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Situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Dana Point is nestled into the California coastline. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from sandy bluffs, whales and dolphins frolicking off the shore and delicious fresh seafood abounding, it’s a perfect vacation spot for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for an active day of surfing or just soaking in the views, you can pack a whole lot of fun into a short time in Dana Point. 

Day

1

MORNING
  • Stretch Start.

    Begin your day with a yoga or Pilates class in the gazebo. Center your mind and loosen your body while taking in the gorgeous views and clean ocean air. Yoga begins at 9 a.m., and Pilates class follows at 10 a.m. 

  • Local Flavor.

    Breakfast at Proud Mary’s is reminiscent of an island escape with its stunning harbor view, Jimmy Buffett atmosphere and tasty breakfast menu. 

MIDDAY
  • Ocean View.

    Whether you want to venture down to the shore or just spend time gazing at the waves, there’s an option for everyone to get their best view of Salt Creek Beach. You can take the shuttle down to the beach itself or settle into one of the Adirondack chairs on the luxurious lawn of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

  • Lunch at Raya.

    Keep the ocean views going during lunch at Raya, the Pan-Latin restaurant created by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval. The menu features locally sourced produce, organic meat and sustainable seafood in delectable dishes like Lobster Tacos and All Natural Beef Churrasco.

AFTERNOON
  • Whale Watching.

    Arrange a tour with The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Eco-Adventure Center to see the magnificent whales and other sea creatures that live off the Dana Point coastline. From blue and gray whales to common dolphins and sea lions, get ready for two hours of awe.

  • P.M. Pick-Me-Up.

    Stop into The Coffee Importers just along the Dana Point Wharf for an espresso and a frozen treat from the Scoop Deck — or combine the two with a Café Crema, which is a scoop of French vanilla ice cream topped with two ounces of hot espresso and whipped cream.  

EVENING
  • Sunset Beach.

    Drive up the coastline into Laguna Beach to take in the sunset while you eat dinner at Las Brisas. The restaurant is known for its sophisticated takes on Mexican classics like chicken mole and their tostada salads. After dinner, sip a margarita on the patio while enjoying the last moments of the day and the beautiful views over the ocean.