Dana Point, California


Dana Point

Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing. The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which was in turn named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast, which included a description of the area.

Dana Point


Latitude: 33 degrees, 27’4″N, 117 degrees, 41’4″W  |  Chart:  18746

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Service Phone Hours Contact
Harbor Patrol 949.248.2222 24 HOURS VHF 16
Guest Slips 949.496.6137 24 HOURS x

Vistor Berths

Dana Point Marina Company Guest Slips
Dana Point Marina Company now operates the guest slips for the harbor for vessels up to 65 feet. Contact the office for information regarding reservations, slip assignment and fees. 34555 Casitas Place, Dana Point, CA 92629.  Telephone at 949-496-6137 or FAX to 949-496-0788 or email. Extended Guest Stays Now Available: Up to 90 days – Off Season (Labor Day – May 31st), Up to 30 days – Summer (June 1st – Labor Day).   D All slips include electricity and fresh water hook-ups. Reservations: Advance slip reservations are suggested and can be made up to 6 months in advance. Slips will be assigned when guaranteed with a Visa or MasterCard , subject to availability. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to occupancy. All other arriving guests will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Rates: $1.00 per linear foot per day based on the length of the slip. Late Arrivals & Departures: If you are planning to arrive or depart after normal business hours, please make prior arrangements for access

Embarcadero Marina: located at the southeast end of the harbor, Dry storage available for 540 boats from 15′ to 25′ in length. Currently there is a wait list for dry storage. Please phone or email for more information.  Embarcadero Place -Phone: (949) 496- 6177 Fax (949) 496-0641

Anchorage Information

West Basin Anchorage
There is an anchorage available in the West Basin. Boats are welcome for anchorage stays of no more than 5 days in a 30 day period as listed in the Codified Ordinances of Orange County and it is enforced. Thanks to Sgt. John Whitman for the correct information. But remember, boats should not be left for long periods unattended. There is a drift current and the Harbor Patrol checks on the length of your stay ashore and may let you know you’ve been gone too long!

East Basin Anchorage
There is also an anchorage available in the East Turning Basin between the fuel dock and the bait barge. Again, boats are welcome for 5 days but should not be left for long periods unattended. There is a drift current and the Harbor Patrol checks on the length of your stay ashore and may let you know you’ve been gone too long!


Marine Facilities

Launch Ramp
The launch ramp is currently undergoing a renovation.  It is open and is open 24 hours by using a fee taking machine. The cost is: Single/Double Axle Trailers – $10 and Triple Axle Trailers and Over – $20.  Jet skis may be launched at the First Jet Ski: $10, Extra Jet Skis on Same Trailer-$7 each. There is parking available at the following rates:  Car Parking $5 during day / $10.00 if overnight, If over one marked space $20 additional to the daily ramp feeOvernight parking in an occupied boat on trailer $10 additional to the daily ramp fee.
Overnight parking in an occupied RV, Camper, or Bus $20 additional to the daily ramp fee
Catalina Express Parking $9 per day
Pump Out Stations
Fuel Dock
Bait & Ice

Harbor Information

Dana Point Harbor is located 8 miles Northwest of San Mateo Point at the southern end of a high ridge with ragged sandstone cliffs rising to 220′.  Outlying rocks and rocky ledges extend seaward including San Juan Rock which is 10′ at mean high tide and about 50′ long, is 1020′ south of the highest point of the bluff. Rocks extend offshore about 350 yards and are marked by a lighted red whistle buoy. Definitely check your nav charts for accurate details!
The harbor entrance is from the East between two jetties that are marked by lights with the fog horn and radio beacon on the South jetty..  A red nun buoy marks a submerged rock 7′ under about 900′ Northeast of the South light.  There is also a green buoy off Southwest of the outside jetty light.  When entering the harbor, care should be taken to remain clear of these dangers, particularly during low tides and/or periods of heavy southeast swell.

The last published depths were 14.4 feet (15 feet at midchannel) in the entrance, 8.2 feet at midchannel in the channel that leads west-northwest to the west basin, except for shoaling to 0.6 feet in the left outside quarter of the channel opposite daybeacon 14; the entrance channel to the east basin had a depth of 10.2 feet, in 2002.  There are plans to dredge the entire harbor.

A speed limit of 5 mph is enforced in Dana Point Harbor. A swimming area, marked by private buoys, is in the northwest corner of the harbor.

Fog Horn: 1 blast every 10 seconds  (1  second blast)
Radio Beacon:    292kHz

Bridge:   A road bridge divides the East basin and the West basin. The middle span is 45′ and mean high tide clearance is 20′.   The bridge is lighted.

Dangers:  There are a number of racing buoys located in Capistrano Bay as well as 2 sewer outflow marks. There is a sandy shoal in the Southwest corner of the West turning basin that is uncovered at low tide.  This is called the “Shoal” or the “Sometimes Beach”. Also, there is a submerged rock just inside the north jetty just inside the harbor entrance.

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