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Charming Beach Cottage - Steps to Strand Beach, Relax and Enjoy!!!

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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4

Nestled in the Headlands of Monarch Beach, this California Riviera cottage is only steps from Strand Beach and a 5 minute walk to Salt Creek beach and the 5-Star Ritz Carlton. It is the perfect getaway location for two or for your family. Just a mile away is the St. Regis to the north and the famous Dana Point Harbor to the South.

Enjoy strolls along the beach or harbor at sunset, unwind with the gentle breeze of the Pacific Ocean and lose yourself in the tranquility of Orange County's most elite beach resort.

Your condo is a lower unit with easy access and parking directly in front of the condo. It features a king size bed and a sofa-sleeper. There is also a full kitchen with all appliances & utensils, a laundry room, flat screen TV with cable, and a VCR & DVD player. Beach chairs, an umbrella, and towels and linens are provided. A reserved parking space is also located in front of the cottage. The beach complex also includes a large swimming pool, a clubhouse and two jacuzzi.

Enjoy the surf and sand at Strand Beach or Salt Creek Beach Park. These beautiful white sand beaches are just steps away and are the most beautiful in Southern California. Relax on the beach or enjoy the famous surfing and body surfing in the water.

Your beach cottage is close to entertainment & activities throughout Southern California. Legoland, Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World are just minutes away to the south. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios are only 60 minutes to the north.

Dana Point Harbor offers cruises to Catalina along with whale watching, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and boat rentals. There are shops and restaurants at the harbor along with the Ocean Institute. You can go up the road a few miles to Laguna Beach where there is more shopping, restaurants and white sand beaches along with art galleries and festivals like the Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters. A little further up the road is Newport Beach where you can enjoy that shopping spree at Fashion Island and Balboa Island along with more restaurants and white sand beaches.

Golfing is available at Monarch Beach and Newport Beach as well as several courses in Orange County. Other activities include hiking, biking, tennis racquetball, live theatre, cinemas, museums, surfing, boating, and much more.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Owner

I am the original owner and lived in the condo until my job took me to San Diego. Since then my wife, kids, and I have enjoyed staying there for vacations as well as having other family members stay at our beach getaway. We have had such great memories there that we recently decided to open it up to vacationers so that you can also experience the peace and tranquility of Monarch Beach.

Owner purchased this condo in 1983

Why Owner chose Orange County

I used to drive down from Los Angeles to go surfing at Salt Creek Beach as a teenager. It was so relaxing and I felt like I had traveled to a far off beach in another country. When the complex was built I decided to purchase and move there and my dreams came true!

What makes this condo unique

Monarch Beach is the most beautiful and unique beach in Southern California. You will be just steps away from the beach and there are several miles of hiking in the Headlands area. You will enjoy a combination of peace and tranquility along the beaches and bluffs along with the flexibility of going shopping, sight seeing, easy going or fine dining, and a glass of wine at sunset!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Charming Beach Cottage - Steps to Strand Beach, Relax and Enjoy!!!
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 19 reviews
Millsboro, DE

Great Condo in Gorgeous Area with Great Views Very Closeby!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great stay for my husband and myself! The descriptors and pictures are on point. We flew in from the East coast and had the most perfect weather for several weeks in late January 2014. The beach is gorgeous and truly is not even a 5 minute walk from the condo. We walked on Strand Beach for 3 miles of exercise, several times a week. The views are breathtaking! We picked this condo because it’s ½ way between San Diego and LA. We were able to get to both areas in about an hour. Temecula Wine Country is also about an hour away. Excellent wine and fun! The local scene is great too…Dana Point, San Clemente, and several other beach towns are a short drive. The condo was nice for the 2 of us. It was super being on the ground floor. We didn’t have to bring any linens. The kitchen was outfitted nicely. The good-size TV, DVD player, W/D in the condo were all above-average amenities. The landlord was very accommodating. Nice to work with. I would highly recommend this condo and landlord. We would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and Cozy home

  • 5 of 5

I spent several weeks at Mike's condo and it was awesome. It is a quaint, cozy & warm home in a quiet part of the complex...and the bonus--parking was within 'steps of the unit' (awesome!!). There was plenty of space (drawers, cabinets, closets) to spread out my stuff. The decor is 'simple elegance'... The kitchen had all the appliances, utensils, pots/pans, dishes, etc. that one would need... The internet had good service--I was able to work from the condo without any issues.. TV was a large screen TV-- perfect for viewing... The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was clean & had enough space on the counter (as well as drawers) to put things..

It was great to have a washer/dryer right there in the condo...

Across the street was Salt Creek Beach which had amazing sunsets... enjoyed those almost every night...

The pool & Jacuzzi are very nice as well...

If you're looking for a place to rest your 'bones' after a long day in LA or San Diego or at the beach or just around Dana Point or Laguna...look no further --- Mike's condo is the perfect spot.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Thanks again for the use of the condo ,We enjoyed the location walk over to the beach and enjoyed the sunsets .We also like the closeness to Dana Point and Laguna Beach. The place ws clean and tidy with all the necessary linens. And kitchen stocked well the necessary I em to cook and with.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy, clean and lovely condo

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 6 months in Nov 2016 and found this place to be amazing. The condo was clean with all the amenities. The only nuance was the very poor to non-existent network signal for cell phone (Tmobile). The furnishing was adequate, however would have preferred to have a TV in bedroom and a loveseat/small couch in the living room.

Will definitely come back here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mexico City & Los Angeles

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

I spent six weeks staying at Mike's condo and I had a great time. The condo is very quiet, has everything that you might need, has great internet service, and a very comfortable bed. It is located right accross from Doheny beach and a couple of blocks from Salt Creek beach, which are two of my favourite beaches in SoCal. Dana Point is a great town half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, so you never run out of things to do. The process of renting the condo couldn't have been easier and I got my security deposit back right away. I look forward to renting this condo again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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needs owner's attention

  • 1 of 5

Number of pieces of furniture 10, including a dining table, 4 dining chairs, a sofa, a recliner and a bed. No tea table. Quality? THE loeest and cheapest.

Rugs are not clean at all. The vacuum cleaner did not work. I asked the owner to replace it. His answer was, "I have no money." After a series of my cmplaints he brought a used one to replace the one out of order.

This house is most poorly furnished.

It is as if the owner charges at the same rate as his neighbors which atr far better furnished.

This house cannot be recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were surprised and shocked by this review. We have a longstanding track record of 5 Star Reviews. Thank you for letting us know about the vacuum. We were gone over the weekend at a remote location and replaced the vacuum as soon as we returned. We are sorry that we had to keep part of your deposit due to the glass top on the dining room table being broken. New furniture was purchased less than two years ago for the condo. It is extremely important to us that we meet and consistently exceed the expectations of our guests.
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Rates & Availability

Dana Point Condo Rental Rates

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Summer 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $400

Holiday weeks of Thanksgiving & Christmas are $1000/week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Dana Point Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa in the living room sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) with all new linens & towels, Convertible bed sleeps 1-2
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
2 boogie boards & 2 beach chairs provided.

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