A Paddler’s Guide to Dana Point
Where to eat, drink and get your gear in Dana Point, California
Visiting a new location can be daunting. Options for dining are everywhere and there may be more than one paddle / surf shop in town. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? You go where locals go. And when I’m in Dana Point, these are a few of my favorite spots.
JC Beans Coffee House
34114 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629 Open: 4:00 am – 8:00 pm
Conveniently located along the PCH up the hill from the harbor, JC Beans is a good old-fashioned coffee-house. They keep things simple, serving up piping hot and fresh brews made to order alongside a selection of pastries and of course, a fantastic breakfast burrito.
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Suite F120, Dana Point, CA 92629 Open: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm
Located near the harbor next to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, RJ’s is a good old fashioned SoCal style American diner. Open for breakfast and lunch, if you are looking for a hearty meal to line your stomach for the day, this is the place to be.
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA., 92629 Open: 11:30 am Mon -Fri / 10:00 am Sat-Sun; Closes at 9:00 pm Sun – Thurs / 10:00 pm Fri & Sat
A raucous bar and grill atmosphere complete with outdoor fire pits, Jimmy’s is the place to be for a great meal, drinks and fun hanging out with your friends. The tavern hosts a happy hour Mon – Fri beginning at 3 pm with drink and food specials. Best of all, it’s just down the street from Doheny State Beach and the harbor.
34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629 Open: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Paddlers love poke and you won’t find it any fresher than at Kamea. Tucked away in the strip mall behind Carl’s Jr. on the PCH just over the footbridge from Doheny State Beach, this is your go to spot for a healthy lunch or dinner. There are a handful of tables inside the small establishment with a couple more sprinkled outside. Walk over with your beach chair and have a tailgate party.
Infinity Surfboard Co.
24382 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point, CA 92629 Open: Mon – Sat 9:30 am – 6:00 pm / Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
If you need to pick up a forgotten piece of gear or simply want to pay a visit to one of the cornerstones of the surfing and standup paddling industry, Infinity is a must do on any trip to Dana Point. With the fastest boards and the most innovative shapes, don’t be surprised if you get inspired and pick up a new addition to your quiver. While there, don’t forget to look up beyond the ample eye-candy to see some great pieces of surfing memorabilia.