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Amongst the affluent areas of Orange County, Dana Point is a down to earth and laidback city, popular with surfers and passing yachts. It has a colorful and unique downtown area where artistic influences are everywhere you look, and the locals are proud of their close knit and cultural community. The beaches here are long, flat, and sandy, with plenty of space to relax and quiet coves that are private and unspoiled.

Things to see

Dana Point Harbor is a picturesque waterfront area with practical features such a full-service marina, as well as unique boutiques, and cozy restaurants looking out to the calm seas. Capistrano Beach has long beaches with golden sands and clear blue seas, with many unspoiled coves with rockier terrain. Doheny State Beach has a calm, freshwater lagoon, as well as some popular surf spots, and the ocean is home to abundant marine life including dolphins, harbor seals, and stingrays. Monarch Beach is an exclusive area of Orange County, with gently sloping cliffs heading towards the sea, and unspoiled landscapes covered in wild flowers. This upmarket area is full of large, luxurious homes and hotels giving it an exclusive, private feel. Salt Creek Beach Park is also popular with the surfer crowd, and in addition to a typically beautiful Californian beach, there are acres of pleasant parkland to explore, outside showers, and tidepools full of rare marine species.

Hotels in Dana Point

There are plenty of budget hotels in Dana Point, with some excellent hotel deals available for those who want to save money. These inns and hotels have features such as barbecue grills, picnic areas, complimentary breakfasts, and free parking. If you’re taking a special trip, then opt for one of the exclusive beach resorts overlooking the sea. You’ll find features such as full service spas, outdoor pools, bars and lounges, restaurants, and 24 hour room service. In your guest room you’ll also find plenty of luxurious extra amenities such as balconies, free bottled water, plasma televisions with DVD players, bathrobes, and premium bedding.

Where to stay

The downtown area of Dana Point is full of exclusive boutiques and upmarket designer stores, with clean, palm-tree lined streets and brightly colored storefronts. Throughout the city you’ll find unusual art works on display, as well as small art galleries and craft stores displaying work from local artists. The main attraction of the town is the beach, and many people choose to stay in areas such as Capistrano Beach which have plenty of hotel options, yet have a nice isolated feel so you can find a private stretch of sand to relax on.

How to get to Dana Point

John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana is less than a half hour drive away, with flights from many major hubs across the USA. From the terminal you can grab a rental car, or book a taxi or private shuttle for an easy transfer. Los Angeles International Airport is also only an hour away, with many major airlines and international routes. From Los Angeles International Airport you can take the Metrolink service into the city, and then take the Orange County line which runs along the coast. The nearest stop to Dana Point is San Juan Capistrano with the transfer taking about 2 and a half hours in total.

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