Brimming with walking trails, sandy shores, and sunlight, Dana Point is the perfect low-key destination for your next beach getaway. From feeling the sea breeze on your skin to relaxing in one of our well-equipped Dana Point vacation rentals, everyone will find something they love about this beach getaway destination!
Where is Dana Point, CA?
If you're looking to explore all things our Southern California vacation rentals have to offer, you've found your ideal destination in Dana Point! Easy access to I-5 means you can leisurely travel the 58 miles to thriving Los Angeles for shopping and celebrity sightings, or head 65 miles south to thrilling San Diego to see Shamu at Sea World.
Plus, with Laguna Beach art galleries and fancy Newport Beach shopping districts a short drive away, you'll find yourself wishing you had more time to explore. When you need a break from the sandy shores steps away from our Dana Point vacation rentals, head north to magical Disneyland in Anaheim (33 miles away) to make your family's dreams come true!
Things to Do in Dana Point, CA
Don't think you need to drive long distances to have a grand time! Dana Point is bursting with attractions for all ages and interests. Play in the sand and rent surfboards for a day spent at Salt Creek Beach, take the kayaks and paddleboards out for a spin, or head to Baby Beach - a great place to launch that even offers a roped-off area for younger kids to swim.
One of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, Dana Point Harbor is a beautiful place to spend the day fishing, renting boats and jet skis, shopping local boutiques, and relishing in delicious food. Whether you're looking for a fresh catch meal at Wind and Sea Restaurant or Italian food at Slice of New York, each group member will likely find something tasty to keep their belly full. Many adventures are available here, but one of them could (and should!) include a ride on the harbor's Catalina Express line over to gorgeous Catalina Island for shopping, dining, scuba diving, and more!
Book a morning tee time at the extravagant, 18-hole St. Regis Monarch Beach Golf Links before grabbing the rest of the bunch for a visit to the Ocean Institute to see the historical Pilgrim ship, now used as a classroom, and let the kids enjoy hands-on experiences with the local tide pools.
With sunny skies and a warm ocean breeze, you'll find yourself spending almost all your time outdoors. Trails abound and are fantastic for an early morning jog or bike ride (rent from EZ Green Bikes) before catching an excursion on Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari. End your perfect day with a picnic dinner at Lantern Bay Park, set high in the hills and boasting breathtaking ocean views.
This stunning coastal town is sure to quickly become a repeat vacation spot with its incredible beaches, swaying palm trees, and cozy Dana Point vacation rentals. Mark your calendars for your upcoming California escape!
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