Salt Creek Beach Park

Running Event Oct. 30

The Halloween Terrifying Ten run will take place Sunday, Oct. 30 at Salt Creek Beach between 6:30 and 11 a.m. Expect larger crowds than usual.

Salt Creek Beach Park 
33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949)923-2280 or (949)923-2283

Open Daily: 5 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Parking consists of pay and display parking $1/hour year round. Or, an annual County beach parking decal, available at the Sailing & Events Center (949) 923-2215 in Dana Point Harbor.


A child lifts a surfboard into the water at Salt Creek Beach.Salt Creek Beach Park is a popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire coastline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tidepool exploration (all tidepool inhabitants are protected) are other beach activities.

Convenience structures include restroom facilities with outside showers and a paved parking area. A beach concession building, open in the spring and summer, offers quick food and beach supplies.


September 2, 2016 
Fall 2016 Scholastic Surfing Class Schedule

Capistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the link below for days and times the beach may be affected.

August 5, 2016 
Exhibit: The Endless Summer

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With over 100 items from the legendary 1964 documentary – including Bruce Brown’s cameras, tape recorder, projector, editing table, Robert August’s passport, matching trunks and jacket, original photos and sketches, and foreign and domestic movie posters – this exhibit at the Old Orange County Courthouse is the definitive collection associated with surfing’s most iconic movie.

Also, enjoy a screening of the movie at Salt Creek Beach Aug. 20.

September 29, 2016 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 6

The clocks fall back early Nov. 6, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset.

August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.

February 10, 2016 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 13

Starting Sunday, March 13, the spring-summer hours for regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That includes Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks. Irvine Regional Park opens at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Wilderness parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round.

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