If surfing is part of your lifestyle, you may know that the high bluffs and sheltered coves of Dana Point were made for riding the waves. In fact, writer and surfer Richard Henry considered the area to be the most beautiful location on the California coast.
Located in southern Orange County, Dana Point’s breathtaking harbor, gorgeous beaches, and easy access to State Route 1 make it a popular destination for fun in the sun.
From the beginning, development has driven the economy in Dana Point. In 1923, Harry Chandler, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, and General M. H. Sherman, director of the Pacific Electric Railway Company, founded a major real estate group that developed what is now known as the Hollywood Hills. This area has remained an exclusive and desirable place to live for residents of Orange County.
A Burgeoning Local Economy
Today, surf wear shops, home decor and gift shops, and independent boutiques near the Dana Point Harbor provide ample opportunity to find unique gifts. The Dana Point Farmers Market is also a beloved weekend ritual that can give residents and visitors a true taste of the best local the area has to offer.
Dana Point Harbor is also the place to go for specialty shopping, fishing, whale watching, and kayaking. The waterfront is dotted with fine restaurants, gourmet coffee shops, and more. A short walk over the bridge brings visitors to Dana Island where they can take the walking path to the yacht club, more restaurants, and breathtaking views of the waterfront.
On the Waterfront
There are many beach breaks along the Dana Point coast that have made the area truly legendary for surfing. Dana Point is home to many of the first surf companies including Hobie Alter, which opened in 1954 and was the world’s first retail surf shop. The iconic surf film Endless Summer was also filmed here.
In addition to surfing, Dana Point is known as “beach country.” In fact, its beaches are among the world’s finest. Some of the most popular beaches include Salt Creek Beach, Doheny Beach, Baby Beach, and Capistrano Beach.
Dana Point has been named the “Whale Capital of the West.” From Dana Point Harbor, you’ll see a variety of different whale species as they migrate north or south. It is also a well-known fishing area. Whether you want to watch whales or fish alone or as part of a tour, Dana Point has what you’re looking for.
Dana Point also offers plenty of opportunities for family fun. From boat excursions to themed pirate ship adventures and wildlife cruises departing from the Harbor and Boat Ocean Institute, you’ll have a fun and educational ocean experience.
Dana Point is also a sought after destination for golfers. Recently named “Best Playing Conditions” in Orange County, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was named #49 on the Conde Nast Traveler readers “Top 100 Golf Resorts” worldwide.
Travel and Traffic
Dana Point is easy to access from the north, south, and east by the San Diego (5) Freeway and the Pacific Coast Highway. These popular freeways can be congested, especially during peak travel seasons, so careful driving is a must.
Even the most careful drivers are not immune to accidents, and car accident injuries can often be serious, resulting in disability, lost work, and costly medical expenses. If you find yourself injured in an accident, it is essential that you work with a car accident attorney you can trust. The lawyers at Jamal Injury Law are here to help you in the unfortunate case that you are injured in an accident and we are committed to helping you recover the damages you are entitled to.
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