Quintessential California: Why you have to visit Dana Point

Whale watching in Dana Point, California

In search of somewhere new and undiscovered to visit in the new year? Look no further than Dana Point, a quintessentially Californian beach town that’s close enough to the best sights but tucked away from the tourist trail.

Here’s five reasons to visit Dana Point!

1. It’s the perfect place to slow down

If you are a fan of slow travel then Dana Point is a perfect example of somewhere travellers can unwind and relax. Surfing culture is rife in the region and a contributing factor as to why it has such a, locals vibe. Getting to Dana Point is also part of the fun – it’s the first stop on Highway 1, or travellers can take a scenic Amtrak from LA or San Diego.

2. The hotels are big on sustainability

Sleep well knowing that the hotels you are staying at are committed to preserving and protecting the natural environment at Dana Point.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa has a number of sustainability practices in place, such as water-saving programmes and a partnership with Eminence Organic Skincare to plant a tree for every product sold in the spa.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel also offers Eco Adventures so parents and their little ones can learn about Southern California’s natural wonders and sustainable practices they can adopt at home.

3. Whales can be sighted all year round

The whale watching in Dana Point is world class and there are opportunities to spot them throughout the year, with grey whale season typically during November – April and blue whale season during May – October. In addition to whales, travellers can spot dolphins, seals and array of bird life.

4. It attracts big name artists every September

Curated by Pearl Jam singer, Eddie Vedder, Ohana Music Festival is three days of live music, street food and relaxed, SoCal vibes. Taking place on Doheny State Beach in September, the festival attracts popular musicians every year – 2019 saw The Strokes, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lewis Capaldi take to the stage, so you know it’s going to be a great event!

Dana Point, California USA

5. A holiday won’t break the bank

There’s lots to see and do in Dana Point that’s completely free, from exploring beaches and state parks to seeing public art and wandering along the scenic Harbour. There are free beach volleyball courts at Doheny and Capistrano Beaches and many hotels also offer complimentary bicycle rental.

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