Dana Point is a beautiful coastal town in Orange County, California, famous for its luxury marina, Marine Institute and top water sports credentials. For anyone with a love of the sea or of the beach, a holiday condo in Dana Point, especially those on the coastline, will be a dream come true. Described many years ago as ‘the only romantic spot in California’, it is still obvious to those arriving for the first time at their self catering accommodation in Dana Point that you may as well take this as true; it would take a very long time to discover anywhere even rivalling Dana Point for beauty and character.
Life in a holiday condo in Dana Point will almost certainly revolve around the sea. The beaches are wonderfully picturesque, with the long stretches of sand in the Salt Creek Beach Park being particularly popular with those staying in holiday condos in Dana Point’s beachside areas. There is plenty of scope for swimming, snorkelling and fishing from the beach, and self catering accommodation in Dana Point is particularly popular with California’s many surfers as when conditions are right, the Pacific rollers break off the coast, surging towards the golden sands which line the coast. Doheny Beach is considered one of the finest surfing spots in southern California, and the famous sands of Huntington Beach are close by, housing the International Surf Museum. If you have an interest, the Ocean Institute in Dana Point is a fascinating centre for a maritime education. The museum is one of the best organised, displayed and arranged museum I know of, and is well worth exploring from a Dana Point holiday condo.
There are some fantastic routes for kayaks along the coast too, weaving in amongst the bluffs and inlets which make up the coastline. During the annual whale migration, you can get some magnificent sightings from a beachside holiday condo in Dana Point, and if you are struggling to spot a whale, try looking out towards Catalina Island.
Dana Point Harbour is a magnificent feat of engineering, and is a great centre of activity in the town. There are some fantastic shops, restaurants and cafes surrounding the harbour, which houses over 2,500 boats when at full capacity. Renting catamarans to sail, boats for fishing out in the Pacific, jet skis and speed boats for water skiing is all very easy from self catering accommodation in Dana Point, and if you do not wish to captain your own vessel for the day, there are numerous charters to rent too.
Huntington Beach is a surfer’s paradise. There is a long and rich history between Huntington Beach and surfing, which is displayed with pride in the fascinating International Surf Museum. In the summer, Huntington Beach is also the host to the USA’s Surfing Masters, and is within easy striking distance of a holiday condo in Dana Point.
Dana Point has a wonderful, reliable climate, with warm summers and very mild winters. January, February and March have the only rainfall worth mentioning, but even then, monthly temperatures still average over 16˚C. During the summer (June until the beginning of October) sees average temperatures reaching up to 30˚C in a good year.
Orange County’s ‘John Wayne’ Airport (SNA) is located within an hour’s drive of Dana Point, but doesn’t receive any direct flights from the UK. There are however, plenty of internal flights to John Wayne Airport from airports throughout the USA.