Travel Guide of Dana Point, Orange County for: The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Dana Point, Orange County, California

Dana Point Summary

Pros

  • Beautiful beaches, especially in Capistrano Beach
  • Known for expensive mansions and yachts, often owned by celebrities
  • Fun shopping and dining at the marina in Dana Cove

Cons

  • Over an hour-long drive to Downtown San Diego
  • Not much entertainment or nightlife

What It's Like

Dana Point is a picturesque, small beach town on the cliffs of Southern Orange County. There is not a whole lot to do in the town itself, but that is kind of the point of visiting. The main attraction is the marina in man-made Dana Cove, a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and do boutique shopping. But visitors are also come for the mostly undeveloped beach town Capistrano Beach (which features 62 acres of sandy shore), and for whale watching tours, especially during the Festival of Whales in March. Be sure to check out the beautiful yachts docked at the marina, or rent a boat of your own.

Where to Stay

Dana Point is pretty small and very residential, leaving few hotel choices. But that doesn't mean what little selection there may be isn't great. Stay in Capistrano if you want time on the sand or stay near the marina to be closer to restaurants and shops.  

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Facts

Languages:

English

Airports:

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Peak:

April - June

Off-Peak:

Jan. - March

Visa:

No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

U.S. Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% in restaurants and cabs

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