Dana Point is located in Orange County. This is one of the most beautiful coastlines and harbors along the Pacific Ocean. Dana Point is located just south of Laguna Beach and west of San Juan Capistrano. Dana Point has very easy access from State Route 1. The population is approximately 33,000 people. Dana Point was named for the headland of Dana Point which in turn took its name from Richard Henry Dana Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. There is a replica of Dana’s ship, the Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor, which is now used as a classroom by the Ocean Institute. This area is a designated California Historical Landmark #189.
Dana Point is a more affordable beach town, in Orange County, than cities such as Laguna Beach or Newport Beach. There are many home and neighborhood choices available in Dana Point, from the luxury custom built properties of Ritz Cove to the large country style properties in Del Obispo. Let the professional realtors of the Franco Team help guide you through the large array of choices. Dana Point is sub-divided into five sections; Capistrano Beach, Monarch Beach, Lantern Village, Dana Hills and Del Obispo. Dana Point is situated on a bluff, so there are wonderful views to be had including the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, Dana Point Harbor and breathtaking sunsets. The home values range from 350,000 dollars for condos or starter homes to four million dollars for custom built beach front estates. Home values are dependent on views, location, size and neighborhood amenities. There are both guard gated and non-guard gated neighborhoods to choose from.
Dana Point students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are several elementary schools and middle schools that serve the community of Dana Point. There is one only one high school for Dana Point, Dana Hills High School, it is one of the oldest high schools in the area, opening in 1972. Dana Hills High School has one of the strongest cross country programs in the US; they have won the California state title in 1988, 2007, 2008, and 2009. There are also eight private schools in the Dana Point area serving 1800 students. These schools include Gloria Dei Lutheran Pre-School, Monarch Bay Montessori, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School and West River Academy.
Dana Point has wonderful year round weather to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the area has to offer. There are seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills skirting the Pacific Ocean. There 2500 boat slips and moorings available at the Dana Point Harbor. The Doheny State Park is 62 acres of open space that is used for camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing, tidal pool exploration and beach going. There several beaches in Dana Point including Salt Creek Beach, Monarch Beach, Dana Strand Beach, Baby Beach, Poche Beach and Capistrano County Beach. There are three incredible surfing areas in Dana Point; Doheny Beach, Dana Strands and Salt Creek.