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Salt Creek Beach

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Address: Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Beautiful beach area

This beach is active but not crowded in November. There was a Santa surfing competition that drew many colorful surfers and fans. It is a nice beach area with a wonderful walking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sherry T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is active but not crowded in November. There was a Santa surfing competition that drew many colorful surfers and fans. It is a nice beach area with a wonderful walking path along the oceanside. THere is also a large green park area for lounging and play that is overlooking the beach.

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Thank Sherry T
Dana Point, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going here for 40 years and still a beautiful experience. Perfect sand! Good waves and usually not terribly crowded. Great for families. Easy to get to. Stairs or a gondola if walking a problem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is a gem. The park above the beach is gorgeous. Not too many people around, it is quiet and more tucked away than the other beaches around that area. I can't wait to go back to Salt Creek next time I'm there!

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Thank Baley K
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated right below the Ritz Carlton, Salt Creek Beach is a lovely spot with great waves for surfing or just wading in the water. There is a nice park which has picnic tables. If you are staying at the Ritz, they provide shuttle service, chairs and umbrellas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place to do lots of things. Been around with local for 100 years literally. Good parking but metered. If you enjoy watching surfing, it can be epic on big days. I used to Lifeguard it in High School.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Huge beach. Great waves for boogie bard surfing. Enough room for the whole family to have fun! Lots of locals enjoying the beach. We saw a group of surfers both in the morning and the evening catching some good waves. Definitely need a wet suit if you you want to surf, as the water is on the cooler side. We... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great for swimming, walking, exercise, whatever works, get a yearly parking pass and visit often. Now a word of caution, the hill on the way down is easy, not so much on the way back up to your car!! The park is great for picnics, dogs or just laying back and chilling.

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Kismet, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Mile Long Beach, lots of surfers. nice beach,restrooms and a snack bar.Nice walk down to the rocks for a bit of exploring.Pleanty of parking available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went on a day that seemed busier than the norm. It took about 30 minutes to find parking. Locals said that it is never that busy, so there must have been some special event. Be prepared to walk about 5-10 minutes down a steep hill to get to the water. Once you get there you will find perfection. The... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The view in park setting with walkway to the golf area, back to Ritz is incredible. This is without a crowd and lingering shoppers compared to Laguna Beach. Plenty parking available. The surrounding homes are exceptional.

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