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Dana Point a fun-filled family getaway and a romantic rendezvous
Dana Point a fun-filled family getaway and a romantic rendezvous

Go nose-to-nose with a bottlenose. Or plant your flag in a pirate cove. Dana Point, a hiccup of a harbor where ranchers once slid cowhides into sailing ships from the nearby bluffs, offers a range of family activities yet is quaint enough for a romantic getaway. The tab: A night at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, with expansive views of the Pacific, set us back $500. Dinner for two, including wine, was $110. Whale-watching was $100 more. You'll save on gas, though: With decent traffic, this nautical play station is only an hour south of L.A. The bed The 378-room Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa (25135 Park Lantern, [949] 661-5000, http://www.lagunacliffs.com) is not in Laguna. It's...

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