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In Dana Point, you’ll discover the great outdoors are inspiringly beautiful. Dana Point surrounds visitors with a seven-mile playground of coastal bluffs, sparkling shorelines and the stunning blue Pacific. Famous for its stand-up paddling (SUP) and surfing, Dana Point’s seaside setting of nearly two dozen parks and miles of beach-side trails is a mix of land and sea unlike any Southern California destination. And one of the most memorable with visitors is The Headlands – a 50-acre beautifully protected site with spectacular views overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coast. Enjoy a peek at the most popular recreation, and find Dana Point’s best outdoor activities.


1 Black Gold Drive


A favorite of Orange County golfers, this Arthur Hills-designed par 72 layout stretches up to 6,756 challenging yards and incorporates several water features including a stunning waterfall off the 18th green, slight elevation changes, rolling hills, strategic bunkering and the incredible vistas.

(714) 961-0060
34512 Embarcadero Place

Offering watercraft rentals in Dana Point Harbor since 1985. Includes Sea Doo, Waverunner, and Kayaks. Rentals include: instruction, life vests, FREE WETSUITS and lockers 

(949) 661-1690
34671 Puerto Place

Surfboards and Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs) are available for you to transport to the beach of your choice or to walk next door to Doheny State Beach. SUP rentals include a life vest (required by law). Both full and spring wetsuits are available for $10. Since 1978, Dana Point Jet Ski has served the South Orange County and surrounding area in sales, service and rentals. Over the years, DPJS has continually grown and improved by expanding our facility and services to keep up with customer needs.

(949) 661-4947
34675 Golden Lantern

Within just a few miles of the Dana Point Harbor, you can catch Halibut, Barracuda, Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Sand Bass, Calico Bass, Bonito, and even Tuna. And with Dana Wharf’s expert crew, you know you’re going to find your way to the best waters imaginable.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers fishing trips all year long and anyone can go – young, old, experienced or those out for their first trip. Dana Wharf caters to the novice as well as the seasoned angler with knowledgeable crew and expert skippers who are always helpful with instruction (if needed!).

Dana Wharf offers a variety of fishing boat excursions and charter, from kid-oriented trips to half-day fishing, all-day fishing, overnight trips and Halibut Derbys on Sundays. Check out Dana Wharf’s fishing calendar here.

Dana Wharf owns a number of modern fishing boats, each of which offers a full galley of hot and cold food. Beer, soda, chips and candy are available for purchase, If you do not have fishing gear, Dana Wharf supplies the rods and reels to rent from $14 – $18.

A day license for anyone over 16 years of age is required. Please purchase your fishing licenses online PRIOR to your trip, and print them out to bring with you. Free parking is always available.

Looking for a more intimate adventure? Charter any one of our smaller vessels for your personalized trip. Our fleet of 14 vessels feature small 6-packs, mid-sized boats, and a Schooner sailboat, the Curlew.

(949) 496-5794
34052 Del Obispo Street, Dana Point

The original owner of Dana Point Nursery, Harry Otsubo understood the healing arts of gardening. Now, community members participate in the Harry Otsubu Gardens with plots they plant and harvest as their own. The 2.5 acres was the brainchild of Otsubo and the directors of the Capistrano Bay Park & Recreation District. 

(949) 248-3530
25111 Park Lantern Road Dana Point

Lantern Bay Park is noted for its spectacular view of Dana Point. The Smythe Brothers Amphitheater is located within the park. Picnic tables, basketball courts, physical fitness cluster, turf areas and a playground are also available.

(949) 248-3530
Dana Bluff West and Via Verde, Capistrano Beach

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.

(949) 248-3530
107 South 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.

(949) 497-0310
1 Golf Club Drive

In true Tom Fazio form, Oak Creek Golf Club beckons the competitive spirit of golf players at all levels. Each of the 18 holes throughout this Orange County golf course presents new challenges amid tapered fairways, scenic greens, beautiful lakes and bull-nose carved bunkers. With dense and dynamic flora, Oak Creek creates a sanctuary not only for your playing experience but for a variety of birds and other fauna as well.

(949) 653-5300
22701 Pelican Hill Road South

The fundamentals of golf may not vary, but the way you experience the game certainly can. Tom Fazio designed our 54 holes of golf, including Pelican Hill’s 36 championship holes on our Ocean North and Ocean South courses and our 18 holes at nearby Oak Creek Golf Club®, to be unlike any that you’ve ever played before.

(949) 467-6800
Dana Point, Southern California

Dana Point, Southern California