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About Dana Point
A family vacation in Dana Point, California means frolicking in the Pacific Ocean, playing in the sun, or simply basking in the beauty of nature. The city is the perfect destination for the ideal Southern California vacation. When planning a trip here, enhance your trip by staying in one of the many Dana Point vacation rentals within the area. Whether you choose an oceanfront rental or a downtown home, you’ll never be far from everything that Dana Point has to offer.
If you prefer mild weather and lots of sunshine then Dana Point is a great place for your next vacation. Average daily temperatures never dip below 67 degrees Fahrenheit and rarely exceed 79 degrees throughout the year. The weather is dreamy and you’ll only ever need a light jacket while visiting Dana Point.
Things to do
A trip to Dana Point wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Dana Point Harbor. The harbor offers picturesque views of the water and you could spend hours here watching the boats coming and going each day. Dana Point Harbor is also the starting point for many fun boating excursions. Climb aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari for a thrilling ride, or take the Catalina Express to nearby Catalina Island for the day.
Hopping from beach to beach is another popular thing to do in Dana Point. Doheny State Beach is one of the most popular beaches in California, and it offers a great place for swimming, sunning, surfing and more. Lifeguards are on duty here at most of the local beaches. Salt Creek Beach Park is another popular spot for beachgoers. It’s a great surfing location with some of the best swells and perfect for body surfing or tide pool exploration.
For a more educational experience, visit the Nature Interpretive Center where tourists can learn about the Dana Point Headlands and its history. The Ocean Institute is an attraction that the family won’t want to miss. Here, you’ll find a replica of the Pilgrim, the Sea Explorer research vessel, and the Spirit of Dana Point.
No matter what you’re in the market for, Dana Point shops have something that will satisfy every interest and every budget. Stroll along Dana Wharf for many specialty stores or explore Mariner’s Village and Mariner’s Alley to browse unique gifts. Commemorate your trip with items from Woody Hut or Beyond the Sea, so you can take a part of Dana Point home with you at the end of your vacation.
One of the great things about staying in Dana Point vacation rentals is the ability to eat and prepare local foods. Every Saturday, get the freshest produce by visiting the Dana Point Farmer’s Market. For dessert, create your own assortment of freshly made chocolates at The Chocolate Soldier.
In March, celebrate whales and marine life with the annual Festival of Whales. The annual Street Fair also takes place during this month. Both events feature food, crafts, entertainment, parades, and arts. The Doheny Blues Festival takes place during the month of May, and is a weekend filled with food and music at Doheny State Beach. In August, Shakespeare comes to Dana Point Harbor with Shakespeare by the Sea. It’s a free event for the family and is held at Heritage Park. Dana Point vacation rentals are also a great place to be on the Fourth of July. The city puts on a spectacular show with its July Fourth Fireworks Show. When planning a vacation during the end of the year, don’t miss any of the city’s seasonal events that kick off in late November with Holiday in the Harbor. This event runs into early December and boasts fun seasonal activities for adults and children.
With perfect weather year-round and lots of beach activities to enjoy, this coastal city is a popular place for families looking to get away. Choose from a variety of Dana Point vacation rentals for extra space and ultimate convenience during your stay.
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