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Doheny Marine Life Refuge
Location / Directions :
Dana Point Harbor is at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. The Marine Life Refuge is just north of Dana Point Harbor. It's an easy walk from inside the north part of the harbor area, near the Marine Institute and Baby Beach
(949) 496-6171 or 492-0802.
Dohenys tide pools are different from the tide pools found along a rocky shoreline. San Juan Creek empties into the ocean through our park. It's flow creates a southward current in front of our campground and south day use area. The steep drop-off in this area causes the surf to break right on the sand making wave riding impossible here. The area directly north of San Juan Creek is rocky because the creeks flow causes the sand to move south. The area north of the creek is where tide pools are found at Doheny. When the tide recedes, pools are created in the uneven rocky bottom. It is here to look for the tide pool animals.
Beach Wheelchair, Bike Trails, Hike or Bike Campsites, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Windsurfing, Exhibits & Programs, Surfing, Swimming
Parking, Food Service, Picnic Area, Restrooms, and RV Dump Station, Campers (Max 28'), Trailers ( Max 24'), Visitor Center, Reservations Recommended
Check here to get a schedule and stop locations for the complimentary summer trolley service to get around Dana Point. Also check here to get a schedule of events in the Dana Point area. Shop online, check out the free summer tram, get set to go whale watching or just check out the restaurants
Panoramic views abound in the natural cove that author and seaman Richard Henry Dana called, "The only romantic spot on the coast." Dana landed here during the hide trading days of the 1830's and described the charm of the steep cliff cove in his renowned book, "TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST". In the days of the square rigged sailing ships, the rugged cove was known as BAHIA CAPISTRANO and was the major port between San Diego and Santa Barbara. It seemed only natural that this scenic cove was destined to become one of the most beautiful recreational harbors on the west coast.
The Dana Point Harbor Youth and Group Facility is a center dedicated to the promotion of boating, sailing and safety around the water. The one-acre site is the nucleus of many youth and group programs. Girl Scouts, Saddleback College, Boy Scouts, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are just a few of the organizations that use the facility for public instruction, and recreation.
These boats depart frequently for Catalina Island. Check their web site for departure times and more information on the types of boats they provide. Have a great time on Catalina Island.
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