A stay at Monarch Beach Resort makes it easy to get outside and enjoy the California sunshine and the spectacular location on the Orange County coast. Whether you are using the resort’s premier facilities and organized activities or heading out on your own to explore Dana Point, Laguna Beach, and other nearby sights, there’s an abundance of options.
Sit by the Seashore
A complimentary Woodie-style tram takes guests to the resort’s beautiful beach
with its curving stretch of golden sand. It’s the perfect spot to try a body boarding lesson or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) with a surf host. Or just relax on a lounge chair under an umbrella and take in the spectacular ocean views. Fire pits can be reserved for marshmallow roasting and s’mores in the evenings. In the summer, a complimentary trolley also takes guests to Strands Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point Harbor, and other nearby stops.
Hike the Bluffs
Get a great workout and take in incredible views when you walk or run along the nature trails near the resort
. The short Bluff Top Trail overlooks Dana Point Harbor for an easy introduction to the area or head to the San Clemente Beach Trail which runs along the coastline. The Ridgeline Trail rewards hikers with views of mountain peaks and even Catalina Island on clear days.
Surf on a Golfboard
The Pacific Ocean is a fitting backdrop to Monarch Beach’s peerless 18-hole golf course, which accommodates both amateur and seasoned golfers. And now guests can “surf” the greens on a GolfBoard, designed by surf legend Laird Hamilton. Powered by lithium batteries, these stand-up, four-wheel boards whisk players across the fairway in record time with less wear and tear on the turf than a golf cart. Plus, it adds a whole new level of fun to a day on the course.
Lounge by the Pool
Soak up the scene by the resort pool
and laze the day away in one of the private cabanas ordering frozen drinks from Sombra, the poolside Mexican cantina; go for a refreshing swim; or relax in one of two infinity edge whirlpool spas, all facing the ocean. At the other end of the spectrum, guests can get an intense core workout by taking a BOGA fit board class in the spa lap pool.
Dana Point is known as the whale capital of the West
, as the port is a popular starting point for day trips to view migrating whales. At Dana Point Harbor guests can board a whale-watching boat or a private charter and within five minutes be in the open sea. Marine mammals such as migrating gray, humpback, minke, and fin whales, as well as dolphins, sea lions, and elephant seals usually make appearances.
Wheel About Town
Renting a conventional or electric bike
is one of the best ways to be out in the fresh air and get the lay of the land around the resort. Cycle on trails along Salt Creek Beach, through Doheny Beach State Park, or all the way to San Juan Capistrano, home to one of California’s historic missions.
Go on a Picnic
Monarch Beach makes it easy to indulge in alfresco dining. Before heading out for the day’s adventures, pop into the Part & Parcel Market for custom sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, just-picked salads, and goodies such as macarons and croissants for a perfect picnic lunch at the beach or on the bluffs.
Run for it
Guests who want to follow self-led running routes
can download the resort’s virtual running partner, the RunGo app, and receive directions through their headphones. Explore the coastal cliffs of Dana Point, run along Salt Creek and Monarch beaches, or try one of the local custom routes planned by the fitness specialists at the spa.
Get a Volley Going
Forgot your racquet? No problem, loaner racquets are available to guests who want to play on one of the resort’s eight hard courts
. Tennis pros are available for lessons and a ball machine can be rented for those who want to work on their return.
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