Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Harbor Grill Restaurant

Fresh Alaskan Halibut is back in season and no one does it better than the Harbor Grill! Our Halibut is fresh daily and grilled to perfection served at lunch & dinner. Have you marked your calendars for the Whale Festival? We are anxiously awaiting The Chowder Cook-Off, the competition is tough, we will bring our famous New England Clam Chowder and hope to win your vote. Our Chowder is made fresh daily with the finest ingredients and special seasonings, it will keep you coming back for more. Visit our booth on March 14th and have a taste or two of our Chowder. We will have various contests to win a Harbor Grill Gift Card make you sure you enter to win.


Check out the 2014-2015 Dana Point Destination Guide for information on our beautiful city. You can review the Destination Guide by going to the link: Dana Point Destination Guide

Shop Del Prado

Campaign and Monthly Contest to Promote Dana Point Lantern District Businesses

On January 1, 2015, the City of Dana Point and Dana Point Chamber will launch Shop Del Prado to drive traffic to the 100 plus businesses along Del Prado in Dana Point’s Lantern District. A dedicated website will feature business profiles and a monthly contest through September 2015. Consumers can receive one entry per every $10 spent at eligible Del Prado businesses and prizes include hotel, retail and restaurant packages valued between $350 – $750 each. The January prize package includes an overnight stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, dinner for two at Salt Creek Grille and two wine cruises from Dana Wharf Sportfishing and whale watching. Visit for more details.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching

Gold Medal Winner – Best Whale Watching Dana Point Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Awards

Get up close & personal with gray whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more! This has been our best gray whale season in history, with sightings up over 100% from last year!

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari has daily, year-round, trips to see magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high–tech, never–crowded, catamarans. During the safari you’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye–to–Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. On the bow our Eye–Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up–close encounter with the breathtaking animals! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudgebrownies are served as a special treat!

2 and 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended. Please call 949-488-2828 or reserve online

Relive the Dolphin & Whale Adventure!

At you can purchase beautiful photographs and photos gifts of dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife photographs taken during our whale watching trips. We offer a variety of different print options, from 8 x 10 up to 36 x 36, with several mounting options. You can also buy gifts including keepsake boxes, t–shirts, mugs, coasters, tote bags, and more with your favorite dolphin or whale photo! Visit

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! Dana Wharf just received the 2013 DANA POINT TIMES PEOPLE’S CHOICE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST HARBOR RECREATION/EXCURSION! Check out the new Halibut Derby with Dana Wharf. For information go to or call (949) 496-5794

Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!

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.

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. Private coastal cruises and burials at sea are available, ask us for our weekday discount. Call Riviera Dive Charters today. Tel. 866.400.3483

Waterman's Harbor Restaurant

We are now offering brunch and lunch daily (11 am to 3 pm) Featuring items from award winning Chef John Cuevas. Beautiful views of the harbor included. We have also added to our extensive wine selections. A copy of the brunch/lunch menu is available on our website at

SoCal Woodie Club's Doheny Wood 2015

SoCal Woodie Club gathers at Doheny State on Saturday, April 25th from 8am-3pm. Parking at Doheny State Beach is metered at $2/hr and the event is FREE. Join them as they show off their fantastic restored surf woodies and great raffle prizes. Stop by and bring the kids to tour the Doheny State Beach Visitor & Interpretive Center. This facility had been closed for several years and is celebrate their one year opening with all new educational marine components. Come in and check out the cool new tanks! For more info go to and Need a place to stay? Check out the only In-Harbor Hotel-Dana Point Marina Inn (949) 496-1203

Dana Point Yacht Club

DANA POINT YACHT CLUB is calling all Junior Sailors, novice or advanced. Our Spring and Summer programs are now online and registration is open. We have two week sessions for beginners and six week sessions for advanced sailors. Don’t hesitate …. Sign up now before they are full! Children 7 to 18 welcome. All information is posted in the Juniors page of our website.

Women's Sailing Association Orange County

(Formerly Known As WORSA)

Relaunches In Dana Point The Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association (WORSA) has recently reorganized with a new name, Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County (WSA-OC) and an expanded mission to support and train women sailors in the Orange County area.

WORSA was launched in 1979 as a vehicle for Orange County women to participate more actively in the sport of sailboat racing in Dana Point and Newport Harbors. At the time, there were few opportunities for women to learn to sail or skipper their own boats in PHRF regattas. The newly relaunched WSA-OC has expanded from supporting women racers to encouraging and training women sailors in all capacities including racers, cruisers, day sailors and novices. WSA-OC is committed to supporting the local community through philanthropic work and charity regattas. The mission of the group is also to encourage boaters to be good stewards of our Southern California waters.

WSA-OC membership is open to both women and men. The public is invited to attend a general meeting to see learn more about the organization. Meetings are typically held at Aventura Sailing Association in Dana Point Harbor on the first Tuesday of the month. Visit or or email to learn more.

Westwind Sailing

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

Open Paddle Rental 10am-3pm Sailing Club for Adults on Sat/Sun 10am-1pm Sailing Club for Juniors/Teens Sat. 10am-12:30pm SUP Fit (Adults) -Drop In – No reservations Tues 8:30-9:45am Wed. 6:30-7:45am & Sat. 8-9:15am All events weather and conditions dependent. Call for the most up to date info (949) 492-3035.


THE OC SAILING & EVENTS CENTER The OC Sailing & Events Center says save your quarters and purchase a 2014 Beach & Parks pass. Makes a great gift! 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 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.

Check out for their SUP Fitness Classes and Instruction schedule. Right Now they have a special on Buy one SUP Fitness Pass and receive another for FREE for yourself or a friend.

Dana Point Marina Inn

The only in Harbor Hotel, voted the 2013 Silver Lantern Award for “Best Lodging in Dana Point” offers 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