Dana Point

Your Guide to Dana Point

Dana Point is the ultimate destination when you’re looking for a place to relax, unwind, and have fun. Every minute you spent in the city will be a memory you’ll always cherish. Its picturesque view, incredible beach vibes, water sports, marina, parks, restaurants, and family-friendly activities are one of the few things you can enjoy here.

If you’re looking for a place in Southern California that’s worth the travel, you’re looking in the right place. In this article, we’ll help you prepare a perfect travel plan to Dana Point.

Getting Here!

Dana Point is strategically located in Orange County making it easily accessible by travelers. You can get here by air as it has six nearby major international airports: John Wayne, LAX, Ontario, Long Beach, San Diego, and Palm Springs.

There are also domestic and local airports. You can also travel here by train or bus noting that Metrolink and Amtrak have services near San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano to Dana Point. Or you can use your car and drive through the five freeways or Pacific Coast Highway.


When it comes to accommodation, Dana Point has a lot of choices as well. You can browse through its list of hotels that have a perfect view of the ocean. If hotels are out of your budget, there are also motels and inns in town. Home vacation rentals are also available here so you can feel at your most comfortable in a home setting.

Some notable hotels in Dana Point include Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort and Spa, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach, and Monarch Beach Resort.

Things to Do

You won’t find yourself short on things to do here at Dana Point. There are magnificent beaches, parks, hiking trails, and so much more. Read down below for some excellent places and activities you can do in Dana Point.


  • Doheny State Beach – largest Dana Point beach (62-acres) with 1-mile of gorgeous coastline.
  • Salt Creek Beach – popular for surfing enthusiasts
  • Strands Beach – try the free and fun funicular
  • Baby Beach – perfect for families with kids


  • Visit the Ocean Institute – non-profit marine science center which helps kids learn about marine life
  • Whale Watching Trips – tour with Dana Wharf Whale Watching and have fun seeing the beauty of whales
  • Watersports – kayak, jet ski, boat rental, or SUP
  • Biking – bike through the grace of Dana Point in their beaches and other places
  • Hiking – Dana Point has a lot of hiking trails you’ll love, especially in their parks
  • Dana Point Sea Caves – accessible during low tide
  • Drop by the Castle Tower
  • Shopping – there’s a lot of shopping centers in the city
  • Sportfishing – this activity is perfect for individuals who love fishing


How can you complete a perfect getaway without good food? It’s hard to imagine. Spending a couple of days in Dana Point will grant you access to some of the best cuisines you can taste in Orange County. You can hop from a steakhouse to an Asian Restaurant without a problem. Browse through our list of restaurants here. Here are some of our favorite restaurants you can try while visiting Dana Point (in no particular order):

  • Harbor Grill Restaurant at Dana Point (Seafood)
  • Jack’s Restaurant (American)
  • Luciana’s Ristorante (Italian)
  • The Shwack Beach Grill (American)
  • Coastal Kitchen
  • Stacks Pancake House
  • The Little Kitchen Asian Cafe

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