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Things to Do

Below is a list of things to do in Dana Point Harbor.

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WHALE WATCHING

Known as the “Whale Capitol of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is Orange County’s best year-round whale watching destination and offers prime viewing of migrating whales.

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FISHING

Whether casting a fishing line from the shore, a kayak, a boat, or off the pier, Dana Point Harbor invites fishing enthusiasts of all ages to soak up the sun and enjoy a day of fishing.

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CRUISES

Enjoy the beautiful Southern California coastline and hop aboard a cruise through Dana Point Harbor. Whether celebrating a special event or family adventure, the harbor offers a variety of public and private charters.

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SAILING / BOAT CHARTERS

Whether looking for a yacht charter, an open party sail, sailing lessons, or sailboat rentals, you will find them all within Dana Point Harbor, an excellent spot for boaters of all skill levels.

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DIVING

Enjoy an under the sea adventure at Dana Point Harbor with diving charters and lessons!

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OCEAN INSTITUTE

The iconic Ocean Institute offers visitors a place to explore the ocean’s underwater world and offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History, and Outdoor Education programs. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.

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CATALINA ISLAND

Quickly sail to the island of Catalina and enjoy golfing, horseback riding, hiking, and much more. Simply hop on board the Catalina Express at Dana Point Harbor or enjoy a private charter. 

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PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

Take to the water and paddle your way through the harbor in a kayak or paddle board and experience the harbor in a whole new way. Or take a more fast-paced approach and jet-ski

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KAYAKING

Take to the water and paddle your way through the harbor in a kayak or paddle board and experience the harbor in a whole new way. Or take a more fast-paced approach and jet-ski

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PADDLE BOARDING

Take to the water and paddle your way through the harbor in a kayak or paddle board and experience the harbor in a whole new way. Or take a more fast-paced approach and jet-ski
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PICNIC SHELTERS / BABY BEACH

Spend a day at Dana Point Harbor’s famous Baby Beach and enjoy sweeping cliff-side views and a picnic area by the water.

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EVENTS

Dana Point Harbor is home to vibrant, family-friendly festivals and exciting events, and offers an array of banquet halls and special event spaces.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin your adventure today and plan a visit to Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy world-class whale watching, waterfront dining, niche eateries, shopping, ocean activities and more.

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