What Are Some Things to Do in Dana Point, California?


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Dana Point, California, offers a number of attractions that include Dana Point Harbor and the Ocean Institute. Local beaches, such as Salt Creek Beach, Baby Beach, Doheny Beach and Capistrano Beach are beloved for their surfing waves. Other activities include fishing, whale watching and ferry trips to Catalina Island.

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Dana Point Harbor is the showcase of the city. Fishing enthusiasts can join a fishing charter heading out to the Pacific Ocean or cast a line off the public fishing pier near Baby Beach. The latter is great for kids, especially since no fishing license is required.

Whale watching tours are available year-round and almost always find orcas, pilot whales and plenty of dolphins. Tours generally reveal giant blue whales in the summer and grey whales during their winter migration to and from Mexico. Humpbacks, on their own migration to and from Hawaii, are usually around during the fall and spring.

The Ocean Institute at Dana Point offers family-friendly exhibits, including a hands-on, touch-screen exploration center that focuses on local marine life. A full-size replica of the Pilgrim, a ship that worked the California coast in the early 1800s, is open for tours. As of 2015, annual events held at the institute include the Festival of the Whales each March and the Tall Ships Festival in September.

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