by sailorken on Nov 23, 2019
Been here a number of times now and I like coming back. Nice safe harbor with things near by that a sailor may need. I’m looking forward to seeing the upgrades that are planned and I’m sure I will return again soon.
Thank you Liz and all the staff!
by abeulug on Nov 13, 2019
I am updating my previous review to 5 stars (from 2 stars) for the following reasons.
1. Since my original review, the staff of the marina has been absolute joy to deal with. They have accommodated my every wish. on multiple reservations. They also respond quickly on "chats". They have assigned me to a perfect size slip every-time since.
2. Dana Point remains an excellent destination marina with excellent restaurants, facilities and people. We enjoyed our time there so much we overstayed our scheduled time on our last visit. Thanks to Uber/Lyft or the biking trails there is so much to do within a short ride.
3. The Dockwa system, app and the keycode system work very well.
4. Using the promotional coupons keep slip costs more affordable.
We adopted the tradition of spending two nights at the marina for one of the Christmas boat parade week ends and highly recommend you reserve your slip before they sell out.
Arrived to find out the assigned slip (#3) was too short. 30ft slip for a 33 foot boat. Had to dock in an alternate slip (#7) and contact the marina. After 5-10 mins on the phone and following messages through the dockwa system, the alternate slip was approved. Some of the messages from dockwa seemed to suggest I requested a 30 ft slip and should have requested a 40 ft slip. This is not the case. I did not request a size slip. I entered my boat parameters (length, breadth etc.) into the system and it should pick the proper size slip.
In any case, I have docked at the DP marina many times before without any of these problems. Not really pleased this time. Not to mention that the price seemed to have taken a jump.
I found the numeric key code replacing the old key system an improvement. It worked as expected.
Hope going forward the slip assignment logic will be improved so we don't have these issues.
by zakcrawford on Nov 12, 2019
Quiet (no sea lions or other noisy neighbors) Marina with clean facilities in beautiful Dana Point. I followed a fleet of racing dinghies as I came in at Sunset. Docking was comfortable with an 11' beam in the 15' wide 40' slip, very well protected behind multiple breakwaters.
My only complaint is the price, at $2.50/ft per night I could only afford a few nights, when compared to Oceanside at $.80/ft per night in the off-season it's quite steep.
by mpavick00 on Oct 06, 2019
I love the guest slips, and the facilities. Thank you all.
Thank you for your review and feedback. Please always feel free to contact the marina office (949-496-6137) once your reservation has been confirmed and we are happy to work with you on your preferred assignment. We hope to see you back in Dana Point again soon.
by sealass123 on Sep 24, 2019
We sailed our 41' Columbia Ketch "Ber Necessity" from Cabrillo Way Marina in LA Harbor, down to Dana Point Harbor. We made the reservations through Docwa and it was very easy and reliable. Then I was working with Liz because we had a party for our family and friends to come see our new boat. Liz was amazing. She helped me with anything I needed and she was always so kind. The Marina at Dana Point allowed us to set up tables and a bar for our guests. We were also able to pick which slip we wanted. The Guest slips and dock and the facilities were very clean and really nice. We had a great stay and we will definitely be back.
by gdavi2535 on Sep 17, 2019
Had a wonderful stay. The only snag was that our assigned slip was too narrow (and directly adjacent to the pump out station's aroma), but your staff was very quick to move us two doors down to a somewhat wider slip.
The slip, heads and marina could all use a makeover but we understand that's in the works. Can't wait to see the improvements!
Thank you for your kind review and feedback. We apologize for the initial snag with the slip assignment and are glad we were able to work through it quickly. Please come stay with us again sometime. We are always trying to make improvements to enhance the guest experience.
by aealessandra on Sep 16, 2019
The Guest Slips at Dana Point were great! I arrived Thursday around 1 pm and found my slip. Was able to wash the boat and get ready for my guests arrival so we could launch to Avalon. Showers were fine and it was really quiet on the docks. Liz made the process so easy. It was our first time doing a slip away from our home and I'd stay at Dana Point again.
Thank you for taking the time to send this wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to taking care of you again in the near future.
by rgallu2000 on Sep 09, 2019
Marina, dock, facilities great. However extremely noisy due to bands and crowds leaving after band was over.
Thank you for staying with us. I apologize for the noise disturbance. It was a busy Tall Ships Festival weekend with more bands and activity than usual. We welcome you back anytime.
The Marina at Dana Point
by corpamer on Sep 08, 2019
All the amenities are kept well, it was easy and simple to get the reservations made and confirm the reservations.
Thank you Liz
Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate your review and hope you will visit again soon.
The Marina at Dana Point
by thereeltherapy on Sep 01, 2019
Clean docks! Awesome amenities! We will b back 💯!
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your return.
The Marina at Dana Point
by daveb on Aug 29, 2019
Stayed on what thought would be a quiet Thursday. Wrong! Rowing club takes up most parking. Loud bunch of drunks swearing past 10 in lot using restroom. Wife and daughter afraid to go to parking lot. Docks ok but mine had holes in it and nail heads where rubber bumper pulled away from dock. no trash containers on docks and must carry trash to land. Pump out worked at end of dock but no water hose for flushing system properly. Would help if had signs on end of dock to no which side to go down. Many paddle boarders in middle of channel don’t care if they are in the way or not.
I am very sorry to hear of the issues you experienced during your stay with us. The issues you experienced are uncommon. I can assure you that I will check on the condition of the guest dock and immediately address any needed repairs. Thank you for bringing to our attention the activity in the public parking lot adjacent to the guest slips. I will have additional security checks in the area to prevent this type of disturbance in the future. I am so sorry you had to deal with this while trying to enjoy a peaceful getaway.
I encourage you to give us another try. Please contact me direct should you wish to book a future visit.
Again, thank you for your feedback...we will use it to improve the overall guest experience.
Kelly Rinderknecht - (949) 496-6137
by la1217 on Aug 18, 2019
I was assigned a slip that was too small, but this wasn't readily apparent until entering the slip was attempted. The attempt left permanent marks on the hull of my brand new boat.
by abreojos on Aug 01, 2019
The docks are well maintained. The showers and laundry were clean and easy to access and use. The only problem was that the slip to which we were assigned was very tight and we had some trouble getting into it because the girl in the office who answers the phone doesn't know east from west and we initially went part way down the side of the finger the girl told us to go and quickly realized she told us the wrong side. I asked her whether our bow would be facing east or west when we entered the slip and she said, "It will be facing the dock." Well, what can you say?
by senier on Jul 23, 2019
This is one of our favorite stops!
by markaloha on Jul 20, 2019
Very pleased with our 2 night stay.
Fortunately we were assigned # 21 easy in and out , drawback it’s on the waste pump out dock.
Boats coming in to use dump station a bit of a nuisance.
For the price it would make sense to be able to choose a slip. We were there midweek and there were many slips available.
I have a 36 ft Sailboat and further down the dock it would have been tight.
Bathrooms were clean and security locks worked well.
My wife and daughter used the snack shop for snacks.
Took the tender to where the Catalina Express docks for dinner. Walking to restaurants and good coffee is a distance.
So bring a bike if you have room.