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Pines Park Above Capistrano Beach

Pines Park Above Capistrano Beach

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.

Pines Park playground with 2 play structures visible on recycled rubber pad with picnic tables and a grassy area

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

climbing wall

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
green and rust colored playground with up-close view of 2 story play structure at Pines Park

Be Aware:

  • 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.
view of ocean between beach bluffs dotted with palm and pine trees


  • 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
grove of pine trees at Pines Park

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Originally published in August 2009.

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