Dana Point is approximately one-half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, and is bordered by the cities of Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach to the north, San Juan Capistrano to the east, and San Clemente to the south.
Incorporated in 1989, the City of Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before the Mast (1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim. Therein, Dana describes the area once known as Capistrano Bay, as "the most romantic spot on the California coast." Today, Capistrano Bay is known as Dana Point. A working replica of the Pilgrim is moored in the harbor.
The Dana Point Harbor is considered the gateway to Doheny State Park, one of California's most popular beach facilities. The 62-acre State Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing, bicycling, tide pool exploration and more.
Dana Point provides over 1,400 hotel rooms ranging in accommodations and services from economy to five star hotels. Convention and meeting facilities are available at the larger resort facilities, and all provide access to Dana Point's unique coastal amenities.
Dana Point is considered the crown jewel of Orange County by many. Surrounded by mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Dana Point has scenery that rivals any in California. North and south of the harbor are Salt Creek, Strands, and Doheny beach. It's not uncommon to see schools of dolphin swimming in the waves offshore
Dana Point has many events throughout the year with the two main ones being the Toshiba Tallships Festival and the Festival of Whales. With excellent schools, an excellent quality of life and a relaxed California lifestyle, Dana Point is a city that its resident are proud to call home.
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