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A Top Ten List for Families at the Monarch Beach Resort

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The Monarch Beach Resort’s AAA Five-Diamond Award and its number one on TripAdvisor status are not enough to impress some of its most demanding guests—kids. The resort instead wins them over with a pristine beach perfect for sandcastles, activities designed with them in mind like naturalist-led introductions to monarch butterflies, and a slew of adventures nearby, from electric bike rides to exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life. After going from the pool to the Pacific Ocean, from bike to surfboard, or from the golf course to game time, even the most critical kid will concede there is something special about the Monarch Beach Resort as they watch a spectacular sunset with a s’mores in hand.
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
The Monarch Beach Resort's kids club is open to kids from five to 12 years old, and there they can enjoy a half or full day of outdoor activities, swimming, treasure hunts, and games on the beach. Whether your kid is more into a game of dodge ball...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Electric bikes have soared in popularity recently, and once you ride one the appeal soon becomes obvious: Who couldn't use a little help now and then getting up a hill? The Monarch Beach Resort's two-hour electric bike tours, open to kids 13 and...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
The mysteries of the sea hold a special fascination for many kids, and inspiring children to learn about the ocean with hands-on, interactive programs has been the mission of this education center in Dana Point since it was founded in 1977. The...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
This special event introduces kids to the namesake of Monarch Beach and, in turn, the Monarch Beach Resort: the striking orange and black butterflies that have practically become an icon of the Golden State. Every year, tens of thousands of...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
When you are in the mood to spend some time poolside, the Monarch Beach Resort's expanded pool deck is at the center of the action and better than ever, with the addition of circular sunbeds and private cabanas, plus the new ocean-view infinity...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
The scenic, cliff-backed beach at the Monarch Beach Resort is tops for body boarding and surfing. Instructors hold classes seven days a week (reservations required) for children with at least moderate or higher swimming skills. Or you can just...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Meals don't have to be a sit-down affair at the family-friendly Monarch Beach Resort. You can get grab-n-go salads, deli sandwiches, and fresh pastries at the Part & Parcel Market and then head to the beach or the park.
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
The quintessential all-American dessert somehow tastes even better when paired with breezes off the Pacific. Families will love roasting marshmallows on Monarch Beach Resort's private beach before turning them into sandwiches with chocolate and...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
For older kids, a visit to the popular Laguna Beach Farmers Market, held on Saturdays, provides an opportunity to meet some local farmers and perhaps sample some unfamiliar foods or artisanal products. Every kid-and adult too-will appreciate the...
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1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
The winding oceanfront promenade at the edge of Laguna Beach's Heisler Park is breathtakingly scenic. But the tide pools down below prove irresistible to young explorers, who can get a close look at the mussels, barnacles, limpets, and other sea...