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Dana Point Harbor

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Harboring the Good Life

The Dana Point Harbor offers specialty shopping, fishing and whale watching excursions, kayaking, Catalina transportation, and a variety of restaurants from coffee shops to fine waterfront dining. Across the bridge to Dana Island, more walking paths lead to yacht clubs, a restaurant and a continuation of the quiet waterside parkways.

Wide Harbor Shot

Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute is an incredible educational resource with children’s day camps, overnight experiences, and boat excursions from themed pirate ship trips to wildlife cruises. The Ocean Institute has several educational sea exhibits. Located on a secluded beach with tide pools, and accessed from the Dana Point Harbor, the Ocean Institute is a hands-on, authentic ocean experience. For more information, please call (949) 496-2274.

Harbor and Boat

Whale Watching and Fishing

Dana Point is known as the “Whale Capital of the West” because several types of whales use the point as a navigational landmark on their migrations north or south. Dana Point Harbor whale watching boats provide amazing experiences with these majestic animals off the  coast. Dana Point has been known as a rich fishing area for centuries. Fishing boats out of the Harbor offer excursions for everyone, including new and even the most experienced fisherman.


Dana Point Harbor specialty shops (PDF) are filled with unique treasures waiting to be discovered. From jewelry, to clothing, to home décor, to gifts or candy, the Harbor offers shopping for every visitor.

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