***Top Dana Point Harbor Attractions:
Come sail with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari's on their hi-tech sailing catamarans year round, with its exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater viewing POD. Daily trips to see dolphins, up to 5,000 strong, leap and play right off our bow, migrating Gray whales December through April and Blue Whales May through November. See them below, too, with their underwater video camera, hear them on their hydrophone. Celebrity and Certified naturalists make this exciting excursion educational and entertaining, too. Homemade triple-fudge brownies make this a one-of-a-kind adventure unforgettable. You can see a live feed from their boat, the first and only place in the world where you can view Whales and Dolphins Live right from your computer during their daily Dolphin & Whale Watching excursions.
Address: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, Ca 92629
Dana Point is known as the “Whale Capital of the West” because several types of whales use the point as a navigational landmark on their migrations north or south. Wharf Sport fishing offers fishing trips all year long and anyone can go. Their landing caters to the novice as well as the seasoned fishermen. If you do not have fishing gear, they have rods and reels to rent. Come join others for an adventure you will never forget.
Address: 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
It is an incredible educational resource with children’s day camps, overnight experiences, and boat excursions from themed pirate ship trips to wildlife cruises. The Ocean Institute has several educational sea exhibits. Located on a secluded beach with tide pools, and accessed from the Dana Point Harbor, the Ocean Institute is a hands-on, authentic ocean experience. The Ocean Institute offers science and maritime history programs to youth during the week, and is open to the general public on weekends.
Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, Ca 92629
Offers specialty shopping, fishing and whale watching excursions, kayaking, Catalina transportation, and a variety of restaurants from coffee shops to fine waterfront dining. Across the bridge to Dana Island, more walking paths lead to yacht clubs, a restaurant and a continuation of the quiet waterside parkways.
Address: 34624 Golden Lanter St. Dana Point, CA 92629
5. The Pilgrim
Address: Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, CA
6. Monarch Beach Golf Links
Address: 50 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629
It is popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire shoreline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tide pool exploration provide fun for everyone. The park consists of sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and sheer cliffs. The original ravine canyon locally known as Salt Creek, forms the northerly boundary of the beach. Grading and landscaping have been completed in such a manner as to blend with the natural features, leaving the beach and cliff area basically undisturbed. Beach facilities can be reached from Ritz Carlton Dr. off Pacific Coast Highway.
Address: 33333 South Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Want to go to Catalina for a day? Hop on board the Catalina Express at Dana Point Harbor, with three departure times on the weekends from Dana Point to Avalon.
Reservations are recommended and can be made via their toll free number: (800)481-3470, or through their website: www.catalinaexpress.com. The trip to Catalina will take about one hour from Dana Point Harbor.
There are two main towns on Catalina Island: Avalon and Two Harbors. Avalon is by far the more popular tourist destination, and offers a variety of activities to choose from, so whether you are looking for adventure, or relaxation, you are sure to find it in Avalon.