Dana Point Tourism

Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. The population was 33,351 at the 2010 census. It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing. The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which was in turn named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast, which included a description of the area. Dana described the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot on the coast". Although Dana described the anchorage as poor, it is now a developed harbor and contains a replica of his ship, the Pilgrim. The Pilgrim is used as a classroom by the Ocean Institute, which is located at the harbor. This area is designated California Historical Landmark #189.


Dana Point is a coastal city in California. It is a popular commercial harbour as well as a surfing destination. The Dana Point Harbour is used for transportation to Avalon. It is full of shops and restaurants where you can relax. The Capistrano Beach is home to some of the best architecture in town. The Ocean Institute near the harbour is the location of tidal pools and is often used for snorkelling and spear fishing. Whales are plentiful in the waters near Dana Point and they have played a very significant role in the cultural life. The Festival of Whales takes place on two successive weekends in March. You can also view some of the prettiest ships of the world in the Tall Ships Festival held in September. Visit Dana Point for a beachside retreat.


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