It sounds like a yarn made up by some advertising agency, but the locals swear it's true: When explorer Richard Henry Dana first laid eyes on the harbor at Dana Point, he called it "the only romantic cove in California."
Nowadays you might find some folks who would beg to differ, but all can agree that this magical part of the California coast is one of the most picturesque spots in Southern California. Blessed with near-perfect weather and a proximity to a whole guidebook-full of tourist attractions, Dana Point today is a popular getaway for people from all over the state.
It's hard to imagine, but at the turn of the 19th century Dana Point was the only major harbor between San Diego and Santa Barbara. Forget Long Beach, San Pedro and all the rest. If you were traveling by ship to this area, Dana Point was going to be your destination.
Dana Point Lodging
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Perched atop the cliffs of Dana Point, along the beautiful Southern California coast, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, provides an oceanside escape like no other. From deeply romantic retreats to highly-successful business conferences, you'll discover rare luxuries and services to suit all of your needs. Enjoy exquisite dining, first-class accommodations, and a myriad of ocean activities at this exclusive AAA four-diamond resort. Relax in absolute comfort at our premier spa, or spend an afternoon enjoying world-class golf, tennis, swimming/jacuzzi, and we're only a short walk to the harbor's quaint restaurants, and shops.
Laguna Beach House
475 N. Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Ph: 800-297-0007
Following a $1.5 million reinvention of all guest rooms and public spaces, an expanded pool deck and brand new meeting space - guests of Laguna Beach House will be immediately immersed into Southern California Surf Culture. Chic coastal décor and vintage furniture create the look and feel of an open, airy beach cottage. Our convenient location is within a short walking distance to Main Beach and downtown Laguna Beach. Enjoy complimentary coffee at daybreak, nightly wine hour at sunset and cookies and milk before bedtime. All the comforts of home amidst the calming breeze of the Pacific Ocean.
The Inn at Laguna Beach
211 N Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Ph: 949-497-9722 Fx: 949-497-9972
Experience a luxury boutique escape in the heart of Laguna Beach, with the finest art galleries, shopping, dining and nightlife just steps from your door. Blending the style of a timeless beach bungalow with the modern comforts of today, 70 newly-appointed guest rooms and suites await you.
Plus, no Resort Fee! Wake up to a variety of European artisan pastries and traditional favorites. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner from legendary Las Brisas, a Southern California landmark. Offering intimate spaces, personalized service and one of the only meeting rooms in Laguna Beach with a breathtaking ocean view and open terrace.
More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, Our fleet takes you to or from Catalina in just over an hour with up to 30 daily departures year round from Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, Avalon and Two Harbors. The fleet consists of eight high-speed vessels including four catamarans. The largest vessel in operation, the Catalina Jet has the capacity to carry nearly 500 passengers across the channel. Catalina Express partners with more than 20 hotels on the island to offer the best prices on getaway packages.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Ph: 800-782-8888
South Coast Plaza is more than just a shopping center. It is a luxury destination filled with exclusive shopping and events and surrounded by art, shows, music, and other entertainment, which include: The Orange County Performing Arts Center; Segerstrom Center For the Arts; South Coast Repertory; California Scenario; Sculpture Garden; Orange County Museum of Art satellite store and South Coast Plaza Village. South Coast Plaza is the "Ultimate Shopping Resort" and is located within minutes of many of Southern California's finest beaches, museums, and theme parks.