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What to do at Dana Point Harbor

a large body of water with a city in the background

Dana Point Harbor is a beautiful coastal destination in south Orange County, California. The harbor is a popular spot for boaters, fishermen, and visitors. It features a variety of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and plenty of activities.

The harbor is a great place to spend the day. Visitors can explore the harbor‘s many shops and restaurants, enjoy various water activities, or take a stroll along the waterfront. There are also plenty of charter fishing and sightseeing boats available for rent.

The harbor is home to the Ocean Institute, a marine science education center. The institute offers educational programs, workshops, and tours to help visitors learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants. The center also hosts various annual special events, including a Fourth of July fireworks show.

Dana Point is the Whale Watching Capital of the world and home to the largest concentration of marine mammals. In addition to whale watching, the waters surrounding Dana Point harbor are home to Blue fin tuna, Yellowtail, Dorado, and more. Dana Wharf is the oldest and highest-rated whale-watching and sportfishing company in the harbor and the perfect place for a quick day trip. 

a whale jumping out of the water

The harbor is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner, wine cruise, or family outing. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including a carousel, several playgrounds, and a mini golf course. The harbor also hosts community events throughout the year, such as concerts and art shows.

There are several hotels and resorts nearby for those looking to stay in the area. Dana Point Harbor is also a great launching point for a day trip to nearby attractions, such as Catalina Island, San Clemente pier, and Doheny State Beach.

Dana Point Harbor is a beautiful destination that is perfect for any visit. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening out, a family outing, or just a peaceful day by the water, Dana Point Harbor has something for everyone.