Best Time to Visit Dana Point

Pacific Coast Highway Travel picks the best time to visit Dana Point with a monthly summary of weather, hotel prices and special events to help plan a visit.

Dana Point is the quintessential Southern California coastal city, where the sun is almost always shining and the Pacific Ocean waves are calling your name.

It's also the official start (or end) point of the Pacific Coast Highway, though most people like to drive from San Diego to San Francisco, or Los Angeles to San Francisco, or the entire length of the US west coast if time permits.

Known for its stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches, and a harbor that's a hub of activity, Dana Point is a destination that's worth visiting any time of the year. But when is the best time to visit Dana Point? Let's dive into the Dana Point climate month-by-month and find out.

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Best Time to Visit Dana Point Month-by-Month

January is the coldest month in Dana Point, with average temperatures ranging from 45°F (7°C) to 65°F (18°C). Rainfall is at its peak, averaging 3 inches (76mm), but snow is a rare sight. Hotel prices are generally lower this time of year.

February sees similar weather to January, with average temperatures between 45°F (7°C) and 65°F (18°C), and rainfall averaging 3 inches (76mm). Hotel prices remain relatively low.

March brings a slight increase in temperature, with averages between 48°F (9°C) and 67°F (19°C). Rainfall decreases to about 2 inches (51mm). The Festival of Whales usually features early in the month. Hotel prices start to increase as we move towards spring.

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April sees a significant decrease in rainfall, averaging just 1 inch (25mm), and temperatures range from 50°F (10°C) to 70°F (21°C). This is a great time to visit for those who prefer milder weather. The Dana Point Grand Prix, a premier cycling event, usually takes place late this month. Hotel prices continue to rise slightly.

May brings warmer weather, with average temperatures between 55°F (13°C) and 70°F (21°C). Rainfall is minimal, averaging less than 1 inch (25mm). Hotel prices are moderate.

June ushers in the summer with temperatures ranging from 60°F (16°C) to 75°F (24°C). Rainfall is almost non-existent. The annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show is a highlight for boating enthusiasts in late May/early June. Hotel prices are at their peak due to the start of the summer season.

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July is the hottest month in Dana Point, with average temperatures between 65°F (18°C) and 80°F (27°C). Rainfall is virtually zero. The summer concert series in the park is a popular event. Expect high hotel prices during this peak tourist season.

August continues the hot trend with temperatures ranging from 65°F (18°C) to 80°F (27°C). Rainfall remains negligible. The summer concert series continues, and hotel prices remain high.

September brings a slight decrease in temperature, with averages between 65°F (18°C) and 75°F (24°C). Rainfall is minimal, and the summer crowds start to thin out, making it a great time to visit. Hotel prices begin to drop a little.

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October sees temperatures ranging from 60°F (16°C) to 75°F (24°C), and rainfall increases slightly to about 1 inch (25mm). Hotel prices continue to decrease.

November brings cooler weather, with temperatures ranging from 55°F (13°C) to 70°F (21°C). Rainfall increases to about 2 inches (51mm). The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is a fun event for visitors. Hotel prices are on the low side.

December sees temperatures between 45°F (7°C) and 65°F (18°C), and rainfall averages 2 inches (51mm). The annual Boat Parade of Lights in the harbor is a must-see. Hotel prices are generally lower, making it an affordable time to visit.

Fisherman in the Harbor at Dana PointFisherman in the Harbor at Dana Point

Best Time to Visit Dana Point: Summary

So, when is the best time to visit Dana Point? Well, it depends on what you're looking for. If you're a sun worshipper and don't mind the crowds, summer is your best bet. If you prefer milder weather and fewer people, spring and fall are ideal. If you're on a budget and don't mind a bit of rain, winter could be your perfect season.

Remember, the Dana Point weather is generally mild year-round, so there's never a bad time to visit. Just pack accordingly and be ready to enjoy everything this beautiful coastal city has to offer.

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