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The Marina at Dana Point

$1.75/ft - $2.25/ft

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34555 Casitas Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Check-out before 12:00 PM
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41 Reviews

by qpy34yb7x7cwytypxjmj on Oct 21, 2020
Great spot clean docks and restrooms Friendly staff All good We will be back

by hngarfinkel on Oct 06, 2020
Pre- check in was very easy on line. The dock electrical outlets only accommodate 30 amp plugs. (Please post this on your website.). My “home marina” (San Diego Marriott) has 50 amp electrical, (as do many others), so I was unable to hook-up to electrical & “generators need to be off at 10pm.” The guest docks only have one hose-faucet per two slips (Please provide faucet “Y-adapters” so that both adjoining guest slips can use the faucet simultaneously, since each guest is paying for water access. I indicated on my pre-reservation form that my boat has a 14’ beam. I was originally assigned a slip 13’ wide. With a phone call to the office was able to change slips. I indicated that my boat is 41’ in length. I was assigned a40’ slip. This made boarding a bit uncomfortable. Liz, in the office, was kindly provided a parking pass for our son who was visiting us on our boat. The rating is low because we had a wrong size slip assigned, we had no water hookup & no access to the electrical. A well protected marina; Great location; easy access to good restaurants.

by jegarcia on Sep 21, 2020
Great time! Marina staff always very helpful. Restrooms very clean.

by firedom1911 on Sep 20, 2020
Its always nice renting at your docs in Dana point. The process is easy the amenities are nice.

by agysler on Sep 02, 2020
Amazing!! This Harbor is beautiful and the staff was so helpful. We are new at boating and we did not bring our shore power cord, rookie mistake. We didn’t arrive until 7:40 pm on Sat. I called the Marina # about our shore power issue and within minutes 3 staff members were there to help us. They let us borrow a cord and saved the day! We will be back!! Thank you!!!

by rcarper3245 on Aug 26, 2020
We had a short stay and the Marina was able to accommodate our requests in a short time frame.

by ocdutchy on Aug 23, 2020
smooth operation, great location, clean restrooms. Keep up the good work!

by bpabailey on Aug 23, 2020
Liz was great. She took very good care of us. We can't wait to go back!

by abeulug on Aug 17, 2020
We had another great stay at Dana Point. Definitely remains a favorite destination with a great marina, restaurants and bike paths in the region. 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. ------------- Old Review: ------------- 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.
Marina Response:
Thank you for taking the time to update your review. We truly appreciate you giving us a second chance. I appreciate your detailed review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kelly Rinderknecht, General Manager

by mxgirl1 on Aug 17, 2020
ive been coming here for about three yrs now. i live local and just enjoy being on my boat as much as possible. everyone at the marina office are so nice and accommodating . everyone on the guest deck is also friendly and helps each other out whether its a boat issue or you need to borrow something. i boat alone and i feel safe on the guest dock knowing some of the locals and also the sheriffs who keep an eye on everyone. also the embarcadero marina staff are awesome!

by interseller on Aug 10, 2020
Another great stay in Dana Point - always a pleasure, always a great experience at the docks.

by leenie16 on Aug 08, 2020
Staff were professional! Clean facilities and great location. Thank you for making our visit easy!!

by fastcat on Aug 03, 2020
Everything worked out great and the staff was awesome in accommodating our needs !
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us!

by adrianors on Aug 03, 2020
Awesome stay, spacious slip, reasonable price and very clean and well kept. Definitely will come back for a weekend getaway.

by kcberryman59 on Jul 27, 2020
We arrived after all other boats had checked in to the large boat A dock. (Dock where boats park along a long dock - in other words, parallel parking.) We found our allotted space was VERY TIGHT. I was told that my 59 ft vessel would fit no problem. (We ended up having only 3-5 ft on each end.) In addition, I requested two 50 amp plug-ins, and was told that this was available, and that adaptors would be provided. Was given an adaptor, but it resulted in us having only one 50 amp plug-in.

by avpev on Jul 27, 2020
We love staying at Dana Point Marina at the guest slip. Thank you!

by dreamweaver2845 on Jul 14, 2020
Nice clean facility.

by sailorken on Jul 14, 2020
Thank you all! Been here a number of times and I like coming back. Nice safe harbor with things near by that a sailor may need. I’m looking forward to next time! Thank you Liz and all the staff! Everyone was great!
Marina Response:
Thank you! We look forward to your return. Until then...fair winds and following seas.

by boujiecooks4u on Jul 11, 2020
Everything at the Marina was great and easy to coordinate. We did have mechanical problems with the boat so we were not able to take full advantage of the accommodations.

by gregoryfalls on Jul 06, 2020
Great guest facilities and good people. Cannot wait to return. Greg Falls

by mparis495 on Jun 30, 2020
Friendly, organized, and helpful staff.

