An Overview of Dana Point
Dana Point is known for its extraordinary surfing history, boating and fishing, local shopping and dining, and various annual events. Located in southern Orange County, Dana Point is a neighbor to Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. People have flocked to Dana Point since the 1920s in order to spend time at "the only romantic spot on the coast," as R.H. Dana wrote in Two Years Before the Mast describing Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.
A History on the Water
Dana Point is known best as the most beautiful spot on the coast with top surfing spots and a strong surfing history. With five main beaches and a plethora of surfing shops, Dana Point is the perfect spot for any level surfer, with Salt Creek Beach and Park being a favorite among local surfers. When looking for a camping site in Dana Point, Doheny State Park is number one on the annual "Best of Orange County" list. With over one mile of beautiful sandy beach and a five-mile hike and bike trail leading to inland San Juan Capistrano, Doheny State Beach is a destination spot for residents and visitors alike.
Focused on Health
Dana Point has multiple community events year-round. One of the longest running annual events in Dana Point is the Turkey Trot held every November, the nation`s sixth largest Turkey Trot. Named by Fitness Magazine as one of the "best Thanksgiving runs in the country," this event shows off the beautiful beach, rugged cliffs, and unbelievable view, completing the event with a two-day health and fitness expo.
"Harboring the good life" isn`t just a city motto, but a way of life in Dana Point. Dana Point Harbor offers everything from jet skiing to year-round whale watching, and as a portside community, you`ll find one-of-a-kind shops and fresh seafood restaurants. For an educational experience, the Ocean Institute offers maritime history programs and marine science and ocean education for children, teaching over 130,000 students annually through their various programs. From surfing to learning, Dana Point Harbor is a destination not to be missed.
With an emphasis on the natural beauty of the ocean, and the bustling activity it brings, Dana Point is a charming place to visit or call home.