Dana Point Beaches World Famous

Dana Point’s most prominent feature is a large bluff referred to as the “Headlands.”  The city of Dana Point is sandwiched between Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south.  It occupies nearly seven miles of coastline comprised of rocky bluffs, rolling hills, sandy beaches, and a pair of marinas.  The city is unique in being the only Orange County city not to have any of its waterfront under its jurisdiction.  The coast here either falls under the purview of the state or county government

At its northern point, the coast at Dana Point falls under the jurisdiction of Orange County along nearly a mile of sandy shoreline comprising Salt Creek Beach.  It adjoins Strand Beach which is located in Laguna Beach

The Dana Point Headlands Reserve is to the south.  About thirty acres here have been left in a natural state which preserves many rare species.  Dana Point Harbor lies to the south and contains two marinas.  They are sheltered behind a mile and a half long jetty

Doheny State Beach abuts the south side of the harbor.  The beach contains camping and picnic areas.  Capistrano Beach lies to the south of this



Salt Creek Beach: 5 a.m. to midnight
Dana Point Harbor: Hours vary by business

Doheny State Beach: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the winter

Capistrano Beach: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m


Salt Creek Beach: Pay-and-display parking is $1/hour all year

Dana Point Harbor: Parking is free but limited to four hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No time limits after 7 p.m

Doheny State Beach: $10/day for cars, $50/day for buses that carry up to 24 passengers, $100/day for buses carrying more than 25 passengers

Capistrano Beach: Pay-and-display parking is $1/hour all year

Attractions Abound Here

Dana Point features both fancy hotels and camping.  It has a marine learning center.  The rolling hills and steep cliffs inspired the town‘s namesake Richard Henry Dana to dub the place “the only romantic spot on the coast.”

The harbor here contains two marinas.  There are also sea side shops and restaurants.  Two tall sailing ships are berthed here: the Pilgrim and the Spirit of Dana Point.  Festivals are held throughout the year within the harbor including the Festival of Whales, the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show, and the Tall Ships Festival

Doheny Point State Beach offers camping facilities for both RV’s and tents

The marinas inside the harbors have much to offer visitors.  There are guest slips and boat launching facilities.  There is also a fuel dock.  Boat rentals are available along with offices that can arrange yacht sales, and information about harbor cruises, fishing trips, charters, and instructions in wind surfing, sailing, and surfing

City of Dana Point 949-248-3500
Dana Point Harbor
Doheny State Beach 949-496-6172
Salt Creek Beach 949-923-2280
Capistrano Beach 949-923-2280

Below’s a local surf school

Girl In The Curl Surf Camp
Phone: 949-661-4475
E-mail: [email protected]
Location: Doheny State Beach
Cost: $295
Length: 5 days
Hours: 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

Dates of operation: 7/16 to 8/17
Also available: private lessons