Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!
Spot Our Spot!
SPOT OUR SPOT! We have some Dana Point Harbor ads running on various channels on Cox and Time Warner Cable. If you SPOT OUR SPOT, jot down the date, time, channel and what business the ad was for and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our SPOT OUR SPOT page on our website at www.danapointharbor.com and you will be entered to win a $100 Dana Point Harbor Gift Certificate to use at any of the participating ad businesses: Coffee Importers, Beach Cities Pizza, Golden Galleon, The White Pelican and MilleFleurs. Drawings will be held each month through December.
Vote For The Best of Dana Point
VOTE for Best of Dana Point online at www.danapointtimes.com and let your vote count for our restaurants, shops and businesses within Dana Point Harbor. Let’s see how many Best of votes we can get! The last day to vote is Dec. 27th at midnight and then look for the results printed in the February 7th edition of the Dana Point Times. Harbor businesses have had the honor of receiving over 50 of the Gold and Silver Lantern awards in years’ past!!
WELCOME TO AMERICA-ELEPHANT PARADE-LAST CHANCE TO BE A PART OF THE HERD!
The Elephant Parade® is an event featuring dozens of life-size Asian elephant sculptures painted by renowned artists dignitaries and celebrities. The FREE, open-air art exhibition brings awareness to an essential cause and showcases our beautiful, preservation-minded city in this global crusade for conservation. It has made its American debut in our beautiful city of Dana Point on August 23rd and will stay with us for several weeks so that everyone can be a part of this truly unique cultural and artistic event. The elephants are now located in various parts of the City and the Harbor is home to 15 of them. We have the tour maps available and you can also visit online at www.elephantparadeamerica.com for more info. They will be headed up to Laguna Cliffs Marriot on November 8th for one last week of viewing and then the Gala & Auction is set for Nov. 17th at Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort & Spa. The small replica statues are available at The Country Fox (949) 493-4847 located in the Mariner’s Alley of the Harbor retail area.
AMERICA’S LARGEST 10K THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROTS
Run the Race Before You Stuff Your Face Sign up for the Dana Point Turkey Trot!
Now in its 36th year, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine and was just named a Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination by the Huffington Post. The race offers walkers and runners a 10K, 5K, Kids’ Gobble Wobble, and a two-day health and wellness expo. With more than 16,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and vendors, the course runs through the scenic and picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is an Orange County tradition for the entire family! Portions of proceeds from this year’s race go to local charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, Family Assistance Ministries, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934. ? For more information about the 36th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot click here.
Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed
Turkey Trot is right around the corner and we’re in need of rock-star volunteers to assist us with a variety of duties. Click the link below to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and then apply online (or download a form and send it in)! All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and all meals will be provided. Clubs and teams are also welcome and encouraged to volunteer!
$5 Off Registration!
We would love to have you be a part of the race! Now through November 15th enjoy $5 off Turkey Trot registration – click here to register now.
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari - Whale Watching in Luxury on Capt. Dave’s Newest Catamaran!
LILY Whale Research/Rescue Safari is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. Enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. Contribute to whale and dolphin research and learn more about the lives of individual animals using our on board ID catalog. Explore beneath the surface with an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) that passengers can drive. See and hear dolphins and whales underwater with our hydrophone and underwater camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. Trips are broadcast live on our website. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!2 and 1/2 hours. $65 per adult and child. Special trips available on November 2, 9, 16, and 23. For reservations please call (949) 488-2828 or visit DolphinSafari.com
Up Close with the Largest Animals on Earth!
Join Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to experience magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans. Daily, year-round, trips can get up close and personal with these breathtaking animals! Dana Point has five species of dolphins, with some pods numbering in the thousands. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Hear below the surface with our research quality hydrophone, too. You’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists while exploring the micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts. Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up close encounter! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back. Share your whale watching trip LIVE with friends and family back home at WhaleWatchingTV.com Daily trips; 2 and 1/2 hours. $59 per adult, $39 per child (3 to 12). 2 and younger are free. Reservations recommended.
Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online at DolphinSafari.com
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Blue Whale Season has been amazing with over 700 sightings of Blue Whales this season We have seen Blue Whales 90 out of 91 days that is a record! In addition to Blue Whales we are seeing Minke Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales & 3 types of Dolphins! Did you know that Dana Wharf started the Whale Watching in Southern California and because of our love for the Gray Whale people flocked to Dana Point. Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our Adventure Cruises are narrated by our expert marine naturalists and captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life along our coast. Trips are all 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath! Remember that sightings are guaranteed! If you don’t see a good showing of whales or dolphin, you receive your ticket back for another trip. These “Whale Checks” never expire!
Day Trips Adults: $45 ~ Seniors (55+): $35 ~ Kids (3-12):$25 ~ Kids 2 and under are FREE!
AMAZING SPECIAL RATE for 5PM ONLY $25 per person – For the 4pm – 6pm* Trip ~ Valid Everyday *Times may vary. Call or look online
1/2 PRICE TUESDAYS Every Trip, Every Tuesday! Adult tickets only $22.50
Orange County Wine Cruise – $49 per person 5:30pm – 7:00pm This cruise runs Fridays & Sundays.
Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that complement the wines. The 63′ Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you’d like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor This cruise includes: ~ 4 tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.? Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler? Wine host Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran.
DAILY SPORTFISHING ADVENTURES
Sportfishing trips are departing daily!
Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic Every Sunday 12:00pm – 12:30pm? Join us every Sunday for our free kid’s fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic!
Kid’s Fish FREE! Every Sunday?12:45pm – 5:45pm Join us every Sunday (right after our Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic) for our 12:45pm 1/2 Day Fishing Trip and kids fish free! One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult! Rental gear is included for the kids too! A savings of $12!
Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!
SPORTFISHING with DANA WHARF – 3/4 Day Fishing These 9-hour local, coastal trips are currently fishing for bass, rockfish, and yellowtail. 6:00am – 3:00pm – Adults – $64; Seniors-$59; Children – $46 Get more information – read faqs!
1/2 Day Fishing This 5-hour trip is perfect for families and fish locally off the coast. Adults – $46; Seniors-$41; Children – $29 Get more information – read faqs!
Riviera Yacht Charters - On The Riviera
Snorkeling is fun and easy. Or come joins us beneath the blue sea scuba diving and explore our fascinating reefs. Riviera Dive Charters and Beach City Scuba offers snorkeling and scuba diving aboard The Riviera. Not a scuba diver, try a quick resort course and learn to dive. The Riviera is the only dive vessel located in the convenient Dana Point Harbor in South Orange County and is an exceptional way to experience Orange County’s local snorkeling and diving. Our local reefs are covered with lush kelp forests where marine life abounds. If you are diving aboard the Riviera you will enjoy a 2 tank local dive trip exploring the reefs and kelp forests of San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Experience divers may want to explore the beautiful wreck dive, The A.C.E. The Riviera is outfitted to accommodate 30 passengers but we only take 20 divers and snorkelers to maximize your comfort! The Riviera provides tanks, weights, food and drinks. Nitrox is available upon request. Call Riviera Dive Charters for your spot today. Tel. 866.400.3483 www.rivierayachtcharters.com.
The Ocean Institute
Marine Mammal Cruise
Sundays in November; 10am
Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists and they introduce you to the local marine wildlife; including an astounding variety of fish, microscopic plankton, and the animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or witness the majesty of a traveling whale. Discover the amazing, and sometimes bizarre life that lives just beneath the waves! Visit www.ocean-institute.org for complete information.
9th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle
Saturday, November 9 – FINAL DRAWING; 12pm
Ticket purchasers are invited to an exciting afternoon as we award the grand prize Laguna Beach Home or $1 million cash. Admission is free for the day, however you do not need to be present to win. A complete list of winners will be posted on www.ocean-institute.org after the drawing.
Military Appreciation Day
Sunday, November 10; 10am – 3pm
Free admission for servicemen and women and their immediate family members.
Thanksgiving Holiday November 28 – 29
The Ocean Institute will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Laurena G. Chambers Gallery will be open Friday, Nov. 29 from 9am – 5pm.
Top Brass is the place to get your 2013 Reyn Spooner Christmas Shirt and Tommy Bahama wear. John Lopez’ artisan hand-made leather designs are also available. Give them a call to reserve yours (949) 496-4140.
The White Pelican
Artist Ray Tracey will bring his fabulous jewelry creations to White Pelican Gallery Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8. Take advantage of our show special – purchase one jewelry item and buy another of equal or lesser value for fifty-percent off. Special cannot be applied to other offers or to layaways.
The Harbor Grill
The holidays are here! Plan ahead and book your reservations for an intimate gathering or holiday work party. We offer private dining for groups of 20 or less and semi private for larger groups. We are happy to customize your menu to your personal liking and offer many other special touches to make your dining experience memorable. For more information and reservations call 949-240-1416. Have you been in for our Sunday Champagne Breakfast? If you haven’t yet well you are missing out! Enjoy delicious breakfast items as well as our full lunch menu every Sunday from 9-2 and don’t for the signature Bottomless Champagne. Gift cards available online at www.harborgrill.com
Dana Point Marina Inn
The only in Harbor hotel is the perfect solution to the holiday question “Where are our guests going to sleep?” They offer very affordable and competitive rates and have wonderful redecorated rooms and who can beat the view? Restaurants, shopping and activities right at your guests’ fingertips. Give them a call at (949) 496-1203 or visit www.danapointmarinainn.com.
HOLIDAY EVENTS IN THE HARBOR
Holidays in the Harbor are full of fun activities and great memories! Our Holiday Open House will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 4:30pm-7:30pm in the retail areas of the Harbor. Join this festive holiday celebration of activities, music, carolers, photos with Santa and holiday crafts. Activities are located throughout the Harbor. For more information please visit our Holiday Events page.
Boat Rides with Santa will sail around the Harbor on December 7 & 8 from 10am-2pm at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. No reservations will be taken, just show up and cruise around with Santa and his helpers! The address is 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. www.danawharf.com.
Santa Photos – Bring your cameras for a picture and visit with Santa on Fri. Dec. 6 5pm-7:30pm and Thursday, Dec. 12 & 19 3pm-5pm in the retail area of the Harbor.
Santa Paws Event – Pet Photos with Santa on Sat., Dec. 14 from 10am-3pm. Pet Project Foundation is the host of our 3rd ANNUAL SANTA PAWS. Bring down your favorite pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation. www.petprojectfoundation.org
Strolling Jr. Carolers – Here they come a’caroling around the Harbor on Fri. Dec. 6 & 13 at 4:30-6pm and again on Sat. Dec 14 from 2-4pm.
The 39th Annual Boat Parade of Lights takes place December 6 & 7, 13 & 14 at 7:30pm. This year’s theme is “HERE WE COME A’CAROLING”. Boaters from all around OC decorate their boats and vie for cash prizes and awards. Be part of the parade and enter your own boat, or come aboard one of Dana Wharf’s boats. Dana Wharf offers boat rides for the fun of and joining in the parade. Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794. If you would like to enter your boat (or that of a friend) please pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf Sportfishing or Coffee Importers or online here. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of your favorite restaurants.