Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Santa Photos

Bring your cameras and take a selfie with Santa–FREE. Fri. Dec. 2nd, 4:30–7:30pm El Torito Courtyard – Thurs. Dec. 8th, 3–5pm El Torito Courtyard – Thurs. Dec. 15th, 3–5pm Dana Wharf.

Fri. & Sat. December 9, 10, 16 & 17 5:30pm–7:30pm El Torito Courtyard

Click here to learn more

Fridays Dec. 9 & 17 and Saturday Dec. 10 & 16 – 5:30PM to 7:30pm BOAT PARADE STARTS AT 7:30pm

Festive Family activities will get you into the holiday spirit before the parade begins, Then at 7:30pm, join boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. They light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor. In celebration of our 42 years of lighting up the holiday season, this year’s theme focusing on all the beauty “UNDER THE SEA“. Join us as our boaters dive deep and come up with some mermaizing ideas. We can’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with. We invite you to come down and have a Whale of a time! You can view the parade FREE from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Dana Point Harbor is at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. For more information call the Harbor Info line at (949) 923–2255, email us at

The Harbor Grill

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Harbor Grill! Hosting a family gathering or holiday work party? We offer beautiful accommodations to entertain a group of 20 or less on our heated and enclosed patio. Relax with live festive piano music and take in all the lights and holiday decor to make your evening memorable. Please call the restaurant for more information 949-240-1416. Starting Nov. 25th We will once again be offering our Gift Card Promotion – for every $100 in gift card purchases you make you will receive a $20 bonus gift card in return! Now that makes shopping fun. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all our current promotions and specials. Please call for more details and reservations: 949–240–1416; ,

Holiday Shopping

The holidays are here and you can Harbor the Good Life by avoiding the mall and box store madness and SHOP and DINE

LOCALLY! The Harbor shops are not just for tourists and visitors! They actually cater to the local customer. They carry many brands that you see at the mall, plus others that are really unique, affordable and fun. They will give you that long lost personal service that will have you feeling so much better about your shopping experience. Many of our stores offer gift cards and gift wrapping for your holiday shopping convenience. Shop along the waterfront, dine dockside and truly enjoy the harbor experience.

Westwind Sailing

Check out WESTWIND SAILING for their SUP Fitness Classes and Instruction schedule.


A great way to share the beauty of our Harbor with others is to take your Christmas picture here. There are several wonderful locations around the Harbor. The statue on the Island, Heritage Park, Blue Lantern Park, the Gazebo, the cliffs at Cannon’s, the grass area by the Harbor Patrol, baby beach, the tide pools by Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, the pier and lots of other locations. Share your family photos with us on Facebook!

The Ocean Institute

THE OCEAN INSTITUTE has many great activities! For information call (949) 496-2274 or online at Check out the fun events below.

Holiday Parade of Lights Viewing Party

December 9 6:00–9:00 PM

Join us this holiday season for a night of mermaids, merriment and more! Tickets available at

Mermaid Under the Sea Holiday Tea

December 10 & 11 11:00am — 12:30pm

Join us for Tea, Treats and amazing Mermaid feats! Tickets available at

Whale Watching Cruises

December 3 & 4, 10:00am – 12:30pm!

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Year–round sightings include Fin whales, Minke whales, Bottlenose and Common dolphins. Other marine mammals can be seen during their annual migrations.

Click here for more info and to register.

Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise

December 10 7:00pm — 9:00pm

Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive holiday cruise around the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during the annual Parade of Lights! Tickets available at

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Get Eye–to–Eye with Dana Point’s Amazing Dolphins and Whales!

RESERVE NOW: 949–488–2828 or

Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching + Private Charters

Why Captain Dave’s? Because you and your family deserve the very best!

Our trips to see dolphins and whales are the highest rated in Orange County on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google+.

Captain Dave’s unique catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. Some of our vessels carry even fewer guests for an intimate whale watching experience.

We are a real Eco-tourism company providing only sustainable wildlife viewing. Your friends and family won’t be watching whales from a fishing boat.

Our knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live for a fun and educational oceanic adventure that adults and children of all ages will love.

Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods! Go underwater, and without getting wet, feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins while aboard our catamaran sailboat Manute’a.

Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their conservation and whale rescue efforts.

Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip. Many returning guests tell us they loved the brownies more than the wildlife!

Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip.

Check out our fleet of unique dolphin and whale watching vessels, all of which are available for private charters, at

Join us for a Holiday “Under the Sea” at Dana Point Harbor’s Boat Parade of Lights

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 42nd annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade. Gather your family and friends to create special holiday memories that will last throughout the year. Aboard our catamaran you’ll be a part of the boat parade and enjoy the beautiful sights of decorated boats and holiday music filing the air. It’s so much fun waving to the folks on shore!

So bring the kids, a date, or your Mom, don your Santa hat and join us for an unforgettable evening of good old fashioned fun.

December 9, 10, 16, and 17. 90 minutes. $30 per person. Reservations needed – tickets sell out quickly! Please call 949–488–2828 or reserve online

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching


Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphin, harbor seals, and California sea lion. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore, and dorado.

Whether coming to Dana Point for fishing or whale watching, or privately chartering one of our fishing or whale watching boats, our catamaran, or our sailboats, one thing is for certain; your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays! Check out the new Halibut Derby with Dana Wharf. For information go to or call (949) 496-5794

Whale Watching Trips

Day Trips Adults: $45 ~ Seniors (55+)/ Military: $35 ~ Kids (3-12):$25 ~ Kids 2 and under are FREE! 2 Hours. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our cruises are narrated by our expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on 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 will get your ticket back and are invited to come out again with us! These “whale checks” never expire.

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 the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor while you enjoy some winter Reds paired with delectable cheeses and crackers, fresh fruit and assorted nuts. Wines are from The Organic Wine Cellar featuring a signature wine by notable and local artist Wyland. Reservations recommended. (949) 496-5794.

1/2 Day Fishing This 5-hour trip is perfect for families and fish locally off the coast.

Adults – $46; Seniors – $41; Children – $29

COOLEST CLUB OF THE SEA Membership Includes

  • Free 1/2 day Fishing Trip for 1 child and 1 adult (Over $100 Value!)
  • Free 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip
  • Official Kid’s Club Pin & Membership Card
  • Kids Club T-Shirt or Hat
  • 25% off all Merchandise*
  • $10 off all Kids’s Prices on 1/2 & 3/4 day Fishing Trips*
  • $10 off all Kid’s Prices on Whale Watching Excursions

California residents only. The membership takes 7-14 business day to receive in the mail. Not valid for group trips. Please call our charter department for group reservations at (949)496-5794 EXT 11. *Please make reservations once you receive your Kids Club packet. Valid Kids Club Membership and completed Membership Card required. Discounts valid on kid’s price only. Join Today for Only $39 Per Year!

Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip

Sundays at Noon Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE when an adult ticket is purchased at $46 (1 free child per paying adult). Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment! More information and reservations call Dana Wharf at 949-496-5794.

Live Music Cruise

Live Music Cruise run till the end of October. Are you ready to party with Dana Wharf!? Cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride which has upper deck seating as well as inside seating in its large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full bar including wine, beer (domestic and imported), and mixed drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the live music as we cruise through Dana Point Harbor at sunset. You’ll be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of Dana Pride Punch! Saturdays through October 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm; $22 per person – Includes 1 Complimentary Pride Punch!

  • 10/8 – Johnny Oskam
  • 10/15 – Sonic Gold
  • 10/22 – Flock of 80’s
  • 10/29 – Derick and the Daytime Drinkers

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING ADVENTURES 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 as well as private costal cruises and Burials at Sea. 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 today. Tel. 866.400.3483

The only in Harbor Hotel, The Dana Point Marina Inn

There is always something exciting going on in the Harbor. Why not treat yourself and stay for a day or two! The only in Harbor Hotel, The Dana Point Marina Inn has just been voted the Silver Lantern Award for “Best Lodging in Dana Point”. 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

OC Sailing and Events Center

The center invites you to check out their classes and sailing opportunities. They are also available for meetings, special functions and weddings. They are located at 34451 Ensenada Place (949) 923–2215 and You can take sailing instruction classes for the entire family, or just adults or children as well as boating skills and safety classes, paddle boarding and kayaking classes. Get with the program and join a fitness class jazzercise, body sculpting, yoga and self-defense are all offered.