The South Coast and Catalina Island Places


Dana Point

Sports and the Outdoors

Rental stands for surfboards, windsurfers, small powerboats, and sailboats can be found near most of the piers.

Swim Beach. Inside Dana Point Harbor, Swim Beach has a fishing pier, barbecues, food stands, parking, restrooms, and showers.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. Charters and whale-watching excursions are offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching from early November to late April. Tickets cost $45; reservations are required. 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA, 92629. 949/496–5794.

Hobie Sports. Hobie Sports rents surfboards and boogie boards. 24825 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA, 92629. 949/496-2366.

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. You have a good chance of getting a water's-eye view of resident dolphins and migrating whales if you take one of these tours on a 35-foot catamaran. Dave, a marine naturalist–filmmaker, and his wife run the safaris year-round. The endangered blue whale is sometimes seen in summer. Reservations are required for the safaris, which last 2½ hours and cost $55. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA, 92629. 949/488–2828.