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California Beach Retreat - Clean, Quality Beds, Great Bathrooms & Kitchen!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,020 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Large 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Luxury Condo (Sleeps up to 6), Strands Beach Adjacent!


CONTACT US DIRECTLY with your requested dates for an ACCURATE QUOTE! The Rate posted on this site is the Base Rate for 8 out of 12 months annually. Spring & Summer rates are higher. City ordinance restricts us from posting rates that reflect how prices adjust from week to week . Because rates vary from week to week depending on the time of the year (early summer, peak summer, end of summer, etc...), it's best to contact us for a quote. For example: A stay beginning in May will be less than a stay that begins mid June. Stays of 30 nights or longer offer the best value.

STRANDS BEACH DANA POINT (California Beach Retreat - Near Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, St. Regis at Monarch Beach and Laguna Beach.


As you pull off of Pacific Coast Highway on to our palm lined street, you have the ocean to the right and our condominium complex, Niguel Beach Terrace, on the left. At this point you are 'steps' away from the Strands Beach at Salt Creek Beach Park.

This area of Dana Point with it prominent coastal bluffs, is also known as The Headlands and is part of what is referred to as the 'Gold Coast' or 'California Riviera'. With Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south, our California Beach Retreat is the ideal location for your Southern CA visit. You are central to all of Southern California! 60 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 60 miles from Sea World in San Diego.

Sixty-eight miles to Universal Studios Hollywood, 33 miles to Disneyland Resort, 25 miles to John Wayne Airport, 5 miles to Laguna Beach, 5 miles to Mission San Juan Capistrano, 80 miles to Tijuana Mexico!


The Strands Beach is actually the Southern portion of the Salt Creek Beach Park. It is a highly regarded surfing beach that consistently rates an A+ in water quality. It is not unusual to see dolphins or an occasional sea lion while visiting the beach. This is the same beach that guests from the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and The St. Regis at Monarch Beach use.


First let me say this, 'We Love this Place!' Every time we visit we feel as though we are away on a vacation. That being said, we set out to transform this place into our our ultimate Beach Home. We were fortunate to have a professional designer in the family to guide us through an extensive renovation of our Beach House. The end result is a warm, comfortable feel where 'coastal elements' abound.


Entering this upper unit you will see floors with a beachwood look throughout, counter-tops with seafoam colored granite, glass tiles with the iridescence of abalone shells. Vaulted ceilings with recessed halogen lighting, plantation shutters give you the ability to control the abundant natural lighting, ceiling fans, an open floor plan integrates the kitchen with the living room.

A large deck adjacent to the kitchen and the master bedroom accommodates the gas barbeque. Adjacent to the living room area is another large deck with a small table and seating. Large sliding patio doors access each deck. Rounding out the living room is a queen size sleeper sofa, a large LCD TV, a Wii gaming system and a music player for CD's or your iPhone. Several DVD titles, CD's and some Wii games are provided for your enjoyment.


Next is the guest bedroom and bathroom. This large room also has vaulted ceilings with recessed lighting, a queen size bed with pillow top mattress, a designer ceiling fan, shutters and very good natural lighting. A large sliding patio door accesses the South facing deck. A TV with a DVD player and a clock radio are provided. The bathroom features a glass tile lined shower, frame-less glass shower door, limestone floors, granite counter-tops and a tumbled marble back splash.


The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings, a king size canopy bed, designer fan, recessed lighting, a 32' LCV TV, clock radio, a large sliding patio door with access to the East facing deck. This large room has connected master bathroom with a glass tile lined shower, limestone flooring, granite counter-tops, tumbled marble back splash and a vanity area with seating. We believe this is the largest bathroom in the Niguel Beach Terrace complex.


The kitchen was designed to integrate with the main living areas. From the kitchen you will be able to view both decks and be fully involved in any conversation taking place in the living room. Quality appliances, well equipped with most every detail provided.

Keywords: Condominium, Condo, Vacation Rental, Beach House, Strands Beach, Dana Point

More Details

Ernie or Robert
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Ernie or Robert

Young, fresh out of college, my cousin and I though it would be great to have a place by the beach. So when the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at it. All the same, the financial committment was quite a strain back then. Fast forward 32+ years and the once sleepy, little beach town is now part of the 'Gold Coast', home to the 4 & 5 Star resorts. Additionally, our complex is adjacent to a new billion dollar residential development, The Strand at the Headlands.

We have taken our 25 yrs of savings and transformed our 1983 condo into a new, upscale, high quality vacation home.

Be sure to read our guest comments!

Ernie or Robert purchased this condo in 1983

Why Ernie or Robert chose Monarch Beach

Again, we purchased this home long before we ever imagined it as a vacation home. As the trend toward vacations homes grew, we saw it as a natural for this location. We have one of the finest beaches, not to mention one of the cleanest, in Southern CA at our steps. Having experienced vacation rentals at the ski slopes and other resort locations, we had a pretty good idea of what not to do. Our vacation home was remodeled from the ground up with the short term guest in mind. Extremely clean, redesigned floor plan to open and connect living space, larger bathroom, extremely comfortable beds, high quality throughout.

What makes this condo unique

Quiet, spacious, comfortable, very clean! No discarded/used furnishings from home. Everything was purchased new and is of quality at this vacation home. Going to the beach? We have the towels, cooler, umbrella, boogey boards, sand toys, chairs. Cooking? We have all of the spices, olive oil, quality cookware and utinsels. Large washer & dryer. Games, DVD's, Cable HDTV, internet, and a Nintendo Wii for your evening entertainment. Much More!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely stay at your Strands Beach Dana Point condo. The place was

immaculate with every amenity available. We had a chance to visit

several beaches and enjoyed Strands Beach far above all the others.

