It’s the birthplace of SoCal surf.
It’s a whale watch and dolphin watch capital.
Dana Point is also your entrance to the great Pacific Coast Highway and route #1, which will take you, minus a few detours, all the way up to Eureka.
DP has more going for it than most small California coastal towns.
So who’s up for joining me on a video #Photowalk? You’ll see some cool surf, plenty of dolphins, perhaps a whale or two, a charming harbor and unique to the OC beach cities - a parking spot.
The Orange County beaches have a different vibe, and way more dramatic feels, with cliffs, caves, tidepools and more. Laguna Beach, for my money, is the most impressive and dramatic, but during the summer, it's Europe style packed and really hard to find a spot to ditch the car and skip the crowds.
Which is what's so nice about Dana Point.
You can pull into town, even on a weekend afternoon, and not to be overwhelmed by the masses. Nightlife, art galleries and dozens of cute shops? This isn't the place for that. Small town, walkable paths and great views? That's Dana Point.
Plus, it's unique perch in attracting so many whales and dolphins (more of the big guys in the winter, FYI) and it's a worthy place to check out on your next Southern California adventure.
We did our whale watch with Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari, and were quite impressed. Check out our interview with Dave Anderson in our video and our footage from the boat, as well his YouTube site, which has some pretty awesome drone footage!
The surfer girl in our thumbnail is the one and only Jan Schrieber, who also has a killer \YouTube channel, AdventureMuse. That's Jan the surfer girl in my thumbnail above. Thanks Jan!