The community of Dana Point has a wealth of attractions, including gorgeous beaches, a vibrant harbor, diverse shopping and dining options, plenty of parks and open spaces, and a dynamic arts scene.
Dana Point Harbor. Featuring 2,500 slips that can accommodate vessels of varying sizes, Dana Point Harbor also has a fishing pier, a shipyard, a launch ramp with no less than ten lanes, the Dana West and Dana Point yacht clubs, and a diversity of other facilities. This is where many of the city’s signature events are held, such as the Festival of Whales and the Boat Parade of Lights, and the harbor area is also home to around three dozen shops and restaurants.
The Beaches. Known for being one of SoCal’s premier surfing destinations, Dana Point also has some of its most beautiful beaches. These range from the wave-free Baby Beach to the Salt Creek Beach & Park, where big waves rule. There’s also the 62-acre Doheny State Beach, whose beach stretches for over a mile, and has features such as picnic areas and campsites as well as bike and equestrian trails.
Parks. Due to Dana Point’s hilly topography, many of its parks offer panoramic views of the ocean and the city. Four parks make up the Headlands Biological Open Space Conservation Parks system, which includes a network of walking trails. There’s also a variety of playgrounds and community gardens, parks with barbecue and picnic facilities, and so on.