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Ritz Carlton Dr off Pacific Coast Highway
The southern entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park ( known to locals as Strands beach) is off Selva Rd.
The long, sandy beach is a popular surfing spot. Parking and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available at a large metered parking lot, open 6 AM-midnight, on Ritz Carlton Drive.
From the west side of the lot, a paved path leads to the beach and to the grassy seven-acre Bluff Park, which has benches, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms.
Just south of Ritz Carlton Dr., a pedestrian gate, open 24 hours, leads through the Ritz Carlton Hotel grounds to a paved path along the bluff above Salt Creek Beach; the path, which skirts the southern perimeter of the grounds, has numerous benches and overlooks providing views of gray whale migration routes, Catalina Island, and the coastline.
At its northern end, the path joins a paved multi-use trail leading north along the shoreline past Bluff Park. Several stairways and paths lead from the multi-use trail to the beach, changing rooms, outdoor showers, restrooms, snack bar, firepits, and a path along the seawall. Paths and trails lead north and east through a golf course and along Salt Creek, a scenic corridor featuring small parks and several miles of trails.
The southern entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park ( known to locals as Strands beach) is off Selva Rd and features picnic tables, barbecue grills, a path and stairs to the beach. The parking lot is open 6 AM-midnight.
Picnics, Barbeques, surfing and trails for walking
Changing rooms, outdoor showers, restrooms, snack bar, firepits, and a path along the seawall.
Large Metered Parking Lot
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.