Dana Point

Dana Point

Welcome to Dana Point

Where coastal elegance meets sublime living

Dana Point, a radiant gem on the sun-drenched coast of Orange County, beckons those in pursuit of seaside splendor enveloped in understated luxury. Tucked away from the bustling crowd yet brimming with vibrant life, Dana Point stands as a testament to what a beach town can aspire to be when grace and nature converge.

At the heart of Dana Point's allure is its prestigious harbor, a gateway to the enchanting Catalina Island. Here, elegant sailboats catch the morning breeze, painting a mesmerizing tableau against the azure backdrop of the Pacific. The rhythmic dance of the boats, setting forth on their daily voyages, embodies the city's spirit of adventure and exploration.

Diversity and charm echo through Dana Point's distinct neighborhoods, with the crown jewel being the illustrious Monarch Beach area. Nestled here, amid the soft whispers of the ocean and the gentle rustle of palm trees, are havens of luxury —  the renowned St. Regis and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. These iconic establishments, synonymous with opulence, offer experiences that transcend the ordinary, elevating every moment into a cherished memory.

Positioned serenely between the artistic aura of Laguna Beach to the north and the vibrant energy of San Clemente to the south, Dana Point boasts an enviable location. The city's panorama is dominated by a breathtaking concentration of ocean-view properties, each offering a unique vantage point to witness the Pacific's timeless beauty.

Yet, the city's magic isn't confined to its vistas alone. With seven miles of pristine coastline, Dana Point is a mosaic of golden beaches, secluded coves, and shimmering tide pools. Whether it's a serene morning stroll, an invigorating surf, or a tranquil sunset meditation, the beaches here offer a myriad of experiences, each more captivating than the last.

What to Love

  • Orange County's hidden coastal gem
  • Frequent sailings to enchanting Catalina Island
  • Monarch Beach: Home to luxury hotels like St. Regis and Ritz Carlton
  • Panoramic ocean views pepper the cityscape
  • Experience marine majesty with whale and dolphin watching

Local Lifestyle

Dana Point's essence lies in its harmonious blend of marine activities and luxurious living. Its renowned harbor, a pulsating heart of the city, offers more than just picturesque views — it's an invitation to immerse oneself in the rich marine culture, from serene boat rides to captivating marine mammal observations.

Dining and Entertainment

As you venture into the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, a realm of opulence awaits. Striking oceanic panoramas blend seamlessly with meticulous service and tastefully designed interiors. Various gastronomic avenues within the resort tantalize the palate, completing a trifecta of comfort, luxury, and fine dining.

Every step within The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel speaks volumes of its commitment to luxury. The magnificent oceanic canvas visible from the hotel is only rivaled by the pristine service and gastronomic wonders offered within. This sanctuary of relaxation and luxury consistently promises an unparalleled stay.

The essence of coastal beauty, Dana Point Harbor is an epicenter of leisure and enjoyment for residents. From water activities to gastronomic delights, every corner of this harbor whispers tales of adventure, relaxation, and culinary excellence.

Nestled within Dana Point, the Lantern District promises an unparalleled dining journey. The district boasts a symphony of flavors, underlined by its warm ambiance and commitment to culinary perfection.

Things to Do

Dana Point's marine majesty extends beyond its beautiful beaches. Set sail on its azure waters and witness the playful dance of dolphins or the majestic glide of whales. Complement this with a day at Salt Creek Beach or by soaking in the musical vibes at the Ohana Festival.

Overview for Dana Point, CA

39,253 people live in Dana Point, where the median age is 52.1 and the average individual income is $65,600.92. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Around Dana Point, CA

There's plenty to do around Dana Point, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lighthouse Community Garden, F45 Training Dana Point, and FitXcursions.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.49 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.67 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.47 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.67 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 3.24 miles 30 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Dana Point, CA

Dana Point has 17,042 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Dana Point do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 39,253 people call Dana Point home. The population density is 4,975.15 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.53 / 51.47%

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Schools in Dana Point, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Dana Point. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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St Edward The Confessor Parish School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Monarch Bay Montessori Academy
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PreK - K
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San Clemente Christian School
K - 9th
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9th - 12th
Richard Henry Dana Elementary
K - 5th
Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs
K - 6th
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K - 5th
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