Dana Point

Dana Point is a city in at the beach in Orange County in Southern California.

12 things to do

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The Ocean Institute

founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy ocean-themed exhibits, marine life touch tanks and aquaria with hundreds of marine creatures. Institute staff and volunteers are on hand to share the secrets of our seas. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9AM – 6PM. For an added charge, visitors can enjoy marine mammal cruises on board the Institute’s R/V Sea Explorer or sail on board the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point.


Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Dana Wharf offers year-round whale watching and fishing! All of our trips are value-priced and fun for the whole family! Take advantage of our year-round 1/2 Price Special on Tuesdays where all trips are 1/2 off! May - October is the Blue Whale season and November - April is the Gray Whale Migration.



Quality Inn & Suites Oceanview CA

This hotel is only rated with two stars, however, it is much more inexpensive than many of the options in San Clemente. Although it is not technically located in the city of San Clemente, it is right along Pacific Coast Highway leading you south directly into the Spanish village by the sea.


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach - Dana Point

Just yards from picturesque Doheny Beach, this all-suite hotel offers a great retreat whether you are here on business or for a shore getaway. Contemporary comfort, welcoming service and a signature DoubleTree cookie at check-in helps make your stay stress-free.



St. Regis Monarch Beach

Resort with 400 guestrooms. Golf courses, full service Spa Gaucin, Stonehill Tavern, Motif, Club 19 Patio Restaurant, and private beachfront dining.


Jolly Roger Dana Point

Located right on the water in Dana Point Harbor, the Jolly Roger is a local favorite for dining and entertainment.

EAT   —  34661 Golden Lantern


Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Luxury hotel in Laguna, situated atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking 2 miles of beachfront & the Pacific.

SLEEP   —  One Ritz-Carlton Dr

Blue Lantern Inn

Views looking over the harbor.




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