Dana Point Marine Life Refuge

Location: Scenic Drive
Dana Point, CA (map)
Phone: (949) 248-3500
More info: Website


The Dana Point Marine Life Refuge is an intertidal habitat filled with an amazing variety of marine life. The refuge extends from Strands Beach all the way to Dana Point Harbor.


Visitors can walk along the rocky beach, explore sea caves, study ancient earthquake faults and discover an abundant amount of sea life at the public tidepool exhibit.


The refuge is a perfect family outing, where children and can learn how to respect the ocean habitat and all the creatures that depend on it for life.

At low tide, visitors to the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge can observe sea anemones, star fish, octopus, shell fish and more. You might even be able to see dolphins farther out past the break lines.


Visitors are asked to treat the sea life gently. This means never picking up or stepping on live animals and plants. You can access the refuge by parking at the Ocean Institute and following the paved path to the beach shore.

Exploring the Marine Life Refuge is sure to work up an appetite. Dana Point includes many great restaurants as well as boutique shopping.