Welcome to Dana Point
The idyllic city of Dana Point has a little bit of everything: a tranquil harbor, wide swaths of gorgeous beaches and surfing spots, ample conservation areas and parks, and plenty of retail, all tucked along a scenic cliffside in the southern portion of Orange County. Just north of San Clemente but still midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Dana Point enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate that keeps average temps around 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also located far enough out from the cities to maintain a peaceful, ocean-side environment.
Though the city wasn’t incorporated until 1989, it has a rich history of development that dates back to its importance as a port for ships in the California hide trade. As more people realized what this beautiful little area could become, the Dana Point Syndicate—led by Sidney Woodruff and sponsored by some of the biggest names in Hollywood at the time—was created in the 1920s to build a residential oasis here.
Modern-day Dana Point is home to around 34,000 residents who have the luxury of choosing from an array of architectural styles. Dana Point is well-known for its often palatial, multi-million dollar estates right on the beach, set up on the cliffs, and full of amenities. However, the area also has plenty of modern, single-floor condos and impressive townhomes built in quiet neighborhoods.
What to Love
Whale watching at
The Harbor, known as “The Whale Capital of the World.”
Surfing and outdoor recreation at
Doheny State Beach
Quiet, small-town vibe
People & Lifestyle
With its magnificent panoramic views, laid-back mentality, and plenty of sophistication, Dana Point is a perfect place for retirees, families, and anyone who wants an upscale, ocean lifestyle. Elegant, pristine, and scenic, this small town embodies luxurious beach living at its finest.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dana Point has a plethora of options when it comes to the retail, dining, and commercial scenes. Whether you’re catching waves and then grabbing a drink at a beachfront eatery, taking the time to browse eclectic shops, or celebrating at any one of the many festivals, Dana Point ensures that you never run out of ways to make memories.
For some of the best shopping and dining around—coupled with the soothing sounds of waves and the fresh salt air—you’ll want to visit
Dana Point Harbor
. From wine cellars and crystal sellers to artists and chocolatiers, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect gift or treat along this stretch. The harbor also hosts plenty of events, is the launching point for whale-watching adventures, and a great place for sight-seeing.
Foodies have plenty to choose from in Dana Point. Craving traditional American Fare? Hit up
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
, where the food is crafted by award-winning Chef Nathan Coulon and made using locally-sourced ingredients.
StillWater Spirits & Sounds
offers up more than their one-of-a-kind libations and delicious menu options—the venue also hosts plenty of live entertainment. Get a taste of some of the freshest seafood around at
, whose creative takes on classic dishes are only rivaled by their lively, energetic atmosphere. Don’t feel like leaving the beach? Dana Point has you covered. Fuel up with munchies and hot sandwiches at
Beach Hut Deli
, then savor the rest of your day laying out in the sun.
Things to Do
Dana Point is a go-to spot for beaches and outdoor recreation, which includes close vicinity to several
, and educational facilities. At the nationally-renowned Ocean Institute, visitors can engage in immersive experiences for all ages, from the history of the harbor to the biology of the Pacific ecosystem.
Dana Point also has plenty of annual and seasonal festivals to keep you entertained, including the
. Held in Doheny State Beach, this three-day event is open to families and individual music lovers and features some of the biggest names in the business across a variety of genres. At Sea Terrace Park, you can partake in the
Doheny Blues Festival
to enjoy the musical stylings of prominent blues artists. The festival also includes a village of food and drink venues and is well-known for its exciting after parties.
Dana Point is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Dana Hills High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school and Blue Ribbon Award winner
Rancho Capistrano Christian School, K-8, well-rated private school