The Marina at Dana Point

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34555 Casitas Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
33° 27' 35.58'', -117° 41' 51.88''
949-496-6137
www.themarinaatdanapoint.com
Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
The Marina at Dana Point
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
63℉NW at 2 knots
High01:49AM3.648ft
Low08:10AM1.398ft
High02:57PM4.411ft
Low09:46PM1.970ft

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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.

Berth Capacity


Slips:2323
Linear Docks:275 Feet
Dry Storage:400

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: May 26, 2021

Dockage:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Security:Yes
Cable TV on Slips:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Restaurants:Nearby
Beach:Nearby
Max. Vessel LOA:65.0 Feet
Electric Amps:30/50
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Its always nice renting at your docs in Dana point. The process is easy the amenities are nice.

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Docks are dirty, bird droppings should be washed away daily, pump out didn’t work, car parking very hard since Capt. Daves whale watching has priority. I hope rates don’t go up beacause if that is the case, it would just as easy to get a hotel room somewhere. Office staff is always nice.

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It was good however their was fuel spill and couldn't stay on the dock due to the smell the first day/night

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Very easy process. Nice quiet marina.

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Always enjoy staying in Dana Point, especially on the C dock end tie. Great view of the harbor and all the people enjoying being on the water.

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Hotel personnel very welcoming and efficient. Easy walking distance to the Dana Point Marina if you’re docking your both there. Freshly made waffles included in the continental breakfast. Room 350 has an excellent view of the harbor. Overall a great experience.

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Marina is in need of attention. C dock is filled with shabby boats and from where I could see the same is true for D and B docks as well. I reserved a slip for a 46' sail boat and the marina has limited slips available in that size. When we arrived, my slip was taken by another boat and I was trying to hold position in a narrow channel with unfavorable winds. Had to wait 15 mins before we found out that our slip was taken by another party so they asked us to switch slips. Happy to switch but advanced notice would have been appreciated.

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Facility is great...except the guy who piled up his junk next to the gang-way for his own personal junk-pile/party pin.

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Nice and well maintained marina although due for an update

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People in dock A had a gathering and blared music until 1am

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I enjoyed every moment and would love to return in the future

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Liz in the front office is fantastic. Great location

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Love this marina ! Office staff is quick to respond to any situation to accommodate your stay is happy and pleasurable.

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Our stay was great except for the price. Clean facility, within walking distance to all the restaurants, beach and marine center, but $90 was outrageous for our 38” Eastbay. I can understand running out of slips that wouldn’t accommodate our beam, but I would have thought they would put us in a 50’ slip and not charged us any extra. Next time we’ll be anchoring or hoping there’s a reciprocal slip at your yacht clubs.

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Nice slips. Clean and convenient.

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Budget marina at a premium price. I booked this place when Oceanside marina was rebuilding and had their guest docks closed. Run down and old. This place needs some serious updating. The water was shut off to the docks and we had to use our tank water. The docks are falling apart. The pump out station barely worked. The showers were nasty, moldy and in disrepair. There was no security (or ANYONE) available anywhere. It was not a great experience. Should have just anchored somewhere. The views is nice, but it's really not worth the money. Stay elsewhere.

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Thank you all! Been here a number of times and I like coming back. Nice safe harbor with things near by that a sailor may need. I’m looking forward to next time! Thank you Liz and all the staff! Everyone was great! PS! Been back again and I’m still quite happy. I’m looking forward to seeing the upgrades in the harbor!

Marina Response:
Thank you! We look forward to your return. Until then...fair winds and following seas.
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Was able to secure a transient slip reservation in advance. Was able to arrive after office hours and use supplied gate code in order to use facilities and enter or exit marina as I pleased. Very convenient

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The people at Dana Point are wonderful to work with. The only reason we gave it a 4 star is the dock numbers are not easy to see at night. We will be installing a bow spotlight to help.

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Clean, beautiful, contactless arrival and departure. Five stars!

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Had a very nice 3 week visit. Marina is well run and Dana Point is fun to visit with lots of restaurants. It's used like a big park by the local residents and is one of the most active marinas in Southern California. We've visited by boat every year since 2009. Transient rates have been significantly raised this year and now parking is no longer included which SUBSTANTIALLY increases the cost if the boater has a car. We do. I hope the marina reviews and changes its parking policy especially for those who visit for a week or more - especially given the big rate increase on the slip. Permanent slip tenants get parking included and pay significantly less per foot. Otherwise a very nice place to visit.

