We just discovered this cool beach area right off the the Dana Point Harbor. Nestled close to the Ocean Institute, this somewhat enclosed beach area offers kids and family and safe and fun place to splash around. Little to no waves, soft sand and a big area for picnics and bbqs. The parking is free but limited.
Be sure to check out the water quality before going as this beach is sometimes closed due to high levels of bacteria in the water. This is a great site to help you plan your trip