Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point Harbor
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Known as the “Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World” Dana Point Harbor offers a variety of recreational amenities, boater facilities, dockside dining, and unique shopping experiences that cater to visitors, locals and boating enthusiasts. Activities abound both in and out of the water from watching migratory gray whales that frequent the coastline to enjoying the stunning sunsets and picturesque harbor views. Discover Dana Point Harbor and set sail on a historic and unforgettable seaside adventure.
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kripto222
San Francisco, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I attended a retirement\ birthday celebration at the yacht club. Not only was the setting beautiful, sunset magnificent, and their service staff truly shines. I am deeply impressed when a party of 200 can be served cocktails, appetizers and dinner without any complaints from the guests. Staff and kitchen truly know what they are doing.
Written 3 March 2020
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heatherdammer2
Yucca Valley, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
So many things to do at Dana point harbor. Paddle board for $25, kayaking, whale watching, the ocean institute, , the stairs behind the institute. The Pier for fishing, the jedy as well. Just a beautiful place.
Written 6 August 2022
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MelvinPusfinger
Temecula, CA648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
As harbors and marinas g0, this is very nice. Now that the restaurants are back in business for dine in service, this adds to the attraction. There is also a number of quaint shops. And plenty of that diverse dining options. There is also plenty of free parking but note there is a four hour limit and they claim that they strictly enforce it.
Written 24 May 2020
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Sage C
Cool, CA261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Great place to go for summer heat relief.
We loved to walk along the harbor boardwalk to look at the boats then stop in at a store or two, grab something the coffee stop or eat outside at one of the many restaurants. In exploring further, we drove to the north end. Although the sea museum was closed, we walked behind it to view the ocean, where kids were snorkeling. Then watched all of the families enjoying the protected beach behind the seawall in the harbor. There were many people on paddleboards, peddle boats and kayaks having fun in the calm water.
Written 20 August 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The last remnants of Christmas were being packed up and the post-holiday crowds were sparse. Some shops were not open but the eateries were doing an okay business. The sun was shining, the temperature was chilly, and the sea lions were barking up a storm.

There is a Catalina ferry service that runs from this harbor. Not too much else seemed to be moving and shaking in terms of water activities but then, it is after all, January.

Our walk down from Blue Lantern Inn took us to the Marina Village shopping area and into the marina/harbor itself. This is a highlight of any visit to Dana Point.
Written 26 January 2022
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George S
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Dana Point Harbor has been a well kept secret for many years. It is nestled between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente on the Southern Orange County Coast. You can stroll among the small shops and dine in neat restaurants. It you want to relax just walk or drive across the bridge to a small island which is home to both a small and a large Yacht Club. You can watch seabirds gliding overhead and picnic on the grass or on tables that are provided. ENJOY!
Written 24 April 2020
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Barb
Redding, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I went here with my three girls for our first get away together. It was an amazing weekend! We had hoped to take the Catalina Express for the day, but, it was sold out so we made the best of it. We loved the coffee place in the harbor and also the beach for us to launch our paddle boards. It was a wonderful get away!!!
Written 25 July 2023
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We hope you will visit Dana Point Harbor again soon.
Written 30 August 2023
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Louise Masin Sattler
Los Angeles, CA1,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Dana Point Harbor has long been a family favorite. Great restaurants (Harpoon Henry, the bagel and coffee shop, etc.), small shops, and views!!! Come to eat, walk the boardwalk, and people watch! We love this place!!!!
Written 25 November 2022
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Michelle O
Prescott Valley, AZ217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We spent several hours walking thru the harbor & admiring the boats. Large seals live in one area & we were treated to their audible calls to one another. We were impressed how clean the area is kept.
Written 14 June 2022
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travelingCAgal
San Diego, CA1,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
What a wonderful place to stroll around. There was an abundance of outdoor restaurants on the marina that looked so inviting but we had packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed sitting at the park next to the water watching the boats come and go and the many squirrels including the popular and unique white colored variety! Along our stroll we spotted a large sea lion as well as a heron. Simply lovely place to spend the afternoon!
Written 11 June 2022
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