If you are staying near Doheny State Beach then walking to Ohana Fest is the easiest and obviously, cheapest option.
Unfortunately, the biggest issue with the walking/biking transportation option is that it’s not one many people will have access to as there are limited accommodation options in the area. However, if you found an Airbnb within a mile of Doheny State Beach, you were lucky enough to grab a beach camping spot or you forked over the money for a pricey room at the DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach or Laguna Cliffs Marriott for the weekend, then walking is for you.
If you’re close in the area, but not quite close enough to walk then biking is also a great cheap option. Making this option more appealing, Ohana Fest will be offering complimentary bike valet on Park Lantern. Bike Valet is BYOL (Bring your own lock) and will be open each day from 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM. If you do opt to bike to the festival, DO NOT leave your bike anywhere other than the Bike Valet or it will be removed at your expense. There will be signs pointing you in the right direction on the street near the festival.
Driving to Ohana Fest is an option, but be aware that parking near the festival is limited and once the primary $15 per day lot fills up, you may only have expensive hotel parking lot options left. The alternative is to park at the San Clemente Outlets and take the 10-minute shuttle to the festival. More information about the shuttle is provided below.
Due to limited accommodations and parking in the area surrounding Ohana Fest, a shuttle is a great option to help bring in attendees who can’t find or aren’t willing to pay for hotels/accommodations in the area. However, why Ohana Fest chose to only offer a shuttle from San Clemente, another small town with limited accommodation options is beyond us. We wish they would have added a shuttle from an area with more hotels available, but if you’re staying in or near San Clemente area then you should definitely take advantage of this low-cost option.
The shuttle can SELL OUT in advance, so make sure to reserve your shuttle pass for the days you plan to use it prior to Ohana Fest Weekend. The shuttle picks up at The Outlets in San Clemente and there are free parking spaces available, which can be used by those driving from their accommodations or coming in from out of town. The cost is $10 per day or $25 for the entire weekend per adult, children under the age of 10 ride free. Service will begin at 12:30 PM on Friday and at 10:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday, with return service ending at 11:00 PM each night. Transportation time is approximately 10 minutes from the outlets to Ohana Fest.
If you’re local or staying in a hotel less than 30 minutes away, then Lyft/Uber are great options if you want to be able to have a few drinks without having to worry about driving. Ohana Fest will have a designated drop off point for rideshare services close to the festival entrances for easier accessibility.
One thing to keep in mind with this option is that prices will likely be elevated on your return trip at night due to high traffic and elevated rates.