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Things to Do

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

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

Kayaking gets you up close and personal with the Harbor and all its amenities. Check out the nooks and crannies of the jetty, slip through the boat channels and basins, or go outside the jetty and over to Doheny State Beach. Single and double kayaks are available and are a great family activity.

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PADDLE BOARDING

Paddleboarding is a great way to see and experience Dana Point Harbor while you get a great workout.  Paddle around the waveless Baby Beach and get your sea legs, and then venture out into the Harbor to get an up close and personal view of all the activity.  Once you have been a time or two, then challenge yourself with a SUP Yoga class…namastay that is fun!
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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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