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Dana Point is a city at the beach in Orange County in Southern California.

Get in


I-5 is the primary north-south route through Orange County, and passes through the eastern portion of the city. State Route 1 begins in Dana Point and continues northwest through the city to other coastal Orange County cities.

Get around



  • 1 The Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., +1 949 496-2274. the Ocean Institute offers science and maritime history programs to youth during the week, and is open to the general public on weekends, 10AM – 3PM. Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy ocean-themed exhibits, marine life touch tanks and aquaria with hundreds of marine creatures. Institute staff and volunteers are on hand to share the secrets of our seas. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9AM – 6PM. For an added charge, visitors can enjoy marine mammal cruises on board the Institute’s R/V Sea Explorer or sail on board the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free..


  • 1 Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr (in Dana Point Harbor), +1 949 496-5794. 8AM - 10PM. Dana Wharf offers year-round whale watching and fishing. Year-round 1/2 price special on Tuesdays where all trips are 1/2 off. May - October is the Blue Whale season and November - April is the Gray Whale migration. $14.50+.
  • 2 Doheny State Beach, 34675 Golden Lantern (Dana Point Harbor dr. and Park Lantern), +(949) 496-6171. 24 Hours. Doheny State Beach is in Dana Point, California as one of California's popular state beaches. Doheny State Beach attracts one million visitors per year. Doheny features include "day use" "Surfing beach" and five-acre lawn and picnic facilities with volleyball courts. $15 per day..









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Dana Point is the southernmost city to have public transportation to Catalina Island (Avalon). Reservations are recommended.

Routes through Dana Point
Santa AnaSan Juan Capistrano  N  S  San ClementeSan Diego
Long BeachLaguna Beach  N  S  END

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