Dana Point Harbor has both landside and waterside components that provide services, opportunities, and enjoyment to thousands of visitors every year. There are two marinas with approximately 2,400 boat slips and a variety of recreational, sporting, and commercial boating amenities. The public launch ramp provides ocean access to many boaters. The pier in the west end of the harbor is ADA accessible and is a place for people to fish and enjoy the scenery. There are also numerous programs offered in Dana Point Harbor to educate participants on the ocean, habitat, and boating.
The landside uses in the harbor include Dana Wharf and Mariner’s Village for shopping and dining, the Marina Inn – a 136-room hotel, the Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, and the County-operated OC Sailing and Events Center. There is a walking trail allowing people to walk the entire perimeter of the harbor, and public parking on both the cove side and island. Benches and grassy areas provide relaxing resting areas next to the water.
OC Dana Point Harbor’s core services are: act as a responsible agent for the community by safeguarding Harbor environmental assets and the public’s access to the coast and recreational boating, facilitating effective communication with our various stakeholder groups, and providing for commercial opportunities; implement the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan; provide resources to commercial tenants to help them meet the County’s standard for customer service; and continue to pursue improvements in Harbor water quality.
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