Dana point attractions

a myriad of excitement awaits

You'll find our exclusive Southern California resort just moments from some of Dana Point’s most notable attractions, including:
Park Activities
Marine & wildlife
Shopping and Site Seeing
Local beaches
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Park Activities
Sea World® (60 M)

Enjoy thrilling rides, including the wild Manta roller coaster, Journey to Atlantis and the Shipwreck Rapids, join Elmo and friends on Sesame Street, and meet Bottlenose dolphins, Sea turtles and Beluga whales. Sea World is visited by thousands of families per year and also boasts fun shopping experiences and entertaining themed dining venues.

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Disney's New California Adventure®/Disneyland® (30 M)

Experience seven fun lands all rolled into one amazing attraction complemented by chic dining experiences and excellent entertainment. Check out Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, Paradise Pier, "a bug's land", Grizzly Peak, Hollywood Land and Pacific Wharf. Imagine a place where you can you soar over California, play with Woody and Buzz and journey undersea with Ariel all in one day!

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Monarch Beach Golf Links

If you are looking for a unique year-round golf experience, the Monarch Beach Golf Links is a premiere golf destination and golf lovers haven located in Dana Point, California. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., featuring the Scottish links traditional layout, this oceanfront stunning par-70 championship course provides an assortment of amenities and services such as golf lessons, lockers and a 24-hour reservation service.

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I Heart Yoga in the Park

This donation-based yoga class takes place outdoors every morning (rain or shine) at 10:00 a.m. right in front of the resort at Lantern Bay Park. From traditional yoga classes to “paddleboard yoga” on the waters of Dana Point Harbor, classes are offered for all ages and skill levels.

Please note: An $8 “love donation” is suggested to help keep the classes up and running.

*Photo Courtesy of: I Heart Yoga

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Marine & wildlife
San Diego Zoo (60 M)

See over 4,000 species at this famous attraction in California, experience the exotic Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, see baby animal at the Children's Zoo and stroll through the Ituri Forest which is like walking through an actual African rainforest. Some animals you can visit with are giant pandas, gorillas, lions, anacondas, koalas and giraffes.

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Dana Wharf Whale Watching (1.1 M)

When in the Orange County, get up close and personal with marine life and climb aboard a whale watching tour at Dana Wharf. Offering two-hour whale watching tours daily allows visitors to see Minke, Blue, Gray, Humpback, Fin and Killer whales. This experience is unlike any other sightseeing experience on the water.

*Photo Courtesy of: Dana Wharf Whale Watching

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Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari (1.1 M)

Enjoy one of the best whale watching and dolphin experiences in the world with Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, a real eco-tourism company. Travel in an Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pod where you will be under the water, but still be as dry as a bone! Use the hydrophone to listen to dolphins communicate with each other, ride in high-speed whale watching catamarans and visit the micro whale watching and dolphin museum on board.

*Photo Courtesy of: Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

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Ocean Institute (1 M)

Offering outdoor education, marine science and maritime history programs, the Ocean Institute is an ocean education center. Some of the features of this center include an oceanographic research vessel, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, top-of-the-line teaching labs and two magnificent rich-in-history tall ships. Open to the public seven days a week, these ocean-based exhibits are designed to encourage exploration and learning, as well as ignite curiosity.

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Shopping and Site Seeing
Catalina Island (26 M via ferry from the harbor)

This famous California destination is popular as a vacation destination and for day escapes. Visitors keep busy with parasailing, scuba diving experiences, Metro Market Place shopping, kayaking adventures and local galleries and museums. 

*Photo Courtesy of: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau

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South Coast Plaza (20 M)

When you shop at the South Coast Plaza you can enjoy personal shopping services, Wi-Fi, family-friendly services, upscale retail shops and unique boutiques. Recognized internationally for its collection of award-winning culinary experiences and restaurant venues, this stylish plaza is also within a few minutes from top vacation resorts and California beaches.

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Newport Beach Fashion Island (17 M)

This Italian-style attraction and shopping haven with beautifully landscaped open-air piazzas features stylish restaurants, chic cafes and specialty boutiques surrounded by flowing palms and sparkling fountains. This major shopping destination offers a luxury coastal shopping experience for locals and tourists alike.

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Outlet Shopping in San Clemente (8 M)

Shop ‘til you drop in a charming village full of Spanish Colonial-style storefronts that tempt you inside to find the perfect size, color or brand. Surrounded by ocean air, palms and colorful bougainvillea, this 500,000 square-foot outlet in Orange County, California offers upscale retail shopping in a fabulous location. 

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Pageant of the Masters & Sawdust Festival (5 M)

These two lively annual festivals are very important to the art lovers of Laguna Beach, California. Attracting thousands of people from across the globe, the Pageant of the Masters is held through July to August. See towering portraits come to life with narration, music, lighting and beautifully crafted sets that can be "entered." The Sawdust Festival is one not to miss either, with its exhibits featuring over 200 local artists and colorful masterpieces.

*Photo Courtesy of: Pageant of the Masters

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Mission San Juan Capistrano (4 M)

As a historic landmark and museum, a visit to the Mission San Juan Capistrano is an experience that the entire family will enjoy. There are fun exhibits, historical re-enactments, audio tours and education tour booklets that can encourage learning, as well as provide historical and cultural educational experiences for everyone.

*Photo Courtesy of: Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Local beaches
Laguna Beach (6 M)

As Southern California's leading coastal destination, Laguna Beach has been a year-round retreat for nature lovers, sun worshippers and art enthusiasts for years. With seven miles of soft sands, 20 different coves, stylish restaurants, boutique shops and all-day fun in the sun activities, this beach has a long history as one of best day escapes in the Orange County. 

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Doheny State Beach (0.5 M)

Located in the city of Dana Point, California, Doheny State Beach is one of the top beaches to bask in the sun and play in the surf. This popular beach attracts approximately one million sun lovers every year with a surfing beach on the north end and campgrounds on the south end. Picnic on a five-acre lush lawn, visit the aquariums at the visitor center or play a competitive game of volleyball.

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Whether you’ve come to the Southern California oceanfront seeking solitude and relaxation or to explore all the area’s exciting Dana Point attractions, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

With seven miles of coastal bluffs and beaches, Dana Point is a strikingly beautiful and posh enclave at the edge of Orange County’s dramatic coastline. The town sits next to Laguna Beach, one of SoCal's oldest arts colonies, where even shopping and dining have evolved into art forms. The area is anchored by fabulous beaches, the historic Pacific Coast Highway and such popular places as Dana Point Harbor, a shopping, dining, and entertainment center with slips and mooring for 2,500 boats.