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Ideally located as a reference "landmark" for the whales.
Deep, cold water with huge waves.
In a nutshell
If you don't like over-crowded beaches, than Dana point is for you.
Dana Point can be reached by public transit easily. Notably, the OCTA 1, which runs along PCH. Route 85, 90, 91 and 187 also run through here. If traveling by train, exit San Clemente Amtrak of SC Metrolink Station and catch the 1 bus heading north.
Written Mar 3, 2012
The season for whale watching begins Thanksgiving weekend and ends the 2nd weekend of April.
In the winter, thouands of California Gray Whales leave the Arctic Seas and follow the coast line to the warm, calm waters of Southern California and Baja. This is a 10,000 mile trip. The migration brings the majority of the Gray Whale population past Dana Point where they can easily be seen and photographed.
The picture is from the Festival information.
The Festival of Whales is usually the first two weekends of March.
Updated Mar 25, 2005
There are several beaches at Dana Point. Try going to the one where you pay a minimal fee for parking. Beaches like that are cleaner and have rest rooms, showers and free of bothering vendors and beggars.
It is imperative that you protect your self from the sun. It might not feel hot at the time but trust me, you will burn. I had a second degree sunburn. About 80% of my body was burned to a point where I couldn't even pull socks on me feet. It was hurting so much.
If you are from a northern climate like us and your skin is very white, you will burn in less than 10 minutes. We were there for over 5 hours. Immagine that. Have a white T-shirt on and fully protect your self with a 30 or above rated sun-screen lotion. Stay in shade if possible. Just look at me on this picture.
A red lobster would beg me for a recipe! :)
Updated Apr 26, 2003
Luggage and bags: You have to bring a very strong sun screen with you. If not you will burn in a matter of minutes. I guarantee it. We burned so bad I couldn't pull sucks on my feet for a week.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bading suits, Big umbrella. Also bring slipers or some kind of light shoes for the beach since there are rocks.
Photo Equipment: Camera. Digital or traditional 35-mm.
Miscellaneous: Bring food with you. You will get hungry.
Updated Oct 4, 2002
The Turkey Trot is the famous 5k/10k race held every year on Thanksgiving Day. Every year is always more fun than te last. The whole community gets involved. Many people from out of town even come to race here! If you are around Dana point in November you should give it a try!
Written Jun 27, 2005