Skip to content

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Harbour / Marina
“Dana Point Harbor has some old mixed with the new built in the 1950s this Harbor served as a key focal point by the naval engineers once named Killer Dana for the 20 ft gigantic waves that were produced now what's left of the beautiful District where are plenty of tourists can walk and shop nearby at the local stores.”
  • 58 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Beach
“One of the best kept beaches in all of Southern California this gemstone lies on the border between Dana Point and Laguna Beach. If you're looking to get away from it all head on down to Salt Creek Beach where the grass is green and the sand is fine and you'll enjoy the waves sunshine and California tanning”
  • 53 locals recommend
Hotel
“This place is nice to visit for great views of Sunsets and views of the coast. Anyone is allowed to visit even if you're not staying at the hotel. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“In Dana Point. About a 5-10 minute drive. The most beginner friendly surf break in Southern California. This is where you or your kids want to learn how to surf. They have showers and bathrooms as well. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Be sure to walk behind the Institute to sit and hear waves crashing. If you are adventurous you can walk out to the sea caves and low tide. But you will get wet.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Resort
“Take a stroll down the block to the St. Regis and enjoy a world class spa treatment and enjoy the facilities as you wind down after.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
$
“Hennessey's is a local bar & grille with a nice outdoor patio. Usually at friday-sunday night they will have some sort of live music. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Route
“Sailing, boating, whale watching, paddle boarding, kayaking, shopping and dining”
  • 19 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“ Movie theater chain, offering state-of-the-art sound & projection technology. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Great patio and menu. Live bands on weekends. Don't be afraid to get dressy here”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Perfect beginner to intermediate longboarding and standup paddleboarding waves”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“THE BEST WAY TO SOAK IN THE DANA POINT HARBOR while you enjoy a wonderful meal. Of course, you'll want to sit outside or in near the window. Come with flip-flops and teeshirt or dress it up...anything goes in SoCal.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Steakhouse
$$$
“Fine Dining doesn't get any better, right around the corner you'll find my favorite place to see a sunset! Top Secret not even many Californians drive this far south for stunning views! The food is delicious stick with seafood and you'll enjoy the food 100% for sure!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$
“(Breakfast) - Typically long lines (get there early, before 9am to avoid the lines) but definitely worth the wait. It's located in Dana Point on PCH right up the street from Doheny. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$
“Compact haunt with a chill vibe offering signature burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads & tacos. Small bar and sports tv. The food is amazing! This is a drive to destination due to steep hills. Everyday 8am-9pm”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Great food and a fun and good happy hour too. You can sit inside or outside. A fun circular bar inside with live music & a fun Happy Hour. It is located in Monarch Beach (North Dana Point). Great rotisserie chicken. Take the FREE DP Trolley North in PCH in the Summertime.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Hennessey's is a local bar & grille with a nice outdoor patio. Usually at friday-sunday night they will have some sort of live music. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great patio and menu. Live bands on weekends. Don't be afraid to get dressy here”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“THE BEST WAY TO SOAK IN THE DANA POINT HARBOR while you enjoy a wonderful meal. Of course, you'll want to sit outside or in near the window. Come with flip-flops and teeshirt or dress it up...anything goes in SoCal.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Fine Dining doesn't get any better, right around the corner you'll find my favorite place to see a sunset! Top Secret not even many Californians drive this far south for stunning views! The food is delicious stick with seafood and you'll enjoy the food 100% for sure!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“(Breakfast) - Typically long lines (get there early, before 9am to avoid the lines) but definitely worth the wait. It's located in Dana Point on PCH right up the street from Doheny. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Compact haunt with a chill vibe offering signature burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads & tacos. Small bar and sports tv. The food is amazing! This is a drive to destination due to steep hills. Everyday 8am-9pm”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and a fun and good happy hour too. You can sit inside or outside. A fun circular bar inside with live music & a fun Happy Hour. It is located in Monarch Beach (North Dana Point). Great rotisserie chicken. Take the FREE DP Trolley North in PCH in the Summertime.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“1.8 miles. Great sushi spot! has been awarded best sushi in Orange county. Great happy hour.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Get to know Dana Point

Explore more on Airbnb