Pines Park in Dana Point/Capo Beach, sitting on the bluff directly above Capistrano Beach Park, is the perfect play place for those weekends when it’s hot inland.
How to Get to Pines Park in Dana Point/Capo Beach: From Pacific Coast Highway take Palisades Drive across from Capo Beach up the hill and turn right on Camino Capistrano. From the 5 Freeway take the Camino de Estrella exit and drive toward the ocean. Turn right onto Camino Capistrano. (Address: 34941 Camino Capistrano) MAP to Pines Park in Dana Point/Capo Beach
Recommended by: Danielle
- Ocean view from the path into the pines – plus the sound of the waves crashing below echoes throughout the park
- Beautiful pine trees and surrounding foliage – a great setting for some imaginative play. There’s a little shade tree on the grass right off the bigger play structure.
- Fun tunnel slide, climbing wall, and grassy hills to roll down
- We walked the path leading away from the playground where you get a peek-a-boo view of the ocean. It leads up to great sunset viewing benches. The water was incredibly blue and I could see Dana Point Harbor and headlands.
- It’s a nice place for a dinner picnic or barbecue with a few grills near the picnic tables
- NO bathrooms
- No swings
- The playground is slightly sunken below street level, so it’s harder to get to the street.
- The fences are there for a reason. The fenced off area may be unstable.
- Parking on street (only an issue when they are doing road work)
- Mostly recycled rubber play surface with little sandbox area near the smaller structure
- NO restrooms, but drinking fountains at top of steps
- Shade around the park, not always on the park
- Four picnic tables with bench seating and grills
- Accessible – the ramp is steep though on the way back up
- Official City of Dana Point website
Originally published in August 2009.