Dana Point Less Discovered

Orange County’s coastline is famous for its bountiful beauty, sublime sunsets, and beautiful beaches. Make Dana Point basecamp for taking it all in stride. From long walks and secret beach hops, to camping on the sand, here’s your quick guide to some of Dana Point’s outdoor delights.

Week: 09.07.2022
Regions: Southern CA

Getting Salty

Hike to Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point Southern California

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Two people walking along a path next to Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point Southern California
Long walks on the beach are great, but what about long walks to the beach? This 7.7-mile (round-trip) to the beautiful Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point is one of the best in Orange County.
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Stranded in Dana Point

Orange County "Secret" Beach: Dana Point Strand

The key to finding an uncrowded beach in Orange County? Be willing to hike! Dana Point’s Strand lies beneath a protected coastal promontory called the Headlands, surrounded by rocky bluffs and elegant homes.
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Down Doheny Way

Camping at Doheny State Beach

For the best beach camping in SoCal, come down Doheny way, where everybody’s gone surfin’, surfin’ USA! Doheny State Beach, that is, situated on 62 acres of coastline in Dana Point, and California’s first official state beach. Though immortalized in the Beach Boys’ 1963 hit, the
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    Getting Salty

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