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How to Spend 1 Day in Dana Point

How to Spend 1 Day in Dana Point

The scenic community of Dana Point is a perfect destination for travelers who want to enjoy California's greatest treasure: the Pacific Ocean. Whether you love fishing, wildlife cruises, or exploring nature, there's no better place to spend your time. Here’s how to get the most out of one day in Dana Point.

Morning: Fishing and Whale Watching

Start the day on the water with an early morning fishing adventure. Rent a rod and reel and cruise out on the Pacific to cast a line—whether you're a beginner, or seasoned angler. Though tours typically provide the bait, you need to secure a fishing license before you head into open waters. Alternatively, book a whale-watching tour to enjoy the ocean breeze and spot local wildlife, including whales, dolphins, and sea lions. For the best experience, opt for a tour led by a marine naturalist. 

Afternoon: Bluff Hikes and Beach Walks

Once you're back on shore, don't miss a walk on the scenic Dana Point Bluff Top Trail, which offers views of the water and cliffs. Remember to bring your camera—it's the perfect place for snapping a selfie. Next, head over the hill to the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center. Check the calendar to confirm when you can join one of the center's public walks. Alternatively, take a stroll to Doheny State Beach and check out the surfers riding the Pacific waves, or visit the nearby Ocean Institute to learn about California's maritime history. 

Night: Wine Cruise and Dinner

If you haven't had enough of the water, then put away the fishing gear and use your evening for a more luxurious experience: a wine-tasting cruise from Dana Point Harbor. Most tours offer wine tasting and snacks included in the price. Once you're back, grab dinner at one of the harbor's restaurants within in walking distance, and be sure to order a meal that features local seafood. 

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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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Cruise the Pacific Ocean off Dana point on a whale watching excursion aboard a comfortable 95’ vessel. Enjoy live narration from your experienced captain as you watch for whales, sea lions, and dolphins, and learn about the stunning diversity of marine life that flocks to the California coast. Listen to the distinctive calls of seabirds from a seat on deck, or relax by a window in the fully-enclosed cabin where food and drink are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Catamaran Sunset and Wine Cruise from Dana Point

Luxury Catamaran Sunset and Wine Cruise from Dana Point

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Watch the sunset aboard a luxury catamaran on this 90-minute evening cruise from Dana Point Harbor in Orange County. Sample organic wines accompanied by cheese, crackers, fruits, and nuts while taking in the ocean views.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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