Famous for its quality surfing and Mediterranean architecture, San Clemente is a quaint beach town midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Summer visitors and beach-goers can spend the day longboarding, boogey boarding and taking in music festivals before relaxing on the deck of an oceanside restaurant.

Beaches In San Clemente

San Clemente North Beach
An accessible, kid-friendly area, this coastal spot offers a snack bar, playground equipment, beach volleyball and snorkeling gear rentals.

Historic Fishing Pier
While the huge swells may prevent surfing some days, the south side of the pier is ideal for bodyboarding and swimming. Users should beware of the strong current caused by unexpected southerly swells.

Trafalger Street
One of the busiest seashores in town, T-Street hosts families, teens, walkers and surfers. A large sandbar creates a shallow area for younger tourists, and amenities include picnic tables, food stands, board rentals and showers.

San Clemente State Beach
Visited by a variety of surfers and campers, this beach has cookout facilities and RV hookups for those who'd like to stay awhile.

San Onofre State Park
Home to Old Man's and Trestles, two of the West Coast's famous surfing haunts, San Onofre is a boarder's dream. While it can be difficult to get to, the scenic coastal canyon has a world-famous, expert surf break.

Dana Point Beaches

Capistrano Beach: Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Road, 2 miles south of the harbor. Enjoy volleyball, basketball and other beach activities. Fishing gear rental and sales are always available during the summer.

Dana Point Marine Life Refuge: Contains some of the best rocky intertidal habitat in Southern California. At low tide, sea anemones, star fish, octopus as well as a variety of shell fish can be observed, dolphins often play just off shore. The refuge is at the far west side of the Harbor. Park at the Ocean Institute lot and follow the paved path to shore.

Salt Creek Beach & Park: The long, sandy beach is a popular surfing spot. Both upland and beach facilities can be reached from Ritz Carlton Drive off of Pacific Coast Highway.

Strands Beach: The southern entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park (known to locals as Strands beach) is off Selva Road and features picnic tables, barbeque grills, a path and stairs to the beach.

Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Drive at the intersection of Del Obispo and Dana Point Harbor Drive. One of Orange County's popular camping spots, Doheny State Beach, is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The 62-acre site features over one mile of sandy beach and some of the best swimming and surfing in California. During low tide, the tide pools attract young and old for exploring. The campground features 120 tents and RV campsites, some only steps away from the beach. The picnic area has 170 picnic tables and 99 barbeque grills. Doheny State Beach is the readers' choice as the County's “Best Camping Site” in the Orange County Register's Annual best of Orange County Survey. Doheny is the site of surf contests, volleyball tournaments, and many special events, such as the Doheny Blues Festival. Doheny also has a five-mile San Juan Creek Bike Trail and an equestrian trail that links with another trail that heads inland to San Juan Capistrano. .


Camping in San Clemente
Stretching along the top of towering bluffs overlooking the Pacific, San Clemente State Park campsites include picnic areas, fire rings and shaded awnings; all with 180-degree ocean views. Visitors with RVs can reserve sites with electrical and sewage hookups, and all camping spots have access to flush toilets, hot showers and sink areas.

Those camping on the beach can also pitch a tent below the park bluffs and enjoy surfing, wildlife and avian watching and hikes along the shore. The beach's pristine water and white sand make it a picturesque place to relax, rejuvenate and explore.

Rustic, reasonably priced cabins are available for rent in nearby Crystal Cove, where tourists can take a step back in time to a cottage community built in the 1920s. Reservations must be made months in advance, so those unable to secure a cabin can enjoy a stroll on the beach and dining on the sand at the Beachcomber Cafe.

Tourists more interested in hanging out on the beach will find that San Clemente State Park offers a range of bodysurfing, boogey boarding and snorkeling opportunities along the mile-long coastal area. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the state park has a host of remarkable, native vegetation and thriving wildlife.

Whale Watching

Come join the excitement as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off our coast. The opportunities to get up close and personal with these giants has never been better. Sightings of whales off Dana Point are way up this year and it is common to encounter large schools of dolphin as well.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

24500 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


Boisseranc Frank-Sylvia

300 W Paseo De Cristobal
San Clemente , CA 92672
(949) 498-6210

Ocean Pro Engineering

1032 Calle Recodo
San Clemente , CA 92673
(949) 940-0453

Aventura Sailing Association

24707 Dana Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Curlew Charters

4 Ovation Lane
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Dana Point Jet Ski

34671 Puerto Place
Dana Point, CA 92629 (949)661-4947

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dana Point Harbor

One of the most beautiful man-made harbors in the world, Dana Point Harbor provides slips and mooring for 2,500 boats within two marinas inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. Complete harbor facilities include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, newly expanded launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers.

Thirty intriguing shops are loaded with unexpected treasures. You'll find every style and every taste represented in the Harbor's shops, and something for every budget. Seventeen different restaurants are at the Harbor to please every palate, from a quick snack to a gourmet meal.

Dana Point Harbor is the “Whale Watching Capital of the West.” California Gray Whales migrate each winter from arctic waters to breed in the warm waters of Baja California. They hug the coast and , from mid-December to early April, come close by Dana Point. Six charter companies in the Harbor provide various whale watching excursions from public to private. Excursions year round also see dolphins, sea lions, and other marine wildlife.

The Harbor is home of the popular sportfishing vessels owned and operated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing, available for charter and/or a day of fishing. The Ocean Institute at the Harbor's west end will appeal to the entire family with its exciting hands-on programs in marine science, environmental education and maritime history. The Institute owns and operates the Tall Ship brig Pilgrim, the schooner Spirit of Dana Point, and the research vessel Sea Explorer — the day or evening adventure cruises are fun and fascinating. The OC Sailing and Events Center at the Harbor attracts hundreds each week for its wide array of programs for all ages. Their mission is to introduce you to the excitement of sailing and beauty of the ocean. Catalina Island is just a boat ride away. Catalina Express offers convenient departure/arrival times.

Dana Point Harbor is also home to the 5k-10k Dana Point Turkey Trot held annually on Thanksgiving Day since 1978 — more than 10,000 showed up last year! The Festival of Whales is celebrated annually in March and also attracts thousands. A highlight of the year is the Toshiba Tall Ship Festival in September, the largest annual gathering of Tall Ships (large, traditionally rigged sailing vessels) on the West Coast. There are festivals, boat shows, parades, regattas, music, art and other exciting special events throughout the year at Dana Point Harbor!

Shop, dine and play at Dana Point Harbor! Easy access midway between Los Angeles and San Diego: Take Beach cities turnoff of the I-5 Freeway and turn left on Dana Point Harbor Drive. Follow Dana Point Harbor drive down into the Harbor.

For Harbor Information: (949)923-2255 or visit .

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