Celebrate the Pacific in Dana Point, California

Settle into the quiet O.C. beach town and just enjoy the ocean

David Lansing

Lacking the bling of Newport and the art legacy of Laguna, Dana Point is the often-overlooked stepsister along the Orange County coast. Which is a shame.

Its unpretentious charm and ocean-oriented character have much to offer ― quiet tidepools, a busy marina, a sportfishing wharf, and the family-friendly Ocean Institute, where you can explore all things salty, from sailing to plankton.

Getting out on the water with a kayak or aboard a wildlife cruise is easy, and in September, the weather and water are still warm and the crowds are nonexistent - the perfect time to check out the life aquatic.

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