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Dana Point Harbor is the perfect day trip , the Harbor has many shops and of course restaurants both sit down and grab and go. The best thing about this Orange County Harbor is the closeness to the open ocean . Take a Whale Watching trip from Dana Wharf or Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale S afari aboard a catamaran and you're out of the Harbor in just 5 minutes. Gray Whale Watching season is on January through April and Blue Whales visit every summer between May and September. The Harbor also is home to Sportfishing , Parasailing, Schooner sail boats all easily accessed by the public.
Cycling - Ride the beach bike path. You can also rent standard beach cruiser and mountain bicycles and other single and multi passenger cycles in the area
And for those who are a bit more adventurous, try a Self Guided Bicycle Tour up San Juan Creek trail to Mission San Juan Capistrano on a nice cushy city bike or performance tandem. Maps, points of interest and history info are available.
Beaches - Dana Point has several beaches including Doheney State Beach, that has great surfing, and Baby Beach inside the Dana Point Harbor, that as the name implies, is great for small children since it has no waves.
Whale & Dolphin Watching - Dana Point has several companies that offer boat trips to watch whales in their yearly migrations. There are more articles in the Top Questions about Dana Point.