Free Trolley for Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano


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Beginning Friday, June 9, 2017 and extending through Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2017), the City of Dana Point’s daily summer trolley service is back to better serve the visitors and residents of our beautiful community. This summer, an extended operating season and an expanded service route for the Dana Point Trolley will be serviced with 5 open air style trolleys to ensure wait times are maintained at 15 minutes or less throughout the expanded route.

Passengers boarding the Harbor Shuttle can expect similar wait times. Similar to last year, the Dana Point Trolley route will run from Capistrano County Beach at Coast Highway/Beach Road/Palisades Drive in Capistrano Beach to the Monarch Beach Resort and the Ritz Carlton, where it will connect with the Laguna Beach trolley. Stops near other major hotels, the Lantern District, Doheny State Beach, Coast Highway timeshares and Doheny Village, among other areas, are included within the Dana Point Trolley route. 

Based on valuable feedback received from the community throughout our 2016 Dana Point Trolley program, six additional Dana Point Trolley stops have been added to the route for the Summer 2017 season:

• Stop #2: Strands Beach Parking Lot

• Stop #12: Costco Shopping Center

• Stop #13: Connection Point with the San Juan Capistrano Trolley

• Stop #14: Dana Point Community Center

• Stop #15: Park Lantern/Dana Point Harbor Drive

• Stop #23: Monarch Beach Promenade Shopping Center

The Dana Point Harbor Shuttle service will continue to connect with the Dana Point Trolley at the Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive intersection (Stop #’s 6 and 17) and will allow travel to the Ocean Institute, Baby Beach and the Harbor businesses and restaurants. Similar to last year’s trolley program, the City must sustain its ridership counts to retain grant funding that helps pay for a large portion of the Trolley costs. Thanks to you, the daily summer service, expanded trolley service route and the addition of a 5th trolley to serve the community is a reflection of the impressive ridership numbers from last summer’s program. We need everyone’s help to keep our Dana Point Trolley program running strong for years to come by hopping onboard during the weekdays and the weekends. Parking options throughout the Dana Point Trolley route have been identified on the route map for the convenience of visitors and the community. Please spread the word!

The Dana Point Trolleys and the Harbor Shuttle are handicap accessible and are free of charge. Riders will be able to access real-time Dana Point Trolley and Harbor Shuttle locations and wait times on their smartphones with our custom app (Android and iPhone Search: Dana Point Trolley) or with the use of the trolley tracker at www.dptrolley.com.

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5 Gifts Mom Will Love


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  1. Perfume! If you have a good idea of the types of fragrances your Mother likes- that is a great place to start. Tell a sales person at Nordstrom or Sephora what types of perfumes or scents your Mom prefers and they can help you. Everyone likes to smell pretty, and it makes for a great gift she will appreciatepexels-photo-128945
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Caruso’s Tip: Keep Mosquitoes from Feasting on You


  • Blow them away. Almost any breeze — anything above 1 MPH makes it very difficult for mosquitoes to fly. Use fans on a low setting in the evening.

  • Buy tightly woven duds — particularly high-tech athletic apparel. The tightly woven fabric keeps mosquitos out.

  • Wear light colored clothes. Mosquitoes use their vision to search for food sources during the daylight hours and light colors are less attractive to them.