Enjoyed GenKai for sushi and The Chart House for the view and the

meal! Lovely condo, lovely beach and a lovely vacation!!

Thank you!
Aug 2007
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Monarch Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Maximum number of guests is 6. Exceeding this number may result in forfeiture of the security deposit.
  • RV's or trailers are not permitted to be parked at the premises. Please park on Selva Road in front of the complex.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) With Pillow Top Mattress, Queen size Beds (1) With Pillow Top Mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Size Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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California Beach Retreat - Clean, Quality Beds, Great Bathrooms & Kitchen!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 68 reviews

Private and inviting

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful vacation spot for us. The condo is located in a private part of the complex overlooking a lovely picnic area. The owners had thought out what most people would want and supplied it. It was clean and welcoming. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at our Strands Beach Dana Point Vacation Rental!
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A perfect location; A beautiful home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second rental in the area and this one was perfect. Ernie & Robert have done a beautiful job of caring for your arrival and stay. You'll find everything you need in the kitchen, all kinds of amenities for the beach (boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas) and the most beautiful beach and bath towels. The decorating is new, homey, happy, crisp and uncluttered.

We took advantage of the beach, trails and trolleys...and there are few better places to admire a sunset.


  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Hartford, CT USA

Mostly OK

  • 3 of 5

Our reasons for the 3 star review are basically for quite a few "little" things. Not enough living room furniture when we have guests and it was a bit uncomfortable as well. Only 3 tall glasses (plastic ones were available to bring to pool but I don't like to drink out of plastic). No Tupperware containers or cleaning supplies...we bought our own toilet brush. The grill doesn't work very well and was not cleaned prior to our arrival. The washing machine would go out of balance with almost every load. One of the small wooden deck chairs broke a seat spoke when we sat on it. The vacuum cleaner didn't work so we replaced the belt. Being a 2 month renter, these things are important to us and I'm sure can be easily rectified by the owners.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at our Strands Beach Dana Point Condo. We are disappointed that it did not meet or exceed your expectations. We pride ourselves on having a years long history of 5 star reviews and are always checking for items in need of repair or replacement, checking the level of cleanliness and making sure we have an initial supply of most amenities a guest could require. We understand your concern that the living room did not have seating for additional guests and that you found it to be uncomfortable. The sofa is new and is possibly not worn in enough and we only have seating for six. We did respond to your initial call about the washer and offered to set up a service call. You informed us that the call was not necessary as it was working to your satisfaction. Our washer is only a few years old and had been problem free; thank you for alerting us to this problem. Likewise, we were unaware that the vacuum needed a new belt and would have gladly replaced it. We have no excuse for the grill not being cleaned and will take it up with our housekeepers. Thank you again for choosing our condo and alerting us to these items in need of service.
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The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this beach retreat over the holiday season and it proved to be the perfect choice. The condo is nestled in the Niguel Beach Terrace Community of condos--a quiet, charming, safe and friendly area with easy beach access and beautiful sunset views. Robert was a considerate host and checked several times to make sure all was well. The condo itself is well-equipped and tastefully decorated. Loved the master bedroom that offers a little balcony and an ensuite bath. Because I had numerous guests throughout my stay, I appreciated the condo's layout which offered both a sense of closeness but privacy when needed. All in all, this condo was the perfect choice for a holiday retreat.


  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: June, It was a pleasure having you as our guest. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for choosing our Strands Beach Dana Point condo!
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Langley, BC, Canada


  • 5 of 5

This place is great! Better than the description! This was our first booking through this site and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Upon entering, it really is a luxury condo. We had our 1 year old son with us and they had everything we needed for him. Everything you could need was provided. Walking distance to the beach (though it is a hike back up). Nice pool and hot tub area. Great location in Dana point, near Laguna beach. I would absolutely recommend this place and hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fine Apartment in a Great Spot

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week while attending a meeting at the St. Regis. It was just what we wanted, comfortable, modern and efficient, great proximity to a wonderful beach. One question about the wireless internet was answered promptly and correctly.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Hennessey's Tavern
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Monarch Beach Golf Links
Nearest Train
6 Miles
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Luciana's Restorante
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Bear Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Strands Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
North Steps to the Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel
Nearest Point of Interest
St Regis at Monarch Beach Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Tennis Club at Monarch Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Salt Creek Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
Market & Drug Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Institute
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea Cave
Nearest Point of Interest
Tall Ships
Nearest Point of Interest
Baja Fish Tacos
Nearest Point of Interest
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Post Office
Nearest Point of Interest
Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Nearest Point of Interest
Rail Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Trader Joe's
Nearest Point of Interest
Ralph's Grocery
Nearest Point of Interest
Dana Point Harbor Overlook
Nearest Point of Interest
Beachcomber Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Dana Wharf
Car: necessary

Whale Watching; Tide Pools; Grunion Hunting (in season); Tall Ships Festival; Whale Festival; Doheny Blues Festival; Pageant of the Masters; Orange County Fair (July-August).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning 30 Day+ 2 Times $360
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

CONTACT US DIRECTLY with your requested dates for an ACCURATE QUOTE! The Rate posted on this site is the Base Rate for 8 out of 12 months annually. Spring & Summer rates are higher. City ordinance restricts us from posting rates that reflect how prices adjust from week to week . Because rates vary from week to week depending on the time of the year (early summer, peak summer, end of summer, etc...), it's best to contact us for a quote. For example: A stay beginning in May will be less than a stay that begins mid June. Stays of 30 nights or longer offer the best value.
Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your reservation up to 90 days in advance of arrival with a refund of all deposits.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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