the deal on a luxurious stay. The resort boasts several pools, a private golf course and beach, as well as award winning cuisine. The restaurants are open only for food to go, but with sunshine and beach views, taking your food outdoors is a WIN WIN at Monarch Beach. Close to town and across the street from Monarch Beach, Strands, and Salt Creek this resort allows for easy access to the heart of Dana Point and just up the way from the quaint Dana Point Harbor. 

Dana Point Marina Inn is located in Dana Point Harbor. Is is the ONLY hotel on the Harbor making the perfect place to park the car and walk every where! Located near restaurants and shops this hotel is moderately priced as well as it's beach close to the iconic Doheny State Beach where the Beach Boys were inspired for the lyrics for "Surfing USA". Walk the harbor, take a hike, enjoy a meal outdoors, try out paddle boarding or rent as sail boat. All of these activities are right outside your door at Dana Point Marina Inn.

Featured in this guide

Photo spots
Laid-back or relaxation
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 36 Shopping
Group 33 Walkable

Great for these trips

Family with kids
Family without kids
Romantic / Honeymoon
Active / Adventure
Wellness / Rejuvenating
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Nicole Lindstrom

    Nicole Lindstrom

    Photo Lover + Writer + Mama Bear, capturing life in California and while enjoying the great outdoors when our #firefighter schedule permits. Follow along as I tour my favorite spots in South Orange County, camping, and so much more! Jill of trades at Lindstrom Media.

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