Welcome to our Recommended Itineraries Page!
Here you will find sample itineraries we have put together to help you enjoy beautiful Dana Point Harbor to its fullest!
Suggested Itinerary for April Through June
Start your day dockside with Coffee and breakfast at the quaint Coffee Importers where you’ll enjoy homemade pastries, fresh bagels, sandwiches, gourmet coffee and more. Don’t want to leave your four-legged buddy at home, bring them on down and enjoy breakfast on the patio at The Brig. Afterwards, head to Dana Point Jet Ski and enjoy the California sun and the Pacific Ocean cruising the harbor on a Kayak or standup paddle board or get out on the water for some fast spins aboard one of Capo Beach Watercraft’s Jet Skis. Enjoy a fabulous French inspired lunch at Gemmell’s and don’t forget to order their amazing Gran Marnier soufflé. It will make you think you took a wrong turn and are in Paris.
Spring can be breezy, so if you’re a bit chilled check out The Woody Hut for your souvenir T-shirt and Sweatshirt combo for only $35. Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West so migrate over to Dana Wharf Whale Watching for an incredible adventure enjoying the splendor of a variety of marine mammals like Gray, Blue, Minke Whales or other marine species. Dolphins love to surf the bow of the boats and the sea lions love to hang out on the buoys. All that adventure can create an appetite and Harbor Deli & BBQ knows just how to satisfy! Check out their New York Pastrami Sandwich and amazing cheesecake and get stuffed. Why not top the night off with a specialty coffee at Coffee Importers. Their Café Royale is a favorite.
Stay at The Marina Inn in Dana Point Harbor for just $79 per weeknight (plus tax) and you’re in walking distance to all Harbor activities, restaurants and shopping! Board the Lilly Catamaran at Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari and get up-close and personal with marine mammals, including whales and dolphin in their exclusive viewing pod. Savor a patio Sunday Brunch at the infamous Wind and Sea Restaurant or Proud Mary’s. Take time to enjoy a walk around the fantastic boutiques and check out the array of wonderful items you can bring home. DaVine Food & Wine stocks wines from small boutique wineries of California and have wonderful cheeses and picnic items. The Golden Galleon is known for their wonderful selection of ladies apparel and shoes. If you forgot your shades at home, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Raj Perfumerie both offer great brands and styles. And it cannot be Spring without a visit to the lovely Spring Boutique and check out their one of a kind ladies wear.
Enjoy the thrill of sportfishing and a day out on the water – board a Dana Wharf Sportfishing vessel for 1/2-day, 3/4-day, full-day, or overnight sportfishing trip. Walk on down to the Ocean Institute for a day of tidepools and on the weekends, their hands-on exhibits, then head on over to El Torito Restaurant for a well deserved Margarita and fantastic chips and salsa while you dine on fine Mexican food overlooking the Harbor.
Make the most of your visit to Dana Point – charter your own boat for whale watching, sportfishing or simply cruising the historic Dana Point and Laguna Beach coastline. Riviera Yacht Charters offers 20% off a weekday charter. Hop on Catalina Express for a day or two visit on Catalina Island. In a couple of hours, you can be transported to this scenic and historic island. Filled with beauty and history, you can enjoy ziplining, bike riding, hiking, touring the famous Casino, or simply relaxing. Enjoy a leisurely Champagne Brunch at Harbor Grill, then spend the day at Baby Beach basking in the sun and try sailing or paddle boarding with Westwind Sailing. Take a beautiful Sunset music cruise of the Harbor aboard Dana Wharf’s luxurious OC Adventures Catamaran and enjoy a dockside dinner at Harpoon Henry’s.
MOMS, DADS AND GRADS!
Harbor specials celebrating Moms, Dads and Grads!
Take Mom and Dad Whale Watching (May 9-11, June 13-15) and save 20% at Captain Dave’s Whale and Dolphin Safari.
Enjoy 1 hour of free kayaking when you purchase the first hour at Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center May 10-11, June 14-15).
Spoil Dad with a Father’s Day Brunch featuring Steak and Eggs at Harbor Grill.
Celebrate by chartering a boat for your party! Cruise the harbor, go whale watching or sportfishing with your friends and family! Charters are available through many Harbor businesses, including Riviera Charters, Dick Simon Yachts, Dream Catcher Yachts, Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage & Charters and Dana Wharf. Consider renting the OC Sailing and Event Center next to Baby Beach or Wind & Sea, Harpoon Henry’s or Proud Mary’s Restaurant overlooking the Harbor for your party!
Suggested Itinerary for January through March
Start your day dockside with coffee and breakfast at Coffee Importers and see why they have been the locals’ favorite for over 30 years. Come and celebrate the migration of the magnificent Gray Whales by enjoying any one of the many activities scheduled during the annual FESTIVAL OF WHALES (March 1, 2, 8 & 9) Stop for lunch at Beach Cities Pizza and visit Chocolate Soldier for a hand-made chocolate treat. Shopping in Dana Point Harbor is truly a unique experience. Say goodbye to the box store and enjoy wonderful selections of art, jewelry, housewares, nautical gifts and all things Woody, available at Art Sea Gallery, Gift Chateau, The Upstairs Store, the White Pelican, or the Woody Hut. The Woody Hut is offering a souvenir T-shirt and Sweatshirt combo for only $35. Now that you have shopped till you dropped, stroll on over to Harpoon Henry’s for Happy Hour where you’ll find a nice assortment of specials available weekdays from 4-7pm and Saturday from noon-4pm. If you want a patio experience, stop off at The Wind & Sea and enjoy the cool breeze while you snack on their amazing Kalua Nachos. Top off your day with a sunset walk around the Harbor and a cocktail and dancing at Turk’s.
The Dana Point Marina Inn is located right in the heart Dana Point Harbor. Give them a call for their fantastic weekday rates and affordable weekend rates (949) 496-1203. On the weekend, check out the Ocean Institute’s touch tanks and marine exhibits. Walk on over and check out The Brig Pilgrim and then top off your day with a tidepool walk. Winter is just a state of mind in California, so why not have some fun and jump on a Jet-Ski for the ride of your life! 9 and Capo Beach Watercraft both have jet-skis available so you can get out on the water and having fun in less than 5 minutes. You may even spot a migrating Gray Whale while you are out there! Since you have been in and on the water, why not enjoy a fish dinner? Check out Jon’s Fish Market for the catch of the day or get it mesquite grilled at The Harbor Grill.
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