Dana Point is a a beautiful scenic representation of the California coast, lush green grass, beautiful beach, tumbling waves, rocky points and sailboats passing to and from the harbor. This has been one of our family mainstays for many years when we want to get away to the coast, or to sample some seafood. Dana Point is located off the I-5 freeway from either San Diego or Los Angeles areas, from the Inland Empire the fastest route is across the Ortega Highway (small, winding mountain road). The parking area is a bit small but if you get there before noon there is usually no problem. To the right of the cliff area there is a walkway down to the shore, and a nice footpath along the rocky shoreline (beware rocks can fall from the cliff at any time so be careful).
You can usually find painters sitting out by the shore creating beautiful works of art, and the quiet bay is a favorite for swimming and beginner kayakers or people learning paddle boarding. It is a great place to relax, take in the sights, and don’t forget to visit the old pirate ship docked in the bay.
- Beautiful rocky shoreline with trails along the beachfront.
- There is no cost to enjoy the beach and scenery.
- Plenty of food places around, great seafood.
- Rock breakers provide great places to go out fishing.
- Calm bay for swimming, kayaking
- Crowded parking, needs more spaces.