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When exploring Dana Point Harbor, there are several convenient parking options available dependent upon the reason for your visit. Please review the detailed guidelines below for the best access and experience for your next outing.


Commercial Core Parking: Restaurants & Retail

Patrons of the harbor’s established restaurants, shops, whale watching, and other charters are welcome to park in the areas designated CUSTOMER ONLY. These spaces are first come, first serve and free while you are patronizing the harbor businesses. The primary customer lot is located at Mariner’s Village off Golden Lantern. The overflow lot is directly in front of the Wharf.

Special parking areas are designated for Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, and Catalina Express customers. Please contact these companies for more information.

Free Shuttle Service: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Dedicated customer parking may be found on the island with shuttle service to Dana Wharf to ensure a smooth experience pre and post ocean adventure.

Please follow posted signage for Dana Wharf Shuttle to the East Island parking lot located at 24701 Dana Drive. Designated parking is marked Dana Wharf. The shuttle will pick up directly from the designated lot to transport to Dana Wharf.

Shuttle Hours – Daily 10A – 6P

Marina Parking: Boater Permit Only

Boaters and boater guests are required to park in the designated gated and permitted lots only. These lots are located both to the east and west of Mariner’s Village, as well as on the island.

Day Boater Parking is located off Embarcadero Place with direct access to the Public Boat Launch.

General Public Parking – Free & Paid Options

These options are highly recommended for cyclists, dog walkers, and guests alike.

  • Free street parking may be found along Dana Point Harbor Drive east of Casitas Place and along Golden Lantern to the north of the harbor.
  • Free public parking may also be found along Dana Way, near Dana Point Yacht Club, at Baby Beach, and off Cove Road.
  • Paid parking may be found adjacent to Doheny State Beach off Puerto Place.
Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is exclusive to Dana Point Marina Inn guests, and Catalina Express customers. All others may be subject to tow.

Below is a detailed map of the available parking areas located in and around Dana Point Harbor.

To expand or print the parking map, click here.

Harbor Parking 2024

For your safety, please adhere to all posted signage and guidance from harbor personnel. Dedicated parking attendants may also be available for your on-site assistance. Please note, all public parking is subject to availability and at your own risk.

We are eager to provide an enhanced parking experience with the construction of the much-anticipated parking structure fully underway. Learn more about the full revitalization project here.



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