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Great place to stay. The marina employees were just terific! Always friendly and helpful.

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Excellent service. Clean toilets and showers, though a bit of heating in there when its chilly would be nice). We had trouble with the electric connection but no sooner had a I called than a repairman was on the dock to fix it. Great location.

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Originally assigned a guest slip too small for my boat and glad I caught this before my arrival. Then I was assigned another slip that was already occupied by an abandoned boat? I then took an adjacent open slip as there were many open slips available. Not sure why the marina does not have the slip assigning process down as I’m sure many traveling boaters would appreciate that!

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The docks are well maintained. The showers and laundry were clean and easy to access. No change machines anywhere.

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We love staying at Dana Point Marina at the guest slip. Thank you!

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Pristine and welcoming marina with many restaurant and shopping choices!

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Easy in and out, clean restrooms, plenty of grassy areas to walk the dog.

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We drove down to the Harbor a couple of weeks in advance to get eyes on where we would be. The folks at the Harbor Department office were great once I could find the Harbor Department. They apparently move locations frequently and everyone we asked gave different directions to where they were. The day before we were scheduled to arrive I still had no notice of where our slip would be. Apparently this should have been provided when we first made the reservation. I called the Harbor office (don't try to find their number on the internet as it is impossible). Folks again great and said that we should have received full information after making our reservation -- we did not. They immediately sent us the info which was very clear. We had a great stay. One additional comment: We could not find any trash recepticles for our trash. If they exist it would be very helpful to tell guests where they can be found. Stay safe and healthy, Bill

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Beautiful harbor with excellent restaurants. Great harbor for hiking, walking and biking.

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Great spot clean docks and restrooms Friendly staff All good We will be back

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Pre- check in was very easy on line. The dock electrical outlets only accommodate 30 amp plugs. (Please post this on your website.). My “home marina” (San Diego Marriott) has 50 amp electrical, (as do many others), so I was unable to hook-up to electrical & “generators need to be off at 10pm.” The guest docks only have one hose-faucet per two slips (Please provide faucet “Y-adapters” so that both adjoining guest slips can use the faucet simultaneously, since each guest is paying for water access. I indicated on my pre-reservation form that my boat has a 14’ beam. I was originally assigned a slip 13’ wide. With a phone call to the office was able to change slips. I indicated that my boat is 41’ in length. I was assigned a40’ slip. This made boarding a bit uncomfortable. Liz, in the office, was kindly provided a parking pass for our son who was visiting us on our boat. The rating is low because we had a wrong size slip assigned, we had no water hookup & no access to the electrical. A well protected marina; Great location; easy access to good restaurants.

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Great time! Marina staff always very helpful. Restrooms very clean.

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Amazing!! This Harbor is beautiful and the staff was so helpful. We are new at boating and we did not bring our shore power cord, rookie mistake. We didn’t arrive until 7:40 pm on Sat. I called the Marina # about our shore power issue and within minutes 3 staff members were there to help us. They let us borrow a cord and saved the day! We will be back!! Thank you!!!

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We had a short stay and the Marina was able to accommodate our requests in a short time frame.

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smooth operation, great location, clean restrooms. Keep up the good work!

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Liz was great. She took very good care of us. We can't wait to go back!

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We had another great stay at Dana Point. Definitely remains a favorite destination with a great marina, restaurants and bike paths in the region. 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.

Marina Response:
Thank you for taking the time to update your review. We truly appreciate you giving us a second chance. I appreciate your detailed review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kelly Rinderknecht, General Manager
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ive been coming here for about three yrs now. i live local and just enjoy being on my boat as much as possible. everyone at the marina office are so nice and accommodating . everyone on the guest deck is also friendly and helps each other out whether its a boat issue or you need to borrow something. i boat alone and i feel safe on the guest dock knowing some of the locals and also the sheriffs who keep an eye on everyone. also the embarcadero marina staff are awesome!

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Another great stay in Dana Point - always a pleasure, always a great experience at the docks.

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Staff were professional! Clean facilities and great location. Thank you for making our visit easy!!

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Everything worked out great and the staff was awesome in accommodating our needs !

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us!
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Awesome stay, spacious slip, reasonable price and very clean and well kept. Definitely will come back for a weekend getaway.

