Points of Interest in Dana Point

Surfing Doheny State Beach

Welcome to Dana Point, where the official city motto is “Harboring the Good Life.” Our beautiful city is known for whale watching, surf life, and the world renowned Ocean Institute. Dana Point prides itself on welcoming visitors and sharing the good life. Browse our local points of interest and highlights below.

Places to Visit

Dana Point
Welcome to Dana Point, California! The staff at Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel looks forward to hosting your visit and will happily assist you with any questions you have about the town.

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is to promote business interests and protect the free enterprise system, to pursue a healthy economy and strive for a better quality of life in our community.

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Spend some time at our local nature center for an educational outdoor activity.
34558 Scenic Drive
Dana Point, CA

Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach, a legendary surfing beach, is also known for its campground. For more information about the beach and up-to-date visitor guidelines, please visit the website.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Mission San Juan Capistrano is a site of historical, cultural, and religious significance. For over 200 years the mission has served as a home to many people and exists today as a source of inspiration and education. Please visit the website for hours and visitor information
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Zoomars at River Street Ranch
Bring the family to Zoomars for a day of outdoor fun including mining for gold, petting zoos, pony rides, and more. Please visit their website for hours and visitor information.
31791 Los Rios St
San Juan Capistrano, CA

dana point harbor
Harbor Activities

Dana Point Harbor offers a wide variety of venues for many activities. The harbor is the home port for over 2,200 boats, offering dry storage and in-water berthing. There is a 15-lane boat launch ramp and a non-motorized craft beach launch. The Shipyard also has a hoist. There are two yacht clubs and a sailing club based in the Dana Point Harbor. Also located in the harbor is a fuel dock, a bait barge, and the Harbor Patrol. The County of Orange operates a youth and group facility that provides meeting rooms, party facilities, sailing and ocean-related programs, and a Sea Scout base. The Ocean Institute has completed a major expansion and offers marine exploration. Known as the “baby beach,” the cove section of the harbor provides a beach with no waves and protected swim and water play. Throughout the Dana Point Harbor there are walking paths and public restrooms.

The Ocean Institute:

The Ocean Institute has completed a major expansion and offers children and adults a unique educational experience. In addition to marine exploration and education on our ever-changing ocean environment, the institute offers public programs and events. View the Ocean Institute website for information and updated events.

Yacht and Sailing Clubs:

The Dana Point Yacht Club is a private club offering facilities for banquets and meetings. Enjoy breathtaking views of the bluffs, harbor, ocean, and even Catalina Island. Contact the club for more information prior to your visit.  (949) 496-2900

Whale Watching
Whale Watching, Fishing, and Charters

The migration season for California Gray Whales is December through Early April. If you will be visiting us during this period we highly recommend booking a whale watching excursion through the Dana Point Harbor or one of these services.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

(949) 488-2828
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Click Here to visit Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari's website.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportfishing

(949) 496-5794
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Click here to visit Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportfishing's website.

Upcoming Events
July 4, 2024 - Rooms are booking for the holiday (4-day???) weekend! 
July 3 -  Aug 30, 2024: One of the most unique productions in the world, the Pageant of the Masters re-creates famous works of art. 2024 theme is “A la Mode: The Art of Fashion”  This is an extremely high demand event.  Purchase your tickets early at https://www.foapom.com and book your room with us and ride the Free Shuttles from Dana Point to Laguna Beach.  Skip the traffic and parking problems; save money; stay with us at the Marina Shores Hotel.
June 28 - Sept 1, 2024:  Sawdust Fesitval Arts and Crafts in Laguna Beach.  So much to see, so little time.  Forget parking problems and traffic.  Take a break and ride the Dana Point Shuttle, transfer to the Laguna Beach Shuttle (both FREE) and spend a day exploring Laguna Beach and the Sawdust Festival (https://sawdustartfestival.org).
Pancakes with blueberries and orange juice.  There are many local restaurants to from which to choose.

Marina Shores Hotel has a number of restaurants and local fare located within walking distance. For a complete list of recommended restaurants in the area, visit the Guest Directory.

Grand Staircase Entry of Marina Shores Hotel
The Best Western Plus - Marina Shores Hotel looks forward to welcoming you to Dana Point.