by o2bnkauai on Jun 29, 2020
The harbor was so clean!! Love the views! Slips are VERY tight! Grumpy neighbor that seemed to have a permanent slip in the guest section started the stay rough but got past it.

by tromano822 on Jun 21, 2020
The docks and restrooms are clean, easy to find.

by ericmika on Jun 16, 2020
The communication with the Marian prior to arriving was excellent, the Manager, Liz was super to speak with and loved the confirmation of the Slip, directions, photo's etc it's the kind of follow-up that leaves no doubts in a smooth arrival. And it was smooth. Easy to reach slip and very clean dock. The Marina itself offers everything that in pre-covid19 we would have enjoyed 100%; but we chose not to join the full bars and restaurants, instead take a long walk around the parks. As Dana Point Marina is a high-end Marina, two minor suggestion we have is to install a booster or wifi for the guest slips. The reception on our cell phone as zero to one-bar and the other, any of the "work' boats, could be docked either further up or down the slips, as to avoid both an unsightly view and to ensure even a more quiet morning wake up. All in all, excellent and it lived up to our expectations. Looking forward to passing through again - Many thanks Liz for the super job.
Marina Response:
Hi ericmika! Thank you for choosing The Marina at Dana Point. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Liz is fantastic...I will pass along your kind words to her. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I will look into both. We look forward to serving you in the future. Until then...happy boating! Kelly Rinderknecht, General Manager

by laudiero on Jun 10, 2020
It could not have been easier or more wonderful. This marina is such a treat, from the ease of getting the slip, to the marina cleanness, just wonderful.
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us! We appreciate the positive review and look forward to serving you again in the future.

by corpamer on Jun 07, 2020
All the amenities are kept well, it was easy and simple to get the reservations made. Very quiet and the a feeling of being safe at night. Note- It would be good to send the overnight parking pass for your truck and trailer with the reservations when paid for with this service.
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate your review and hope you will visit again soon. Kelly Rinderknecht The Marina at Dana Point

by wichnerk on Apr 29, 2020
Great time- needed a fun break with family during the Covid Lockdown. Couldn't be better- great facility- great location- great staff- no issues. But maybe we can do without the fog next time?
Marina Response:
Thank you for the laugh...we will work on the fog. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed the facility. We hope to welcome you back someday soon!

by ryanduke25 on Apr 20, 2020
Great Location and Amenities

by jamjam on Apr 08, 2020
Lovely scenic environment, well protected, clean facilities, 24 hour ice (if you have dollar bills), and courteous staff (thank you Elizabeth). Would certainly recommend and hope to return.

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.
Marina Response:
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. The Taylors

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!
Marina Response:
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.
Marina Response:
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.
Marina Response:
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. Kelly Rinderknecht The Marina at Dana Point

by thereeltherapy on Sep 01, 2019
Clean docks! Awesome amenities! We will b back 💯!
Marina Response:
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your return. Kelly Rinderknecht 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.
Marina Response:
Dear Daveb, 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. Sincerely, 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.

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About The Marina at Dana Point

Experience The Marina at Dana Point located in South Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A well protected marina where all the slips are only five minutes from open ocean and 32 miles from Santa Catalina Island. Visit us and find out why Richard Henry Dana called our cove, “The only romantic spot on the coast.”

Dana Point is one of the most popular recreational harbors on the west coast. With its surrounding cliffs and beautiful park-like setting, the marina attracts visitors from around the world for shopping, restaurants, and a host of marine and land-base activities. Additionally, Dana Point Harbor is the gateway to Doheny State Park, one of Californian's most famous and popular beaches.

Booking Info

Max LOA: 65'

Minimum price of 28'

The following are required of all guest slip reservations:

  1. Proof of current vessel registration/documentation
  2. Proof of vessel Protection and Indemnity Insurance (P & I) coverage of $500,000.
  3. Current photo ID.
  4. Completion of reservation form

GUEST CHECK IN TIME IS 1:00PM ~ CHECK OUT IS 12:00PM NOON – Strictly Enforced. An access code for key retrieval will be issued on day of arrival.

Payment Info:

Guest slip reservations require pre-payment with a credit card. All reservations must be paid in full at the time of the reservation.

Fee Info:

Water and Power are included for conservative use

We hold the right to charge slip rates based on the length of the slip - if need be we may add this additional charge to your bill.

  • $1.75/foot/day for slips up to 30-foot
  • $2/foot/day for slips 31’-39’
  • $2.25/foot/day for slips 40’ and larger.

Holiday Minimum Night Requirements:

  • 3 night minimum for 4th of July
  • 3 night minimum for Labor Day

Gate Key Info:

  • A gate key and restroom access card are available to guests upon arrival
  • Failure to return these keys within seven (7) days will result in a $100.00 charge
  • Access cards are de-activated after departure.


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    • Cable/Satellite TV
    • Laundry
    • Pumpout
    • Restrooms
    • Security
    • Showers



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