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Salt Creek Beach / Salt Creek Beach Park
Location / Directions :
Salt Creek Beach
33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point, CA 92629
2 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point
Salt Creek Beach is a popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire coastline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tidepool exploration are other beach activities.
Nestled in a beautiful cove at the northern end of Laguna Niguel, Salt Creek is a watery playground of long pointbreak-style lefts, wedgy A-frames, relentless shorebreak and sand-gurgling rights. You name the type of wave, and Salt Creek probably has it. Now add spongers, B-grade pros, gangstas from Santa Ana, 14-year-old girls, the entire Dana Hills surf team, wealthy tourists, newlyweds and, of course, Pat O'Connell, and you have a typical day at Creek. It's an interesting mix, but amazingly, everyone seems to get along.
Salt Creek Park Provides South County residents access to 18 acres of public beaches. The park consists of landscaped parking facility, sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and sheer cliffs. The original ravine canyon locally known as Salt Creek, makes the northerly boundary of the beach. Grading and landscaping have been completed in such a manner as to blend with the natural features, leaving the beach and cliff area basically undisturbed.
Convenience structures include restroom facilities with outside showers and a paved parking area. A beach concession building, open in the spring and summer, offers quick food and beach supplies.
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.