Area Information

Dana Point Weather

Dana Point’s year-round Mediterranean climate affords visitors sunny days and cool evenings

Average summer temperature (April-September) is 75º F (24º C).

Average winter temperature 65º F (18º C). Average annual rainfall is 12 inches.

Casual sports clothing year-around during the day is suitable. A sweater or jacket is recommended for cool mornings and evenings, and especially for whale watching excursions on the ocean.


Driving Directions

From the Los Angeles area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy. South and exit PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).
From the San Diego area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy. North, exit Beach Cities off ramp.
Both these exits will take you directly into Dana Point.
Take a left at the 2nd signal, Dana Point Harbor Drive. Doheny State Beach will be on your immediate left at the first signal, Park Lantern. Just a few more short blocks and you’ll arrive at Golden Lantern with the entrance to the Harbor on your left. Continue past Golden Lantern on Dana Point Harbor Drive to reach Baby Beach, OC Sailing & Event Center and the Ocean Institute.


Discover Dana Point

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Help Us Keep the Festival of Whales Clean and Green

clean-greenThe Dana Point Festival of Whales is an ocean-friendly event with many of our booths, displays and exhibits being very close to water’s edge. We ask that all our sponsors and exhibitors keep this ocean location top-of-mind and refrain from using balloons, stickers, temporary tattoos, flyers or other materials that might find their way to the receiving waters of the Pacific Ocean. We also ask all of our guests to keep these practices in mind as they spend a glorious day or weekend taking in the beauty of this special location. Drinking fountains are plentiful for the refilling of water bottles. Please don’t forget to BYO (bring your own) and refill throughout the day. Please help us keep the Festival of Whales clean and green for generations to come. Click here to learn more