Experience The Marina at Dana Point located in South Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A well protected marina where all the slips are only five minutes from open ocean and 32 miles from Santa Catalina Island. Visit us and find out why Richard Henry Dana called our cove, “The only romantic spot on the coast.”
Dana Point is one of the most popular recreational harbors on the west coast. With its surrounding cliffs and beautiful park-like setting, the marina attracts visitors from around the world for shopping, restaurants, and a host of marine and land-base activities. Additionally, Dana Point Harbor is the gateway to Doheny State Park, one of Californian's most famous and popular beaches.
All the amenities are kept well, it was easy and simple to get the reservations made. Very quiet and the a feeling of being safe at night. Note- It would be good to send the overnight parking pass for your truck and trailer with the reservations when paid for with this service.
Been here a number of times now and I like coming back. Nice safe harbor with things near by that a sailor may need. I’m looking forward to seeing the upgrades that are planned and I’m sure I will return again soon. Thank you Liz and all the staff!
I am updating my previous review to 5 stars (from 2 stars) for the following reasons. 1. Since my original review, the staff of the marina has been absolute joy to deal with. They have accommodated my every wish. on multiple reservations. They also respond quickly on "chats". They have assigned me to a perfect size slip every-time since. 2. Dana Point remains an excellent destination marina with excellent restaurants, facilities and people. We enjoyed our time there so much we overstayed our scheduled time on our last visit. Thanks to Uber/Lyft or the biking trails there is so much to do within a short ride. 3. The Dockwa system, app and the keycode system work very well. 4. Using the promotional coupons keep slip costs more affordable. We adopted the tradition of spending two nights at the marina for one of the Christmas boat parade week ends and highly recommend you reserve your slip before they sell out. ------------- Old Review: ------------- Arrived to find out the assigned slip (#3) was too short. 30ft slip for a 33 foot boat. Had to dock in an alternate slip (#7) and contact the marina. After 5-10 mins on the phone and following messages through the dockwa system, the alternate slip was approved. Some of the messages from dockwa seemed to suggest I requested a 30 ft slip and should have requested a 40 ft slip. This is not the case. I did not request a size slip. I entered my boat parameters (length, breadth etc.) into the system and it should pick the proper size slip. In any case, I have docked at the DP marina many times before without any of these problems. Not really pleased this time. Not to mention that the price seemed to have taken a jump. I found the numeric key code replacing the old key system an improvement. It worked as expected. Hope going forward the slip assignment logic will be improved so we don't have these issues.
Quiet (no sea lions or other noisy neighbors) Marina with clean facilities in beautiful Dana Point. I followed a fleet of racing dinghies as I came in at Sunset. Docking was comfortable with an 11' beam in the 15' wide 40' slip, very well protected behind multiple breakwaters. My only complaint is the price, at $2.50/ft per night I could only afford a few nights, when compared to Oceanside at $.80/ft per night in the off-season it's quite steep.
I love the guest slips, and the facilities. Thank you all.
We sailed our 41' Columbia Ketch "Ber Necessity" from Cabrillo Way Marina in LA Harbor, down to Dana Point Harbor. We made the reservations through Docwa and it was very easy and reliable. Then I was working with Liz because we had a party for our family and friends to come see our new boat. Liz was amazing. She helped me with anything I needed and she was always so kind. The Marina at Dana Point allowed us to set up tables and a bar for our guests. We were also able to pick which slip we wanted. The Guest slips and dock and the facilities were very clean and really nice. We had a great stay and we will definitely be back. The Taylors
Had a wonderful stay. The only snag was that our assigned slip was too narrow (and directly adjacent to the pump out station's aroma), but your staff was very quick to move us two doors down to a somewhat wider slip. The slip, heads and marina could all use a makeover but we understand that's in the works. Can't wait to see the improvements!
The Guest Slips at Dana Point were great! I arrived Thursday around 1 pm and found my slip. Was able to wash the boat and get ready for my guests arrival so we could launch to Avalon. Showers were fine and it was really quiet on the docks. Liz made the process so easy. It was our first time doing a slip away from our home and I'd stay at Dana Point again.
Marina, dock, facilities great. However extremely noisy due to bands and crowds leaving after band was over.
Clean docks! Awesome amenities! We will b back 💯!
Stayed on what thought would be a quiet Thursday. Wrong! Rowing club takes up most parking. Loud bunch of drunks swearing past 10 in lot using restroom. Wife and daughter afraid to go to parking lot. Docks ok but mine had holes in it and nail heads where rubber bumper pulled away from dock. no trash containers on docks and must carry trash to land. Pump out worked at end of dock but no water hose for flushing system properly. Would help if had signs on end of dock to no which side to go down. Many paddle boarders in middle of channel don’t care if they are in the way or not.
I was assigned a slip that was too small, but this wasn't readily apparent until entering the slip was attempted. The attempt left permanent marks on the hull of my brand new boat.
The docks are well maintained. The showers and laundry were clean and easy to access and use. The only problem was that the slip to which we were assigned was very tight and we had some trouble getting into it because the girl in the office who answers the phone doesn't know east from west and we initially went part way down the side of the finger the girl told us to go and quickly realized she told us the wrong side. I asked her whether our bow would be facing east or west when we entered the slip and she said, "It will be facing the dock." Well, what can you say?
Very pleased with our 2 night stay. Fortunately we were assigned # 21 easy in and out , drawback it’s on the waste pump out dock. Boats coming in to use dump station a bit of a nuisance. For the price it would make sense to be able to choose a slip. We were there midweek and there were many slips available. I have a 36 ft Sailboat and further down the dock it would have been tight. Bathrooms were clean and security locks worked well. My wife and daughter used the snack shop for snacks. Took the tender to where the Catalina Express docks for dinner. Walking to restaurants and good coffee is a distance. So bring a bike if you have room.