If Skip is a nautical dog, Dog Friendly Dana Point is the place to be! There is plenty to explore in this seaside town, enough to warrant a weekend stay (despite dogs being banned from the beach).
Where to stay (from big dogs to small pups...)
For dogs of all sizes, Doheny State Beach is a great place to camp, where dogs can enjoy the sea air and grassy park area for a fee of $20 and up.
Pet Friendly Doubletree Guest Suites Doheny Beach located on Pacific Coast Highway welcomes pets up to 50 lbs at a fee of $30 per night.
The Capistrano Seaside Inn located on PCH in Capo Beach welcomes pets up to 45 lbs for a one time fee of $25.00.
And if your pooch is 30 lbs or less and only stays in the lap of luxury, the beautiful hillside St. Regis Monarch Beach will be awaiting her arrival with a bed, bowl and biscuits! A one time pet fee of $75 is required.
Okay, the leash is unpacked...where shall we explore first?
For the most aventurous of dogs, let's head over to UP Sports located at 34105 Pacific Coast Highway where you can rent a tandem kayak and pick up a doggie life jacket before hitting the high seas.
The experts at UP Sports will give you the scoop on where to launch off the seawall at Dana Point's Baby Beach.
Here you'll set sail to explore the Dana Point Harbor, cruise the jetty, and maybe catch the sunset...dog friendly adventure at its finest!
Once you've worked up an appetite from all that paddling, the Dana Point Harbor offers a variety of dog friendly dining options.
Down at the Wharf grab some grub at Jon's Fish Market where you might enjoy the Fish & Chips favorite or maybe a Shrimp Boat or Fish Taco to snack on.
Next door is the Harbor Deli & BBQ featuring New York Style breakfast & lunch including a Philly Steak Burrito and of course, the classic Pastrami on Rye.
Relax with a Cappucinno Royale & a Moka Crunch Bar or maybe a Sunrise Bagel & Pacific Berry Smoothie at The Coffee Importers with a very dog friendly patio.
For a fantastic slice of Italian pie & a pitcher of beer, try Beach Cities Pizza, where you & your pooch are welcome to taste their Thai Chicken Pizza (delicious!) while dining on their outdoor patio.
If homestyle American fare is more your style, The Brig is the spot for hamburgers 'n stuff or a hearty bowl of soup & a fresh salad.
Just around the corner is The Country Fox where Marley and I found some cute doggie stocking stuffers for her grandma who loves schnauzers.
When its time to wash off that salt water, stop by South Paw Dog Wash at 34155 PCH, where you'll be supplied with shampoo, scrubber, rinse, aprons, towels and blow dryers to make the job easy.
Or across the street, you'll find The Beach Dogue, offering pet grooming, teeth cleaning and in home pet care.
Heritage Park is our next stop in Dana Point, located at 34400 Old Golden Lantern, right across the street from the Harbor.
The winding trail will lead you to spectacular views of the Marina...views which just keep getting better the higher you climb.
You'll also find a fenced Dog Fun Zone, where your pal can run & stretch his legs. Although a small area, Marley always appreciates the chance to shed her leash & play a little ball.
If your pal also loves to run and play, visit our Dog Parks Guide for a detailed listing of over 10 great Dog Parks in Orange County.
The Monarch Bay Plaza is our final stop in Dog Friendly Dana Point, just north of Salt Creek Beach Park on PCH.
Here you can stock up on supplies, toys & treats at Wild's Animal Supplies.
As dinner time approaches, enjoy a fantastic Euro-Asian fusion menu at Crab Cove, where a koi pond & etched glass water features adorn the dog friendly outdoor tables. Here you might feast on their Steamed Chilean Seabass or the decadent Flambe Vietnamese Baby Bananas...sautéed in rum...yum!
Obviously there is much to explore & enjoy in Dog Friendly Dana Point, making it a fantastic weekend spot for you & Skip the Seadog!