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hide.jpgIncorporated 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 in California." Today, Capistrano Bay is known as Dana Point.

On January 1, 2009, the City of Dana Point celebrated its 20th anniversary. In commemoration of the date, the Dana Point Historical Society hosted a reenactment of the cityhood establishment ceremony.  The event was well attended by residents, visitors and politicians.  Other highlights included a presentation by the Historical Society showcasing a chronology of the City’s history, viewable at the following link. If you would like to purchase a copy, please visit the Dana Point Historical Society’s website or call (949) 248-8121.

According to the California Department of Finance, Dana Point is home to 34,037 residents, and is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. The most noteworthy of these bluffs is a unique promontory known as the Headlands, which overlooks Dana Point Harbor, one of the most significant landmarks of the Orange County coastline.

harbor_palm-big.jpgDana Point Harbor provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with over 50 specialty shops and restaurants. The Harbor attracts thousands of visitors annually for shopping, sport fishing, walking, bicycling, parasailing and a host of recreational activities. The Dana Point Harbor is also 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 1,900 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.

Located in southern Orange County, California, Dana Point is approximately 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. Please visit our City Map for more information about our location.

Dana Point Community Profile

About the Location
City Dana Point
State California, USA
County Orange
Elevation 300 Feet
Incorporated Area 6.5 Square Miles

About the Population (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
City Demographics (PDF)

About the Climate (Source: National Weather Service)
Average Annual Rainfall 12.4 Inches
Average Annual Humidity 70 Percent
Average High Temperature (Summer) 76 Degrees
Average Low Temperature (Summer) 60 Degrees
Average High Temperature (Winter) 64 Degrees
Average Low Temperature (Winter)

44 Degrees


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