Dana Point is a beach side city located in Orange County, California. Bordered by Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point is easily accessed from State Route 1. The city has a population of approximately 33,000 people. Dana Point takes its name from the headland of Dana Point. The headland gets its name from Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. The area was designated a California Historical Landmark. A replica of Richard Dana’s ship, the Pilgrim, is in Dana Point Harbor. The city has a picturesque coastline dotted with harbors.
Dana Point is a more affordable beach side town than other ocean side cities in Orange County, such as Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Dana Point is made-up of five distinctive areas; Capistrano Beach, Monarch Beach, Lantern Village, Dana Hills and Del Obispo. With a high bluff setting, many sections of Dana Point have extensive views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, Dana Point Harbor and vibrant evening sunsets. There are both guarded and gated neighborhoods and non gated neighborhoods in Dana Point. Home prices range from $350,000 to four million dollars for custom built water front estates. Home prices are dependent of views, location, home size and neighborhood amenities. There are a large variety of choices in this area from custom built luxury homes in Ritz Cove to country like, large properties in Del Obispo.
Dana Point is part of the Capistrano Unified School District. Students attend a variety of elementary and middle schools, however, there is just one high school in the city; Dana Hills High School. The high school opened in 1972, making it one of the oldest high schools in the area. The school is well known for its cross country program, winning the California State title in 1988, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The eight private schools in Dana Point, serve 1,800 students. The private schools include: Gloria Dei Lutheran Pre-School, Monarch Bay Montessori, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School and West River Academy.
This ocean side city has a Mediterranean like climate, giving Dana Point beautiful year round weather. Dana Point has seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Doheny State Park has 62 acres of green space used for surfing, swimming, tidal pool exploration, picnicking and camping. Among the many local beaches are Salt Creek Beach, Monarch Beach, Dana Strand Beach, Baby Beach, Poche Beach and Capistrano County Beach.