One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
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Surfing & Recreation

A True Southern California Surf Experience

Situated high atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is the perfect place to begin your Southern California Surf Experience. Whether it is surfing Salt Creek, just below the resort, or exploring other world-famous breaks along Southern California’s extensive coastline, our unique location delivers consistent surf for all skill types. And with so many activities, including tennis, spa, pool, and eco-adventures, and more, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is the ideal vacation resort.

Make your room reservation and then select one of our unique Surf Experiences to enhance your stay. Click here to check out the surf at Salt Creek Beach.

Surf Equipment & Goodies 

A surf vacation at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is as easy as just showing up.

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Surf Experience 

For guests who will appreciate the fact that they are enjoying a genuine Laguna surf experience, these guests typically come from similarly affluent locales and relate quite easily to the surfing lifestyle. You will be welcomed into the surf culture as friends and as a form of bonding.

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Surf Tour 

Take your surfing to the next level with lessons customized to your ability.

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All Girls Surf Getaway 

Why should guys have all the fun? Surfing is one of the most amazing sports on the planet.

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Stand Up Paddle 

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, wherever there is easy access to safe waters, and a fun wave lineup.

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The Eco-Adventure Center inspires guests with Southern California’s unique ecosystems and connects their spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California’s natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

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Resort Recreation 

Resort guests enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

  • Beach
  • Two swimming pools
  • Two whirlpools
  • Two tennis courts
  • Basketball
  • Play structure
  • Ping Pong
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
Capture Your Memories 

Connect, play and share time together in front of the camera with our lovely resort as the backdrop of your vacation.

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History of Surfing in Dana Point
Dana Point has a surfing history to rival anywhere outside Hawaii. Hobie Alter opened the very first retail surf shop in Dana Point in 1954. Surfer Magazine began in Dana Point, and to this day, still calls it home. The Surfer’s Journal is also based in Dana Point. Dana Point was also once home to a very special wave. That wave broke at the Dana Point Cove and was known as the “Killer Dana.” The break got its name because it came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks which lined the beach. In the days before leashes, wipeouts were sure to bring at least a few dings - if not worse. Although the waves in Dana Point, especially at Salt Creek Beach, remain some of the best in Southern California, the “Killer Danas” were reduced when a breakwater was installed when the Dana Point Harbor was built in 1966.

My Favorite Surf Spot
Learn about some of the local surf spots and see why they are favorites of the ladies and gentlemen at the resort.