History & Overview
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa is in historic Dana Point, the location called “the most romantic spot on the California coast” by American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. The young Harvard graduate first spied the beautiful bluffs near Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1836, after a two-year voyage as a common seaman on the brig Pilgrim. He documented his voyage and the area in such passionate detail in his memoir Two Years Before the Mast that Capistrano Bay’s residents were moved to change their cityâ€™s name to Dana’s.
With its breathtaking vistas, miles of gorgeous Pacific beach and enviable location near all the Laguna Beach and San Diego area attractions, Dana Point continues to be a favorite destination for adventures and explorers of all kinds. Parasailing, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, golf, marine history, art and music, museums, shopping and some of the most famous theme parks in the country: whatever you’re seeking, it’s waiting right here in your Southern California.