Seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills are the backdrop for Dana Point’s stunning beaches, some of the most beautiful shorelines in California.
The 62-acre Doheny State Beach offers outstanding swimming and surfing on a one-mile stretch of pristine coastline. Tide pools are ideal for exploring at low tide, while a campground and picnic area are perfect for family gatherings and weekend beach parties. Volleyball, basketball, cycling, and other sand and court activities can be enjoyed at Capistrano Beach, along scenic south Dana Point.
Salt Creek Beach is another top surfing location that’s also popular for its swimming, sunbathing and tide pools. Connected to its south, Strands Beach is another beautiful stretch of sand that invites advanced surfers and joggers who just want to run and run.
And, of course, Baby Beach in the harbor takes after its namesake with mellow ocean waves and plenty of nearby restrooms and restaurants!
Dana Point is an incomparable Southern California destination for boating enthusiasts and sun worshipers alike. Browse our listings for the best Dana Point beaches and open-water activities, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
The City of Dana Point has 23 beautiful parks available for use by the public. You are welcome to utilize the City’s parks without charge or reservation, on first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to use a City park for such events as a wedding, large group picnic or gathering, please call 949-248-3530.
The City of Dana Point is characterized by its seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and scenic rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. County, State and private beaches adorn the coastline, including world-famous surfing spots such as Dana Strands.
Aliso Beach offers an area for swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. You can also enjoy fishing or exploring the tide pools. A concession stand offers rentals for fishing, food and beverages and other beach supplies. 31131 South Pacific Coast Highway.
Main Beach, the largest stretch of beach in Laguna, is located in the heart of Laguna Beach. The beach is known for its white lifeguard tower located in the middle of the beach. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf, making it popular for swimming, body boarding and surfing. Surfing is not permitted during the summer months because the surf can be dangerous with strong rip currents and heavy shore break waves. The beach offers basketball , volleyball and a variety of sand activities. There is also a boardwalk runs the length of the beach.
San Onofre Beach has several surf breaks on its more than three miles of coast, ranging from the beginner’s gentle breaking waves to one of the premiere surf breaks, Trestles. Trestles surfing area is known for its consistent waves. Surf Beach is divided into three breaks spots known as The Point, Old Man’s and Dogpatch (named from north to south). All perform best on a south swell, though the beach takes any surf and slows it down to a very slow pace. Trails is the most southern of surf spots at San Onofre and includes both rock bottom and sandy breaks.