If you happen to be in Dana Point for the Christmas holidays, don't miss out on this unique parade in which boaters decorate their boats for the holidays. The parade beckons boaters from all over Orange County, who decorate their vessels and aspire for awards like Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries.
Dana Wharf was the first whale watching company in Orange County and has been Whale Watching since the Harbor opened in 1971. The fleet includes a 63 -foot calm ocean Catamaran, and the 95-foot Dana Pride. Cruises are narrated by expert captains with sightings guaranteed.
Tours leave from Dana Point Harbor every day and last two and a half hours. Captain Dave, a marine naturalist, lead the tours himself. His expertise combined with boats equipped with underwater viewing pods make this a one-of-a-kind experience.
The mission, one of many built throughout the state of California, was constructed over 200 years ago by Spanish Padres and Native Americans. It is considered not only as the birthplace of Orange County, but also monument to its diverse cultural heritage. It is also known as the "Jewel of the Missions."
There are three locations for world-class golfing in Dana Point: San Juan Hills Golf Club 32120 San Juan Creek Road San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 +1 949 493 1167 www.sanjuanhillsgolf.com Monarch Beach Golf Links 50 Monarch Beach Resort N Dana Point, CA 92629 +1 949 240 8247 www.monarchbeachgolf.com Talega Golf Club 990 Avenida Talega San Clemente, CA 92673 +1 949 369 6226 www.talegagolfclub.com
There are a variety of fishing options in Dana Point. Keep your feet planted on land and cast off from the pier or shoreline. Stay close to shore by fishing from a kayak, a popular option, or get out on open waters with a public or private chartered fishing excursion. Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching +1 888 224 0603 Dick Simon Yachts +1 949 493 2011 Dream Catcher Yachts +1 949 248 7100
Locals rave about the family-owned Agostino's, not only because of its delicious food and friendly atmosphere, but also because of the beautiful sunset views from the dining room. They also feature Happy Hour specials. On the menu you will find mouth-watering pasta and pizza dishes.
Entrees are priced reasonably but not cheap, and that's because Salt Creek Grille only uses quality ingredients, this combined with the atmosphere and a different half-price drink special every night will make you wonder why they don't charge more. The menu offers seafood, steaks, burgers and sandwiches.
Although fresh fish is served here daily, Wind & Sea's name comes more from its waterfront location than from its menu, which offers the right amount of variety to keep things interesting. Wind & Sea opened in 1972 and has become one of Southern California's premier restaurant destinations for Pacific Rim fusion cuisine.
Coffee Importers is a coffee shop, ice cream shop, and deli all in one location. Don't think that such variety means that quality is sacrificed, though. Locals have shown their appreciation for Coffee Importers many times over in the Dana Point Times' annual "Best of Dana Point" contest.
One of the offerings of Simon Property Group, which operates shopping malls nationwide, The Shops at Mission Viejo is home to 150 stores and restaurants. Find names such as Nordstrom, H&M, Macy's, Apple, Microsoft, Sephora, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, and The Cheesecake Factory.
This mega shopping center, located in Costa Mesa, is a destination shopping experience that attracts visitors from all over the world. With the highest concentration of brand boutiques and fashion retail in the county, it's no wonder the South Coast Plaza has been dubbed the OC's version of Rodeo Drive.
John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the closest - 24 miles away. It offers domestic and international flights. McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD ) is 36 miles away and has domestic flights. Lastly, Long Beach Airport (LGB / KLGB) is 44 miles away and offers domestic flights. John Wayne Airport is about half an hour drive from Dana Point. Most visitors hire a car or take the Orange County Line bus and Metrolink Trains.
Several pharmacies are located in the region, among them Rite Aid and CMV: Rite Aid Pharmacy Lantern Bay Village Shopping Center, 24829 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point +1 949-493-5100 daily 7am - 10pm CVS Pharmacy - Photo Ocean View Plaza Shopping Center, 638 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente +1 949-487-9791 Open 24 hours