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We arrived after all other boats had checked in to the large boat A dock. (Dock where boats park along a long dock - in other words, parallel parking.) We found our allotted space was VERY TIGHT. I was told that my 59 ft vessel would fit no problem. (We ended up having only 3-5 ft on each end.) In addition, I requested two 50 amp plug-ins, and was told that this was available, and that adaptors would be provided. Was given an adaptor, but it resulted in us having only one 50 amp plug-in.

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Nice clean facility.

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Everything at the Marina was great and easy to coordinate. We did have mechanical problems with the boat so we were not able to take full advantage of the accommodations.

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Great guest facilities and good people. Cannot wait to return. Greg Falls

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Friendly, organized, and helpful staff.

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The harbor was so clean!! Love the views! Slips are VERY tight! Grumpy neighbor that seemed to have a permanent slip in the guest section started the stay rough but got past it.

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The docks and restrooms are clean, easy to find.

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The communication with the Marian prior to arriving was excellent, the Manager, Liz was super to speak with and loved the confirmation of the Slip, directions, photo's etc it's the kind of follow-up that leaves no doubts in a smooth arrival. And it was smooth. Easy to reach slip and very clean dock. The Marina itself offers everything that in pre-covid19 we would have enjoyed 100%; but we chose not to join the full bars and restaurants, instead take a long walk around the parks. As Dana Point Marina is a high-end Marina, two minor suggestion we have is to install a booster or wifi for the guest slips. The reception on our cell phone as zero to one-bar and the other, any of the "work' boats, could be docked either further up or down the slips, as to avoid both an unsightly view and to ensure even a more quiet morning wake up. All in all, excellent and it lived up to our expectations. Looking forward to passing through again - Many thanks Liz for the super job.

Marina Response:
Hi ericmika! Thank you for choosing The Marina at Dana Point. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Liz is fantastic...I will pass along your kind words to her. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I will look into both. We look forward to serving you in the future. Until then...happy boating! Kelly Rinderknecht, General Manager
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It could not have been easier or more wonderful. This marina is such a treat, from the ease of getting the slip, to the marina cleanness, just wonderful.

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us! We appreciate the positive review and look forward to serving you again in the future.
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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.

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate your review and hope you will visit again soon. Kelly Rinderknecht The Marina at Dana Point
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Great time- needed a fun break with family during the Covid Lockdown. Couldn't be better- great facility- great location- great staff- no issues. But maybe we can do without the fog next time?

Marina Response:
Thank you for the laugh...we will work on the fog. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed the facility. We hope to welcome you back someday soon!
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Great Location and Amenities

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Lovely scenic environment, well protected, clean facilities, 24 hour ice (if you have dollar bills), and courteous staff (thank you Elizabeth). Would certainly recommend and hope to return.

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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.

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I love the guest slips, and the facilities. Thank you all.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your review and feedback. Please always feel free to contact the marina office (949-496-6137) once your reservation has been confirmed and we are happy to work with you on your preferred assignment. We hope to see you back in Dana Point again soon.
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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

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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!

Marina Response:
Thank you for your kind review and feedback. We apologize for the initial snag with the slip assignment and are glad we were able to work through it quickly. Please come stay with us again sometime. We are always trying to make improvements to enhance the guest experience.
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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 Response:
Thank you for taking the time to send this wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to taking care of you again in the near future.
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Marina, dock, facilities great. However extremely noisy due to bands and crowds leaving after band was over.

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us. I apologize for the noise disturbance. It was a busy Tall Ships Festival weekend with more bands and activity than usual. We welcome you back anytime. Kelly Rinderknecht The Marina at Dana Point
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Clean docks! Awesome amenities! We will b back 💯!

Marina Response:
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your return. Kelly Rinderknecht The Marina at Dana Point
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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.

Marina Response:
Dear Daveb, I am very sorry to hear of the issues you experienced during your stay with us. The issues you experienced are uncommon. I can assure you that I will check on the condition of the guest dock and immediately address any needed repairs. Thank you for bringing to our attention the activity in the public parking lot adjacent to the guest slips. I will have additional security checks in the area to prevent this type of disturbance in the future. I am so sorry you had to deal with this while trying to enjoy a peaceful getaway. I encourage you to give us another try. Please contact me direct should you wish to book a future visit. Again, thank you for your feedback...we will use it to improve the overall guest experience. Sincerely, Kelly Rinderknecht - (949) 496-6137
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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.

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This is one of our favorite stops!

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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.

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