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Dana Point Harbor

34624 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I came here when I first interviewed for a job in OC and also for one of my first dates with my wife. We watched the sunset nearby. December 2011.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is no Seaport Village or Del Mar, but it is a nice, small harbor with great views of the ocean and first-rate dining. There is an assortment of places to rent ocean craft, from kayaks to cruises, as well as a variety of specialty boutiques that provide everything from custom chocolates to artisan jewelry to handbags and accessories. I... More

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Argyle, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There were several restaurants at the Harbor. We also took a whale/dolphin watch while there. There were lots of shops to buy souvenirs, most of which were proud of the merchandise. Killed a lot of time at the harbor.

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Upland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband wanted to do some sea fishing didn't catch anything but we had fun. We love the beach and sound of the waves at night.

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San Marcos, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Love the view, facilities but just didn't like that there were a lot of rocks so hard to go swimming.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The price for a Kayak rental was about average or slightly above. The staff vacillated between somewhat helpful and apathetic, so my rating reflects this. I'm not sure why, but this seems to be typical beach attitude/behavior no matter where I visit be it Hawaii, California, or elsewhere. The Kayak was in great shape, and the rest of the gear... More

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Rocky Mountains, CO
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Lots of restaurants, some shopping, and a ton of water based activities available (paddle boats, kayaks, boats all available for rental). Loads of pelicans to view, and the constant flow of sail boats in and out of the harbor are beautiful to watch. There's quite a bit of walking around you can do due to the size of the harbor,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went on the dolphin and whale watching expedition. Little late to see whales but saw hundreds of dolphin, there were fields of them jumping in front of the catamaran. Also saw sea lions. Great being out on the ocean!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Dana Point Harbor has it all... Well, it has a lot for sure. Nice, clean harbor. One can spend as long as they like at the harbor and from the perspective of things to do, you could easily spend the entire day and still not do it all. Fishing charters leave out early AM as well as PM. Whale watching... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Some of the restaurants are in need of a makeover. There is some construction of a new venue that might raise the bar for the existing places. It is still a nice place to watch boats and people.

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