Dana Point Harbor - Dana Point Beach Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"“The most romantic spot in California,” Richard Henry Dana called it in his classic seafaring account, Two Years Before the Mast. Today, Dana Harbor’s boosters are not at all shy about making that same claim for romance. Some visitors will certainly find romance in a sunset stroll by the yacht harbor and in enjoying a fine dinner at a waterside restaurant. Other visitors, those who like to hike anyway, may just find some romance in traipsing a bit of old California—a boulder-strewn beach below the towering bluffs of Dana Point—a remnant of the wild coastline that greeted Dana when he arrived at the cove that in those bygone days was the only major harbor between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The hike begins at Orange County’s Ocean Institute, which offers marine life exhibits and classroom instruction to students of all ages. The Institute has an ambitious program of classes and field trips."