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Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View | Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View | Desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of El Caminante

El Caminante

1.5 star property
Convenient for Dana Point Harbor

195 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • 24/7 front desk
34862 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA, 92624
Main amenities
  • Near the beach
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
For families
  • Microwave
  • Cable/satellite TV service
  • Patio
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • BBQ(s)
  • Free self-parking

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Capistrano Beach
  • Dana Point Harbor - 34 min walk
  • Doheny State Beach - 6 min drive
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano - 10 min drive
  • San Clemente Pier - 14 min drive
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base - 18 min drive
  • Crystal Cove State Park - 23 min drive

Getting around

  • Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne) - 29 min drive
  • San Juan Capistrano Depot - 9 min drive
  • San Clemente Pier Station - 13 min drive
  • Laguna Niguel Station - 14 min drive


  • El Pollo Loco - 3 min drive
  • Maison Cafe & Market - 2 min drive
  • A's Burgers - 2 min drive
  • Rapport Coffee by Cafe Smith - 4 min drive
  • The Habit Burger Grill - 4 min drive

About this property

El Caminante

El Caminante puts you 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Dana Point Harbor. Free perks include continental breakfast, WiFi and self-parking.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 28 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*


  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast
  • BBQs

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • 24-hour front desk


  • Picnic area

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Cable/satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

What to enjoy

  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Fees & policies


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 20.00 per accommodation, per night


<p>This property accepts credit cards.</p>

Also known as

Capistrano Seaside Inn Dana Point
Capistrano Seaside Inn
Capistrano Seaside Dana Point
Capistrano Seaside Hotel Capistrano Beach

Frequently asked questions

Does El Caminante offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, El Caminante does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at El Caminante?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 20.00 per accommodation, per night.
Is parking offered on site at El Caminante?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at El Caminante?
You can check in starting at 2 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at El Caminante and nearby?
El Caminante has a picnic area.
Does El Caminante have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a patio.
What's the area around El Caminante like?
El Caminante is a short 4-minute walk from Capistrano Beach Park and 11 minutes' walk from Pines Park.






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


6/10 Good

Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Beach property with no amenities
I still cannot believe this hotel/inn is still in business. 2 tiny soaps, no glasses or cups, no ice, no real drapes just flimsy veils which his nothing from public view. Pleade smelt damp and had an open fireplace with ash in it.
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Decent for the price!
It was as the other reviews mentioned, the location is great but the property is need of some maintenance & upkeep. Room is basically clean with no bells & whistle, AC vent was very dirty which always freaks me out because you're breathing past customers God only knows!
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Needs improvement
Missing smoke detector, dirty patio, dirty Windows, construction and trash not properly contained. Shabby.
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

Too run down broken furniture.
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Charming! Don't read old reviews!
Charming remodeled cottages. I read the bad reviews and decided to give it a try. Clean updated bathrooms, the mattresses were fine, nice staff, continental breakfast was good. Someone said they don't use fitted sheets... Uh were they stupid? NOBODY uses fitted sheets. I stayed at a 5 star resort two weeks ago and they use flat sheets. Across from the train tracks, yes. So are the othe hotels on the coast hwy that were far more expensive. the price was inline with amenities and location. I travel every 2 weeks and it was a refreshing change from the modern closed in hotels.
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8/10 Very good

Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Maybe a bit too quaint.
We are the type of folks that when staying at the beach we prefer a bit more rustic or old quaint type of motel as opposed to a luxurious place. However, there seems to have been an owner change since we last stayed here. There was no coffee in the room, no drinking glasses, no ice bucket or ice for that matter. The place is run down but charming. The location is excellent. The small garden patio is a very nice place to sit in the evening. So, there you have it. I may stay here again but not certain.
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6/10 Good

Clean - great location
Passing through on the way to Oceanside. Decent place - kind of run down but good location. I was nervous at first of the train out front, but it does not run over the night. Close to beach! Nice owner and dog friendly. Nothing fancy, but clean.
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Disappointing stay
As I reported in my review just yesterday, the rooms were not as advertised. They advertised queen beds and they were double beds with queen headboards. Electrical connections were hanging from headboard because cords were too short. Bedding was very uncomfortable and amenities not as advertised. Rooms were small, bathroom so unclean I would not shower there. I will never stay there again and will advise all friends and family to choose other hotels.
Verified Expedia guest review