Huntington Beach Harbor
Huntington Harbour construction began in 1963 at a cost of $200 million. The harbors and peninsulas are located on the former site of the historic Sunset Bay Estuary wetlands. They were destroyed with dredging and filling to develop the land for the new community. Huntington Harbor is bracketed to the south by the 1,200 acres Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and to the north by the 5,256 acres Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
Newport Beach Harbor
Newport Harbor is touted as one of the finest small boat harbors in the world. Over 9,000 vessels are anchored in its tranquil waters, where recreational and commercial boats of all sizes can be found. Both visitors and locals take advantage of the many boat rental and yacht charter opportunities to enjoy the Harbor’s beauty. Board the famous Catalina Flyer for a 75-minute, 26-mile trip to the island of Catalina or catch a local charter to go whale watching- December through April are the best months to spot these magnificent creatures. Year-round sportfishing is popular in local waters, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can charter a boat to Catalina to catch “the big one.” Authentic Italian gondola cruises are also offered on the bay- gondoliers serenade patrons while winding through the canals of Newport.
Dana Point Harbor
The Harbor houses 2,500 yachts within its two marinas, inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. Complete harbor facilities include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers. Dana Point is the home of the popular sport fishing vessels owned and operated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing. They are available for charter and/or a day of fishing. The Ocean Institute offers a variety of programs for the whole family as well.