Dana Point

Welcome to Dana Point

Dana Point offers a delightful combination of luxury, surf culture, and a laid-back lifestyle. It has one of the few harbors on the Orange County Coast and was named after the headland of Dana Point. This area had been dubbed one of the only romantic spots along the coast by author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Once a popular port for ships, the street names in Dana Point's historic core have colored-lantern names, as the ships used colored lanterns for advertising their fares. The area is now a California Historic Landmark. With its historic charm and mild weather, Dana Point has a lot to offer. Whether it's the beach, upscale shopping, or interesting cultural events you desire, there is no shortage of amenities. 

 

What to Love

  • Laid back atmosphere 
  • Ideal location for water sports enthusiasts 
  • Comfortable year-round weather
  • Unique variety of dining and shopping 

 

Local Lifestyle

Dana Point has a dense suburban feel, with easy access to all of the luxurious amenities of city life. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean offers magnificent views throughout the area and allows for a variety of seaside activities, such as a casual day of strolling the beach, whale watching, or surfing. It is easy to enjoy outdoor recreation and hobbies like gardening all year long with the mild climate and rare frosts. The original California surf town, Dana Point is full of local and visiting surfers but is otherwise a somewhat hidden treasure in Orange County, which helps it maintain its tranquil atmosphere. 

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When it comes to dining and shopping, Dana Point has a little something for everyone. Coastal Kitchen serves New American fare and cocktails in a modern environment that still pays tribute to the building's original Spanish Colonial revival architecture. For authentic Italian, Luciana's Ristorante is a long-standing local favorite. The pasta is housemade, and it has a charming villa-style ambiance with its patio and fireplace.

Dana Point Harbor is considered the city hub for a variety of water-based activities, but there are a lot of dining and shopping establishments to explore on shore. From casual eateries to seafood restaurants and steakhouses, you will have your choice of cuisine. Or enjoy a wine tasting at Frisby Cellars, an award-winning craft winery. In addition, boutiques and shops offer you a variety of clothing, jewelry, art, and other unique treasures to explore. 

 

Things to Do

Dana Point is brimming with activities and cultural events, so there is always somewhere new to go or something new to explore. The area is full of lush parks and trails. Heritage Park is a grassy, tree-lined, and dog-friendly park with a nice view of the ocean. If you want to enjoy the water, Salt Creek Beach is popular for surfing and swimming, and Dana Strands Beach is another hot spot. Other favorite water activities in Dana Point include fishing, boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding. 

Dana Point is known as the dolphin and whale watching capital of the world and celebrates annually with the Festival of Whales in March for the return of the California gray whales during their migration. If you love music, Ohana Fest is an annual music festival with a variety of live performances, exhibits, and panels. 

The area is also known for its calmer activities, like spas and yoga. Luxury resorts include The Ritz-Carlton and The Waldorf Astoria, where you will find fine dining as well as serenity and wellness in their spas. Monarch Beach Golf Links is well renowned for its golf course with beautiful ocean views. 

 
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