Welcome to Dana Point
A comfortable waterfront town in Orange County
Unlike many of its Orange County counterparts, Dana Point is known for its casual, laid-back atmosphere. The original California beach town, Highway 101 stems from its borders, making it separate from the hustle and bustle of many other Orange County locations and allowing for a peaceful and comfortable lifestyle. Ideal for families and retirees, the tranquility and friendliness of Dana Point are second only to its gorgeous natural scenery.
Entrenched in history, Dana Point was a popular port throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, a harbor has been developed, creating a home for the unique culture and inviting atmosphere full of boutiques, dining options, and more. Conveniently located and perfectly situated to provide respite from the false glamour of other California cities, Dana Point is the culmination of a blend of surf culture and modern amenities.
Harkening back to Dana Point’s origins as one of California’s earliest modern beach towns, its streets are replete with a wide variety of styles such as Spanish, Romanesque, modern, Colonial Revival, and especially California-Renaissance. Many retirees and families are charmed by the wealth of culture and friendly neighbors that Dana Point has to offer, on top of its waterfront views, amenities, and more.
Things to Love
- Picturesque location for whale watching
- Perfect for yachting and boating
- Luxurious ambiance paired with laid-back attitudes
- Award-winning seafood and restaurants
Dana Point residents make it a point to love their community. Entrenched in history, everyone from business owners to restaurateurs is devoted to the neighborhoods. Blanketed by a warm, inviting atmosphere of luxurious options and friendly people, Dana Point is renowned for its beachfront living and its marriage of casual mindset and upscale settings.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
The shopping and dining scene in Dana Point offers a chic and stylish ambiance, from fine dining to casual eateries and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Enjoy the bright, modern vibes of Coastal Kitchen, or plan for an evening at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, where casual fun meets a high standard of excellence. For a highly elevated experience of fine dining, head over to 180BLU, a luxurious-yet-casual restaurant housed in Dana Point’s Ritz Carlton. Raya, the hotel’s other restaurant, offers more upscale seating with indoor ocean views.
The sun-soaked patio seating of Salt Creek Grill makes a family dinner or business lunch all the more enticing, especially when you factor in the restaurant’s delicious American cuisine. A Mediterranean restaurant serving four top meals a day, Aveo Table + Bar is found within Dana Point’s Waldorf Astoria and offers ambiance in addition to its flavorful menu.
Things to Do
From the myriad of waterfront activities to the profound nature surrounding the city, not to mention Dana Point’s commitment to community, it’s no wonder the area is brimming with activity.
The annual Ohana Music Festival is the spot to be for any music lover, casual or otherwise. With numerous acts and lots of delicious vendors, you can’t go wrong with tickets to this local iconic event. Called the “whale watching capital of the world,” there’s no better way to spend a clear, sunny day — which Dana Point has in spades — than by taking to the ocean and peering out into its glittering waves for pods of whales.
Full of adventure for any age, Dana Point Harbor offers whale watching excursions, parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. One of California’s most popular beaches, Doheny State Beach is the perfect place for when you want to camp, visit aquariums, swim, and more.